Nazia M. Habib

Founder and Director, Resilience and Sustainable Development Programme, University of Cambridge

Nazia M Habib is the Founder and the Director for the Resilience and Sustainable Development Programme (RSDP), she is also a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Industrial Sustainability at the Institute of Manufacturing (IfM). Trained in political economy, she specialises on socio-dynamic systems design and action-research. She studies applied resilience and sustainable development practices and aims to improve the decision-making process. She focuses on emerging economies and worked with over twenty countries. Together with her team, she builds platform applications to scale up good governance, responsible innovation and sustainable investment. Dr Habib regularly presents and writes on how to scale up the complex global value chain by integrating environmental, societal and political values. In 2015, Dr Habib authored the Dead Sea Resilience Agenda for the United Nations (2015), which set out regional policy options for managing the Syrian refugee crisis. Her sustainable investment markers (SIMs) framework inspired the setting up Cambridge Sustainable Investment Partnership (CSIP). Dr Habib previously served as a Founding Lecturer for the MPhil in Public Policy at the University of Cambridge. Among her prestigious fellowships includes Commonwealth Fellowship, Newton Fellowship, and Sustainability Science Fellowship to name a few. Currently, she is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and a founding board member to the Harvard Univesity's Alumni Associations' to Climate Group. She also holds board advisory roles with several international institutions including the Bangladesh Small Medium Enterprise Foundation (SMEF), Bangladesh and World Cultural Heritage Centre (WHCC), US. She consults for multilateral agencies, including the United Nations, World Bank and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Originally from Bangladesh, she attended Oxford University and received a PhD in Land Economy from the University of Cambridge for which she received the best thesis award.