Inauguration

Imran Ismail Governor of Sindh

Mr. Imran Ismail is the 33rd Governor of Sindh, having assumed office on August 27, 2018. Mr. Imran Ismail is a trusted aide of Prime Minister Imran Khan. He has been on the side of the Prime Minister from the very start of his political struggle. Having trust and confidence on Mr. Ismail, Honorable Prime Minister Imran Khan nominated him for the post of Governor of Sindh.







Conference Chair

Prof. Dr. S Akbar Zaidi Conference Chair & Executive Director
Institute of Business Administration  (IBA), Karachi


Professor Dr. S Akbar Zaidi is a renowned political economist with an experience of over 36 years of teaching and research in Pakistan and abroad. His area of interest in research includes: political economy, development, social sciences and history.

He completed his PhD in History from the University of Cambridge in 2009, MPhil in Economics from the University of Cambridge in 1993, MSc in Social Planning in Developing Countries from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1982 and BSc (Hons.) in Economics from University College London in 1980.

His name has been associated with many renowned organizations globally including Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Oxford, IBA Karachi, United States Institute of Peace, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pakistan, the World Bank, Department for International Development (DFID), University of Karachi, State Bank of Pakistan, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Department for International Development, Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF), Aga Khan Foundation (Pakistan) etc.

Currently, he is serving as a Professor at Columbia University, New York, since 2010, and has a joint position at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), and at the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS). He is also an Adjunct Professor at the IBA Karachi. Moreover, he taught at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, from 2004-2005 as a visiting professor. He was the review editor of the Global Social Policy, McMaster's University, Canada during 2006-2011. He was also associated with the Applied Economics Research Centre, University of Karachi as a senior research economist.

Dr. Zaidi has written over 75 academic articles in international journals and as chapters in books. Amongst his books, are: Military, Civil Society and Democratization in Pakistan (2011), The New Development Paradigm: Papers on Institutions, NGOs, Gender and Local Government (1999), and Pakistan's Economic and Social Development: The Domestic, Regional and Global Context (2004).His recent books include Issues in Pakistan's Economy: A Political Economy Perspective published by Oxford University Press in 2015, and a co-edited volume entitled New Perspectives on Pakistan's Political Economy: State, Class and Social Change, published by Cambridge University Press in April 2019. Dr. Zaidi is currently serving as the Executive Director, IBA Karachi.





Lant Pritchett Keynote Speaker
Director, RISE at Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford


Lant Pritchett is a development economist from Idaho. He graduated from BYU in 1983 and from MIT with a PhD in Economics in 1988. He worked with the World Bank from 1988 to 2007, living in Indonesia 1998-2000 and India 2004-2007. He taught at the Harvard Kennedy School from 2000 to 2018 (on leave from 2004-2007, 2012-13, 2018-2019) where he was, at times, the Faculty Chair of the MPA/ID Degree program.

He has published over a hundred books, journal articles, working papers with over fifty different co-authors and has over 38,000 citations on development topics from education to economic growth to state capability to labor mobility (and more). He is currently affiliated with Oxford's Blavatnik School of Government

Panelists

Dr. Nadeem Ul Haque Vice Chancellor, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics

Dr. Nadeem ul Haque is currently the Vice Chancellor of Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, Quaid-e-Azam University Campus, Islamabad. He also served as the deputy chairman of the Planning Commission of Pakistan. Apart from his extensive work in Pakistan, Nadeem ul Haque worked for the International Monetary Fund for 24 years. During his long and illustrious affiliation with the IMF, he implemented public structure reform in Sri Lanka and worked with two central banks to organize a modernization effort, which included improvements in the monetary framework and the policy formulation process. Dr. Nadeem-ul-Haque is also a published author with five books and over fifty articles in various publications to his credit.







