Future Development Leaders of Pakistan

Young Development Fellow - YDF

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Ursala Khan

Area of Interest:
Minister's Office


Ursala Khan

I graduated from the University of York, with a bachelor’s in Politics, Economics and Philosophy and have previously worked at Group Development Pakistan as a research assistant and interned at the World Bank, Governance and Support Program. I am interested in political and economic analysis particularly in developing countries regarding sustainable development, inclusive growth and poverty alleviation with a specific focus on promoting SME growth. As a YDF I am assigned to the Minister’s Office and currently working on a range of strategic initiatives aimed at improving socio-economic growth and other issues such as Pakistan’s water policy, employment generation under CPEC, technical innovation hubs and small and medium enterprises’ access to capital.
The Young Development Fellows Program is a valuable opportunity for young professionals interested in working in the public/development sector as well as those looking to understand the public sector policy formulation as we interact directly with policy makers and the processes involved. Through my academic background I have amassed theoretical knowledge, particularly of the political economy of development, studied comparative economic growth patterns in the developing world following various economic models and the challenges posed to developing countries both internal and external. I now wish to make use of this theoretical knowledge on a wide range of developmental issues and apply it on a practical level to impact policy