The Mahbub ul Haq Research Centre (MHRC) is the flagship centre of social science research at LUMS. It supports interdisciplinary research, scholarship and teaching on issues of human development, social exclusion and inequality across South Asia. Its vision is to co-construct knowledge on critical challenges with a community of scholars, students, practitioners and social actors to bring about transformative change for an inclusive and equitable society.

The Centre was founded in 1995 by Dr. Mahbub ul Haq, the pioneer of the Human Development Index and Human Development Reports at the UNDP. It was established as a research institute to promote human development in South Asia and began the tradition of producing the Human Development in South Asia Reports. It became part of the Lahore University of Management Sciences on 1st July 2016.

MHRC Strategic Core Team

Executive Director, Mahbub Ul Haq Research Centre

Director Research, Mahbub Ul Haq Research Centre

Director Policy, Mahbub Ul Haq Research Centre

Ali Cheema

Director

Ali Cheema serves as the Director of the Mahbub Ul Haq Research centre, and is an Associate Professor of Economics at the Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences, LUMS. Cheema is also a Senior Research Fellow at IDEAS Pakistan, co-founder of the centre for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP), and a co-lead academic of the International Growth centre’s Pakistan programme. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex and was the Chair of the Economics Department at LUMS from 2004-2010. He was also a founding member of the Stockholm Challenge Award winning portal, Relief Information System for Earthquakes, Pakistan (RISEPAK).

His areas of research include economic development with a focus on human capital, inclusion and economic mobility, gender, public economics, comparative politics, economic history and the economics of crime. His research combines extensive mixed-methods fieldwork, historical archival research, rigorous empirical analysis and theory to offer insights into how political economy and historical foundations shape economic and political development. He holds a PhD in Economics from Cambridge, an MPhil in Economics and Politics from Cambridge, a BA (Hons.) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) from Oxford where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and a BA in Mathematics and Statistics from Government College, Lahore. He was a visiting Fulbright and SAI Scholar at Harvard Kennedy School in 2010-11.

Soufia Siddiqi

Director Research

Soufia’s work is anchored in broad-spectrum qualitative research methods that can help explain the political economy of educational experience in the Pakistani context. Specifically, she investigates how system design engenders inefficiencies and frictions that contribute to contested notions of identity in sites of learning, and their implications for effective service delivery.

This theme informs two of her current projects. The first is a qualitative investigation she leads into Pakistani public school teacher motivation and identity as part of the Research on Improving Systems of Education (RISE) Programme’s Political Economy component housed at the University of Pennsylvania. The second is a process tracing exploration she co-leads into how delivery models are constructed and enacted by elite public education decision-makers as part of the Pakistan team for Lahore-based think tank IDEAS and its global partners, The Education Commission and the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford.

Previously, Soufia was Technical Advisor to the School Education Department, Punjab where she worked on key policy initiatives with the government, including developing a 5-year roadmap for the province’s most urgent reform needs. This project payed special attention to the need for a coherent learning outcomes dataset as well as governance strategies for whole-system improvement. She was also a member of the Punjab Examination Commission, where she led the Technical Committee for the province’s 2019 Assessment Policy Framework and, between 2015 and 2018, a research advisor to Alif Ailaan, Pakistan’s first education advocacy campaign.

Dr Siddiqi was Pakistan’s 2010 Rhodes Scholar to the University of Oxford, where she read for a DPhil Education (2017) and MSc Comparative and International Education (2011) at St. Anne’s College. Her first degree is in Economics from Government College University Lahore.

Maha Rehman

Director Policy

Maha Rehman, a Data Analytics Expert, is the Director Policy at Mahboob-ul-Haq Research Centre and Adjunct Faculty at LUMS Economics Department. She has almost a decade of experience in designing and executing evidence-based programs, products and policies to improve service delivery and impact. Previously, with the Centre for Economic Research Pakistan (CERP) Leadership Team, she has set up the Analytics Wing at CERP that focused on embedding data in the decisions and operations of private and public sector companies to increase efficiency, impact and profit. Prior to this, she has led research experiments at CERP and at the World Bank in the fields of education, public finance and governance. She has designed curriculum and taught policymakers, bureaucrats and data practitioners at various programs in the USA and Pakistan. Currently, she is teaching at the LUMS Economics Department. Besides using data analytics for policy and program reform, her research interests include energy economics, education and law & governance.

She combines her coursework in economics with her interest in entrepreneurship and is also a Pakistan Acumen Fellow, 2016. She frequently writes for DAWN and other daily publications and blogs.

She completed her graduate studies in Economics from Duke University, USA and has an undergraduate degree in Economics and Mathematics from LUMS.

MHRC Staff

Research Coordinator, Mahbub ul Haq Research Centre

Communication & Design Lead, Mahbub ul Haq Research Centre

Accounts and Admin Officer, Mahbub ul Haq Research Centre

Momina Idrees

Research Coordinator,Mahbub ul Haq Research Centre

Momina Idrees is the Research Coordinator at Mahbub-ul-Haq Research Centre. Previously she has occupied roles in the development sector as Research Associate, Fieldworker, and Data Analyst. She has worked with the government on improving the status and welfare of women in Punjab and informing policy making at the Punjab Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) and the Chief Minister’s Special Monitoring Unit (SMU). In the private sector, she has taken up different research and program-implementation roles in the areas of education and curriculum reform, public procurement, and public goods provision. She has helped design curriculum and trained and assessed primary level teachers, as well as been a part of research experiments at Centre for Economic Research Pakistan (CERP) and the International Growth Centre (IGC). She is committed to working for interdisciplinary research in Pakistan and her areas of interest include gender and urban spaces, the divide between public and private education and governance.

She completed her graduate degree in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and has an undergraduate degree in Economics from LUMS.

Izah Shahid

Communication & Design Lead, Mahbub ul Haq Research Centre

Izah Shahid has been associated with several media organizations in Pakistan, mainly as a sub-editor and digital media coordinator. She has worked with Daily Times and The Nation and wrote numerous blogs for both the newspapers. She has served the Government of Punjab, Chief Minister’s Digital Media Wing, as a photographer and digital media coordinator. During the tenure, she was one of the delegates of the Extraordinary Session of the OIC Islamic Summit Conference 2017 in Istanbul. She also took up the role of Marketing and Partnerships Manager at a ridesharing company ‘SAFR’, where she represented SAFR at World Future Energy Summit Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2019. Moreover, she has managed the digital media of the Nerve Center at Indus News where she was also successfully engaged in the production of the digital shows, reality TV and video explainers. She is committed to working for the digital platforms of renowned institutes and her areas of interest include digital media content creation, graphic designing, photography and videography.

