Mustufa is a Research Associate at J-PAL South Asia where he currently works on the on the Groundwater Management project in Gujarat, India. The project aims to evaluate the ability of a programme of payments for voluntary water conservation, known as Conservation Credits, to reduce groundwater pumping. He leads extensive data collection and implementation activities, manages stakeholder relations, and supports research design. This complements his previous engagement at J-PAL South Asia in projects investigating different questions across India within the sectors of caste relations, STEM subjects pedagogy and livelihoods generation. Most recently, he provided research support to the policy team at J-PAL South Asia in the efforts at scaling up the Targeting the Hard-core Poor (THP) Graduation programme, in partnership with the State of Rajasthan, India.
Prior to joining J-PAL in 2017, Mustufa has worked extensively in the education sector with Teach for India as well as with the Ministry of Education in Chile. He has considerable experience engaging stakeholders in both public and private sectors to address various issues through his previous involvement in Corporate Affairs, with Members of Parliaments, and with the British Army Reserves in the UK.
Mustufa holds a BA (Honors) in philosophy, politics, and economics from Lancaster University, UK. During this period, he also read for a year at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.