Dr. Waqar Masood Khan Special Assistant to PM on Revenue, Minister of State

Mr. Khan is an eminent economist with wide-ranging experience of both public and private sectors. He has done Ph.D in Economics and M.A. in Political Economy from Boston University Massachusetts, USA and has done M.A. in Economics and L.L.B. from University of Karachi. Presently, he is serving as Federal Secretary for Finance Division. Prior to this, Dr. Khan has held several prestigious positions in the Federal Government including Special Secretary to the Prime Minister, Secretary Finance Division, Secretary Economic Affairs Division, Secretary Petroleum & Natural Resources and Secretary Textile Industry. He also has the experience of teaching macroeconomics at graduate level at Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE).Apart from having several institutional and personal publications to his credit, he has served on the Boards of important national and international institutions including Islamic Development Bank, National Bank of Pakistan, Pakistan International Airlines, PTCL and Pak-Oman Investment Company etc.







Dr. Sania Nishtar Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation
















Dr. Miftah Ismail Former Federal Minister for Finance, Revenue, and Economic Affairs

Dr. Miftah Ismail holds a PhD in Public Finance and Political Economy from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. He earned a BS degree in Economics and Mathematics from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, USA, and Master's degree from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He has served as Federal Minister of Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister and Chairman Prime Minister's Office, Board of Investment. He is a professional economist and has worked with the IMF before coming back to Pakistan. He has a proven track record of leading some of the prestigious names in the Country including Sui Northern Gas Company Pakistan, Pakistan International Airlines Corporation, Punjab Board of Investment and Trade, Ismail Industries Ltd, and Candyland Confectionery and Astroplastics Pvt. Limited. He has also been a visiting faculty member at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) Karachi.





Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha An Economist, Researcher and Academic

Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha, An Economist, researcher and academic will be joining as one of the panelists on the theme Growth and Economic Stability: Challenges and Prospects in the conference

She obtained the degrees of BA (Hons), M.A (Economics) and Master of Applied Science in Economics from University of Karachi, Karachi. She did her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Leeds, UK in 1991. An economist/ academic, who has served as Professor, as Managing Director/Consultant, as Chairperson, as Member, as Technical Advisor and as Senior Fellow in various National and Provincial organizations. She is also associated with several Government Departments as Technical Expert. She has been the Head of two important think tanks in Pakistan including Social Policy and Development Centre Karachi, and the Institute of Public Policy, BNU Lahore. She has been a Member, Board of Directors in Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund. She served as a consultant in various international and bilateral organizations like United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. She has published over 75 books, reports/articles in national and international journals. She was elected as Member, Provincial Assembly of the Punjab in general elections 2013 against one of the seats reserved for women and is functioning as Minister for Finance. Her husband, a former Federal Minister, is also a distinguished economist of Pakistan.





Sakib Sherani CEO Macro Economic Insights & Member of the Economic Advisory Council, Government of Pakistan, Islamabad.

Mr. Sakib Sherani is a former Economic Advisor of the Ministry of Finance (GoP) and currently heads Macro Economic Insights (Pvt) Ltd, a consultancy firm based in Islamabad. He has a wide range of senior-level experience in public policy, corporate management (board-level), financial services and not-for-profit organizations. Amongst his key works has been the production of the Economic Survey which served as the annual flagship publication of the government on the state of the economy. He was integrally involved in the formulation of the federal budget for 2008 & 2009, as well as in negotiations with provinces on the 7th National Finance Commission (NFC) Award in 2009. Being an economic advisor to the Prime Minister, he had been engaged in producing macroeconomic frameworks, implementing economic policy reforms, negotiating with financial institutions, restructuring public sector enterprises and social protection measures. To actively influence public policy, Mr. Sherani has served the Planning Commission and has held Directorships for Policy Institutes and Social Support Programs including the Social Policy and Development Centre (SPDC) and Rural Support Programs Network (RSPN). Mr. Sherani acquired an MBA in Finance and Bachelor's in Business Administration, both from the Institute of Business Administration - University of Karachi






Dr. Noman Ahmed Chairperson of Department of Architecture and Planning NED University
of Engineering and Technology
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Mehdi Ali Mirza Architectural Award for Academic Excellence in 1989, Institute of Architects Pakistan.
Faculty's Gold Medal Award for obtaining First Class Position in B.Arch. from NED University, Karachi in 1989.
"Best Community Project Award" of Junior Chamber International in the JCI World Congress, Helsinki, Finland in 1991.
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Ms. Naheed S. Durrani Secretary Ministry of Climate Change
















Aasim Sajjad Akhtar Associate Professor Political Economy at the National Institute of Pakistan Studies, Quaid-e-Azam University