She completed her graduate degree with a major in Mass Communication and a minor in Sociology from the Forman Christian College University.

Tanveer Ahmed

Accounts and Admin Officer, Mahbub ul Haq Research Centre

Tanveer Ahmed is working as an Admin and Accounts Officer at the Mahbub ul Haq Research Centre, LUMS. He has over fourteen years of experience in the field of finance,accounts and administration. He completed his MBA in Finance from the University of the Arid Agriculture Rawalpindi.

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    As fellows of the MHRC, academics, researchers and area experts come together to explore issues of human development, social exclusion, and inequality across South Asia. Through their research, the fellows play an integral role in working towards the Centre's goal of a more equitable and inclusive society.

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    Doctoral Candidate, Cornell University

    Assistant Professor, Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Teaching Fellow, Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Assistant Professor, Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences, LUMS

    Provost, Habib University, Karachi, Pakistan

    Professor, University of Texas, US.

    Assistant Professor, Mushtaq Ahmed Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Assistant Professor, Mushtaq Ahmed Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Associate Professor, Mushtaq Ahmed Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Mahbub ul Haq Research Centre Fellow

    Assistant Professor, Columbia University

    Ali Abbas

    Ali Abbas is a doctoral candidate in Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University. His professional work includes working with the governments of Punjab and KP on the design of property taxation. Moreover, Ali has previously been associated with organizations such as the World Bank, the Center for Economic Research in Pakistan, and the Brookings Institution.

    Ali’s areas of interest lie in public finance and development economics. His research focuses on taxpayer responses to tax policy, and the efficiency, distributional, and revenue outcomes of different income and property tax regimes, both in the United States and in developing country settings.

    Before enrolling at Cornell, Ali attended the public policy program at the University of Minnesota as a Fulbright scholar.

    Sher Afghan

    Dr. Sher Afghan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Lahore University of Management Sciences. His research studies behavioral economics with a focus on social preferences and behavior change in general. His work utilizes a variety of methods including lab experiments, field experiments, observational data, and theoretical modeling. He applies his work to issues of discrimination and public finance. Sher Afghan completed his Ph.D. as a Fulbright scholar from the Iowa State University in 2020.

    Nazish Afraz

    Nazish Afraz is a Teaching Fellow at the Department of Economics at the Lahore University of Management Sciences. She has also taught BCURE, a Harvard University designed training program to equip civil servants to become more effective commissioners and consumers of evidence. She has over fifteen years of experience in teaching, and in conducting research to support evidence based public policy making in the UK and in Pakistan. She is also an affiliate at the Consortium for Development Policy Research. Research interests include industrial development, skills and trade. She has completed an MPhil in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, an MSc in Economics and Finance from the University of Bristol, and has an undergraduate degree from the Lahore University of Management Sciences.

    Agha Ali Akram

    Dr. Agha Ali Akram is an Assistant Professor in the Department of conomics at the Lahore University of Management Sciences. He received is Doctorate in Environmental Economics (2014) and Masters in Environmental Management (2008) from Yale University. Prior to joining LUMS, he was a Visiting Fellow at Yale University (2016-2017) and a Postdoctoral Fellow at Evidence Action (2014 - 2016), where his research delved into the impact of seasonal income support programs n mitigating hunger risk in Bangladesh and the impact of innovative onditional cash transfer mechanisms on improving vaccination rates in Pakistan

    Ali’s research explores themes in public health, including drinking water quality, mental health, nutrition and family planning. His work uses field experiments to test innovations in these research areas, both in Pakistan and outside. His portfolio currently includes an experiment to improve youth mental health in Sierra Leone; field experiments to improve child nutrition and access to improved drinking water quality in Karachi, Pakistan; and a field experiment to improve contraceptive uptake in Lahore, Pakistan.

    Ali is an affiliated fellow with Interactive Research and Development (IRD), the Institute for Development and Economics Alternatives (IDEAS), nd the Consortium for Development Policy Research (CDPR). He has been awarded several research grants including National Science of Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant for Research in Economics (2012), Yale Institute of Biospheric Grant (2012), GiveWell (2014), Shahid Hussain Foundation grant (2018), LUMS Faculty Imitative Fund (2018) and most recently the World Bank’s Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund (SIEF) grant. He is also a John F. Enders Fellow (2012), Tropical Resource Institute Fellow (2010), Fulbright Scholar (2006) and a Leland Burt Scholar (2006).

    Ayesha Ali

    Dr. Ayesha Ali is an Assistant Professor in Economics at the Lahore University of Management Sciences. She does research in applied microeconomics with a focus on topics in energy economics and information economics.

    Her research makes use of large administrative data sets, field data collection, and rigorous empirical analysis to answer policy relevant questions. Her current research examines the effect of electricity outages on household welfare, the effectiveness of policies to control electricity theft, understanding and countering misinformation on social media among low digital literacy populations, competition and news media quality, and the economic consequences of internet censorship. She completed her PhD in Economics from the University of Toronto, Canada in 2016.

    Anjum Altaf

    Dr. Anjum Altaf obtained a MA in Economics and a PhD in Engineering-Economic Systems both from Stanford University. He was affiliated with the Applied Economics Research Center at the University of Karachi and with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the departments of City and Regional Planning and Environment and Public Health. After working at the World Bank in the Research department and the East Asia Urban Development programme with a focus on China and Vietnam, he joined LUMS as Professor of Economics and Dean of the School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law. He was subsequently Vice-President and Provost at the newly established Habib University in Karachi.

    Kamran Asdar Ali

    Dr. Kamran Asdar Ali is a professor of Anthropology, Middle East Studies and Asian Studies at the University of Texas, Austin. He served as Dean of the Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences (MGSHSS) at LUMS from 2017-2020. He has previously taught at the University of Rochester (NY), has been a member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton (1998-99), ISIM, University of Leiden (2005) and a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study Berlin (2010-2011).

    He has conducted field research in Mexico, Egypt and in Pakistan on issues pertaining to health and gender, ethnicity, class politics, sexuality and popular culture. Among his other publications, he is also the author of Planning the Family in Egypt: New Bodies, New Selves (2002) and the co-editor of Gendering Urban Space in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa (2008), Comparing Cities: Middle East and South Asia (2009) and Gender, Politics, and Performance in South Asia (2015). His most recent book is Communism in Pakistan: Politics and Class Activism 1947-1972 (2015).

