Advancement and
Alumni Engagement

Sidra Khalid 18G

Researcher, Gender and Social Inclusion 
International Water Management Institute 
Islamabad, Pakistan 

Sidra Khalid’s time at Emory University was a pivotal experience that nurtured her passion for working in the development sector. She earned a master’s degree in development practice from Emory. She also holds a bachelor’s in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, with a minor in education.

Khalid served as a research fellow with Save the Children, dedicating eight months to a project in Kyrgyzstan aimed at promoting menstrual hygiene management and water, sanitation, and hygiene in schools. Her qualitative research on gender and social norms played a vital role in the development of the Choices gender equality curriculum designed for young adolescents.

Khalid currently resides in her native Pakistan, where she works as a researcher in gender and social inclusion for the International Water Management Institute. Her career path has been diverse, with experiences spanning multiple countries, including China, Ghana, Nigeria, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, and Pakistan. Her work focuses on critical areas such as water, sanitation, hygiene, climate change, disaster reduction, economic empowerment, and reproductive health.