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Ms. Katie Parry is Non-resident Fellow for Migration, Gender, and Development Issues in the Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development (CIRSD). She is currently pursuing advanced graduate research on the migration crisis in the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe at the Harvard Kennedy School under the mentorship of developmental economist Lant Pritchett. 


Her professional background is in quantitative impact evaluation and governance, with a particular focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. From 2010-2012 she was a Senior Economist in the Central Bank of Sierra Leone, before becoming the Lead Field Researcher on projects run by Innovations for Poverty Action and by the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

She has also worked as a staffer for British Member of Parliament Simon Kirby and collaborated with Intelligence Squared and the Royal Geographical Society on climate change issues. In addition, she has led a number of events at Harvard University on gender equality issues—a subject she began to focus on during her time in Sierra Leone when she founded a women’s support group aimed at combatting sexual exploitation and under-reporting of rape in Freetown’s slums.

Ms. Parry holds a first class degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Pembroke College Oxford and a Master’s degree in Statistics and Demographics from the London School of Economics.

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