Social Protection Resource Centre

Dr. Safdar A. Sohail

Former Special Secretary, Cabinet Division GOP | Executive Director, Social Protection Resource Centre | Senior Visiting Fellow, PIDE

Education and training received

  • Ph.D. in Sociology, Paris University X, Nanterre, France, 2000.
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Public Administration, International Institute of Public Administration/L’Ecole National de l’Administration [l’ ENA], 2 Avenue de l’Observatoire, Paris (Sept. 1998-June 1999)
  • M.Phil. in Sociology and Social Demography, Paris University X, Nanterre, France (1993)
  • MA. in English Literature , B. Z. University Multan, Pakistan (1986)
  • MA. in Philosophy, University of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan (1985), [First position in the University].

Current position​s

  • Executive Director, Social Protection Resource Centre, Islamabad, [April 2023 till date]
  • Convenor Green Industrialization Development Collective [GIDC]
  • Teal Lead from Pakistan on 4 countries UNCTAD Green Industrialization Project
  • Team Lead Circular Textiles project
  • Adjunct Faculty, Department of Economics, Punjab University for the Course on History of Economic Thought for Ph.D. Economics class

Pro-bono work

  • Lead on Making Islamabad a better place for the persons with disabilities to live; a knowledge partnership with the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination and Ministry of Human Rights, the government of Pakistan
  • Chair of Ministry of Human Rights Grievance Committee for the welfare of the elderly in Islamabad Capital Territory
  • Convenor, Islamabad Club Library and Literary Committee 

Past positions

  • Policy Advisor, Social Protection Resource Centre, Islamabad. [Nov. 2022-March 2023]
  • Dean, National Institute of Public Policy, NSPP, Government of Pakistan, Lahore, [February 2021-October 2022]
  • Executive Director, Social Protection Resource Centre, Islamabad. [May 2020-February 2021]
  • Special Secretary, Cabinet Division, Cabinet Secretariat, Government of Pakistan. Islamabad, [June 2019 to May 2020]
  • Senior Member, Prime Minister Inspection Commission, Prime Minister Office Islamabad. April-May 2019.
  • Director General, National Institute of Management, Islamabad. [August 2017- April 2019]
  • Member Governance, Planning Commission, government of Pakistan, Islamabad. [May 2017 to July 2018]
  • Executive Director General, Ministry of Commerce, Government of Pakistan, Islamabad. [February 2017 – August 2017]
  • Joint Director, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, Islamabad. [January 2016-Feb. 2017]
  • Founding Executive Director, CPEC Centre of Excellence, Ministry of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives, Government of Pakistan, Islamabad. [July 2016-February 2017]
  • Economic Minister, Pakistan Mission to EU, Brussels. [July 2013-December 2015]
  • Director General Trade Policy, Ministry of Commerce, Government of Pakistan, Islamabad. [July 2010-June 2013]
  • Director General, Pakistan Institute of Trade and Development [PITAD], [Dec. 2006-July 2010]
  • Commercial Counsellor, Pakistan High Commission Kenya/East Africa [Jan. 2001-Oct. 2006]
  • Lecturer, Department of Ethno-methodology, Paris University 7 Denis Diderot, France, (1997-98) Designed and taught a course on ‘Sociology of Development in Pakistan’
  • Senior Instructor at the Civil Service Academy, Govt. of Pakistan, Walton, Lahore (March 1994-August 1997).
  • Deputy Director & Information Officer, Export Promotion Bureau, Ministry of Commerce Govt. of Pakistan, Lahore. (June 1987-Sept. 1990)
  • Assistant Controller, Chief Controller Imports and Exports Office, Ministry of Commerce, Govt. of Pakistan, Multan. (July 1985-June 1987)
  • Joined induction Training in 12th Common Training Programme, as a Commerce & Trade Service officer at Civil Services Academy, Government of Pakistan, Lahore. [October 1984-June 1985]

