Research Advisory Committee

Sobia Khurram

PhD (Business Administration and Management) University of Stirling, UK Sobia Khurram is serving as a Professor of Management Sciences at the University of Punjab in Lahore. Her research interests include areas of tax administration reforms with special focus on autonomy and accountability and anti-corruption reforms. She teaches BS, Masters, MPhil and PhD students in Management, […]

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Nooreen Mujahid

PhD (Economics), University of Karachi, Karachi Nooreen Mujahid is currently serving as the Director of the Applied Economics Research Centre (AERC). Earlier, she served as Chairperson of the Department of Economics, University of Karachi and an Additional Directing Staff at the National Institute of Management (NIM) Karachi (deputation). Her interests are Labor Economics, Gender and

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Rafiullah Kakar

Master (Public Policy), Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford | MSc (Global Governance and Diplomacy), University of Oxford Rafiullah Kakar is the Member (Social Sector & Devolution) at the Ministry of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives, Government of Pakistan. He leads the work on policy research, identification of strategic projects and preparation of short-term,

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Najy Benhassine

PhD (Economics), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA Najy Benhassine is Country Director for Pakistan for the South Asia region at the World Bank Group. Prior to this, he was the Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions (EFI) Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa region, following his time as the Director for the Finance,

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Adnan Rafiq

PhD (Political Science & Government), University of Oxford Adnan Rafiq is currently working for the M/o PD&SI as Member of Governance, Innovation and Reforms. Earlier he worked as USIP’s country director for Pakistan. Mr. Rafiq has multiple years of experience leading research and development initiatives for a range of organizations, including the U.N. Development Programme,

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Nadeem Javed

PhD (Economics), University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, France Nadeem Javed is currently working for the Government of Pakistan as the Chief Economist. Mr. Javed earlier served as chief economist from 2014 to 2018 and worked for the State Bank of Pakistan too. Mr. Javed has also worked as the Associate Dean of Karachi School of

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Adeel Malik

DPhil (Economics), University of Oxford, UK Adeel Malik is a development macroeconomist with a strong multi-disciplinary orientation. His research engages with questions of long-run development, political economy and economic history, with a special focus on Muslim societies. His work combines quantitative and qualitative research methods. Apart from engaging with cross-country empirics on development, he is

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Ahmed Waqar Qasim

PhD (Economics), Hokkaido University, Japan | MPhil (Economics), Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad | MSc (Economics), International Islamic University, Islamabad Ahmed Waqar Qasim is working as Senior Research Economist at PIDE Islamabad. His areas of interest inlcude regulations and regulatory impact assessment, lobbying and special interest groups, and Sludge.  

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Zahid Asghar

PhD (Economics), Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, Islamabad | MSc (Statistics) Zahid Asghar is the Director of School of Economics at the Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. He served as senior faculty at the National Institute of Banking and Finance, State Bank of Pakistan, Islamabad, and remained Chairman, Department of Statistics at QAU. His areas of research

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Izzah Aftab

PhD (Economics), The New School, New York City, USA | MA (Economics), The New School New York City, USA | MS (Public Policy), Beaconhouse National University Izza Aftab is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Beaconhouse National University (BNU) Lahore. She was the founding Chairperson of the Economics Department at ITU Lahore. She was also

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