Nabeela Ahmed joined the Young Foundation as Research Officer in July 2017. With a background in qualitative and mixed methods research, she brings her international experience working on poverty alleviation, social protection, social inclusion and migration using cross-disciplinary approaches to the Young Foundation.
Nabeela is intrigued by questions surrounding social inequality in all its forms, and how citizens and governments across the world interact in different ways to acknowledge, address and resolve such issues.
Previously, Nabeela worked as a Research Associate with BRAC, one of the world’s largest NGOs, at their headquarters in Bangladesh. Here she helped lead an action research pilot targeting school drop-outs as well as initiating a nationwide mixed methods study on youth employment and skill programmes. She has also worked with local NGOs in India working on micro-finance, non-formal education and community regeneration schemes.
Nabeela also worked for the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) at their Brussels office, looking at intersections of migration and development while working on an EU-funded migration project. She has worked as a research consultant for multiple organisations including the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and Overseas Development Institute (ODI), working on various social issues such as the protection of migrant workers, gender and adolescence, social protection and youth participation in governance.
In 2016, Nabeela completed a research project on social accountability in the health sector, under the global initiative ‘Making All Voices Count’ (MAVC), with the Institute of Development Studies (IDS). MAVC supports global innovation and research on enabling citizen engagement and government responsiveness.
Nabeela holds an MA in International Relations from Boston University and a BA from the University of Cambridge. She is in the process of completing her doctorate at the University of Sussex, where her research focuses on labour migrants and social inclusion.
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