Dr Mahvish Shami

Dr Mahvish Shami is an Assistant Professor at the Department of International Development at the London School of Economics. She has been a visiting research fellow at Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, and worked as an external consultant for the World Bank. She received her PhD in International development from the London School of Economics and Political Science. After completing her PhD she spent a year doing Post-Doctoral research at the Institute of Food and Resource Economics at Copenhagen University. Her current research builds on her doctoral thesis by exploring the types of collective action projects peasants undertake in villages with varying levels of connectivity.

Minister Ahsan Iqbal

Ahsan Iqbal Chaudhary is a Pakistani politician. Ahsan Iqbal is a member of National Assembly and Federal Minister for Planning and Development and Deputy Chairman Planning Commission of Pakistan, he has also served as the Federal Education Minister of Pakistan. He is the Deputy Secretary General of the PML-N, and also a member of the Central Executive Committee of the party. He was elected as an MNA from his constituency NA-117 (Narowal-III) for the fourth time in the May 2013 elections. Ahsan Iqbal had initiated and authored Vision 2010 for Pakistan in 1998, and was responsible for country’s long term economic planning and management as Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission/ Minister of State. On his initiative, Pakistan’s first National IT Policy was formulated. His leadership was instrumental in starting several knowledge, good governance, and reform programs in the country through extensive stake-holder’s dialogue and partnership. He was also a Professor of Management at Mohammad Ali Jinnah University, Islamabad (2000–07). He heads a development think tank, Better Pakistan Foundation, as Chairman.

Dr Miftah Ismail

Dr. Miftah Ismail currently serves as a Minister of State / Special
Assistant to the Prime Minister / Chairman of Board of Investment,
Pakistan. He is also Chairman of the Sui Southern Gas Company.
Dr. Miftah Ismail holds a PhD in Public Finance and Political Economy
from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. A
professional economist, Mr. Ismail was associated with the International
Monetary Fund (IMF) before returning to Pakistan. Mr. Ismail was also
CEO and Director at Ismail Industries Ltd, Pakistan’s largest confectionary company. Mr. Ismail is
also the President of Karachi American School. He was also visiting faculty at Institute of Business

Dr Adeel Malik

Dr Adeel Malik is Globe Fellow in the Economies of Muslim Societies
at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies and a University Research
Lecturer in Development Economics at the University of Oxford. He
is also a Research Fellow of St. Peter’s College, Oxford, and a
Research Associate of the Oxford Centre for the Analysis of Resource-
Rich Economies. Having completed his doctorate in economics from
Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar in 2004, his previous research
affiliations have included: the Department of Economics, Oxford
University (2004-05); Merton College (2002-03 and 2005-06); Center
for International Development, Harvard University (2001), and
Mahbub ul Haq Human Development Centre, Islamabad (1997-1999). Malik is an empirical
macroeconomist with a strong multi-disciplinary orientation. His research on Middle Eastern
political economy has featured in the CNN, Fortune Magazine, The Times London, Financial
Times, Guardian and Gulf News. He has also engaged with a wider audience on this subject by
contributing op-ed pieces to The New York Times, Project Syndicate, Al-Jazeera, Huffington Post,
Foreign Policy and Foreign Affairs Magazines.

Dr S Akbar Zaidi

Professor Dr S Akbar Zaidi is Pakistan’s best known Political Economist. He has been a Professor at Columbia University, New York, since 2010, where he teaches one semester a year, and has a joint position at SIPA (the School of International and Public Affairs), and at MESAAS (the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies). He is also an Adjunct Professor at the IBA, Karachi, teaching one semester each year since 2011. He is a political economist with interests in political economy, development, the social sciences more generally, and increasingly, History. He has taught at Karachi University and at Johns Hopkins and has written over seventy academic articles in international journals and as chapters in books, as well as numerous books and monographs. 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 latest book is Issues in Pakistan’s Economy: A Political Economy Perspective published by Oxford University Press in 2015.

Dr Umar Saif

Prof. Umar Saif works as the Chairman of the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB), heading all public-sector IT projects in Punjab. He is also the founding Vice Chancellor of ITU-P, a newly setup research university in Lahore. Prof. Saif received his PhD in 2001 at University of Cambridge and worked at MIT for several years before returning to Pakistan. He was named as one of the top 35 young innovators by the MIT Technology Review (TR35) in 2011 and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2010. He has received a Google Faculty Research Award, MIT Technovator Award, IEEE Percom Mark Weiser Award, IDG Technology Pioneer Award and ACM CHI Best Paper Award. In 2014, Prof. Saif was awarded Sitara-i-Imtiaz, one of the highest civil awards by government of Pakistan. He was named among the 500 most influential Muslims in the world in 2015 and 2016.

Dr Adnan Khan

Adnan Qadir Khan is Research and Policy Director at the International Growth Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science since 2009 and teaches in the International Development Department at LSE. Previously he taught at the National School of Public Policy Pakistan and served at different positions in the Pakistan civil service as a member of the Pakistan Administrative Service, earlier known as District Management Group. These positions included Ministries of Finance and Education, District Administration in Sindh province and as a Project Manager for infrastructure and development projects. He received his PhD Economics from Queen’s University, a Master of Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School of Government and B.Sc. in Engineering from University of Engineering and Technology. His areas of research include development economics, public economics and political economy. For more details, please see www.theigc.org/person/adnan-khan/

Dr Nabeel Goheer

Dr Nabeel Goheer is an international practitioner in designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating effective and results-based systems and strategies in complex and dynamic environments. He specialises in systems and design thinking for impactful reform that encompasses development, democracy, diplomacy and diversity. He holds a PhD in Management from Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, UK. His career spans over twenty-one years as a diplomat, international consultant and public servant. Dr Goheer has been the Director of Strategic Planning and Evaluation Division and Secretary to the Governing Boards of the Commonwealth Secretariat in London since 1 December, 2010. Earlier, he worked in South Asia, Middle East, North Africa, Europe, Americas and the Caribbean in organisations such as the World Bank, UNDP, ILO, the British Council and the Government of Pakistan. He has won several awards including UN fellowship for Harvard University, USA and published four books and several research articles.