Brought up in Gaya, a small town in eastern India, Tabish Azeem studied chemical engineering at the National Institute of Technology, Trichy. After brief stints in the pharmaceutical industry and business consulting, he responded to his heart’s calling, taking a plunge into the development sector. In 2014, Tabish was selected for the Indian government Prime Minister’s Rural Development Fellowship, for which he was placed in one India’s most underdeveloped regions. During his two years at the grassroots, Tabish worked in the domains of social security, poverty alleviation, skill development, monitoring and evaluation and decentralized planning. In 2016-17, the final year of fellowship, he was engaged with the state government of Jharkhand, where he led a multi-million-dollar collaborative project to strengthen government services delivery, built partnerships and helped bolster monitoring mechanisms. Tabish also advised the government on policy matters relating to rural employment, livelihoods, financial inclusion and planning. He also holds the Gold Medal for a master’s degree in development practice from Tata Institute of Social Sciences. 
At Yale, Tabish will focus on economics, statistics and analytical tools for data driven policy making. Within development policy, Tabish is deeply interested in governance models, political economy, private sector development and the role of technology in development.