Dr. Shaila Ahmed is an Assistant Professor and Associate Research Fellow at BIGD, Brac University. She received her PhD in Economics and her Master of Public Health from Northern Illinois University, USA, where she was given the Best Dissertation Award from the Economics Department in 2022. While pursuing her doctorate, she worked as an Adjunct Faculty of Economics at a US college. Prior to her doctoral degree, she served in the BRAC Ultra Poor Program as Regional Manager. She also served a year as Aarong’s Department Head of Social Compliance and Public Relations. In addition to labour economics, health economics, and applied microeconomics, Dr. Ahmed has a special interest in health and education. The impact of various cash transfer programmes on poor segments of society is also of interest to her.