Research grants/projects

    • UNCTAD (2023); Authored the study on Enhancing Pakistan prospects of getting appropriate financing from Loss and Damage Fund for green transformation
    • UNCTAD (2022); Authored the study on “Binding Constraints on Green Industrialization in Pakistan
    • UNCTAD (2021), Authored the study on ‘’Start-Ups in ICT in Pakistan
    • WHO (2020); SPRC Annual “State of Old Age Wellbeing Report 2020”; Team Lead
    • USAID (2020); “Formulation of Domestic Commerce Policy for Sindh”; Team Lead
    • UNCTAD (2020); Paper on ‘’Debt Sustainability of China Pakistan Economic Corridor’’ Commonwealth Secretariat (2017); Study on “Promoting Services Sector in Pakistan through a better management of reform and liberalization process
    • UNCTAD, Geneva (2012); Paper on “Political Economy of Trade Integration in South Asia”
    • Asian Development Bank (2011); Paper on the “Liberalization of Trade in Services under SAFTA: Prospects and Challenges for Pakistan’’
    • UNESCAP (2010); Study on “Reforming the governance of Export Promotion Agencies in Pakistan: A case study of Leather and Light Engineering Sectors’ training institutes in Pakistan
    • UNDP (2009); Development of Draft National Sustainable Development Strategy of Pakistan; Team Lead Commonwealth
    • Secretariat (2008); Study on ‘’SAFTA and its and Implications of Pakistan’’

Research reports/papers during the past 15 years

  1. ‘’Future of Social Protection in Pakistan’’, Paper read at 1st SPRC Annual State of Social Protection in Pakistan, Islamabad, September 22, 2022
  2. ‘’Future of Tri-Partite process in Pakistan’’, Paper read at the 1st NSPP Public Policy Conference, Lahore, 19-20 September, 2022
  3. ‘’Critical Review of CPEC Long Term Plan and the way forward’’, a report for CPEC Authority, government of Pakistan, 2022
  4. ‘’Alternative models of district administration in Pakistan’’, Study for the Cabinet Committee on Institutional Reform, government of Pakistan, 2022
  5. ‘’Causes of low international ranking of Pakistan in ICT Frontier Technologies’’, report for Ministry of IT & Telcom, government of Pakistan, 2021
  6. ‘’Decline of values in civil service of Pakistan’, a study done for the Establishment Division, government of Pakistan, 2021
  7. ‘’Rediscovering the role of civil service in public sector reform: the case of education reforms in Punjab’’, a study done for the Establishment Division, government of Pakistan, 2021
  8. ‘’Pushing back the regulatory capture in Pakistan’, report submitted to Prime Minister Inquiry Commission on Debt, 2019
  9. ‘’China Pakistan Economic Corridor: Pakistan perspective of CPEC Long Term Plan’’, report submitted to Planning Commission, 2016
  10. ‘’Pakistan’s export potential in Indian market: The Case of Textiles’’, a research study done for the Ministry of Commerce, Islamabad, 2011
  11. ‘’Resource Management in Pakistan: The Case of Export Subsidies’’, an Individual Research Paper at National School of Public Policy, Lahore
  12. Training Need Assessment of Ministry of Commerce, government of Pakistan, 2008
  13. ‘’Developing Pro-Poor Mineral Policy for Pakistan: Case Study of China run Saindak Copper and Gold Mines Baluchistan’’ an Individual Research Paper at Senior Management College, Lahore, 2007
  14. Stemming the decline of Values in the public service
  15. Alternative report to PM ICD and CPEC was not a debt trap 

International publications

  1. Book Chapter, Quantification of Barriers to Services Trade in Pakistan, in, ‘’Adjusting to Global Economic Volatility: the case of South Asia’’, New Delhi, Academic Foundation Publishers, 2014
  2. Book Chapter, Liberalization of Trade in Services under SAFTA: Prospects and Challenges for Pakistan, in ‘Regional Integration and Economic Development in South Asia’, published by Edward Elgar and Asian Development Bank, 2011.
  3. Co-Author of ‘Trade agreements between developing countries: a case study of Pakistan-Sri Lanka free trade agreement’, 2010. Available at http://mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de/29209/1/MPRA_paper_29209.pdf
  4. Book Chapter, Trade and Poverty Reduction in the Asia-Pacific Region: Case Studies and Lessons from Low-income communities, ‘’Arrival and Departure of Nike from Pakistan: A Case Study on the Linkages between Global Outsourcing and Poverty Reduction’’, Cambridge University Press, 2009
  5. Book Chapter, Controlling Corruption: Towards an integrated strategy, ‘’Case Study: Civil Service’’, Washington, World Bank Institute, 2000

