Maliha is a PhD candidate in Economics at the University of Kent. She is a graduate with an MSc in Economics and Development Economics from the University of Nottingham with a concentration in education, healthcare, migration, and social policy towards gender discrimination. She has provided technical research support to local and international organizations in preparing bidding portfolios, compliance maintenance reports, performing cross-functional duties, and liaisoning with various ministries of government in Bangladesh, Cambodia, and India. She previously worked as an Operational Project Manager and Coordinator for the development of a locally owned National Adolescent Strategy (NAS) for Bangladesh under the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs (MOWCA) in collaboration with UNICEF. She works on topics related to development economics and has a particular interest in digital financial services and women’s economic empowerment, migration, and education.