Dr. Hafiz A. Pasha is Professor Emeritus at the Beaconhouse National University and Lahore School of Economics. From 2001 to 2007, Dr. Pasha was UN Assistant Secretary General and Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific of UNDP. Earlier, Dr. Pasha held a number of important public appointments. He served as the Federal Commerce Minister, Advisor to the Prime Minister/ Federal Minister for Finance and Economic Affairs, Deputy Chairman/Federal Minister of the Planning Commission, and Education Minister in three governments. Prior to this he was the Vice Chancellor of the University of Karachi and Dean and Director of IBA. Dr. Pasha has a M.A. from Cambridge University, U.K and PhD from Stanford University, U.S.A. He was awarded in 2005 the Congressional Medal of Achievement by the Philippines Congress. He was nominated in 2012 as one of the top 100 Educators in the world by IBC, Cambridge, England. He has published over 150 books and articles in the fields of industry, trade, energy, governance, public finance, urban and regional economics, poverty and social development.
Dr. Ishrat Husain is currently Public Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC. He is also Professor Emeritus at IBA and Chairman, Centre for Excellence in Islamic Finance (CEIF). He has served as Dean and Director of Institute of Business Administration, Karachi between 2008 and 2016. He has also served as the Chairman, National Commission for Government Reforms (2006 to 2008) with the status of Federal Minister reporting directly to the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan. He was appointed the Governor of Pakistan’s Central Bank in December 1999. He was conferred “Hilal-e-Imtiaz” by the President of Pakistan (2003). The Banker Magazine of London declared him as the Central Bank Governor of the year for Asia in 2005. He received the Asian Banker Lifetime achievement award in 2006. The President of Pakistan conferred upon him the highest civilian award of Nishan e Pakistan in 2016. Dr. Ishrat Husain obtained Master’s degree in Development Economics from Williams College and Doctorate in Economics from Boston University in 1978. He is a graduate of Executive Development program jointly sponsored by Harvard, Stanford and INSEAD.
Dr. Ali Cheema is Associate Professor of Economics and the Head of Economics Department at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). A Rhodes Scholar, he holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Cambridge, an MPhil in Economics and Politics from the University of Cambridge, BA Honors in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford, and a BA in Mathematics and Statistics from Government College, Lahore. In recent years, he has worked as a consultant for the Asian Development Bank, DFID and the World Bank and has served on high level provincial and Federal Government task forces and committees.
She served as Senior Programme Manager and Senior Policy Adviser with UNDP’s Programme of Assistance for Palestinian People (PAPP), Country Director for UNWOMEN Egypt and Country Representative for UNWOMEN Sudan. Her assignments include Governance Team Leader/Senior Advisor at UNDP/PAPP; Capacity Development Practice Team Leader and Regional Coordinator for Arab States; Assistant Resident Representative and Senior Advisor with UNDP/Jordan and Sudan in charge of Social Development, Poverty and Gender, in addition to detailed missions to UNDP/Headquarters. She also worked as a lead expert on democratization, poverty, and gender and as advisor to both Queen Noor and Queen Rania of Jordan. She is a Jordanian/American national and holds a Ph.D. and M.A from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
Iftikhar Ali Sahoo comes from the Pakistan Administrative Service (PAS). Before joining P&DD, has served as Director Food Punjab, District Coordination Officer Sialkot and important administrative posts in Punjab province.
Sahoo has a Master’s degree in Social Policy from University of Nottingham, UK and Master’s degree in Political Science from University of the Punjab. He has extensive experience of handling public projects, administrative
affairs as well as important matters relating to development schemes.
Dr. Ashfaque is a member of the Economic Advisory Council of the Government of Pakistan. Adviser Ministry of Finance, Islamabad (1998-2009). He has also been the Spokesperson of the Government of Pakistan on Economic Issues (1998-2009). Dr. Khan is PhD in economics from Johns Hopkins University, USA. He has been a visiting lecturer at Towson State University, USA and Kiel Institute of World Economics, Germany. He has published 9 books and more than 170 articles in national and international journals of economic science. His papers have appeared in the most prestigious journals of economic science published from Harvard University and University of Chicago. Dr. Khan has the distinction of being a student of a Nobel Laureate in economics, Professor Lawrence R. Klein.