International conferences/seminars/workshops during the past 15 years

  1. Presented a paper ‘Implications of SAFTA for Pakistan’ at SANEM & Commonwealth Secretariat ‘Seminar on South Asian Free Trade Agreement’, Dhaka, January 2008
  2. Keynote Speaker on PHC Dhaka and FBCCI Bangladesh Seminar on ‘Pakistan-Bangladesh Trade under SAFTA’, Dhaka & Chittagong, January 2008
  3. Speaker at UNCTAD India workshop on ‘Gender Sensitization of Trade Policy in Pakistan’, New Delhi, February 2008
  4. Speaker at ADB Workshops on ‘Trade Competitiveness and Core Labour Standards’, Multan, Sargodha, Lahore, February-May 2008
  5. Speaker at Action Aid Workshop ‘Trade and Development for Economic Journalists’, Islamabad, February 2008
  6. Host and Speaker at ADB Seminar on ‘’Quantification of Benefits of trade integration in South Asia’’, Islamabad, May 2008
  7. Participant at ICRIER South Asian Launch of ‘’Growth Commission Report’’, New Delhi, May 2008
  8. Discussant at ‘’First South Asian Economic Forum’’, Colombo, August 2008
  9. Speaker at UNDP Regional Conference, ‘’Promoting Human Development in Trade Regionalism: Scope for South-South Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific’’, Bali, Indonesia, November 2008
  10. Speaker on ‘Third country impacts of India-EU FTA on Pakistan’, European Commission, Brussels, March 2009
  11. Session Chair in UNDP Conference on ‘’Broadening Economic Integration in South Asia: Incorporating Services Liberalization’’ Colombo, March 2009
  12. Delegate to Asian Development Bank meeting on ADB supported Research Studies in South Asia, Kathmandu, April, 2009
  13. Speaker at the SAWTTEE ‘’Media Training of Economic Journalists of South Asia’’, Kathmandu, April 2009
  14. Participant in the ADB RETA 6417 on ‘’Supporting Network of Research Institutes and Think Tanks in South Asia’’, Dhaka, December 2009
  15. Participant in the UNESCAP Research Workshop on ”Rising Non-Tariff Protectionism and Crisis Recovery”, Macao (China), December, 2009.
  16. Chair at the UNCTAD India Workshop on ‘’Textile and Clothing Supply Chain in South Asia’’, Dhaka, April 2010
  17. Participant in the DIE 3rd Partner Conference in the Framework of the Training and Dialogue Programme “Managing Global Governance”, Bonn, April 2010
  18. Participant in Policy Research Institute of Bangladesh Conference on ‘’Tariff and Non-Tariff Barriers in South Asia’’, Dhaka, June 2010
  19. Speaker at UNCTAD-India International Conference on ’Geographical Indications’, New Delhi, November 2010
  20. Speaker/Resource Person for ADBI Workshop on ‘’Regional Integration in South Asia’’, Singapore, February 2011. Made Presentation on the Comparing ASEAN with SAFTA.
  21. Participant in Sub-regional Switch-Asia Event on ‘’Sustainable Consumption and Production’’, Colombo, June 2011
  22. Technical Director HEC-ISAPS Colloquium titled Public Action in Pakistan: oscillating between apathy and anger, March 2012
  23. Speaker at UNCTAD-Commonwealth Regional Workshop on ‘’An Evaluation of Pakistan-Sri Lanka FTA’’, Dhaka, May 2012
  24. Speaker at ‘’Trade Integration in South Asia’’, 5th South Asia Economic Summit, Islamabad, September 2012
  25. Participant in UNESCAP Expert Group Meeting [EGM] on ‘’Trade and Inclusive Growth’’, Bangkok, December 2012
  26. Participant in UNCTAD Expert Group Meeting [EGM] on ‘’FDI and Regional Integration’’, Geneva, January 2013
  27. Participant in UNESCAP Expert Group Meeting [EGM] on ‘’Trade Policy in Asia Pacific for the next decade and its research agenda’’, Bangkok, March 2013
  28. Participant in UAE Annual Investment Meeting, Dubai, April 2013
  29. Panelist in 6th European Economic Congress, Katovice, Poland, May 7-9 2014
  30. Paper read at European Policy Centre on Impact of TTIP on developing countries, 18th March 2015
  31. Paper read at Lahore School of Economics Annual Conference on the ”Politics of the narratives of regional trade integration in Pakistan”, 26th March, 2015, Lahore
  32. Guest Speaker at the Annual Award Ceremony of Pakistan Society of Financial Analysts, 30th August, 2017, Karachi
  33. Panelist at Asia-Pacific Film Festival Islamabad on Art in the services of peace in the region, PNCA, Islamabad, 18th September 2017
  34. Chaired the Plenary Session on the ‘Right to Development’ during the International Conference, ”Owning Human Rights for Better World”, organized by the Ministry of Human Rights, government of Pakistan, February 19-21, 2018, Islamabad
  35. Chaired the session on CPEC Expectations and the Preparation of Private Sector during the SDPI-Planning Commission Conference, CPEC Five Years: A story of success and opportunities, April 25, 2018, Islamabad.
  36. Guest Speaker at the Military Command and Staff College, Quetta, on ”CPEC: Opportunities, Challenges and Way Forward”, November, 2018
  37. Speaker on the 11th South Asia Economic Summit, Islamabad, in the session titled, ” Knowledge Connectivity between Asia and Europe”, 5th December 2018
  38. Speaker on PIDE Conference on State of Poverty in Pakistan: Including the Excluded, May 5, 2021, Islamabad
  39. Moderator in PIDE-SPRC International Conference on Social Policy Orientation of Budget 2021-2021, June 24, 2021, Islamabad
  40. Organizer, Moderator and Speaker at the 1st NSPP Public Policy Conference, ‘’Social Policy Financing’’, on 19-20 September, Lahore. [Chaired the Session on Financing SDGs and read a Paper titled Future of Tripartite Process in Pakistan]

