Dr. Naved Hamid is Director of the Centre for Research in Economics and Business (CREB) and Professor at the Lahore School of Economics. He has previously worked at the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) and the Punjab University. He is or has served on numerous working groups and advisory panels of the Government and on boards of several not-for-profit development organizations in Pakistan. He is currently a member of the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council and of the State Bank of Pakistan’s Monetary Policy Committee. His policy and research work is focused on industry, trade and economic growth. He has a PhD in Economics from Stanford University, USA, and BA (Hons) from Cambridge University, UK. His publications include books, papers in professional journals and chapters in edited books printed by leading academic publishers.
Hadia Majid is an Assistant Professor of Economics at LUMS. A Fulbright scholar, she holds a PhD in Development Economics from The Ohio State University. As an applied micro-economist her primary area of focus is the household. Here, her interests lie in examining women’s constraints particularly with regard to their participation in the labor force, household decision-making, and household access to public goods and services.
Dr. Rasul’s research interests include labor, development and public economics and his work has been published in leading journals such as the Journal of Political Economy, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Econometrica and the Review of Economic Studies. He is currently managing editor of the Journal of the European Economic Association, and he been a co-editor and director of the Review of Economic Studies (2009-17). He was awarded the 2007 IZA Young Economist Prize, the 2008 CESIfo Distinguished Affiliate Award, an ERC-starter grant in 2012, and a British Academy Mid-career Fellowship in 2018. In 2018 he was elected as a Council Member of the Royal Economic Society (RES) and as a Council Representative on the RES Executive Committee from 2018-2023. In 2019 he was jointly awarded the Yrjö Jahnsson Award in Economics (received jointly with Oriana Bandiera), awarded to a European economist no older than 45 years old who has made a contribution in theoretical and applied research that is significant to economics in Europe. In 2019 he was elected as a Fellow of the British Academy.
Mr. Qaim Shah has consulted on numerous projects for UNOPS, IFAD, ADB, Narcotics Affairs Section, and the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan, Asia Foundation, and UNDP as well as the World Bank in Pakistan, Cambodia, Washington, DC, Myanmar, Viet Nam and Mongolia. He has published several articles on Afghan refugees, poverty alleviation, aid effectiveness and other development issues. In 1981 he was appointed National Field Officer at the World Food Programme in Peshawar. He joined the Barani Area Development Project in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as Director in 1992. In 1999, he joined the Human Development Initiative Support Project at UNOPS/UNDP Myanmar as Chief Technical Advisor/Agency Project Manager. Mr. Shah specialized in Agriculture and Rural Development at the Institute of Social Studies at The Hague, Netherlands, has a Master’s in Economics and a Diploma in Public Administration from the University of Peshawar, Pakistan.
Ruven Menikdiwela is serving as the UNHCR Representative in Pakistan since September 2017. Prior to taking up her assignment in Pakistan, she was the UNHCR Representative in Thailand. Ms. Menikdiwela’s career with UNHCR spans over 27 years and includes a range of functions both at UNHCR Headquarters as well as its country operations in Thailand (where she also served previously in 1993), Turkmenistan, and the United States. Ms. Menikdiwela obtained her LLB and her LLM in European Community and Public International Law from the University of Paris II.
Panel Discussion: From Households to SMEs: Supporting Growth of Local Economies
Samia Liaquat Ali Khan has worked in the field of human rights and development for over 20 years, with experience in Pakistan and overseas, including 8 years at PPAF. She has successfully led regional and global development teams and implemented programmes that incorporated rights-based approaches to poverty reduction. Ms. Khan’s expertise also extends to programme design, monitoring and evaluation. has undertaken programme evaluations for Womankind Worldwide, Sightsavers and International Planned Parenthood Foundation (IPPF), among others. Publications include ‘Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers: failing minorities and indigenous peoples’, MRG London, June 2010. She is currently leading the US$100 million National Poverty Graduation Programme at PPAF, with the aim of supporting the poorest households out of poverty. Ms. Khan’s educational background includes an MSc in Development Studies (University of London) as well as a Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University (New York).
Dr. Iqbal has been the Executive Director of the Institute of Business Administration in Karachi as of June 2016. Prior to that, he was at the World Bank in Washington DC where he served for thirty-three years in both technical and senior managerial positions. His areas of interest and expertise span a wide range of sectors and regions. Among sectors, he has conducted studies in such areas as economic growth and development strategy, small and medium industries, local government development, trade and investment policy, and health and education issues in developing countries. He has published five books and numerous academic articles and conference papers. Dr. Iqbal has a BA from Harvard University (1975) and a Ph. D. in Economics from Yale University (1981).
Marcel Stallen MSc (1957) has a degree of Wageningen Agricultural University in tropical horticulture. His major fields of expertise are management of agricultural R & D programs, development and management of international supply chain projects and international horticultural business development. Currently Marcel Stallen works as Chief Technical Advisor / Project Manager for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, Quetta, Pakistan. Marcel manages the Australia Balochistan Agri Business Programme (AusABBA); the project Empowering Women in Balochistan through agri entrepreneurship. He is also acting CTA of the Horticultural Advancement Activity (THAzA) in Balochistan and in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. From 2006 until 2015 Marcel Stallen was a consultant and partner of Fresh Dynamics Asia with offices in Thailand, Indonesia, Pakistan and the Netherlands
Roshaneh Zafar is a development activist in Pakistan, working in the field of women's economic empowerment. She set up the first specialized microfinance organization in Pakistan, the Kashf Foundation. She graduated from Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania and has a Master's degree in Development Economics from Yale University. Roshaneh Zafar founded the Kashf Foundation in 1996, and serves as its Managing Director. Prior to establishing the foundation, she worked with the World Bank in Islamabad for several years. She was one of the first Ashoka Fellows in Pakistan and has been a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur since 2004. She has also been awarded the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, one of Pakistan s highest civilian awards, by the President of Pakistan for her work in the field of development and women s empowerment and was also awarded the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2007. Kashf is a leading microfinance institution in the country, promoting women entrepreneurship at the micro-level and enabling more than a million poverty-stricken families across Pakistan to improve their standard of living.