    Noaman Ghazanfar Ali

    Noaman’s research concerns the political sociology of political and economic development. His research has examined rural class struggle and subnational state formation in Pakistan, which he studied through a case study of the Frontier peasant movement in the former North-West Frontier Province led by the Mazdoor Kisan Party in the 1970s. His work is interdisciplinary, bringing a historical and ethnographic sensibility to the study of political science. More broadly he is interested in social movements, rural politics, state and non-state power, agrarian and industrial policy, developmental states, and political economy in general.

    Noaman's research has been published in the Journal of Agrarian Change and Rethinking Marxism, and he has also written for Tanqeed. He is currently working on a book manuscript based on his dissertation research.

    Saher Asad

    Dr. Sahar Asad is Assistant Professor of Economics at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). She received her Ph.D. in Economics from George Washington University in 2016. Her research interests are primarily in the area of empirical development economics. She uses both experimental and quasi-experimental methods to answer questions within development economics.

    Faisal Bari

    Dr. Faisal Bari is the Interim Dean of the Syed Ahsan Ali and Syed Maratib Ali School of Education (SoE) at LUMS. He is also an Associate Professor at SoE and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. He has previously served as Head of the Economics Department from 2006-2008. Dr. Bari is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Development and Economic Alternatives (IDEAS). He is a former Executive Director and current research fellow at the Mahbubul Haq Research Centre (MHRC).His current teaching interests are in the areas of philosophy of education, inclusion, economics of education, game theory, microeconomics and industrial organization.

    Dr. Bari has over twenty years of research experience in the field of industrial economics, development economics and education economics. Previously, he has worked as Deputy Country Director for Pakistan in the Central Eurasia Project and as an education economist for South Asia at the Open Society Foundation. He was a visiting faculty member at Yale University in 2000-2001. He has also consulted for various multilateral and bi-lateral agencies including the World Bank, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Department of International Development (DFID) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

    He writes a fortnightly column for the English Daily The Dawn.

    Dr. Bari obtained a Doctorate from McGill University and a Master’s Degree (Philosophy) from the University of Punjab. He has two Bachelors’ degrees, one from University of Oxford and another from Government College, Lahore. Dr. Bari was the recipient of the 1988 Rhodes Scholarship for Pakistan.

    Abid A. Burki

    Dr. Abid Aman Burki is a Mahbub ul Haq Research Centre fellow who served as Professor at the Economics Department at LUMS until 2020. From 2003 to 2010, Dr. Burki was Director of the Centre for Management and Economic Research (CMER) at LUMS. Prior to joining LUMS, he has been a Professor (1999-2002) and Head of Economics Department (2000 – 2002) at the Quaid-i-Azam University where he has held other academic positions since 1985. He has also taught at the Kansas State University and the BZ University.

    His main current research areas are in technical efficiency and productivity, dairy sector, health sector, agriculture sector, industrial sector, inequality and poverty. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 articles, book chapters and professional reports. His academic research has appeared in World Development, Energy Economics, Applied Economics, Journal of Economics & Business, Land Use Policy, Journal of Development Effectiveness, Economics Bulletin, Pakistan Development Review and other journals.

    He has received several research grants and has been a consultant to the Government of Pakistan, UNICEF, UNESCO, World Bank, JICA, IFPRI, Nestle Pakistan, Tetra Pak Pakistan, Indus Motor Company, GIZ, Oxfam, IGC, among others.

    He holds a PhD degree in Economics from Kansas State University and is the recipient of the 2001 President of Pakistan’s academic distinction award Izaz-i-Fazeelat.

    Michael Best

    Dr. Michael Best is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Columbia University. Prior to this, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. Michael's research focuses on tax evasion in developing countries and its implications for optimal tax policy and administration; the determinants of the effectiveness of public procurement in developing countries and the design of policies to improve it; and the effects of tax policy in developed countries and the design of optimal tax policies.

    Michael holds a PhD from the LSE and an M.Phil from the University of Oxford.

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    Executive Director, Mahbub Ul Haq Research Centre

    Assistant Professor, Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Associate Professor, Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences

    PhD Candidate at Uppsala University, Sweden

    Assistant Professor, Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Assistant Professor, Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering

    Assistant Professor, Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Professor of Practice, The London School of Economics and Political Science

    Assistant Professor, Syed Ahsan Ali and Syed Maratib Ali School of Education

    Assistant Professor, Syed Ahsan Ali and Syed Maratib Ali School of Education

    Associate Professor, Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Ali Cheema

    Dr. Ali Cheema serves as the Faculty Director of the Mahbub Ul Haq Research Centre, and is an Associate Professor of Economics at the Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences, LUMS. Dr. Cheema is also a Senior Research Fellow at IDEAS Pakistan, co-founder of the Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP), and a co-lead academic of the International Growth Center’s Pakistan programme. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex and was the Chair of the Economics Department at LUMS from 2004-2010. He was also a founding member of the Stockholm Challenge Award winning portal, Relief Information System for Earthquakes, Pakistan (RISEPAK).

    His areas of research include economic development with a focus on human capital, inclusion and economic mobility, gender, public economics, comparative politics, economic history and the economics of crime. His research combines extensive mixed-methods fieldwork, historical archival research, rigorous empirical analysis and theory to offer insights into how political economy and historical foundations shape economic and political development. Part of his recent work focuses on how political and wealth inequality shape accountability, representation and development, analyzing the barriers to women’s political participation and representation and evaluating the potential of skills and human capital as instruments for inclusive development. He is particularly interested in how local governance and taxation institutions can be designed to make states more accountable to citizens. He is also interested in understanding the role of citizen-state trust in building effective and accountable state capacities for inclusive development.

    He holds a PhD in Economics from Cambridge, an MPhil in Economics and Politics from Cambridge, a BA (Hons.) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) from Oxford where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and a BA in Mathematics and Statistics from Government College, Lahore. He was a visiting Fulbright and SAI Scholar at Harvard Kennedy School in 2010-11.

    Syed M Hasan

    Dr. Syed M Hasan is Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics, LUMS. His primary research interest and teaching field is urban and regional economics and public economics. Dr. Hasan obtained his PhD in Economics from Ohio State University in 2014. His doctoral research focused on spatial policy instruments and firms productivity. Under the broad theme of sustainable development, Dr. Hasan also has interest in research on resilient cities. In this context his research focuses on areas related to water conservation, economic cost of congestion and energy choices by households and related carbon emissions in large urban centers of Pakistan. Dr. Hasan has several publications in international peer-reviewed journals. In 2007 he did he master’s in public finance from GRIPS, Tokyo, Japan. Prior to joining the academia, Dr. Hasan has worked in the civil service of Pakistan.

