Owasim Akram was an Academic Visitor at the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing from April to June 2019.
With an academic background in International Relations (University of Dhaka) along with a post graduate diploma in International Development Studies (University of Oslo) Owasim Akram is currently affiliated with Örebro University, Sweden as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie doctoral student. Owasim has a broad based research, evaluation, policy and program management exposure in the field of development with expertise in extreme poverty, socio-economic resilience, social protection, food and nutrition security. Prior to joining as a doctoral researcher, he had been working for the European Commission's office in Bangladesh as 'Programme Manager-Livelihoods & Resilience'.
During his short but broad based career journey, Owasim Akram worked for some world-renowned development organizations, i.e. Oxfam, Action on Disability and Development, Plan International, BRAC holding different strategic positions from mid to senior level. His doctoral research is expected to be benefitted by his practical experiences in the field, which would be exploring the lived experience of the extreme poor older people in Bangladesh. He is also affiliated with the Swedish National Graduate School for Competitive Science on Ageing and Health (SWEAH), an initiative of Lund University and funded by The Swedish Research Council.