Aasim Sajjad Akhtar is an Associate Professor of Political Economy at the National Institute of Pakistan Studies, Quaid-e-Azam University. He was previously at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). ASA works on diverse subjects such as state theory, informality, colonial history, and social movements. He has published widely in journals such as Third World Quarterly, Journal of Contemporary Asia, Journal of Peasant Studies, and Critical Asian Studies. He is also the author of three books, most recently The Politics of Common Sense: State, Society and Culture in Pakistan (Cambridge, 2018). ASA also writes a syndicated column for Pakistan's newspaper-of-record, DAWN. Alongside his academic pursuits, ASA has also been closely affiliated with political and social movements in Pakistan for more than two decades.






Ayesha Khan Senior Researcher at Collective for Social Science Research

Ayesha Khan works at the Collective for Social Science Research in Karachi, where she has conducted a range of field-based studies in the area of gender and development. She is author of The Women's Movement in Pakistan: Activism, Islam and Democracy, published in 2018. Ayesha is Visiting Faculty at IBA and currently pursuing a PhD by Published Works at the Institute for Development Studies in the UK.









Asim Bashir Khan PhD Scholar Department of Economics and Finance IBA-Karachi.

Asim Bashir Khan is an economist and PhD Scholar in department of Economics and Finance IBA-Karachi.

He was technical expert for the Ninth National Finance Commission, Government of Balochistan. More recently he designed the Government of Sindh's (GOS) integrated strategy for economic recovery and plan for fiscal stimulus in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis. As a public servant he served GOS on energy, investment, trade, public policy and reforms and as a member of the working group of Sindh's Provincial Finance Commission. He has recently authored book on education reforms for out-of-school children in Pakistan.

As a public finance and fiscal decentralization expert, he worked with a number of international organizations, institutions on urban, local government reforms and designing of performance-based grant systems for Karachi's Local Governments. Besides his work on tax reforms, his study on agricultural income tax and land revenue is an integral part of the "Sindh Agriculture Income Tax Study - Options for Reforms" Sindh Fiscal Management.

Khan is also a trainer of data journalism for national and international journalism institutes, Centre of Excellence in Journalism-IBA, Pakistan Press Foundation, Deutsche Welle Germany, Sri Lanka Press Institute, College of Journalism Colombo.


Speakers


Yasuyuki Sawada Chief Spokesperson for ADB on Economic and Development trends

Mr. Sawada is the chief spokesperson for ADB on economic and development trends and leads the Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department (ERCD), which publishes ADB's flagship knowledge products.











Syed Abbas Raza Vice President, Finance and Performance Management - Engro Corporation

Abbas joined Engro in December 2017 as CFO Engro Polymer and Chemicals. Prior to joining Engro, Abbas has worked in General Mills as Finance Director, South East Asia, based out of Singapore. Before that he spent around 2 decades with Procter & Gamble. Over the course of his career, Abbas has worked in Asia, Middle East, Europe and Africa and has done senior leadership roles spanning Financial Analysis, Treasury & Funding, Sales, Finance and Business Strategy.









Favad Soomro Head of Engro Foundation

Favad has been affiliated with Engro group for more than 20 years and is the Head of Engro of Foundation. He joined Engro Fertilizer in 1999 as Distribution Officer in the Marketing department. After various stints at Engro Fertilizer in the Marketing and Public Affairs department Favad moved to Engro Polymer and Chemicals as Market Development Advisor. Currently as the Head of Engro Foundation Favad looks after the CSR activities for all Engro subsidiaries. He obtained his MBA degree from Institute of Business Administration in Karachi.








Sikander Bizenjo Alternative Strategies for Controlling Income Tax Evasion and Co-Founder – Balochistan Youth Action Committee

Sikander Bizenjo is External Engagements Manager at the Dawood Hercules Corporation. He engages with global thought-leadership, multilateral organizations and international stakeholders to learn, contribute and work together towards a sustainable world. He is also the curator of Global Shapers Karachi – the youth initiative of the World Economic Forum and the co-founder of Balochistan Youth Action Committee (BYAC). Sikander Bizenjo is a development economist with over four years of experience in complex development environments. His most recent assignment was to head the center for entrepreneurship and innovation at Karachi School of Business and Leadership (KSBL). They successfully piloted and trained youth-led businesses from lower-income and marginalized communities of Karachi. They have trained and mentored businesses ranging from beauty salons, tea stalls to mechanics. He has over eight years of volunteering experience from Pakistan, UK, Malaysia and Denmark. Sikander has also served at the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms at the office of Chief Economist of Pakistan.

