Syra Khan

Syra Khan


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Syra combines the qualitative and critical thinking skills she gained through her undergraduate degree with the rigorous quantitative skills she is learning through her ongoing Master of Economic Policy. She has experience working in the international aid and development sector in the Pacific, and has worked in and with non-government organisations in Australia, Pakistan and across the Pacific Islands. She has undertaken quantitative and qualitative research across areas including private sector development in the Pacific; housing affordability, financial well-being and environmental sustainability in Australia and New Zealand; and domestic and sectarian violence in Pakistan.

Influential work

  • Consolidated, evaluated and analysed quantitative data from a nationally representative sample of survey respondents to inform a report on inequality perceptions in Australia
  • Undertook a comprehensive review of the current state of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye health in Australia for a major non-for-profit organisation seeking to maximise its five-year strategic impact
  • Performed literature reviews, independent research and data collation and analysis for publications on private sector development across 14 Pacific Island countries
  • Delivered a comprehensive review and summary of legislative frameworks that regulate private sector activity in the Pacific
  • Tracked the performance of financial institutions across 14 countries, with a focus on state-owned-enterprises, pension funds and development banks.

Outside of Nous

Having grown up in Pakistan, Syra has a keen interest in International Development and the distributional impacts of economic policy. Prior to Nous, she worked with the Asian Development Bank and Equity Economics on a range of consulting projects covering the Pacific, Australia and New Zealand.

During her undergraduate degree, Syra interned with the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan to explore the trends and reasoning behind the rise in sectarian violence in Karachi. This sparked her interest in primary research, which was furthered during a winter exchange program she undertook in Singapore to study the ‘housing for all’ policy of the Lee Kuan Yew government.

Syra holds a Bachelor of Arts (political economy and international relations) from The University of Sydney and is currently completing a Master of Economic Policy from The Australian National University.

In her spare time...

Syra enjoys reading about economic history, following current affairs and exploring Canberra’s walking trails. Much free time is spent in the library unravelling the complexity of quantitative economic modelling.