Janet C. Cuenca

Janet spent 15 years with the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), a government think-tank engaged in policy research. Her work at PIDS gave her the opportunity to author/co-author research papers with senior economists at the Asian Development Bank, United Nations Children’s Fund, World Bank, and the AusAID. She authored two sub-chapters (i.e., on child protection and social protection) of the Global Study on Child Poverty and Disparities: National Report – Philippines, which was launched in September 2010 by the UNICEF and PIDS.

Her research interests include public sector economics; social development; social protection; decentralization/local governance

Janet has a B.S. in Applied Mathematics (major in Operations Research) and a M.S. Economics.

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Richa Shivakoti

Richa’s research interests include labor migration and development in Asia, the role of diaspora and multilevel governance. Her thesis focuses on two labor-sending nations from Asia, Nepal and the Philippines, to understand network characteristics between different actors in the domestic labor migration sector.

Richa holds a dual Masters degree in Public Affairs and Political Science from Indiana University, and a Bachelors degree in Economics and International Relations from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College. She spent two years as a visiting scholar at the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University, and has worked with the Open Society Foundations in Kathmandu and the International Rescue Committee in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Maitreyee Mukherjee

With a background in bio-sciences and environmental management, Maitreyee’s research interest lies chiefly in water related policy research. Her prior work, as a research associate at the Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, included projects in urban water management, water pricing and environmental sustainability in water resource development projects. In addition to her research exposure, she is also a trained teacher and loves interacting with young inquisitive minds.

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Masood Ahmed Malik

Masood’s research interests include institutions and institutional theories, water policy and governance, reforms, foreign aid effectiveness, public administration.

His PhD research focuses on role of political institutions and government capacity on the effectiveness of foreign aid in improving access to clean drinking water.

Previous background includes working as an academic in Pakistan for 4 years. Masood has an MSc. in Computer Sciences from Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad, an MBA in Finance from Institute of Business Administration (IBA) Karachi and MS in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

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