Dr. Azhari Gasim Ahmed is Senior Economist at the Islamic Development Bank, where he works on the bank’s Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development, a dedicated poverty reduction fund. He studied at the University of Khartoum, graduating with Honors in Economics in 1982, and then earned his MSc in Management Sciences from Durham University (UK) and his PhD in Economics from the University of Leeds in 1990. Ahmed’s prior professional career has included university teaching and private banking. He was an economics professor at the University of Gezira in Sudan from 1990-95 and principal economist at the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank in Nairobi.