In 2016, he worked as the coordinator of Alif Ailaan – Pakistan's largest educational campaign where he spearheaded a myriad of policies for the local and Sindh government to bring education, mainly Mathematics and Science studies, at the front of public discourse in the country. At KSBL, Sikander leads programs to promote youth-led businesses from lower-income and marginalized communities of Karachi. They have trained and mentored businesses ranging from beauty salons, tea stalls to mechanics. He has over eight years of volunteering experience from Pakistan, UK, Malaysia and Denmark. His focus areas are youth empowerment, inclusive education and gender equality.

Sikander is also the co-founder of Balochistan Youth Action Committee – a relief support system to uplift the most marginalized from impoverished Balochistan province. He was hailed as one of the seven unsung heroes of the pandemic by the founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates in his personal blog. Sikander's work during the pandemic has been featured by his alma mater, University of East Anglia as well as by both national and international media including Dawn, Geo TV, Samaa, Gulf News, Arab News among others. In addition, he is serving as the curator of Global Shapers Karachi Hub, which is the network created by the World Economic Forum to provide a platform to young agents of change.






Sadia Dada Chief Marketing & Communication Officer, K-Electric

Sadia brings with her a diverse and exciting wealth of experience in PR, Advocacy, Strategic Communications and Crisis and Reputation Management as well as Building Brand love. She has been associated with some of the finest and most iconic brands across the Energy, FMCG, F&B, Financial Services and Telecommunications sectors.

Sadia is an alumnus of the Lahore University of Management Sciences and joins KE from Phillip Morris Pakistan where she last served as Director Communications. Prior to Phillip Morris Pakistan, Sadia has served as Director Communications and Chief of Staff at KE. In these roles she developed the Communications function at KE, strengthened KE's digital footprint and spearheaded key initiatives at the company.

A true social citizen, Sadia is the Founder of Women in Numbers, an exclusive online networking community for working women and a neighbourhood support initiative (Maid to Shop) that supports domestic maids in sending their daughters to school.





Javed Younas Professor of Economics at American University of Sharjah
and Research Fellow at Centre for Economic Research in Pakistan


Javed Younas is a Professor of Economics at American University of Sharjah. He is also affiliated with the Centre for Economic Research in Pakistan, Lahore, as a Research Fellow. In his previous academic/research positions, he has been an Aman Research Fellow at Harvard University, a Short-term Visiting Scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and a faculty member at Central Michigan University. His research focus lies in the areas of international trade, the political economy of conflicts and security, energy, and behavioral and experimental economics. He has published papers in well-known journals including Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, Oxford Economic Papers, Public Choice, Economics Letters, Journal of International Money & Finance, European Journal of Political Economy, and IMF Finance & Development, among others. His work has also been featured in the Academic Times, Journalist's Resource of Harvard Kennedy School, Slate, Oxford University Press Blog, Daily Business Recorder and Daily News. He earned a Ph.D. degree in Economics from West Virginia University in 2007. Read More

Chairs


Dr. Samina Khalil Director
Applied Economics Research Centre(AERC)
Session 3A (Sustainable Energy and Urbanization


Prof. Dr. Samina Khalil is currently serving as the Director, Applied Economics Research Centre, University of Karachi. She is a Development Economist (by training) with PhD in Environmental Economics and Management from the University of York, UK and MPhil in Economics of Developing Countries, from the Cambridge University, UK. Dr. Khalil have done various courses (Ph.D. level) and got trained through training programs in Environmental Economics and Natural Resource Management from the University of Berkeley, USA, University of Gutenberg, Sweden and Shiga University, Japan. She is a winner of various scholarships / fellowships like Commonwealth Scholarship, Ford Foundation scholarship, SIDA (Swedish International Development Agency) scholarship, JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency, Government of Japan) scholarship and fellowships from the Government of France, Higher Education Commission of Pakistan and East West Centre, Washington D.C. USA, for research work in the areas of Environmental Economics and Natural Resource Management Policy and Sustainable Development. She is widely traveled and have been to many countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America and USA to attend academic conferences/seminars/workshops. There are number of publications on her record in refereed journal and articles in weekly magazines.





