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Research Assistants

Afia Adaboh, PhD Student in the Global Development concentration
Research Concentration: Food Security, Social Protection, Evaluation, Marginalized Communities

PhotoAfia’s research focuses on social policy creation, implementation and evaluation in developing countries that aim to improve the quality of life of vulnerable and marginalized communities.Previously she worked with breadfruit farmers in Jamaica to develop a means to ensure survivability and improve fruit yield;helped to develop a comprehensive implementation and evaluation plan to reduce high maternal mortality rates in Somalia; among other projects. She is currently assisting the GDS Center to complete an evaluation of the Akshaya Patra Mid-day Meal program in Lucknow, India.


Gamaliel Amaniampong, MA/SID '16
Research Concentration: International Development, Climate Change, Food Security

PhotoGamaliel is a development researcher with a focus on international development, food security, poverty alleviation and livelihood empowerment.  He is interested in investigating the challenges associated with food security, climate change adaptation, and post-harvest loss management.  At the Center, Gamaliel is working on food security and post-harvest loss management with specific reference to Ghana. Gamaliel has also served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the Heller School's Sustainable International Development program at Brandeis University.  Prior to the Center, he was affiliated with the Ghana Adventist Heritage Fund, where he worked on livelihood development policies.  Gamaliel also served as a student researcher at the University for Development Studies in Ghana.  Learn more about Gamaliel's works and publications.


Dinar Dana Kharisma, PhD Student in the Global Development concentration
Research Concentration: Social Protection, Evaluation, Marginalized Communities

PhotoDinar is a PhD student in the Global Development and Sustainability concentration. He worked with the Government of Indonesia on the development of national social protection programs, including the National Health Insurance and conditional cash transfer. His main research interest is social policy evaluation in developing countries. He is currently assisting the GDS Center to complete an evaluation of the Akshaya Patra Mid-day Meal program in Lucknow, India.


Sultan Mohammed Zakaria, MA/SID '16
Research Concentration: Democratic Theory and Political Institutions, International Relations, Inclusive Development

PhotoSultan is a social science researcher and academic with a focus on international development; democratic theory, system, and institutions; and international relations and geopolitics of South Asia and the Middle East. At the Center, Sultan's main areas of investigation include understanding the relationship between democracy and education, inclusive development, and social exclusion; manifestations of social exclusion in South Asia; and understanding the influence of religion as a force of emancipation or oppression.  Besides, Sultan is working on the Center's initiative in the development of a global index on social exclusion/inclusion.  Sultan has also served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the Heller School's Sustainable International Development program at Brandeis University.  Prior to joining the Center, Sultan worked for the Brandeis University's Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism as an advanced research assistant.  In addition to GDS affliation, Sultan is currently based at the BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), BRAC University, Bangladesh, and serving as an Assistant Professor/ Senior Research Associate at the institute, where he teaches graduate students on politics, political economy, and sustainable development, and undertakes research on issues of democratic governance, examines the relationship between democracy and education, and works on the development of a country-specific democratic governance index.  Sultan is also a visiting scholar at the Boston University's Department of Sociology and working on a research project that examines relationship between global migration and democratic change.  Learn more about Sultan's works and publications.

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