Sharon has over 15 years of experience in the field of research and international development. As the Executive Director of IFMR LEAD, Sharon leads the strategic direction of the organization and provides oversight to research, policy and capacity building engagements. Sharon has extensive experience in building important partnerships between academia, donor agencies, policymakers and practitioners to promote evidence-based policymaking and practice at scale. She has hands-on experience in research and analytics, and is a Principal Investigator on several IFMR LEAD studies as well. Prior to joining IFMR LEAD, Sharon was an Economist with the Analysis Group in Montreal, Canada. Sharon holds a Master?s degree in Social Research Methods from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Master?s degree in Economics from the Université du Québec à Montréal.