Dr. M Farooq Arby Director Research
State Bank of Pakistan
Session 1B (Economic Uncertainty and Financial Inclusion)


Dr. Arby is the Director of research at State Bank of Pakistan. He has experience of over 25 years working in the areas of public policy, including fiscal and monetary policies. With PhD in national accounts, ha has extensive understanding of data generating process and underlying dynamics of Pakistan's economy. He had been the editor of SBP Research Bulletin, and author of several research papers on topics relating mainly to income, growth, and inflation. He is also the SAARC FINANCE Coordinator from Pakistan, which is a forum of research and policy coordination among central banks and ministries of finance of SAARC countries.







Dr. Asad Sayeed Economist, Researcher and Consultant
Session 1A (Theme: Firms, Trade and Globalization)


Asad has been with the Collective since its inception, but actively started working as Senior Research Associate in 2003. Previously, Asad has worked as Senior Economist at the Social Policy Development Centre from 1995 to 1997. He was then Director of Research at the Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research from 1997 to 2000. In 2001-02, he was Visiting Research Fellow at the Applied Economics Research Centre (AERC), University of Karachi. In 2002-03, Asad was awarded a fellowship by the Asia Scholarship Foundation to conduct research on Thailand. He was associated with them as a Research Fellow at the Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. Read More






Dr. Uzma Iram Assistant Professor Applied Economics Research Centre (AERC)
Session 2C Socio-economic Impact of Covid-19


Dr. Uzma Iram is presently working as Research Economist and Assistant Professor at Applied Economics Research Center, University of Karachi and visiting faculty member at Institute of Business Administration, Karachi. She has done her Doctorate from University of Kent, UK in 2014. Dr. Iram is working as a head of PhD program and conference and seminar at AERC. She has undertaken assignments for several core research projects in the field of health economics, socialand welfare economics microeconomics and nutrition issues. She has a rich experience in research and teaching MAS/MPhil program and is also acting as a research supervisor of MPhil thesis students at AERC, University of Karachi. She has authored many articles which have published in reputed national and international journals.






Dr. Qazi Masood Professor Department of Economics
Institute of Business Administration
Session 2A(Labour Market and Career Choices)


Professor at Institute of Business Administration, Karachi (Jul-2019 to PRESENT)
Professor & Director CBER at Institute of Business Administration, Karachi (Jun-2010 to Jun-2019)
Chairperson, Centre for Executive Education at Institute of Business Administration, Karachi (Jan-2004 to Oct-2009)
Associate Professor at Institute of Business Administration, Karachi (Aug-2001 to Jun-2010)
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Irene Fernandez Lecturer Department of Economics
Institute of Business Administration
session 3C (Theme: Youth Development and Society)

Research Associate at Institute for Statecraft (Sep-2019 to Jan-2021)
Lecturer at Ramon Llull University (Sep-2018 to PRESENT)
Economic Researcher at Economic Research Forum (Sep-2018 to Jan-2021)
Economics Researcher at CIDOB (Oct-2016 to Aug-2018)
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Dr. Sana Tauseef Assistant Professor and Chairperson Department of Finance
Institute of Business Administration
Session 1C (Governance, Finance and Fiscal Policy)


Assistant Professor and Chairperson Finance Department and Patron Finance Club at Institute of Business Administration, Karachi (Jan-2021 to PRESENT)
Assistant Professor and Patron Finance Club at Institute of Business Administration, Karachi (Jul-2017 to Dec-2020)
Lecturer at Institute of Business Administration, Karachi (Aug-2014 to Jun-2017)
Lecturer and Program Coordinator BS (Eco&Maths) at IBA (Aug-2011 to Aug-2014) Read More







Dr. Sahar Nadeem Hamid Assistant Professor and Chairperson Department of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts
Institute of Business Administration
Session 2B (Tourism, Culture and Economic Growth)


