Ammar Khalid is a policy analyst for the Urban Institute's Justice Policy Center, where he provides analytical support on projects pertaining to criminal justice reform. Prior to joining Urban, Ammar held consultant positions with Urban's Center on International Development and Governance on a USAID-funded project aiming to realign the agency's urban programming and the South Asia team in the World Bank's Social Protection and Jobs Global Practice, where he provided research support for a report on Pakistan's labor market. He has also consulted with other teams in the World Bank (within the Social Protection and Jobs Global Practice, the Transport and ICT Global Practice, and the International Finance Corporation) and with the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation. He also has two years' experience working full time as a research assistant at the Institute of Economic and Development Alternatives, an economic research think tank in Pakistan funded by the Open Society Foundations, where he focused mainly on a research experiment aimed at introducing citizen-centric, urban policing practices in the Punjab province.
Ammar holds a MA in international economics and international development from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a BSc (Hons) in economics from the Lahore University of Management Sciences. He is fluent in English and Urdu and has a working knowledge of French.