Join the Development Impact Lab (DIL) in a public forum to showcase the research and education agendas of our two exemplary Global Poverty and Practice Postdoctoral Fellows. Each Fellow will present his postdoctoral research. This will be followed by a lively discussion about the relevance and importance of Development Engineering in international development.
– 4:00 – 4:15: Light refreshments, Networking, and Welcome
– 4:15 – 4:30: Dr. Imran Ali will present “”Building evidence-based guidelines for emergency water treatment”
– 4:35 – 4:50: Dr. Kweku Opoku-Agyemang will present “Mobilizing Democracy: A Tale of Two Experiments”
– 4:50 – 5:10: Discussion, Q&A
– 5:10 – 5:30: Mingling and Networking
About our speakers:
Dr. Syed Imran Ali is an aid worker and academic focused on humanitarian challenges at the intersection of environment and public health. He is a water and sanitation specialist with Médecins Sans Frontières and has been part of emergency responses in South Sudan and Pakistan. Dr. Ali’s current research focuses on emergency safe water supply in refugee/IDP camps. In response to major knowledge gaps in humanitarian operations, his research aims to develop evidence-based guidance for emergency water treatment. Dr. Ali holds a doctorate in environmental engineering from the University of Guelph and received his B.Sc. in engineering from Queen’s University.
Dr. Kweku Opoku-Agyemang’s main research interest is the political economy of development: how the interface between economic and political science can help us understand important policy issues. He is also interested in behavioral economics, social entrepreneurship and the political impacts of mobile and open-source technologies. Dr. Opoku-Agyemang’s research seeks to understand why entrepreneurial Ghanaians are constrained in their ability to push for political accountability and the potential role of mobile technology in breaking through these constraints. Dr. Opoku-Agyemang holds a doctorate in development studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received his M.A. in economics from Ohio University and B.A. from the University of Ghana..