    Syed Ali Hasanain

    Ali Hasanain is an Associate Professor and the Head of the Economics Department at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). He is also a member of Evidence in Governance and Politics (EGAP), a member of the research board of PRIME Institute, a Fellow of the Consortium of Development Policy Research (CDPR), and a faculty advisor at the Technology for People Initiative (TPI).

    His research focuses primarily on how public service delivery can be improved through reform initiatives, particularly through technological progress and improvements in the media. He also studies how information and communication technologies (ICT) can improve market functioning.

    Previously, he directed the LUMS engagement on the World Bank's Pakistan At One Hundred Initiative, which sought to support greater debate and study Pakistan's medium term future, out to the year 2047. He has also previously been a member of the Punjab Government's Economic Advisory Committee. With his colleagues, Dr. Hasanain designed and implemented an ICT-based monitoring pilot in partnership with the provincial government of Punjab in 2011. He also served as South Asia Team Leader for a Global Development Network (GDN) policy research project during 2011-2012.

    Ali Hasanain received his PhD from George Mason University in 2010. From 2014 to 2016, he was a Global Leaders Fellow at Oxford and Princeton universities.

    Amin Hussain

    Amin Hussain did his undergraduate degree in Electronic Engineering from GIKI and worked in the Telecommunication sector as an Engineer for several years with Motorola and NSN. He then went on to pursue his MSc in Economics from LSE, and is currently a Teaching Fellow at LUMS.

    Amen Jaffer

    Amen Jaffer is a sociologist trained in urban ethnography whose teaching, research and advising interests lie in the fields of religion, urban studies, sociality, everyday life, difference and social control, social theory, political economy of waste and recycling, and the politics of space and infrastructure.

    He is currently working on three projects. One is a comparative ethnography of urban citizenship in low-income neighborhoods of Lahore which explores poor residents' engagements with the infrastructures of their neighborhoods as practices of forging political communities.The second project is a book manuscript that explores practices of sociality in South Asian Sufi shrines. It focuses on ordinary practices in these spaces - conversations, humour, collective preparation and consumption of food and drugs, etc - to demonstrate how an everyday spirituality is constructed through routine practices in these spaces. The third project, for which he is currently conducting fieldwork, investigates the social organization of the waste and recycling economy in Lahore by focusing on scrap yards run by Afghan refugees and jhuggi settlements of low-caste nomadic communities.

    Mobin Javed

    Dr. Mobin Javed is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at LUMS. Dr. Javed received her Doctorate in Computer Science from UC Berkeley in 2016. She then spent a year as a post-doctoral research scholar at the International Computer Science Institute, Berkeley, before returning to Pakistan in early 2018. She holds her bachelor degree from the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Pakistan.

    Dr. Javed is a data enthusiast at heart, interested in harnessing the power of data science to solve problems with real world impact. Her research primarily focuses on analyzing data from large-scale networked systems to understand various properties of the Internet, and to develop practically deployable solutions for fighting cyber threats.

    Her industry experience and fellowships include the Data Science for Social Good Program at the University of Chicago (2016), Microsoft Research, Redmond (2014), and Impermium (2013 - acquired by Google). Her awards and honors include a Distinguished Paper Award at USENIX Security 2017, the Internet Defense Prize 2017 ($100K award by Facebook), and the Applied Networking Research Prize 2019. She also takes a keen interest in social impact. As a Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) 2016 fellow, she worked with the Government of Mexico to find data-driven solutions for mitigating poverty in the country. Dr. Javed is also the co-founder of GradApp Lab, Pakistan, a mentoring effort that connects aspiring graduate school applicants with mentors abroad.

    In her leisure time, Dr. Javed enjoys running, hiking, and practicing yoga. She is a long-distance runner and has participated in the San Francisco half marathon and Big Sur Relay runs. She also enjoys traveling around the world; her recent travels have taken her to the majestic glaciers and waterfalls of Iceland.

    Umair Javed

    Dr. Umair Javed is Assistant Professor of Politics and Sociology at the Mushtaq Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences (MGSHSS). He completed his PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 2018, where he was a recipient of the LSE Centennial PhD Studentship.

    His doctoral research focused on politics and practices of accumulation, and labour relations in Pakistan''s informal economy, with a specific focus on the retail-wholesale (bazaar) sector. More broadly, his research interests span various aspects of political participation, socio-economic development, and urban public life in South Asia. His academic work has been published in Economic and Political Weekly, Current History, and Catalyst': >- A Journal of Theory and Strategy. He has also contributed book chapters to volumes published by Routledge, Cambridge University Press, and the Australian National University Press. He is currently working on a cross-country study of contentious mobilisation around energy access in low-income settlements in Pakistan, Mozambique, and Nigeria, with researchers at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex.

    Adnan Khan

    Dr. Adnan Khan is Professor in Practice and Academic Director at the School of Public Policy at London School of Economics. His academic experience prior to this includes being a Research and Policy Director at the IGC since 2009 and during 2018-19, he taught Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School.

    Before joining academia, Dr. Khan served in the Pakistan Administrative Service including stints at the National School of Public Policy, the Education and Finance Ministries, and district administration.

    His areas of interest include state capacity and fragility, political economy and public finance. He has conducted field experiments on taxation, public procurement, social protection and entrepreneurship.

    Dr. Khan holds a PhD in Economics from Queen’s University Kingston and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School Cambridge. He did his B.S.c. in Engineering from University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore and has a Diploma in International Affairs from Punjab University.

    Gulab Khan

    Gulab Khan acquired his PhD in 2013 in educational theory and policy from the College of Education, Pennsylvania State University, United States. He has over 20 years’ experience in the field of education (K through higher education) in both the private and public sector. He started his career in education in 1999 and, for over 16 years, remained associated with the Aga Khan Education Service, Pakistan (AKESP), a subsidiary of the Aga Khan Development Network. At AKESP, he assumed different portfolios ranging from lecturer (taught chemistry to students in grades 8 through higher secondary), school principal, regional head of monitoring, evaluation & research, and manager academics. In 2015 he switched to higher education as an assistant professor at the University of Swat where he also assumed an additional portfolio as Director of Advanced Studies. In 2017, he moved to National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) in Islamabad.

    Gulab joined Syed Ahsan Ali and Syed Maratib Ali School of Education (SoE) at LUMS in 2018 as an assistant professor. His research interests lie at the intersection of policy and practice on issues related to teacher quality, teacher status, educational leadership, and school improvement.

