Muhammad Meki

University of Oxford

Muhammad Meki is a PhD candidate in Economics at the University of Oxford. He has previously completed postgraduate degrees in Finance (MSc, London School of Economics), Economics (PGDip, Cambridge), and Economics for Development (MSc, Oxford). Muhammad also has 5 years’ experience working in financial markets, for Bank of America in London and Deutsche Bank in Singapore, where he traded fixed-income products, foreign exchange derivatives and government bonds.

In his research he is interested in the effect of equity-like financial contracts, which involve profit and loss sharing and / or shared asset ownership, on the investment and growth of microenterprises in developing countries, with a particular focus on the importance of behavioural characteristics such as risk and time preferences.

Researcher's Grant Projects

This project considers an innovative new microfinance product, based on the principles of equity financing, in which promising potential entrepreneurs are provided with capital, training and mentorship to help them become online freelancers.
Researchers: Abu Shonchoy, Simon Quinn, Muhammad Meki, Mehrab Bakhtiar
Grants Round: 23rd Round
Country: Bangladesh
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
This randomized controlled trial explores the feasibility and evaluates the impact of equity-based microfinancing for microenterprises in Pakistan.
Researchers: Simon Quinn, Muhammad Meki
Grants Round: 19th Round
Country: Pakistan
Cross-cutting themes: Fragile and conflict-affected states