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Kasim Saiyyad

Kasim Saiyyad is a candidate for a professional master’s degree in International Development, with a concentration in development policy.  Through this program, Kasim wants to explore the factors associated with poverty and their effects on food choices and nutrition, particularly in developing countries.

Kasim has more than eight years of experience in project management, monitoring and evaluation, MIS, and human resource management in the field of agriculture, livelihoods, health and nutrition, and water and sanitation. Prior to his studies at Cornell, Kasim was working for the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI), leading a community-based flour fortification program. It is a multi-partner, intervention-based nutrition research program in the State of Gujarat, India, mainly focusing on the reduction of micronutrient deficiency anemia among the tribal population and empowering tribal women’s Self Help Groups by providing them with livelihood activities. Previously, Kasim also worked as a Chief Administrative Officer in a health-based NGO in India.

Kasim is a Master of Business Administration with dual specialization in Marketing and Finance. He has also pursued research-based online courses on primary health care, nutrition, and social behavior change communication from premier academic institutions in India and abroad.