    Qaisar Khan

    Dr. Qaisar Khan is serving as an Assistant Professor at the School of Education, LUMS. Previously, he taught basic economics as a lecturer and microeconomics, development economics and research methods as a teaching fellow at KDI School of Public Policy and Management, South Korea. He has also worked as a research fellow in the project titled “international study of learning in higher education,” a joint collaboration of KDI School and Stanford University. Besides, he has over seven years of work experience in managing and implementing development projects with various national and international organizations in Pakistan.

    Dr. Khan obtained his PhD in Development Policy from KDI School of Public Policy and Management, South Korea, and a Masters in Development Policy with majors in Public Finance and Social Policy from the same institute. His research interests lie in applied microeconomics particularly in education, health and labor. His recent research examined the causal link between fertility (quantity) and educational outcomes (quality) within families in Pakistan. His work is the first to attempt quality-quantity tradeoff in Pakistan. His research also studied the effect of family planning exposure on fertility choices and reproductive health care in rural Pakistan.

    Nida Kirmani

    Dr. Nida Kirmani is Associate Professor of Sociology in the Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Lahore University of Management Sciences. She is also Faculty Director of the Saida Waheed Gender Initiative. Nida has published widely on issues related to gender, Islam, women’s movements, development and urban studies in India and Pakistan. She completed er PhD in 2007 from the University of Manchester in Sociology. Her book, Questioning ‘the Muslim Woman’ Identity and Insecurity in an Urban Indian Locality, was published in 2013 by Routledge. Her current research focuses on urban violence, gender and insecurity in the area of Lyari in Karachi.

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    Associate Professor, Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Assistant Professor, Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Development and Economic Alternatives ( IDEAS)

    Assistant Professor, University of Essex, UK

    Assistant Professor, Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Assistant Professor, Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Associate Professor, Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering

    Research Fellow, Institute for Development Studies, University of Sussex

    Assistant Professor, Mushtaq Ahmed Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Teaching Fellow, Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Assistant Professor, Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Assistant Professor, Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering

    Hadia Majid

    Dr. Hadia Majid is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) and Director, Saida Waheed Gender Initiative, (LUMS)

    A Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Hadia Majid holds a PhD in Development Economics from The Ohio State University. Her research agenda considers the impact of monetary and public resource constraints on individuals in Pakistan. Her work includes cash transfer evaluations, public goods provisioning, human capital acquisition in the context of intra-household decision-making, and factors affecting women’s access to earned income. Here, she documents and explores the barriers to women’s labor supply and their access to decent, empowering work with a special emphasis on the role of household bargaining structures in mediating women’s access to work. Her expertise lies in RCT, quasi-experimental, and quantitative driven fieldwork. She has also done qualitative work with low-literate, low-income informal and formal sector women workers.

    Kashif Malik

    Dr. Kashif Zaheer Malik is an Assistant Professor of Economics at LUMS. He is a Fulbright Scholar and has a Masters and PhD degree in Economics from Florida State University. Dr. Malik is an economist with over twelve years of experience in the areas of Microfinance, Applied Economics, Econometrics and Economic Analysis. He has done research and consulting assignments for International agencies (IPA, IGC, DFID, World Bank, Global Fund to End Slavery), MNC’s (Coca-Cola), Banks(Barclays’s) and Government. His academic research is published in esteemed journals such as in Oxford Review of Economic Policy (OXREP), Economic Modelling and Journal of Economics and Finance.

    His current research looks at risk-sharing financial contracts within the microfinance industry. Dr. Malik along with a team of researchers from University of Oxford has been investigating whether the debt-based nature of microcredit contracts (often with high interest repayments that are quite rigid) may be one of the reasons for the disappointing results on microcredit, and whether a contract based on the principles of equity financing which helps the entrepreneur better share in risk and reward, may be more successful in stimulating microenterprise growth.

    Rabea Malik

    Dr. Rabea Malik is a Research Fellow and CEO at IDEAS with over 10 years of experience in empirical mixed methods research in Pakistan.

    Rabea’s expertise lies in application of sociological and political economy frameworks to questions of exclusion, school governance and service delivery in education. Rabea has led research projects on marketization of primary education, public private partnerships, school-based management, inclusive education and effective teaching. She was the country co-I in Pakistan for Teaching Effectively All Children, was the technical lead for the evaluation of the Punjab Education Sector Program II.

    She is currently undertaking a study on bureaucratic practice and delivery in education in Punjab and Sindh, using qualitative retrospective comparative methods. She has published on inequality in education, teaching practices and marginalization in government classrooms, experiences of learning for children from marginalized backgrounds.

    Rabia Malik

    Dr. Rabia Malik's research focuses on comparative politics in developing countries, with a particular interest in distributive politics and development, political accountability, and gender and political participation, especially in the context of Pakistan and other South Asian countries. Her research combines causal inference methods with extensive fieldwork to study these topics using both observational and experimental data. She has published in the Journal of Politics, the British Journal of Political Science, and Comparative Political Studies. Rabia received her Ph.D. from the University of Rochester and was then a postdoctoral associate at New York University Abu Dhabi.

    Antonio Marasco

    Antonio Marasco joined LUMS as an Assistant Professor in August 2006. Prior to joining LUMS, he had a one-year teaching appointment in Atilim University, Ankara. From 1990 to 1994 he was employed in the insurance sector at Lloyd Adriatico of Trieste.

    He has been a teaching assistant at the University College, London and a visiting instructor at Bilkent University. His teaching interests are in macroeconomics, growth theories, and international trade. His research focuses broadly on the relationship between foreign direct investment, technological progress and economic growth. Another aspect of Antonio’s research has also been about studying the welfare impact of foreign direct investment and international trade on the recipient countries. Antonio holds a PhD from Radbound University, a Msc in Economics from Birbeck College, a MBA from Koc University, and a Bsc in Economics from the University of Trieste.

    Rashid Memon

    Rashid is an Assistant Professor at the Lahore University of Management Sciences. He holds a PhD in Economics from the New School for Social Research.

    Rashid's work showcases his interest in the importance of social and political identity for economic outcomes, and he has a long standing interest in internal and international migration from South Asia. He uses both quantitative and qualitative data collection methods for his research, and has led large household survey data collection efforts as well as experimental data, and semi-structured interviews and focus groups. His interest in identity and economics has led him to question the robustness of disciplinary boundaries, and to reconsider the link between economic, cultural and political change. He is keenly interested in more substantive discussions on the poverty of methodological individualism and questioning how markets handle (or fail to handle) basic problems of resource allocation.

    Shaper Mirza

    Trained as an Immunologist and Molecular Microbiologist, Dr. Shaper Mirza is an Associate Professor at the Department of Biology, Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering. Before joining LUMS, Dr Mirza served as an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas-Health Science Center, Brownsville and Houston campuses.

