Robia Islam
Data and Research Intern
New York City

Robia Islam joined Building Markets as a Data Research Intern in April 2020. She is currently an MPA candidate at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), where she focuses on Economic and Political Development. Prior to SIPA, she worked in Pakistan for local and international NGOs in the public health sector. Through her experiences, she coordinated a Harvard Medical School-funded policy workshop focused on how modes of Islamic Social Finance can be leveraged to sustain healthcare delivery in the Muslim world. She also supported the implementation of Zero TB, a Global Fund-funded national healthcare delivery project aimed at infectious disease control in high-burden cities. In this capacity, she designed, tested, and implemented a patient-centric mobile health application to centralize data collection and analysis and improve programmatic operations. She earned her bachelor’s in International Political Economy, with minors in Economics and Spanish, from Fordham University. Robia is passionate about understanding how the private sector can support businesses and entrepreneurs in resource-constrained environments and how it can be used to sustain long-term economic growth.