Salimah Samji

Salimah Samji

Director - Building State Capability Program
Fellow - CID
Salimah Samji

Salimah Samji is the Director of the Building State Capability (BSC) Program and a CID Fellow. She has over ten years of experience working in international development. Salimah was an independent consultant working for the World Bank on issues of governance, and the Hewlett Foundation on strategic planning for one of their grantees. Prior to that, she served as a senior program manager at leading a transparency and accountability initiative focused on empowering citizens and decision makers, by making information on service delivery outcomes, publicly available. Salimah has also worked at the World Bank as a social/rural development and monitoring and evaluation specialist in South Asia. Born in Kenya, Salimah has a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo (Canada) and a Masters in Public Administration in International Development (MPAID) from the Harvard Kennedy School. She is a qualified Casualty Actuary who decided to change careers after her 18 month experience working in Afghan refugee camps with a Canadian NGO (FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance) based in Pakistan. She has worked and lived in Kenya, India, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Canada and the USA.

Contact Information

Center for International Development
79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: 617-496-4382