Dr. Chiu is an expert in sustainable development, specifically on the industrial engineering, cleaner production, sustainable consumption, eco-industrial development, and emergency response system in industry. He is currently JM Reyes Chair Professor at the Gokongwei College of Engineering, De La Salle University, and Manila. He is also member of the United Nations International Resource Panel (IRP). He is a Philippine delegate to the United Nations ESCAP Roadmap for 2030 Agenda as well as in Rio+20 Summit, CSD19, UNCRD 3R Forum. Dr. Chiu also serves international research entities as President (APRSCP, ISBITM, APIEMS), Board Director (ISIE, IFPR), and editorial board member (JCLP, JPIIE, IE&M, PIE) of international high-impact journals. He is the first Philippine awardee of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers as outstanding international correspondent, and the first Philippine academe recipient of the ASEAN Engineer in the field of Industrial Engineering.
Dr. Vaqar Ahmed has served UNDP as Advisor and has undertaken assignments with Asian Development Bank, World Bank, and Ministries of Finance, Planning and Commerce in Pakistan. He was the Head of Macroeconomics Section in Planning Commission of Pakistan (2009-2011). He remained technical associate and member of the task forces, constituted by the Government of Pakistan, including Advisory Panel of Economists (2008), Task Force on Private Sector Development (2009), Working Group on Macroeconomic Framework for Tenth Five Year Plan 2010-15, and Working Group on Social Sector Development for Pakistan Vision 2025. He is the visiting faculty member and researcher in different international institutes, including the University of Le Havre in France, National University of Ireland, IMT Institute of Advanced Studies in Italy and Pakistan Institute of Trade and Development.
Dr. Sohail Jehangir Malik has a 41 year professional career 41 starting from Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE), moving on to work with International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and World Bank in Washington D.C USA. He has worked in America, Africa, Asia and Australia. He has published over one hundred journal articles and research reports and authored three books. His seminal work on estimating poverty in Pakistan at the agro-climatic zone level in the late 1980s, established basis for the consideration of dis-aggregated regional analysis for effective poverty reduction policy making. He led the team that wrote the Punjab Economic Report in 2007. His recent co-edited book published by the University of Pennsylvania Press entitled AGRICULTURE AND THE RURAL ECONOMY IN PAKISTAN: ISSUES, OUTLOOK AND POLICY PRIORITIES was released in Pakistan in December 2016.
Captain (R) Muhammad Mahmood is an officer of Pakistan Administrative Service and is currently serving as Secretary Agriculture Department, Government of the Punjab, Lahore. He has completed his M.Phil. in Public Policy from Australian National University, Canberra and Master of Science in Development Economics, IDS from University of Sussex, United Kingdom.
Janet Salem has been working on sustainable resource management with the United Nations Environment Programme for the past 9 years. She currently coordinates policy support on resource efficiency and sustainable consumption and production in the Asia Pacific region, with national activities in Pakistan, Mongolia, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Thailand. She is actively involved in Pakistan’s policy development in the area of Sustainable Consumption and Production, in particular in the development of a National Action Plan on Sustainable Consumption and Production, and in pilot implementation programs in sustainable building code development and tertiary curricula development. She has coordinated the development of a regional database on natural resource use based on internationally recognized methodologies that align with the SDG indicators on natural resource use (SDG 12.2 and 8.4). She has worked with UNEP's International Resource Panel, a global science policy interface on resource issues. Janet also worked with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization on development and implementation in renewable energy and energy efficiency in the industrial sector and global forum activities. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Engineering and a Master's degree in Engineering Science.
Dr. Athula is an Environmental Economist and has published on various themes including common property resources, sustainable agriculture, supply/demand analysis of fish, non-timber forest products (NTFP) and community-based aquaculture. His current research interests include climate adaptation, institutions and property rights, and environment and macroeconomic policy.
