Ajmal received his M.A. in International Development Policy from the Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University. He has over nine years of international development experience working for various International Development Organizations and the United Nations. His experience includes extensive work in program management and research in international development. Ajmal’s research interest is the interface of institutions, industry competitiveness, and economic development strategies. His current research at the Duke GVC Center focuses on the value chains of energy in the U.S. and food security in the Middle East and North Africa.