Dr. Ali Cheema is Associate Professor of Economics and the Head of the Economics Department at 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, a BA Honors in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford, and a BA in Mathematics and Statistics from Government College, Lahore. His areas of research are political economy, public choice, development economics, economic history, governance and decentralization and his work has a strong policy focus. His work uses a combination of methodologies that include social network analysis, ethnographies, archival work, and GIS mapping along with rigorous econometric analysis. Currently he is working on three projects that empirically analyze the impact of decentralization, village land settlement histories, 1947 partition-migration effects and village-level informal institutions on voting behavior, the politics of pro-poor public service delivery and the delivery of public goods to socially excluded households in Punjab, Pakistan. A part of this work is being funded from a Research Grant given by the DRC on the Future State, IDS, Sussex. In recent years, he has worked as a consultant to the Asian Development Bank, DFID and the World Bank and has served on high level provincial and Federal Government taskforces and committees.
Ahmad Rafay Alam is an environment lawyer and activist. Rafay has lectured property and environment law at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) since 2006. He has also lectured urban development at the Architecture Department of the University of Punjab and climate change and environment economics at the Lahore School of Economics; and is a frequent Review Panelist at the National Management College, Lahore and a regular lecturer in higher education institutions throughout Pakistan. His research and policy papers on law, climate change, trans-boundary water, sustainability, environmental economics and regulation have been published in The Pakistan Law Journal, Pakistan Law Digest, The Pakistan Development Review and by Chatham House, The Population Association of Pakistan and LEAD Pakistan. Rafay serves as a Director on the Boards of the Lahore Waste Management Company, the Urban Unit and the Punjab Saaf Paani (Clean Water) Company. He served as Chairman of the Lahore Electric Supply Company from 2011 to 2013.
Dr. Nasir Javed is a senior civil servant with wide administrative experience in various Government departments. He holds graduate degrees in medical sciences and law. He is a Chevening scholar for 1998, wherein he distinctively passed MBA from the University of Wales, Cardiff, UK, and a seasoned institutional and capacity development specialist. Though he belongs to the prestigious Pakistan Administrative Services Group of the Civil Services, he opted to spend most of his career in the Urban Sector, starting from Karachi Metropolitan Corporation in 1995. During his professional career of more than 3 decades, he has been offering significant consultancy services to various local and global organizations, apart from coaching and mentoring the academia while he was associated with elite academic institutions. He has provided consultancy services to various National and International organizations including ADB, UNICEF, UNDP, WWF, LEAD Pakistan and USAID. He designed and established the Urban Sector Policy & Management Unit at the P&D Department GoPb in 2005 and serves as CEO of the Urban Unit till date. He is the founding chief editor of ‘Pakistan Journal of Urban Affairs’ and has contributed to many publications of the Urban Unit regarding urban issues and municipal services.
Presently serving as Member Social Infrastructure Development Board, he is responsible to see the flow of funds, review and monitor ADP schemes as well as negotiate with foreign donors related to sectoral projects, initiate the policy papers and arrange talks and lectures on important issues related to the sector. While working with a team of professionals and academicians, he developed training modules for various courses in line with the public policy on health, carried out research to compile and regularly update data on health and socio-economic issues, scheduled training activities, coordinated research activities and developed networks to improve the quality of research work.
He is an Entrepreneur, Engineer and currently serving as Chairman of Synthetic Products Enterprises Ltd. (SPEL), a public listed company. He also holds the office of Senior Vice President of Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He has served on the Boards of many Government, Educational, Training, Development and Policy-making Institutions, including National Transmission and Dispatch Company Ltd, Engineering Development Board, Pakistan Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC), Punjab Small Industries Corporation and Punjab Skill Development Fund, Lahore Knowledge Park Company etc.
He has expertise in the fields of Education, Social Sciences, Poverty, Migration, Infrastructure and Behavioral Change and Environmental & Urban Economics. He also has worked with prestigious organizations like World Bank, Nordic Consulting Group, USAID and UNESCAP.
Captain (Retd.) Muhammad Khurram Agha
A banker par excellence and a mission driven leader for the socio-economic development of women of Pakistan, Ms. Zarine Aziz is also a member of the Task Force on Women Development, Government of Punjab. She is honored to have conceived and presented feasibility of two projects for establishing, restructuring and collaborating a Micro-Credit Division and Women Development Centre within the province of Punjab, to be replicated in the other provinces of Pakistan.
She carried out extensive research on “Impact of Micro-Credit Loans of First Women Bank Ltd., on Economic Empowerment of Women” for the Department of Social Welfare Women Development & Bait-ul-Maal (Government of Punjab, Pakistan).