About Me


Email: M.Bakhtiar AT cgiar.org

I am an Associate Research Fellow at the Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). I am primarily based in Bangladesh but divide part of my time at the IFPRI Washington DC headquarters. I use experimental and non-experimental methods to measure the impact of social protection, public health and skills training programs, with a special focus on women’s empowerment. I have carried out my research in Bangladesh, Nigeria and Ethiopia. As Acting Country Representative of IFPRI-Bangladesh and Deputy Chief of Party (of Feed the Future Bangladesh Agricultural Policy Activity), I have helped lead IFPRI’s policy engagements, research outreach and implement national¬† and sub-national surveys in Bangladesh since 2019.

I received my PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from University of Maryland – College Park, where my research was recognized by the Dr. and Mrs. Bill V. Lessley Dissertation Excellence Award. I have also received research grants from PEDL (FCDO/formerly, DFID), the International Growth Center (IGC), the World Bank and the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM).

Earlier, I worked as a Research Analyst at the Africa Gender Innovation Lab at the World Bank and was also selected in the World Bank’s Young Professionals Program (YPP) in 2019. Before heading to graduate school, I was a Research Coordinator at Innovations for Poverty Action, Bangladesh.

I am known as an avid napper. Please feel free to get in touch to discuss empirical research in developing countries (and/or favorite napping techniques)!