Nazia M Habib, FRSA

Director of Resilience and Sustainable Development Programme (RSDP),
University of Cambridge

Nazia M Habib is the Founding Director for the Resilience and Sustainable Development Programme (RSDP) at Cambridge Univerity. Her work focuses on fostering resilience and sustainable development through public-private partnerships by improving public sector decision making in emerging countries using multidisciplinary research, methods, and training. Nazia is currently researching integrating system dynamics analysis into responsible innovation and sustainable investment design in order to design, develop and deliver sustainable solutions across the value chain of a specific policy or product. Nazia regularly presents and writes on how to scale up a complex global value chain of primary commodities, primarily in the agriculture and energy sector. Using a complex global value chain analysis, she has developed frameworks to accelerate institutional innovations in developing countries. She regularly speaks on sustainable investments for resilient growth to executives at corporate events, including those hosted by Financial Times, and Bloomberg. Among various lead authorship that Nazia held, in 2015, she authored the Dead Sea Resilience Agenda for the United Nations (2015), which set out regional policy options for managing the Syrian refugee crisis. Nazia previously served as a Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge, where she taught climate policy and food policy. Prior to joining Cambridge, Nazia was at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and worked with various agencies of the United Nations where she focused on identifying multiple pathways to improve sustainable development in developing countries. Originally from Bangladesh, Nazia received a PhD in Land Economy from the University of Cambridge.