Nigar Nargis, PhD

Scientific Director, Economic and Health Policy Research

Nigar Nargis, PhD, focuses her research on issues related to economic cost of tobacco use and economic outcomes of tobacco control, tobacco taxation, tobacco affordability, poverty and development impact of tobacco use and control. Currently she holds the position of a Scientific Director at the American Cancer Society (ACS). Before joining ACS, she served as an economist in the Tobacco Control Economics Unit, Department of Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases in the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva. She also served as a faculty member in the Department of Economics, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh for several years. She obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in economics from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, PhD in Economics from Cornell University in New York, and completed a post-doctoral research program in Tobacco Control Economics at the University of Waterloo, Canada with a fellowship from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Strategic Training Program on Tobacco Control. She has been an active member of the International Tobacco Control (ITC) Policy Evaluation Project research team at the University of Waterloo since 2006.

Dr. Nargis has wide experience in research and working with the governments and providing technical support in the area of tobacco control economics. She is deeply involved with the global capacity building initiatives of ACS in the areas of the economics of0 tobacco use and tobacco control. Besides teaching, research, capacity building and providing technical support, Dr. Nargis has been part of a number of expert groups contributing to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Handbooks of Cancer Prevention (Tobacco Control, Volume 14: Effectiveness of tax and price policies in tobacco control) 2011, National Cancer Institute (NCI) Tobacco Control Monograph 21: Economics of Tobacco and Tobacco Control 2016, and Smokeless Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation in the Southeast Asian Region.