Rumana Khorshed

PhD in Global Governance

Rumana Khorshed is a PhD student in the Global Governance program at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Her doctoral dissertation will focus on skilled labour migration. Rumana’s other research interests include sustainable development and public policy. Rumana holds a master’s in environmental studies in Sustainability Management from the University of Waterloo. Her master’s thesis combined the evidence that foreign aid is essential for Bangladeshis to have access to clean water.

Prior to her Phd, She has extensive professional expertise in public administration and policy. Throughout her career, she has worked on skill development to create a skilled labor force.  While working for the skill development organization, she worked to design up-to-date curricula, conducting the assessment of trainees and providing national certification of competencies. Her professional experience within the skill sector has provided her with substantial expertise in the field of skill and migration, enabling her to explore more knowledge in this sector.

In 2018, she got the opportunity to attend UNESCAP’s Regional workshop on Evidence-Based Trade Policy for Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in LDCs and LLDCs in Bhutan and KOICA’s GPEDC Learning & Accelerating Program in Korea. She also received 2017 ITCILO training in Turin, Italy, on Public Procurement and Advanced Contract Management.

She is passionate to work on the inclusion of skilled labour force from local to international market.


  • Balsillie Doctoral Fellowship, 2023
  • Prime Minister’s Fellowship, Bangladesh, 2019-2021


  • Masters in Environmental Studies (MES) in Sustainability Management at University of Waterloo, 2021
  • Masters in Applied Physics, Electronics & Communication Engineering at University of Dhaka
  • Bachelor in Applied Physics, Electronics & Communication Engineering at University of Dhaka
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