He was previously engaged as a Research Officer (Department of Agriculture), Agricultural Economist (Land Use Policy Planning Division), as an Aquaculture Economist (National Aquaculture Development Authority) and as the Director-Competition Promotion (Consumers Affairs Authority). He also jointly authored the Sinhala language text-book on Natural Resource and Environmental Economics which is being used at undergraduate level teaching in Environmental Economics at universities in Sri Lanka. Dr. Athula holds a BSc in Agriculture, an M. Phil in Agricultural Economics from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, and PhD from the Deakin University, Australia.
Afaq Tiwana is currently Chief Executive and President of Farmer Associates of Pakistan, which is the largest and
one of the most effective organization representing interests of the farming community in the country. He is also serving as Director, Agrimall (Pvt.) Ltd. Mr. Tiwana serves on the board of various organizations including Pakistan Research Council, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Punjab Livestock and Dairy Development Board. He is also serving as Chairman, Agriculture Sector Board, Board of Investment (B01), Government of Pakistan. He has previously served as Member, Prime Minister's Committee on Agriculture; Chairman: Pakistan Horticulture Development & Export Board (PHDEB); Delegate: Pakistan Delegation to the WTO Ministerial at Hong Kong and Mexico; Member, Economic Advisory Board: Ministry of Finance, Government of Pakistan. He has also served as Member, Board of Directors United Bank Limited (UBL) and is presently serving as a Member of Board of Directors and Advisor of Fauji Fresh n Freeze Pvt. Limited.
Drew graduated with Honors in Geology from the University of St. Andrews in 1997 and worked in the Aberdeen Oil Industry before completing a Master's degree in Mineral Exploration at Royal School of Mines, Imperial College (1999). He spent time working with the British Army before starting his own independent consultancy, Rocklore Exploration Services Limited in 2002.
Having worked with and consulted to a number of Major and Junior mining companies, Drew has developed strong management and communication skills at both corporate and operational levels. He also commands a wide range of practical field skills with specializations in remote exploration and early stage project development as well as GIS, QA/QC and logistics. Drew's commodity experience ranges from gold and diamonds to base metals and industrial minerals. Drew is a Fellow of the Geological Society of London and a Chartered Engineer registered with the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.
Prof. Dr. Mohammad Nizamuddin is currently Chairperson of the Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC). He brings with him an excellent academic and administrative record. Dr. Nizam did his Masters in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago and earned his PhD in the same discipline from the 11 A University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. USA. He taught at the University of North Carolina and Columbia University. He has had a distinguished career with the United Nations (UN) spanning over 24 years. Dr. Nizam has held several senior positions in Jordan, Egypt, and Ethiopia. He has being appointed Director for the Asia and Pacific Region and Director for Technical Policy and Division at the UN Headquarters, New York. He has served as Vice Chancellor of the University of Gujrat (2006-2014). He has also served as Vice Chancellor of Government College for Women and University of Sialkot (2012-2014). He served as Professor of Sociology at the University of Punjab. In 2014, he was awarded Sitara-i-Imtiaz, for his contribution to higher education development in Pakistan.
Dr. Muhammed is currently Managing Director at DM Analytics, a socio-economic policy research and consulting outfit based in Kuala Lumpur. He is formerly Director of Research at Khazanah Research Institute (KRI), a not-for-profit think tank sponsored by Khazanah National - strategic investment fund of the Government of Malaysia. Prior to joining KRI, he was the Head of Economics at Securities Commission Malaysia, and a senior analyst at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia. He is currently an Honorary Fellow at Centre for Policy Research and International Studies of University Science of Malaysia. He did PhD (first class honors) from the Institut d’études Politiques de Paris. He holds Master’s degree in Economics from University of Malaya and got his Bachelor of Science degree from University of Southern California, Los Angeles.
Dr. Faisal is Chairman of the IDEAS Board of Directors, Deputy Country Director Pakistan for the Central Eurasia Project and Education Economist for South Asia Open Society Foundation. He is additionally Associate Professor of Economics at LUMS where he has previously served as head of department. Former Executive Director and current visiting research fellow at Mahbub-ul-Haq Human Development Centre, Dr. Faisal has 12 years of research experience in industrial economics, development economic and education economics. He has done consultations for various agencies including the World Bank, UNDP, DFID, and the Asian Development Bank. A former columnist for the English daily The Nation, he currently writes for Dawn. Dr. Faisal did his BA (Honors) from the University of Oxford and BSc from Government College, Lahore. He has a Master’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Punjab and a Doctorate in Economics from McGill University, Canada.
