Maryam Akmal is a Young Professional in the World Bank’s Education Global Practice. Her work primarily focuses on the use of data and evidence to inform education policy. She has a particular interest in gender and early grade learning. Some of her work with the Education Global Practice focuses on the Accelerator Program, Learning Poverty, and the Learning Data Compact. Prior to joining the World Bank, Maryam worked as a Senior Policy Analyst with the global education team at the Center for Global Development, where she helped launch a research consortium to produce policy-relevant insights on the educational impacts of Covid-19 with partners in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. In a previous role, she was a part of the directorate at the RISE (Research on Improving Systems of Education) program. Maryam holds a Master in Public Policy from Georgetown University and a BA in Economics from Oberlin College.