Zara Ali is a program officer on the evaluation and adaptive learning team at Results for Development (R4D). She provides technical and data analysis support to evaluation and adaptive learning engagements on several programs, including the Increasing Access to Pneumonia Treatments in High-Burden Countries, Leveraging Transparency to Reduce Corruption in the Natural Resource Industries (LTRC), and Rapid Feedback Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (RF MERL).
Before joining R4D, Ms. Ali was a research fellow at Evidence for Policy Design at the Harvard Kennedy School for Government where she worked with Professors Rema Hanna, Rohini Pande, and Martin Abel on female labor market projects in Saudi Arabia. Previously, she worked at Endeavor Jordan, an NGO supporting high-impact entrepreneurship, where she contributed to the annual impact report and helped assess application companies based on business models, growth potential and fit with Endeavor. Ms. Ali also worked as a researcher at the Economic Development unit at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia in Lebanon, contributing to reports on the economic drivers of the Arab Spring and implications of the formation of a Gulf trade union.
Ms. Ali holds a master’s degree in international and development economics from Yale University and a BA in economics from New York University.