Professional title: TCI Scholar
Kasim is a PhD student in the field of applied economics and management. His broad research interests are in agriculture and nutrition economics, with a special focus on public welfare programs in low- and middle-income countries. He earned his MS in applied economics and management from Cornell University in 2021. His MS thesis was based on the evaluation of different income-support programs designed to uplift low-income households in India. Kasim has more than eight years of experience in research, monitoring, and evaluation, management information systems, and project management in the fields of agriculture, livelihoods, health and nutrition, and water and sanitation. Prior to his studies at Cornell, Kasim led TCI’s community-based flour fortification program—a multi-partner, intervention-based nutrition research program in Gujarat, India, focusing on reducing iron deficiency anemia among the tribal population and empowering tribal women’s self-help groups by providing them with livelihood activities. He also worked as a chief administrative officer for a health-based NGO in India. Kasim holds a Master of Professional Studies in global development from Cornell and an MBA from India.