    Working with a cohort of 2500 Mexican Americans living on the Texas-Mexico border, Dr. Mirza demonstrated the role of hyperglycemia in poorly controlled diabetes on immune impairments. She further demonstrated that hyperglycemia impairs immune cells in the body leading to increase in susceptibility to upper respiratory tract infections such as tuberculosis and pneumonia. This was the extension of her work that she performed during her PhD at University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), where focus of her studies was host-pathogen interaction, in infections caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae. Her research elucidated the mechanism(s) deployed by S. pneumonaie for causing infections and immune responses mounted by the host to restrict infections. The work was the first to demonstrate a role for host mucosal protein lactoferrin in preventing upper respiratory tract infections by S. pneumonaie.

    Prior to her PhD studies, Dr. Mirza was instrumental in developing molecular diagnostics for rapid diagnosis of tuberculosis, Hepatitis C and Hepatitis B at the Department of Pathology-Aga Khan University-Karachi. Further, her work led to development of diagnostic serological and molecular methods for Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) and Dengue fever.

    Dr. Mirza was among the first five Fogarty Fellows from Pakistan. She was awarded the Fellowship to work on Sexually Transmitted Infections in Pakistan. She is currently an active member of American Society for Microbiology, American Diabetes Association, Pakistan Biological Safety Association, and Pakistan Infectious Diseases Society.

    Shandana Khan Mohmand

    Dr. Shandana Khan Mohmand is Research Fellow in the Governance cluster at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex.

    She has over 18 years of experience teaching undergraduate, graduate, and professional training courses.

    As a social scientist, her research has increasingly focused on the relationship between political participation, inequality and accountability and her research interests include democratisation, local politics, and the political economy of public policy and service delivery.

    She has a D.Phil in Development Studies and a Masters in Governance and Development from IDS, University of Sussex. She also holds a Masters in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University (USA) and a BA in Political Science and Economics from McGill University (Canada).

    Sameen Mohsin

    'Dr. Sameen A. Mohsin Ali completed her PhD in Politics from SOAS University of London in 2018. Her doctoral thesis, "Staffing the State: The Politicisation of Bureaucratic Appointments in Pakistan", explores the use of bureaucratic appointments by both politicians and bureaucrats to achieve particular outcomes. Sameen's teaching and research interests include bureaucratic and party politics and public health governance. She is currently working on a project, “Understanding Pakistan’s Immunization Problem: A transactional approach”, with Dr Samia W. Altaf, funded by the Shahid Hussain Foundation's Public Health Research Grant 2018-19 and 2019-20, and the Faculty Initiative Fund 2020-21.

    Sameen is a faculty lead at the Technology for People Initiative (TPI), a non-profit applied research centre based at LUMS.

    Nadia Mukhtar

    A Noon Scholar, Nadia Mukhtar has a Masters in Economics for Development from Oxford University. She is a Teaching Fellow at the Department of Economics at LUMS and her research interests lie in the areas of development microeconomics, trade-related development and industrial organisation. She has researched widely for international development organisations and the government on a breadth of policy issues pertaining to competitiveness and growth of SMEs, youth engagement and social networks, as well as the trade-development nexus.

    Her recent works include analysing the impact of youth (dis)engagement on development in Pakistan for the UNDP National Human Development Report 2017 and the effect of social networks on the uptake of microfinance in India. She has also looked at how trade agreements can raise bilateral trade between Pakistan and its neighbors (China, India and the Central Asian Republics). Policy work includes regional benchmarking of the competitiveness of Pakistan’s automotive and ready-made garments sectors that informed key government policies. Currently, she is looking at how Pakistan can harness the export potential of its pharmaceutical sector and is also using a survey-based study to assess the economic impact of COVID-19 on SMEs across Pakistan.

    Fatima Mustafa

    Dr. Fatima Mustafa is an Assistant Professor at the Mushtaq Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences. She completed her PhD from the Department of Political Science at Boston University in 2018. Her dissertation relies on the Pakistan Institute of Peace Studies (PIPS) dataset to study the relationship between the use of communication technology and violence. Before joining LUMS, she taught a course for a semester at Boston University. She also taught at LUMS as a Teaching Fellow for several semesters. In the past, she has served as a Carnegie Fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington DC.

    Maryam Mustafa

    Dr. Maryam Mustafa is a PhD in Computer Science from the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany and is an Assistant Professor at the Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan. She is a Fulbright scholar with a Masters from Cornell University, NY.

    Dr. Mustafa's research interests are in human-computer interaction (HCI), mixed realities and information and communication technologies and development (ICTD). Her focus is on designing, building, and evaluating novel computing systems for/with underserved populations in the Global South with a specific focus on the gendered design of technologies in patriarchal contexts. Broadly she is interested in understanding the social, technical, and access constraints of diverse populations and creating new technologies to address their unique contexts and aspirations. Her work has been funded by the Gates foundation, National Academy of Sciences and IDRC.

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    Assistant professor, Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Associate Professor, Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Associate Professor, Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering

    Associate Professor, Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Assistant Professor, Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering

    Director Policy, Mahbub ul Haq Research Centre

    Assistant Professor, Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Assistant Professor, Lahore School of Economics

    PhD candidate, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UK

    Assistant Professor, Syed Ahsan Ali and Syed Maratib Ali School of Education

    Assistant Professor, University of Maryland

    Sanval Nasim

    Dr. Sanval Nasim is an assistant professor of economics at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). His primary research field is environmental and natural resource economics. His research work includes behavioural experiments on air pollution forecasts, information-based pollution mitigation interventions, optimal control modelling of water resources, and cost-benefit analysis of clean technology adoption. He obtained his PhD in environmental and natural resource economics from the University of California, Riverside in 2015 and a BA in economics-mathematics and in history from Colby College in 2008.

    Ali Usman Qasmani

    Ali Usman Qasmi is an Associate Professor of History at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at LUMS since 2012. He received his PhD from the South Asia Institute of Heidelberg University in 2009. Before joining LUMS, he was a Newton Fellow for post-doctoral research at Royal Holloway College, University of London. He has published extensively in reputed academic journals such as Modern Asian Studies and Journal of Islamic Studies. He is the author of Questioning the Authority of the Past: The Ahl al-Qur’an Movements in the Punjab (Karachi: Oxford University Press, 2011), and his second monograph, The Ahmadis and the Politics of Religious Exclusion in Pakistan (London: Anthem Press, 2014), was the recipient of Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) Peace Prize in 2015.

