Shakil worked as an Assistant Research Coordinator at BRAC University, Bangladesh, for a large-scale randomized control trial on reducing intimate partner violence through media campaigns. His current research interests include development economics and experimental economics. Shakil is from Dhaka, Bangladesh, and continues to maintain strong ties with his maternal and paternal hometown, Bhandaria: a small town in rural Bangladesh. He earned a Bachelor’s in economics with a minor in finance from McGill University.