Recent topical national seminars and conferences trade and sustainable development

  1. Speaker at the Report Launch titled Regional Economic Security in post 2014 Afghanistan, organized by the East West Institute, Brussels
  2. Speaker at the 1st South Asian Labour Conference, Lahore, April, 2014
  3. Chaired the Session on Policies, Regulations and Environmental Compliance in Textile Industry in South Asia, during 17th Sustainable Development Conference, 9th December 2014, Islamabad
  4. Speaker at the session on Capitalizing on Human Capital: Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change during 17th Sustainable Development Conference, Islamabad, 12.12.2014
  5. Participant in UNCTAD Global Commodities Forum, April 2015, Geneva
  6. Lead Speaker on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor at European Institute of Asian Studies, Brussels, 2nd December, 2015
  7. Participant/Speaker at “Zhongya Guangtong”, Chihezi, Xinjiang, China, May, 2016
  8. Participant Speaker on Central Asia Think Tank Development Forum CATTDF, Astana, Kazakhstan, June 2016
  9. Speaker at Second Think Tank Forum of CAREC, on Harmonization of Trade Policy in the CAREC region, Urumqi, China, 7-8 September 2017
  10. Speaker at NDU, Islamabad on CPEC and Climate Change, 13th February 2018 Conference on Climate Change.
  11. Speaker at the Roundtable on Developing a National Discourse on Climate Change and National Security on 14th February, 2018 at NDU, Islamabad
  12. Speaker at the International Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad Conference on ”Maritime Economy and the geo-politics of Indian Ocean: Challenges for Pakistan”, 22nd February 2018. [Made a Presentation on The CPEC and Prospects of Blue Jobs in Pakistan.]
  13. Speaker/Panelist on the second UNCTAD Multi-year Expert Group Meeting on Digital Manufacturing in Geneva, 19-20th March, 2018.
  14. Speaker on the 11th South Asia Economic Summit, Islamabad, in the session titled, ” Knowledge Connectivity between Asia and Europe”, 5th December 2018
  15. Distinguished Speaker at the panel on “Knowledge and Technology Transfer Management under CPEC” on 6 December 2018, during the 21st Sustainable Development Conference of the Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Islamabad
  16. Keynote Speaker, Panelist and Discussant in 3 Sessions at the International Conference titled “Central Asian Regional Economic Integration and CPEC: Prospects, Challenges and the Way Forward, organized by the Applied Economic Research Centre, Karachi University, 18-20 December 2018, Karachi.
  17. Participant ADB’s Consultative Workshop on SEZ Development in Pakistan, February 2019, Islamabad.
  18. Panelist on UNTAD-INEF Jakarta Workshop on Lessons from the Structural Transformation of China for BRI countries, 27-28 November, 2019, Jakarta, Indonesia
  19. Chaired session on Digital Financial Inclusion: Opportunities and Challenges, Annual Conference Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Islamabad, December 2019
  20. UNCTAD International Events, Digital Economy, Trade and Industry Policies of China and learning for BRI countries [Ethiopia, Sri Lanka and Indonesia] April 22, April 26, June 29, June 30 2021 [Virtual]
  21. Panelist on Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences International Conference on Potentials & Challenges Blue Economy, November 23, 2021. [Virtual]
  22. Panelist on UNCTAD’s South-South Cooperation Project on RBI, 14-15 march, 2022, Geneva
  23. Panelist on UNCTAD’s South-South Cooperation on Green Industrialization Project meeting, Istanbul, 25-26 May, 2022
  24. Speaker at the High-Level Thematic Solution Forum on South-South Economic Integration for Sustainable Development on 12th September 2022 during Global South-South Development Expo 2022, jointly organized by the Thai Government and UNCTAD. I spoke on the linkages between Social Protection, Climate Change and Debt.
  25. Panelist at 48th UNCTAD Regional Course, ‘Key Issues on the International Economic Agenda’, at Foreign Services Academy, Islamabad, 28.11.2022
  26. Panelist, representing Pakistan on the Session to evaluate the progress of SDG 9 in South Asia organized by UNESCAP, during 25th SDPI’s Sustainable Development Conference, Islamabad, 2022
  27. Moderated two sessions on UNCTAD-SPRC Conference, 17-18 October, 2023, Islamabad
  28. Panelist on UNCTAD Multi-Year Expert Meeting, Geneva on Green Industrialization, October 30-31, 2023
  29. Speaker at UNCTAD Finance for Development Inter-governmental Expert Group meeting, November 1-3, 2023