Mr. Hassan Mohtashami, a national of Iran, is a medical doctor, with specialty in psychiatry and post-graduate training in Population Leadership (Gates-Packard Fellow). He has earned over 25 years of health management experience at various district, national and international levels. He started his career in Iran as District Health Director, World Bank Project Manager, and then CEO of Family Planning Association. Prior to joining UNFPA, he served as World Health Organization Reproductive Health Advisor in Afghanistan. He joined UNFPA in 2004 and since then have served as Deputy Representative in Sudan and Uganda and as Representative in Swaziland and Lao PDR.
Nomaan Majid is a Senior Employment Specialist in the ILO’s sub – regional Decent Work Team for South Asia, located in New Delhi. He has worked in the ILO since 1995. His research interests are in the subjects of employment, labor markets income distribution and poverty. He holds a doctorate in Economics from the University of Oxford.
Dr. Aliya H. Khan is currently Professor of Economics at QAU. She has also served as Chair, Department of Economics, Director, School of Economics and Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences at QAU. Her teaching and research areas are Labor Economics, Human Resource Development and Macroeconomics. She is a member of various governmental committees andhas contributed extensively in policy and programmatic development on labour and employment issues with a special focus on labor force statistics and female labor force participation at various national, regional and international forums. She is a member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the State Bank of Pakistan and a Board Member of State Life Insurance Corporation of Pakistan, Aurat Foundation and Institute of Rural Management. Dr. Aliya has a PhD in Economics from University of Illinois at Chicago, an M.A in Social Sciences from University of Chicago and an M.Sc in Economics from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad.
Mr. Illangovan, a Sri-Lankan national, counts over three decades of international development experience. He joined the World Bank in 1993 and has served on many positions including leadership roles in Europe and Central Asia, East Asia and Pacific, and South Asia regions of the World Bank. He has also held managerial responsibilities in the Bank’s country offices in Bangkok, Vientiane and Kabul. Illango has managed programs and projects in many middle and low income countries, including leading teams that have delivered complex and innovative solutions to Bank clients in water, environment, natural resources, energy and urban sectors. He has extensive experience in overseeing the implementation of portfolios in challenging country environments. Prior to joining the Bank, he worked in the public and private sectors in Sri Lanka.
Dr. Pervez is PhD in Economics and MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge, UK.
His areas of interest are Economics, Finance, Debt Management and Development Studies. Starting in 1974 as the Deputy Economic Adviser of Ministry of Finance, he served as Chief of Research and Debt Management in the Economic Affairs Division in the nineties (90s). He rose to the position of Chief Economist/Member of the Planning Commission and acted as Secretary, Planning and Development Division in 2000-06. He is the author of two and editor of three books; he has published numerous journal and newspaper articles nationally and abroad on a variety of subjects. He is widely travelled and is a well-known speaker in the international and national conference circuits.
Mr. Shahid Hafeez Kardar is the 16th governor of the State Bank of Pakistan (2010). He has served as a Minister of Finance for the Government of the Punjab in the early years of former president Pervez Musharraf. Mr. Kardar was a Member of Portfolio Advisory Panel of Housing at Acumen Fund, Inc. He has been an Independent Director of Linde Pakistan Limited since January 30, 2014.
He was a member of the Prime Minister's consultative committee on economy policy in 1988-90. He served as a Director of Royal Bank of Scotland Limited. Mr. Kardar has a Masters in economics from the University of Oxford and is also a Chartered Accountant.