Assistant Professor and Chairperson Social Sciences & Liberal Arts at Institute of Business Administration, Karachi (Sep-2020 to PRESENT)
Assistant Professor at Institute of Business Administration, Karachi (Sep-2019 to PRESENT)
Senior Lecturer at Glyndwr University (Jan-2011 to Dec-2016)
Assistant Professor at Lahore University of Management Sciences (Dec-2008 to Jun-2009)
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Dr. Lubna Naz Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
Session 3B (Poverty, Nutrition and Inequality)


Contact: +922199261300-7 | Mobile: +923335489202 | Email: lubnanaz@uok.edu.pk
Fax: 92.21.99261330 | Twitter handle: @lubnanaz8

Dr. Lubna Naz earned Ph.D. in Economics from Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, Islamabad, Pakistan in 2016 on HEC scholarsip. She is currently serving as an Assistant Porfessor at Economics Department in Karachi University. She is a Director of the Interdisciplinary Research and Statistical Analysis Lab (KU-LISA) set up at Department of Economics in collaboration with Colorodo Boulder University, USA. She has published research on women and child nutrition, gender inequality in labour market, child health, and occupational and environmental health in national and international well-reputed journals. She has presented research papers on Economics of Energy, Spatial Health inequality, Gender wage-gap, and Growth-poverty-nexus in Internatonal conferences sponsored by World Bank, IMF, and UNFP. She writes articles in the NEWS on issues related to gender, health and education. She has received fellowships from IZA/DFID and South Asian Netowrk for Development and Enviornmental Economics-SANDEE. She is presently leading and coordinating in international research projects funded by ICIMOD and UN. Her areas of expertise are Impact Evaluation, Survey Research, and Gender Based Analysis-GBA.


Discussants


Dr. Hilal Butt Associate Professor, Editor IBA Business Review and Research Fellow-CBER
Institute of Business Administration
Session 1C (Theme: Governance, Finance and Fiscal Policy)


Associate Professor, Editor IBA Business Review and Research Fellow-CBER at Institute of Business Administration, Karachi (Sep-2020 to PRESENT)
Associate Professor and Research Fellow-CBER at Institute of Business Administration, Karachi (Oct-2019 to Sep-2020)
Assistant Professor and Research Fellow-CBER at Institute of Business Administration, Karachi (Jul-2015 to Oct-2019) Read More







Dr. Abbas Gillani Assistant Professor and Director Program Offices
Department of Economics
Institute of Business Administration
Session 2A (Theme: Labour Market and Career Choices)


Assistant Professor and Director Program Offices at Institute of Business Administration, Karachi (Oct-2020 to PRESENT)
Assistant Professor at Institute of Business Administration, Karachi (Feb-2019 to Oct-2020)
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Dr. Qaiser Munir Professor Department of Economics
Institute of Business Administration
Session 2B (Theme: Tourism, Culture and Economic Growth)


Professor at Institute of Business Administration, Karachi (Aug-2020 to PRESENT)
Professor and Director, Centre for Business & Economics Research (CBER) at Institute of Business Administration, Karachi (Jul-2019 to Aug-2020)
Professor at Institute of Business Administration, Karachi (Nov-2018 to Jun-2019) Read More









Dr. Aqdas Afzal Program Director and Assistant Professor
Social development and policy, interim director of idrac
Session 2C (Theme: Socio-economic Impact of Covid-19)


Member Selection Committee, MS Economics, National University of Sciences and Technology, June 2018.
Financial Award for Publication of Research, National University of Sciences and Technology, April 2018.
Member Fulbright Selection Committee, United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP), 2017. Read More







Dr. Heman Das Lohano Professor and Program Director PhD/MS (Economics) & BS (EM) Department of Economics
Institute of Business Administration
Session 3A(Sustainable Energy and Urbanization)


Professor and Program Director PhD/MS (Economics) & BS (EM) at Institute of Business Administration, Karachi (Dec-2019 to PRESENT)
Associate Professor, Chairperson Economics Department and Program Director PhD/MS (Economics) & BS (EM) at Institute of Business Administration, Karachi (Aug-2013 to Dec-2019)
Associate Professor & Coordinator (MS Economics) at Institute of Business Administration, Karachi (Dec-2009 to Jul-2013)
Associate Professor at IBA (Aug-2007 to Dec-2009) Read More






