Khamza Sharifzoda is a first-year MPP student at the Yale Jackson School of Global Affairs. He is interested in international macroeconomics, public finance, capital markets, and sovereign debt. Before Yale, Khamza worked at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank. At the IMF, he analyzed the macroeconomic landscape in emerging and developing economies facing balance-of-payment problems. He also worked on the design of new lending instruments, review of IMF conditionalities, the historic 2021 SDR allocation, and debt relief for the poorest members. At the World Bank, his work focused on fiscal policy and labor markets in emerging economies. 

Khamza was born in Tajikistan but later immigrated to the United States. He speaks Russian, Farsi, Spanish, and Turkish. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Nazarbayev University and a master’s degree in Eastern European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. 

After graduation from Yale, Khamza intends to continue his career with a focus on emerging/frontier markets and debt restructuring, leveraging his regional expertise and strong macroeconomics background.