Experts & Staff
Associate Policy Analyst, MPI Europe
Aliyyah Ahad is an Associate Policy Analyst with MPI Europe, where her research focuses on European asylum policies, unaccompanied minors, and social innovation in refugee reception and integration.
Previously, Ms. Ahad completed a 12-month internship with the Bermuda Government’s Cabinet Office. She also managed a research project for WPP Government and Public Sector Practice on how to improve communications between refugees and the public and humanitarian sectors. She also interned with MPI, and spent three months in Rabat, Morocco volunteering with a center that provided medical and social care to unauthorized migrant women who were pregnant.
Ms. Ahad holds a master of science in migration studies and master of public policy, with distinction, from the University of Oxford, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. She also holds an honors bachelor of arts degree in political science and sociology from the University of Toronto, with high distinction. Ms. Ahad also spent a year studying at Sciences Po Paris, where she received an exchange program certificate, cum laude.
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