Dr. Saqib Sharif Associate Professor Department of Finance
Institute of Business Administration
Session 1A (Theme: Firms, Trade and Globalization)


Associate Professor at Institute of Business Administration, Karachi (Feb-2020 to PRESENT)
Assistant Professor at Institute of Business Administration, Karachi (Jun-2015 to Feb-2020)
Assistant Professor at Faculty of Management Sciences, Iqra University (Jun-2014 to Jun-2015)
Deputy Director at Research Department, SBP (Apr-2013 to May-2014)
Tutor/ Marker at School of Economics & Finance, Massey University (Jan-2009 to Dec-2012)
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Dr. Zeeshan Atiq Assistant Professor department of Economics, University of Karachi
Session 3C (Theme: Youth Development and Society)


Dr. Zeeshan Atiq is Assistant Professor at department of Economics, University of Karachi. He obtained his PhD degree in Economics from The University of Manchester, UK, MSc in Economics from The University of Manchester, UK , MAS from Applied Economics Research Centre, University of Karachi, and MA (Economics) from University of Karachi. Dr. Atiq has experience of many years in education and research. His major area of interest are Economic Growth, Financial Development and Financial Liberalization.








Dr. Irum Saba Assistant Professor CEIF
Institute of Business Administration
Session 3B (Theme: Poverty, Nutrition, and Inequality)


Program Director MS-IBF, Assistant Professor Eco. & Fin., Coordinator (Research & Academics), at Institute of Business Administration, Karachi (Nov-2016 to PRESENT)
Assistant Professor Eco. & Fin., Coordinator (Research & Academics) at Institute of Business Administration, Karachi (Feb-2016 to Oct-2016)
Attachment at Standard Chartered Saadiq Berhad (SCSB) (Jul-2010 to Dec-2010)
Deputy Director, Islamic Banking Department at State Bank of Pakistan (Mar-2008 to Jan-2016)
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Dr. Ashraf Khan Assistant Professor Department of Finance

Assistant Professor and Superintendent Boys Hostel at Institute of Business Administration, Karachi (Jan-2021 to PRESENT)
Assistant Professor at Institute of Business Administration, Karachi (Jan-2020 to Dec-2020)
Research Assistant at University of New Orleans (Oct-2018 to Apr-2019)
PhD Representative at University of Udine, (Jan-2017 to Sep-2018)
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Moderators


Dr. Asma Hyder Professor and Dean SESS
Institute of Business Administration


Dr. Asma Hyder is a Professor of Economics and Dean of the School of Economics and Social Sciences. Dr. Hyder is also a former Member Social Sector & Devolution at Planning Commission, Pakistan. She is a recipient of the J. William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding. She completed her Postdoctorate at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. She was a research fellow and affiliate at Sussex University, London School of Economics and Political Science (UK), and Carleton University, Canada. Most of her research attempts to explore wage distributions, labor markets, and household behaviors. Her major contribution to the Economics literature is based on household behaviors during a crisis in the world's most impoverished societies. Her work on an international study, 'Young Lives (YL),' and 'Malawi Longitudinal Study of Families and Health' (MLSFH) explores the impact of climate change on child wellbeing outcomes, i.e. cognitive and non-cognitive skills, health and food consumption, is highly cited in Economics literature. She won the grant on 'Happiness in a Developing Society', which significantly contributed to the national debate on the subject.





Dr. Adnan Haider Professor and Chairperson Department of Economics
Institute of Business Administration


Welcome to the official website of the Department of Economics, IBA Karachi. Economics plays a pivotal role in our daily lives as we face the challenge of allocating scarce resources among different competing ends on a daily basis. If you are interested in understanding the complexities of national and global economic environment, poverty and developmental issues, public policy, the role of central bank and financial institutions, then economics is the field for you.

The Department of Economics at IBA Karachi offers undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate degree programs namely, BS Economics, BS Economics & Mathematics, MS Economics and PhD Economics. These programs have enriched curriculums that include wide range of theoretical and empirical courses ranging from foundation to advanced level to equip students with the knowledge and skills to meet the emerging needs of rapidly changing global economic environment. These courses are complemented by extensive laboratory sessions aimed at giving hands on experience of data handling and analysis through advanced and sophisticated software.

