Sajeda Amin leads the Population Council’s work on livelihoods for adolescent girls. She is a senior sociologist and demographer with decades of experience generating evidence on empowerment programs for girls and women. She also studies the role of work opportunities in girls’ and women’s lives. She is an expert on microfinance, financial literacy, prevention of child marriage, girls’ and women’s factory work and time-use patterns, and the provision of incentives in the education sector.
Before joining the Population Council in 1993, Amin was a research fellow at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies, in Dhaka. She has coordinated large projects in Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Nepal, Uganda, and Vietnam.
Amin has served in advisory capacities to PLAN-International, UNICEF, UNFPA, and the World Bank. She has been a member of BRAC-USA’s advisory board since 2007 and has advised BRAC-Uganda’s adolescent girls’ program since 2010. She is a member of the Population Association of America (PAA) and the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP). She was a member of the IUSSP Council for the term 2014–2017; the IUSSP Council is responsible for the scientific program of the IUSSP as a whole. She has edited, authored, or co-authored more than 80 research papers and holds a Master’s in public affairs from the School of Public and International Affairs and a doctorate in sociology and demography from Princeton University.