National conferences/seminars/workshops during the past 15 years

  • IBA Karachi
  • Southern Command Quetta Conference in Gwadar
  • Pakistan Institute of Development Economics Seminar and Annual Conference;
  • Quaid e Azam University, Islamabad
  • Consultation Seminars at FPCCI, Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Consultation with Board of Investment Sindh, Karachi
  • Address to all the provincial Secretaries of the Punjab Government organized by the Punjab Planning and Development Board, Lahore
  • Address to all the provincial Secretaries of the Sindh
  • 3 days retreat in Gwadar with Young Presidents’ Organization in Gwadar
  • Designed and spoke to the CPEC Summit organized by Planning Commission
  • Address to Trade Diplomats at Pakistan Institute of Trade and Development;
  • Annual Conferences of Sustainable Development Conferences
  • 4 Seminars at the National Defence University, Islamabad
  • 3 Conferences at the Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad
  • Institute of Parliamentary Studies, Islamabad
  • Numerous Talks at Foreign Services Academy, Islamabad
  • Trade Development Authority of Pakistan Karachi
  • Pakistan Business Council, Karachi
  • University of Management and Technology, Lahore
  • International Islamic University, Islamabad, Islamabad Research Institute, Islamabad
  • Address to the officers of the Federal Board of Revenue, Islamabad;
  • National Logistic Cell Seminar Islamabad
  • Maritime Conference Islamabad
  • 20 Talks at National Institute of Management Karachi, Quetta, Peshawar, Lahore and Islamabad
  • Trade Development Authority of Pakistan, Lahore
  • Military Command and Staff College, Quetta
  • Annual Conference of the Applied Centre of Economic Research, Karachi University
  • South Asian Economic Summit, Islamabad
  • National Management College, Lahore

Social policy and social protection seminars

  • Moderator at webinar on “Future of EOBI”, July 3rd, 2020
  • Speaker at webinar on “Disability Burden and Old Age wellbeing in Pakistan”, jointly organized by SPRC and PIDE, July 28th, 2020
  • Moderator at webinar on “Idleness and Mental Health Problems/Challenges to Pakistan’s Demographic Dividend”, November 18th, 2020
  • Moderator at webinar on “Evaluation of Social Protection Policies and Programs in context of SDG 1.3”, January 2021
  • Speaker at webinar on “Social Protection Policy in Pakistan: An analysis of EHSAAS Program”, January 13,2021
  • Moderator at webinar on “SPRC Index of Determinants for Healthy Ageing in Pakistan”, March 31st ,2021
  • Moderator at PIDE and SPRC joint conference on “Social Policy Orientation of Budget”, June 24th,2021
  • Speaker at “Pre-Budget Webinar on Social Policy Orientation of Tax Policies in Pakistan”, May 24, 2022
  • Speaker at “1st International Conference on Social Protection: Experiences, Practices and Way forward”. Jointly organized by SPRC, IIUI and UNICEF, September 22,2022
  • Panelist on Social Protection session organized by GIZ and on SDG 9 organized by UNESCAP, during 25th SDPI’s Sustainable Development Conference, Islamabad, 2022
  • Speaker at SDPI Seminar on Social Protection in Pakistan Challenges, Opportunities, and Innovations. October 02, 2023
  • Speaker on GCU Lahore event on Youth for Older People – Exploring Healthy Ageing Habits, October 10, 2023.

