Fatima is an Analyst at The Asia Group, where she focuses on supporting the India portfolio. Drawing on her experience living and working in India, Fatima brings a deep understanding of the region based on both her professional and personal experiences in the country. In 2018, Fatima completed her Boren Fellowship in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, where she studied Urdu and Hindi. In Lucknow, Fatima engaged with small business owners, grassroots organizations, and journalists to gain a deeper understanding of Indian politics and state-level affairs.
Prior to her role at The Asia Group, Fatima worked at the International Rescue Committee to support the U.S. Programs team on research and policy initiatives affecting the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program in 2017. Previously, Fatima supported a USAID funded development project in collaboration with Mercy Corps in Amman, Jordan. In her role, she designed capacity strengthening interventions and trained local staff on capacity development approaches and program design to reach internally displaced Syrians during the Syrian Civil War. Fatima worked at Broadleaf Health and Education Alliance in Darjeeling, India as a 2015 William J. Clinton Fellow. As an Education Consultant for the NGO, Fatima designed a sustainable monitoring and evaluation system and practical tools to evaluate the impact of health and hygiene interventions. She also facilitated trainings for educators and community health workers in tea farm communities focusing on public health curriculum in rural primary schools through the Darjeeling District. Fatima gained her interest in the field of education as a 2012 Teach For America corps member, where she worked in San Jose, California for three years. As a lead teacher, Fatima engaged educators, city leadership, small businesses, and parents to implement strategies for high-level charter school legislation.
Fatima holds a Master of Science in Foreign Service with a focus in Global Politics and Security from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Her research interests at Georgetown included U.S. and Chinese foreign policy toward South Asia through the lens of ethical decision making. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History and a Minor in Middle East/South Asia Studies from the University of California, Davis. Fatima is conversational in Spanish and Punjabi, and is fluent in Hindi and Urdu.