Agha Waqar Javed is presently Member Public Private Partnership Cell, Planning & Development Department, Government of Punjab. He holds Master’s degree in Finance from University of Strathclyde. He also studied Advanced Corporate Finance from London School of Business alongside holding an MBA from Bahauddin Zikria University. His major areas of interest are Finance, PPP and Corporate Finance. Prior to joining as Member PPP, he served at International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Privatisation Commission of Pakistan, and Ministry of Finance, Government of Pakistan. His published work includes Privatizing Gas Transmission and Distribution Utilities in “Oil and Gas Journal” Huston, USA, different articles like Privatizing PIA, Bottlenecks and PPPs and Privatization; The Right Way in The News to name few.
Dr. Zubair is PhD in Economics from Michigan State University, USA. His areas of interest are macroeconomic and adjustment policies, exchange and trade policies, interaction of economic and political challenges in the formation of public policy, oil dependence to economic diversification, economic determinants of democratic movements and Islamic banking and finance. Prior to joining the MEI as adjunct scholar in 2008, Dr. Zubair worked with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for thirty five (35) years, retiring in 2007 as Assistant Director of the Middle East and Central Asia Department. He has also made strategies for IMF-member country relations, design of adjustment programs for the balance of payments assistance and technical support.
Dr. Waqar Masood Khan is an eminent economist with wide-ranging experience of public and private sectors. Presently, he is serving as Federal Secretary for Finance Division. 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 has been 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. Waqar has a PhD in Economics and MA in Political Economy from Boston University Massachusetts, USA.
Fellow of Keble College, Atif is Programme Director of MSc in Major Programme Management (MMPM) at the Saïd Business School. He has been a fixture at University of Oxford since 2006. From 2006-2010, he undertook his DPhil (PhD), at Brasenose College, with Clarendon Scholarship from Oxford University Press. He was a post-doctoral Research Fellow (2010-2013) with Professor Bent Flyvbjerg at the BT Centre for Major Programme Management at Saïd Business School. From 2013-2015, he served as a Lecturer at the Blavatnik School of Government and Cohort Manager of the Major Projects Leadership Academy. Atif’s research focuses on delivering major infrastructure and integrated real estate programmes - cheaper, faster, and with greater sensitivity to the needs of end users.
Mr. Arif Habib is also the Chairman of Pak Arab Fertilizers Limited, Fatima Fertilizer Company Limited, Fatima Fertilizers Limited, Aisha Steel Mills Limited, Javedan Corporation Limited and Sachal Energy (Pvt.) Limited.
He remained the elected President/Chairman of Karachi Stock Exchange for six times in the past and was a Founding Member and Chairman of the Central Depository Company of Pakistan Limited. He has served as a Member of the Privatization Commission, Board of Investment, Tariff Reforms Commission and Securities & Exchange Ordinance Review Committee. Over the years, he has been nominated on the Board of Directors of a number of companies by Government of Pakistan. Presently, he is a Director on the Boards of Pakistan International Airlines, Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited and Pakistan Engineering Company Limited. He significantly participates in welfare activities. He is one of the trustees of Fatimid Foundation and Memon Health & Education Foundation as well as a director of Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy and Karachi Education Initiative.
Mr. Uzair has 15 years of teaching and research experience. He holds M. Phil in Economics and has conducted research on Pak-India Intra-Industry Trade for his thesis. He is currently working on his PhD research thesis related with Structural Transformation of Selected Asian Countries. He has written several newspaper articles as well as research papers related to International Trade and SMEs. He has the honor of representing Pakistan in the 1st Lindau Meeting in Germany with Nobel Prize Winners of Economics held in 2005. Apart from research, he is also a trainer of Entrepreneurship Development Program at LUMS Incubation Center, Lahore since April 2015.
Dr. Mujtaba has also been a member of Punjab Revenue Authority. He has served as program Director in Punjab Resources Management Programs, as Director in ESRA programs, as Programme Specialist in Agha Khan Rural Support Programs in Islamabad. He did his MSc. in development studies/ economics from London School of Economics, UK. He got PhD degree from University of Sussex, UK.
Michele Clara in an Italian national and a staff member of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization since 2000 where he heads the Research and Policy Advice Division. Before joining UNIDO, he completed his post-graduate studies in development economics at University of Cambridge with a dissertation on industrial clusters.