The highly qualified and experienced faculty members enable and foster this learning environment through their sheer dedication, hard work and passion for the subject. This is the reason that, as of today, Department of Economics has the highest number of full professors at IBA Karachi. Leading national and international economists also join from time to time as part of Guest Speaker Sessions, Distinguished Lecture Series, seminars, conferences and short courses.

I encourage all prospective candidates to visit the website in detail, go through the curriculums and feel free to write us if you need any further information or guidance".





Dr. Laila Farooq Director CBER
Institute of Business Administration


Human beings are curious creatures, always asking questions, seeking to understand the world around them. We have organized ourselves into communities that have become increasingly interwoven and interdependent. Every day we learn and unlearn how to live with each other in ways that are fairer, more egalitarian, and more just. At the same time, we also work every day to exploit social inter-dependence for the benefit of the few. Research has a crucial role to play in this ongoing dynamic. We know today that societies prosper when we have a better understanding of the relationships within them. And at its core, this is the knowledge that students of the Social Sciences and Humanities seek.

The goal of CBER is to provide an infrastructure to support the work of scholars in the Social Sciences, Business and Humanities to conduct research that is interesting, rigorous, and relevant. These are exciting times for research. We have unprecedented access to big data, a variety of mixed methods, digital archives, and open-source tools. There are increasing opportunities to link academic research to policy initiatives and build bridges across the academic, development, private and public sectors. To this end, CBER has taken a number of initiatives. We bring faculty members together to discuss their research in our Brown Bag Series. We work on resource mobilization through grant writing. One of our main goals is to coordinate across research initiatives and develop connections inside and outside Pakistan. We emphasize inter-disciplinary research and encourage researchers to venture beyond their disciplinary limits in order to arrive at fuller, more nuanced understandings of their research questions. We have also initiated an International Annual Conference series with which we hope to establish a strong, resilient, and cutting-edge research tradition at IBA.

With every passing day, we have new experiences to make sense of and new problems to solve. One thing that has become apparent is that we cannot solve these problems in isolation. We invite you to share your work with us. The art of inquiry comes in many forms, and we support a wide range of initiatives. Interdisciplinary research and collaboration is absolutely essential for understanding the world, and perhaps in that pursuit, making it a little better.





Dr. Khadija Malik Bari Assistant Professor Department of Economics
Institute of Business Administration

Assistant Professor at Institute of Business Administration, Karachi (Jan-2018 to PRESENT)
Assistant Professor & Chairperson Eco. & Fin at Institute of Business Administration, Karachi (Sep-2011 to Dec-2017)
Assistant Professor at Institute of Business Administration, Karachi (Aug-2001 to Sep-2011)
Merchandising Assistant at Levi Strauss Eximco, Pakistan (Jan-1995 to Jan-1995)
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Sarah Nizamani Research Fellow CBER
Institute of Business Administration

Sarah Nizamani is a development economist by training and currently working as a Research Fellow at the Institute of Business Administration Karachi. She is also a researcher at Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University, Hon.Research Fellow at Pakistan Institute of Development Economics and Leader at the Climate Reality Hub.

Ms. Nizamani's research focuses on understanding inequality of opportunities and assessing the inequalities in the developing countries. Her work combines socioeconomic micro-level big data with econometric techniques to analyze the distribution of opportunities. Her research on nexus in between economic growth and taxation has been published in several newspapers. Previously she has taught and assisted MPhil students with their coursework in macroeconomics and development economics at Applied Economics Research Center, University of Karachi.





Dr. Lalarukh Ejaz Assistant Professor Department of Economics
Institute of Business Administration


Assistant Professor at Institute of Business Administration, Karachi (Feb-2008 to PRESENT)
Lecturer at Institute of Business Administration, Karachi (Jan-2003 to Jan-2008)
PhD (Innovation and Enterprise), Southampton Business Schools, University of Southampton, UK - 2020
MA (Economics), York University, Toronto, Canada - 2002
MA (Economics), University of Karachi - 2000
BA (Hons) (Economics), University of Karachi - 1999 Read More