Faraz Salahuddin came to Jackson Institute from Karachi, Pakistan.  His interest is in health policy and international development. Faraz studied economics and history at Vassar College in New York and at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. He then spent four years building a sense of home in Washington D.C., while also working as a health system researcher at the Advisory Board Company. There he focused on producing research on structural challenges in the U.S. healthcare system, and then developing data analytics platforms that hospitals and other healthcare providers can use to meet those challenges. At Yale he intended to continue his work on strengthening national healthcare systems. Most of his efforts since, including a thesis-esque master’s project on sustainable financing for universal health coverage in Pakistan, have been focused in this area—with a new emphasis on health and the neoliberal global economy. His ultimate goal remains to help governments in “developing” countries, like his home-country of Pakistan, build stronger public healthcare systems through better, staunchly pro-poor, policy.  After graduation, Faraz will be moving back to D.C. to work directly on issues of health care financing and payment reform. In the end, Faraz is most grateful that he had the opportunity to return to an academic setting, build on some policy-relevant skills, all while reading critical books and talking to his friends and teachers about global problems and what to do about them.