Dr. Shahriar Kibriya is an educator, researcher and development professional with expertise on education and institutional policy reform; marketing and innovative social entrepreneurship; development and institutional economics; environment and climate sustainability; and quantitative studies of social science. He completed a PhD degree from Texas A&M University in 2011 and joined the Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture as an assistant director. Prior to that Dr. Kibriya worked with Texas A&M International Agriculture in Asia and Africa. In his current position as the associate director of USAID and Texas A&M University’s Center on Conflict and Development, he oversees 26 million dollars of grants and contracts; directs19 projects; teaches 2 graduate and undergraduate courses and leads research through the Strategic Analytics Laboratory.
Dr. Kibriya is the Co-Founder of the USAID Higher Education Solutions Network Laboratory at Texas A&M. He has led numerous research and development projects on agricultural entrepreneurship, food policy, education reform, agricultural practices, female and youth empowerment through innovation across four continents. His research work has been published and sponsored by leading journals as well United States Agency for International Development. Dr. Kibriya’s applied research work on efficacy of US foreign interventions relevant to food security, climate change, local institutions and education reform issues has generated effective policy suggestions for federal and state agencies.
Dr. Kibriya has designed curriculum and teaches 2 undergraduate and graduate courses at Texas A&M University. In 2012, while working for the Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture Dr. Kibriya was a part of a team that trained Texas National Guards to be deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. As the director of the Strategic Analytics Laboratory of Center on Conflict and Development he has counseled and directed research work of 2 post-docs, 5 post-masteral, 12 graduate and 10 undergraduate students.
As a recognition of academic and development initiative Dr. Kibriya has been invited to serve in the boards of numerous federal, state and NGO led initiatives. In these roles, he champions policy advocacy and public service through USAID, DOD and several other private platforms. His research and development work has been cited by award winning books such as: Forty Chances-Fighting Hope in a Hungry World (NYT Best Seller), From Warfront to Storefront: Americans Rebuilding Trust and Hope in Nations Under Fire as well as special UN reports- INSPIRE: seven strategies for ending violence against children and Ending the Torment: tackling bullying from the school yard to cyberspace.