Upon joining UNIDO, he was involved in the implementation of the SME cluster development programme and was directly involved in cluster development projects in India, Iran, and Thailand. He published research papers and contributed to several books on the topic as well collaborated with other international organization such as the OECD, ILO and FAO. He also led the working group on value chains in the Donor Committee for Enterprise Development. Since 2011, he has been in charge of research and policy advice at UNIDO. He regularly acts as faculty in training programs on industrial competitiveness for policy makers from industrialising economies and he has been advising Ministries of Industries on their development strategies (recently in countries such as Oman, Saudi Arabia, and South Africa) as well as regional organisations.
Dr. Abid Aman Burki is Professor of Economics at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). He was also Director of Centre for Management and Economic Research of LUMS (2003-2010). Dr. Burki received his PhD in Economics from Kansas State University. He was on the economics faculty of Quaid-i-Azam University (1985-2002). He has also taught courses at Kansas State University. He serves on several high-level committees and taskforces of the government. He is also a referee for numerous academic journals. His research interests lie in the areas of applied microeconomics; development economics; and production economics. He has authored or co-authored more than 70 articles, book chapters and professional reports. His academic research has appeared in World Development, Applied Economics, Economics Bulletin, Energy Economics, Journal of Economics and Business, Pakistan Development Review and other journals. He has supervised three PhD, 18 MPhil and 28 Master’s theses. In recognition of his services he was conferred the President of Pakistan’s academic distinction award Izaz-i-Fazeelat (2001).
Dr. Murtaza Haider is an associate professor at the Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, Toronto. He Director of a consulting firm Regionomics Inc. Professor Haider is currently a visiting research fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. He specializes in applying analytics and statistical models to find solutions for socio-economic challenges. His research interests include applied analytics, data science, forecasting housing market dynamics, transport/infrastructure/urban planning, and human development in Canada and South Asia. He is an avid blogger and writes weekly for Dawn newspaper and Huffington Post. Dr. Murtaza holds a Master’s degree in transport engineering and planning and a PhD in Urban Systems Analysis from the University of Toronto. He is also an adjunct professor of engineering at McGill University. He is a graduate of Engineering University in Peshawar. Before coming to Ryerson, Professor Haider taught travel demand forecasting, infrastructure investment analysis, and land development at McGill University.
H.E. Long Dingbin is Consul General for Lahore in Consulate General of People’s Republic of China.
Mr. Abdul Basit is President of Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industries (LCCI). LCCI was established in 1923, it is affiliated with Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce & Industry and has currently more than 18,000 members. Mr. Basit was elected unopposed Senior Vice President of the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) in year 2006. He has also served as Chairman of Pakistan Poultry Association (PPA) and Director of Punjab Industrial Estate Development & Management Company (PIEDMC). He was elected Executive Committee member of Pakistan France Business Alliance. He represents business community on the Board of Directors of Punjab Agriculture & Meat Company and Technical and Vocational Training Authority. Mr. Basit is also the Founder Chairman of Big Bird Group and has also served as the Chairman of Punjab Board of Investment & Trade, Government of the Punjab.
Dr. Aamir Khan is a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford where he obtained a BA Honors First Class in French literature and Modern History. He also has an MSc in Sociology from Oxford, an MSc in Management from INSEAD, a BSc in Electrical Engineering from UET and a PhD in Marketing from Cranfield, UK. He has taught in various universities around the world including UK, China, Dubai and Pakistan. In Pakistan he has worked as Associate Professor of Business Management at LUMS and is now an Associate Professor at LSE, Lahore. He has worked in China for many years as a diplomat. He has an MBA from CEIBS, Shanghai, China’s highest ranked business school and he is frequent in Chinese and French languages. He also writes in the China Daily and the Global Times of China, and in the Daily Times of Pakistan.
