Lobna Kassim is the Deputy Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Development at the University of Oxford. She plays a key role in shaping the programme strategy and overseeing the delivery of the programme goals across various work streams. Lobna also leads on policy outreach efforts by the programme, exploring new frontier research questions and partnerships with policymakers and amplifying partners’ use of our research findings.
Prior to joining the Oxford Martin School, she led the policy team at J-PAL Middle East and North Africa and co-founded the Egypt Impact Lab in the Egyptian Ministry of Planning. She helped develop and design randomized evaluations on digital saving groups, and mobile-based extension services. She also has years of experience at the International Labour Organization, as evaluation manager, and coordinator of the regional TAQEEM Initiative.
She holds a master's in applied labour economics from Sciences Po. and the Turin School of Development and has one year of PhD study in UNU-MERIT.