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Below please find Sheheryar's employment history. Click the button at the bottom to view a full copy of his latest CV.

Associate Professor of Economics (University of East Anglia)

August 2015 - Present

  • Published numerous academic papers, appearing in leading academic journals in Economics, Medicine, and Computer Science. 

  • Wrote a series of policy briefs which have generated policy advice on various topics for the governments of Indonesia, the Philippines, and Burkina Faso. Most recommendations were implemented.

  • Published one book on decision-making (Good Decisions for Strange Situations) and with another forthcoming in 2023 (The Decisive Mind).

  • Made several contributions to the popular press, including articles for the Times and The Conversation, televised interviews with BBC News, BBC World, and Sky News, radio interviews with BBC Norfolk and Sputnik News.

  • Awarded more than $500K in research grants and fellowships.

  • Presented in nearly 100 academic and policy circles worldwide, including global conferences organized by multilateral organizations, governments, and academic departments.

  • Leadership positions held in the academic department included designing the MSc program in Behavioral and Experimental Economics; director of the Laboratory for Economic Decision-making Research (LEDR); and director of PhD admissions.

  • Co-organized two major academic conferences: the Symposium for Economic Experiments in Developing Countries (SEEDEC) and the 1st Diversity and Discrimination Workshop. Served on the scientific committee for the 2nd Diversity and Discrimination Workshop. 

  • Taught Behavioral and Experimental Economics to MSc and PhD students with a focus on rigorous causal analysis methods including randomized control trials, laboratory methods (including field applications). 

  • Taught Development Economics to BSc students with a focus on the latest research in health, education, labor, migration, policy implementation, and behavioral science in developing countries.

  • Successfully placed students in academic positions, doctoral programs, and jobs in academia, consulting, and industry. 

Economist/Consultant (World Bank Group)

June 2011 - Present

  • Conducted primary applied research on labor topics including intrinsic and extrinsic incentives, recruitment and retention of talent, impact of performance-based bonuses, public sector reforms, and organizational design. Rigorously tested behavioral insights related to effort, health, and education.

  • Coauthor of the influential World Development Report 2015: Mind, Society, and Behavior, responsible for mainstreaming behavioral insights in development organizations.

  • Managed and supervised multiple project teams of operational staff, research associates, and survey personnel with diverse skill sets, competencies, and backgrounds. 

  • Provided intellectual support, data analysis expertise, and produced scientific papers and policy reports for the Development Economics Research and Public Sector Governance groups.

  • Conducted research and writing on grant applications for motivating public workers and estimating the effects of pay reforms in developing countries.

  • Led the design, implementation, and analysis of lab-in-the-field experiments, large-scale quantitative surveys, and impact evaluations in Indonesia, the Philippines, Burkina Faso, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. 

  • Wrote background papers for two additional World Development Reports: Governance and the Law, and Digital Dividends.  

Project Manager

August 2001 - August 2006

  • Developed applications and financial models to automate the end of month revenue journals and billing revenue reporting functions. Coded software to automate data entry functions of billing staff.

  • Duties included serving as specific point of contact for preparing financial reports, providing back-end database support for data related revenues, implementation of processes for automating billing audits, designing standard billing inquiry applications. 

  • Projected savings to AT&T approximated $60M p.a.

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