Professor Li Xiguang is head of Pakistan Study Center at Tsinghua University，Beijing. Chief expert of the National Social Science Foundation project for reforming the Chinese Communist Party propaganda system; Li is supervisor of PhD students and MA students in journalism school and supervisor of MPH students in School of Medicine, Tsinghua University. Prof. Li is the Director of Tsinghua University Institute of Health Communication, Dean of Tsinghua University International Center for Communication Studies, Director of Tsinghua University Center for Pakistan Culture and Communication Studies, Dean of the Chinese Academy of World Agendas and Dean of the School of Global Journalism and Communication of Southwestern University of Political Science & Law. He has received a number of significant national and international awards including Pakistan President’s Award, Quaid e Azam Award, UNAIDS Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Control of AIDS, China's Best Health Educator, China's Best Course of News Reporting and Writing, China Top 10 Educator, etc. He used to write a regular column in the Global Times. His recent books are China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, (2016), Writing on Asian Borderlands (2015), Who is blinding You - The Basics of Media Literacy (2014)(second edition), Soft Power & Global Communication (2005), Soft Power and China Dream (2010, Korean Edition 2013), Soft Power in Shaping Public Opinions (2013) and Basics for News Writing & Reporting (2013).
Dr. Fahad Khan is an Economist in the Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department (ERCD) of Asian Development Bank. He joined Asian Development Bank after completing his doctoral degree from Australian National University in 2015, and also holds a BA in Economics from Yale University, United States. He is an honorary visiting research fellow at the Australian National University. His research fields are international and development economics, empirical political economy and health economics. At ERCD, Mr. Khan’s responsibilities have included being the focal point on Foreign Direct Investment, People’s Mobility, Aid for Trade, Trade Facilitation, and Trade Finance. He has also published in international peer-reviewed journals including Economic Letters and PLOS Medicine.
Dr. Martin Wilhelm Lau is Dean & Professor in the Shaikh Ahmad Hassan School of Law - (SAHSOL). Before joining LUMS, Dr Lau was a Professor in South Asian law and Deputy Head of Law School at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). He was Chair of the Law School from July 2002 until August 2005 and Director of the Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law at SOAS from April 1995 to March 1998. Dr Lau has held visiting appointments at Harvard Law School and Nagoya University and has also worked as a Consultant in relation to legal assistance projects in Afghanistan, Somalia and Iran. As a Barrister at Essex Court Chambers, Dr Lau regularly advises on South Asian, Middle Eastern and Islamic law in the form of expert opinions and advice on commercial law, criminal/human rights law and family law with regard to proceedings before national courts and international arbitration proceedings including the High Court of England and Wales, the County Court, Magistrates’ Courts, the Immigration Appeals Tribunal and the International Chamber of Commerce and US Courts as well as governments, for instance the UK’s Ministry of Defense, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development, the EC, the EU, international organizations such as UNODC and UNHCR, and NGOs, including IUCN, IBA and ICJ. As the co-editor of the Yearbook of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law, he is familiar and up-to-date with legal developments in the Middle East and he has acted as Director of Studies for training programs for judges and other legal professionals from the UAE, Qatar and China. Dr. Lau holds a PhD. in Law from University of London and Masters of Arts in Area Studies (South Asia). He completed his undergraduate studies in South Asian History from the University of Heidelberg, Germany.
Robert started his career with industry in large technology companies such as TRW and Commodore occupying positions typically as Director International Business. He joined Government of Canada in 1990 and held positions as Canada’s Science Policy representative to the USA (Counsellor S&T, Washington); Head of Mission (Wright-Patterson AFB), acting Head of Mission (Canadian Consulate, Detroit); Director Research Oversight and Head, International / National S&T at Defence R&D Canada and concurrently National Coordinator (Canada) at the NATO Research and Technology Board, Paris; Canada’s representative at the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, Ann Arbor, Michigan; member of peer review teams with National Science & Engineering Research Council; and Head of Trade & Investment for Pakistan/Afghanistan where he retired in 2012. He consults for various infrastructure projects/negotiations in countries with emerging economies. He heads the Pakistan Extractive Working Group started by the World Bank and himself in April 2012. He assists public and private sectors in various projects such as MOD/CAA and PIA in successful airport inspections by Transport Canada and PIA with getting West-jet and Air Canada interline agreements and DHA on water treatment. Robert is a Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science (1998-1999). He is a graduate from the University of Leicester with a B.Sc. (Hons) in General Science, majoring in Math and Economics (1968).