    Ihsan Ayyub Qazi

    Dr. Ihsan Ayyub Qazi is an Associate Professor and the Chair of the Department of Computer Science at SBASSE, LUMS. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh, USA in 2010 and his BSc. (Hons) degree from LUMS with a double major in Computer Science and Mathematics in 2005. He was a Visiting Research Scientist at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2017. Previously, he has also held positions at the Center for Advanced Internet Architectures, Australia and BBN Technologies, USA.

    He is a recipient of the prestigious Google Faculty Research Award for his work on making the Web faster in the developing world. He is also a co-recipient of the prestigious Facebook Integrity Foundational Research Award in 2019 and 2020 for his work on combating misinformation on social media. His research interests are in networked systems, ICT for development, online privacy, and public policy. His research works have appeared in the most prestigious networking conferences and journals such as ACM SIGCOMM and IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking. His work on Facebook’s Free Basics platform won the best paper award at ACM SIGCOMM CCR in 2018. He is regularly invited to deliver seminars at leading Universities and companies such as MIT, Stanford, UC Berkeley, CMU, Google, Microsoft Research, and Facebook among others.

    Ali Raza

    Ali Raza is a historian of South Asia.He received his DPhil from the University of Oxford and was a research fellow at the Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient in Berlin.

    His research and teaching interests include the social and intellectual history of South Asia, comparative colonialisms, decolonization, and post-colonial theory. Ali Raza's work has appeared in leading journals and edited volumes. He is also the co-editor of The Internationalist Moment: South Asia, Worlds, and World Views, 1917-39 (Sage 2014), and the author of Revolutionary Pasts: Communist Internationalism in Colonial India (Cambridge University Press, 2020). In addition to his teaching and research commitments, Ali Raza also heads the Centre for Continuing Education Studies, which is dedicated to extending educational opportunities to diverse learning communities across Pakistan.

    Agha Ali Raza

    Dr. Agha Ali Raza is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at LUMS, and also the founding director of the Center for Speech and Language Technologies. He is a Fulbright Scholar. He received his Ph.D. from the Language Technologies Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA. His research interests include Speech & Natural Language Processing, Speech-based Human-Computer Interfaces, and Information & Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D).

    His research aims to enable information access and social connectivity for under-connected and under-served populations (low-literate, low-income, tech naïve, visually impaired, linguistically/socially marginalized, and geographically remote communities, and oral cultures) throughout the developing world. His work focuses on the development of speech-based information services and social networks accessible over simple and feature phones to be used as vehicles for large-scale dissemination of development-related information, pulling information in the form of real-time surveys and for performing randomized controlled trials and demographic studies. These services also provide target marginalized populations with a voice and a digital social identity.

    His work in Speech and Language technologies is focused on the localization of linguistic resources and techniques to the Pakistani context for the development of Speech Recognition, Text-to-Speech, Voice-biometrics, Spoken Term Detection, and relevant capabilities. He teaches Natural Language Processing, Speech Processing, and Machine Learning at the graduate and undergraduate levels. His research has been funded by prestigious organizations including Facebook, Google, UNICEF, GIZ, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Keck Futures Initiative, and the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan.

    Maha Rehman

    Maha Rehman, a Data Analytics Expert, is the Director Policy at Mahboob-ul-Haq Research Centre and Adjunct Faculty member at LUMS Economics Department. She has almost a decade of experience in designing and executing evidence-based programs, products and policies to improve service delivery and impact.

    Previously, with the Centre for Economic Research Pakistan (CERP) Leadership Team, she has set up the Analytics Wing at CERP that focused on embedding data in the decisions and operations of private and public sector companies to increase efficiency, impact and profit. Prior to this, she has led research experiments at CERP and at the World Bank in the fields of education, public finance and governance. She has designed curriculum and taught policymakers, bureaucrats and data practitioners at various programs in the USA and Pakistan. Besides using data analytics for policy and program reform, her research interests include energy economics, education and law & governance.

    She combines her coursework in economics with her interest in entrepreneurship and is also a Pakistan Acumen Fellow, 2016. She frequently writes for DAWN and other daily publications and blogs.

    She completed her graduate studies in Economics from Duke University, USA and has an undergraduate degree in Economics and Mathematics from LUMS.

    Tania Saeed

    Dr Tania Saeed is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at LUMS. As a sociologist of education she is trained in qualitative research methods, with expertise in education and securitization, citizenship and social justice. Her work ranges from exploring Islamophobia and securitization in the context of the UK, to examining the increasing securitization of education in Pakistan. She is the author of Islamophobia and Securitization. Religion, Ethnicity and the Female Voice (2016, Palgrave Macmillan) and the co-author of Youth and the National Narrative. Education, Terrorism and the Security State in Pakistan (2020, Bloomsbury).

    Her on-going research explores the politics of identity and religious ideology through the teaching of language and literature subjects in refugee, government and low cost private schools in Pakistan. She is also collaborating on research with colleagues at the University College London (UCL) to examine the role of historiography in the teaching of history in schools in Punjab. As a Co-Investigator on a GCRF Development Grant with colleagues from the University of Bristol she is supporting civil society initiatives towards using digital media in the teaching of citizenship with a focus on education and peace.

    Saeed has a DPhil in Education from the University of Oxford, where she was a Wingate Scholar (2011-12) and an HEC scholar (2008-11), and an MSc in Gender, Development and Globalization from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She is the elected Chair (2019-21) of the South Asia Special Interest Group (SA SIG) at the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), US.

    Farah Said

    Dr. Farah Said is currently an Assistant Professor at the Lahore School of Economics and a Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in Economics and Business.

    In her work, Dr Said uses field and lab experiments to study the dynamics of poverty and gender in LMICs. Her current research investigates the effectiveness of community engagement and inclusive education in improving learning outcomes and psychosocial skills of students; the role that peer pressure and agency in the household can have on individual decision making; and the role of aspirations in motivating female labor force participation. She is also investigating the role of behavioral interventions in sustainability of alternative energy sources in rural settings, and of behavioral biases that influence demand for credit and saving in low income households.

    Dr. Said has a Ph.D. in Economics from Lahore School of Economics, MSc. in Financial Economics from the University of Oxford and BSc (Hons.) in Economics from the Lahore University of Management Sciences.

    Fizzah Sajjad

    Fizzah Sajjad is a PhD candidate at the Department of Geography and Environment, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She is an urban planner with nine years of research and project management experience. She previously worked as Director Research and Policy at the Mahbub ul Haq Research Centre. Her research interests focus on questions of land, housing, transport, and the politics of infrastructure development. She has worked on affordable housing development, gender equity in transport planning, and dispossession in rapidly urbanizing cities of the Global South. Fizzah holds a Masters in City Planning from MIT, with a specialization in International Development Planning.

