Iffath Sharif is a Program Leader for the Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal country work programs. She is responsible for coordinating the Bank’s portfolio on Health, Education, Social Protection, Jobs, Poverty, and Gender in these countries. As a Lead Economist, she also manages the policy dialogue and a number of Projects on Social Protection and Labor issues. Previously she has worked on various analytical and lending activities in Sri Lanka and Nepal, and was the co-author of the 2013 Bangladesh Poverty Assessment Report. Prior to joining the Bank, Iffath taught at the Department of Economics, North South University in Bangladesh. She also worked with the Centre for Policy Dialogue as a visiting fellow. Iffath’s first exposure to the field of development was with the microfinance NGO, Proshika. Her work with Proshika led to the publication of two books that she co-edited on the targeting and institutional aspects of the microfinance sector in Bangladesh. Iffath has published her work in a number of peer reviewed journals including the Journal of Development Economics. Iffath holds a PhD in Development Economics from the London School of Economics, England, and a Master degree in Economics and Public Policy from Princeton University, USA.