    Soufia Siddiqi

    Soufia Siddiqi is Director Research at Mahbub ul Haq Research Centre(MHRC), and Assistant Professor at LUMS School of Education. She is a Rhodes Scholar and specializes in qualitative research methods as well as education policy and curriculum design. On the implementation side, she applies design ethnography, process mapping, and data to understanding what makes policy decisions tick (or not). Previously, Soufia was Technical Advisor to the School Education Department, Punjab and a member of the Punjab Examination Commission, where she led the Technical Committee for the province’s 2019 Assessment Policy Framework

    During her time as Technical Advisor to the Secretary of School Education in the Punjab, Soufia worked on developing a 5-year roadmap for the province’s most urgent reform needs, paying special attention to the need for a coherent learning outcomes dataset as well as the political economy of teachers in the public education system. The latter is an area of research she is now probing in greater detail in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa context in conjunction with the RISE Programme Political Economy (Adoption) Team at the University of Pennsylvania. Soufia is also part of a 3-member team investigating the effects of different delivery models on systemic efficiencies for education in two of Pakistan’s largest provinces. Prior to this, Soufia led the Technical Committee at the Punjab Examination Commission to write the province’s first Assessment Policy Framework and also advised Alif Ailaan, Pakistan’s first education advocacy campaign. She is working on her first manuscript on notions of belonging amongst elite young men in public education in Pakistan.

    Cory Smith

    Dr Smith is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the Dartmouth Political Economy Project (PEP). He is also working as an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland. Previously, Dr Smith has worked with the Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP).

    His research interests are in development, economic history, and political economy. Dr Smith's primary work studies the impact of climate change on the labour markets. Moreover, his working paper focuses on land concentration and long-run development in the frontier United States.

    Dr Smith completed his PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He also received his bachelor's degree in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In 2014, Dr Smith was awarded the Graduate Research Fellowship by the National Science Foundation.

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    Assistant Professor, Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering

    Associate Professor, Syed Ahsan Ali and Syed Maratib Ali School of Education

    Assistant Professor, Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Associate Professor, University of Manchester

    Associate Professor, Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering

    Associate Professor, Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Murtaza Taj

    Dr. Murtaza Taj earned his Ph.D. and M.Sc. degrees in electronic engineering and computer science from the Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), United Kingdom, in 2009 and 2005, respectively. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor and Faculty Director of the Computer Vision and Graphics Lab and Technology for People Initiative at the Lahore University of Management Sciences, Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering, Pakistan. He is also an adjunct faculty at the Ontario Tech University, Canada. His research interest lies in the area of Computer Vision, Graphics and Image Processing. His recent work involves satellite image processing for automatic extraction of socio-economic indicators.

    Tayyaba Tamim

    Dr. Tamim has her PhD from University of Cambridge as a fully funded RECOUP scholarship, and MPhil RSLE (Research in Second Language Education Across Cultures) from Cambridge, UK as a British Council Chevening scholar. In addition, she also has an MA ELT from Kinnaird College for Women University and MA English from the University of Punjab, Pakistan. Dr Tamim has led several funded research projects with national and international partners, including those with USAID, British council and the World Bank. She has also published and presented research papers at a number of national and international forums. Her work covers issues of social justice, equity and inclusivity in education with specific reference to languages in education, language policy, gender and caste.

    She is currently Associate Professor at the School of Education, and the faculty lead for the Pedagogical Partnership Programme at LUMS. Earlier she was Head Faculty of Social Sciences at Lahore School of Economics. She also worked as Director Academics at SZABIST, overseeing work across its five campuses (Karachi, Islamabad, Larkana, Hyderabad and Dubai). While at SZABIST she set up and later led the Department of Education.

    Adeel Tariq

    Dr. Adeel Tariq is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Lahore University of Management Sciences. A Fulbright Scholar, he holds a PhD in Economics from Binghamton University, MSc in Economics from the Lahore University of Management Sciences, an MBA from the Lahore School of Economics and a BSc (Hons) in Economics & Management from the University of London. His research interests include the analysis of firm-level productivity and efficiency, the role of information frictions in emerging markets, housing affordability in developing countries and labor market dynamics.

    Mazhar Waseem

    Dr Waseem is currently working as an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester. Before pursuing his research interest, his primary time was spent serving in Pakistan's civil service as a part of the Custom and Excise department.

    Dr Waseem is affiliated with Institute of Fiscal Studies, London, Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), London and Centre for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP), Pakistan.

    His research interest lies in the areas of public finance, public economics and development. His recent research exploits discontinuities created by tax systems and policy reforms to study behavioural responses to taxation and their implications for optimal tax policy in law enforcement capacity environments. Dr Waseem is also interested in studying how informality affects modern broad-based taxes' efficiency and compliance in developing countries.

    Dr Mazhar Waseem holds a PhD degree in economics from the London School of Economics (LSE).

    Muhammad Fareed Zafar

    Dr. Muhammad Fareed Zaffar received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Duke University in 2005 and the BSc. (Hons) degree from LUMS with a major in Computer Science and minor in Mathematics in 1999.

    His primary research interests are in the areas of security, privacy and Internet measurement. His recent work focuses on social networks, online fraud and cybercrime and his previous work looked at enabling public sector reform through technology and the use of information and communication technologies for development.

    Dr. Fareed is particularly interested in the use of program analysis techniques to make software efficient, compact and secure.

    Waqar Zaidi

    Dr. Waqar Zaidi is Associate Professor of History at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at LUMS. His research focuses on the relationship(s) between technology and international relations in the twentieth century. Current research interests include scientific and technological internationalism, aviation, atomic energy, arms control, and A.I. He has published across a wide range of history and STS journals, and has a book forthcoming with Cambridge University Press, titled Technological Internationalism and World Order': 'Aviation and Atomic Energy, 1920-50.

    Waqar Zaidi has an MSc and PhD in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine from Imperial College London, and a BA(Hons) in Physics from the University of Oxford. He is a Research Affiliate at the Governance of A.I. Program at the Future of Humanities Institute at the University of Oxford, and a Research Collaborator at the Research Institute for the History of Global Arms Transfer, Meiji University. He is also a member of the DHST Historical Commission on Science, Technology and Diplomacy and of the Centre for the Study of Internationalism at Birkbeck College, London. He is also Associate Editor of the interdisciplinary open access journal Humanities and Social Science Communications.

    At LUMS Waqar is Director of the Office of International Studies, and teaches a variety of undergraduate courses in global and European history, and in the history of science and technology.