ED SPRC presented a critical review of Pakistan’s Social Protection systems in several forums. Below are the links to his two Sustainable Development Policy Institute TV interviews.

 

Social Policy Institutionalization



Re-setting Pakistan Social Protection regime

Research grants/projects:

  • UNCTAD (2023); Authored the study on Enhancing Pakistan prospects of getting appropriate financing from Loss and Damage Fund for green transformation
  • UNCTAD (2022); Authored the study on “Binding Constraints on Green Industrialization in Pakistan
  • UNCTAD (2021), Authored the study on ‘’Start-Ups in ICT in Pakistan
  • WHO (2020); SPRC Annual “State of Old Age Wellbeing Report 2020”; Team Lead
  • USAID (2020); “Formulation of Domestic Commerce Policy for Sindh”; Team Lead
  • UNCTAD (2020); Paper on ‘’Debt Sustainability of China Pakistan Economic Corridor’’ Commonwealth Secretariat (2017); Study on “Promoting Services Sector in Pakistan through a better management of reform and liberalization process
  • UNCTAD, Geneva (2012); Paper on “Political Economy of Trade Integration in South Asia”

    Asian Development Bank (2011); Paper on the “Liberalization of Trade in Services under SAFTA: Prospects and Challenges for Pakistan’’

  • UNESCAP (2010); Study on “Reforming the governance of Export Promotion Agencies in Pakistan: A case study of Leather and Light Engineering Sectors’ training institutes in Pakistan
  • UNDP (2009); Development of Draft National Sustainable Development Strategy of Pakistan; Team Lead
    Commonwealth
  • Secretariat (2008); Study on ‘’SAFTA and its and Implications of Pakistan’’

International conferences/seminars/workshops during the past 15 years

  1. Presented a paper ‘Implications of SAFTA for Pakistan’ at SANEM & Commonwealth Secretariat ‘Seminar on South Asian Free Trade Agreement’, Dhaka, January 2008
  2. Keynote Speaker on PHC Dhaka and FBCCI Bangladesh Seminar on ‘Pakistan-Bangladesh Trade under SAFTA’, Dhaka & Chittagong, January 2008
  3. Speaker at UNCTAD India workshop on ‘Gender Sensitization of Trade Policy in Pakistan’, New Delhi, February 2008
  4. Speaker at ADB Workshops on ‘Trade Competitiveness and Core Labour Standards’, Multan, Sargodha, Lahore, February-May 2008
  5. Speaker at Action Aid Workshop ‘Trade and Development for Economic Journalists’, Islamabad, February 2008
  6. Host and Speaker at ADB Seminar on ‘’Quantification of Benefits of trade integration in South Asia’’, Islamabad, May 2008
  7. Participant at ICRIER South Asian Launch of ‘’Growth Commission Report’’, New Delhi, May 2008
  8. Discussant at ‘’First South Asian Economic Forum’’, Colombo, August 2008
  9. Speaker at UNDP Regional Conference, ‘’Promoting Human Development in Trade Regionalism: Scope for South-South Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific’’, Bali, Indonesia, November 2008
  10. Speaker on ‘Third country impacts of India-EU FTA on Pakistan’, European Commission, Brussels, March 2009
  11. Session Chair in UNDP Conference on ‘’Broadening Economic Integration in South Asia: Incorporating Services Liberalization’’ Colombo, March 2009
  12. Delegate to Asian Development Bank meeting on ADB supported Research Studies in South Asia, Kathmandu, April, 2009
  13. Speaker at the SAWTTEE ‘’Media Training of Economic Journalists of South Asia’’, Kathmandu, April 2009
  14. Participant in the ADB RETA 6417 on ‘’Supporting Network of Research Institutes and Think Tanks in South Asia’’, Dhaka, December 2009
  15. Participant in the UNESCAP Research Workshop on ”Rising Non-Tariff Protectionism and Crisis Recovery”, Macao (China), December, 2009.
  16. Chair at the UNCTAD India Workshop on ‘’Textile and Clothing Supply Chain in South Asia’’, Dhaka, April 2010
  17. Participant in the DIE 3rd Partner Conference in the Framework of the Training and Dialogue Programme “Managing Global Governance”, Bonn, April 2010
  18. Participant in Policy Research Institute of Bangladesh Conference on ‘’Tariff and Non-Tariff Barriers in South Asia’’, Dhaka, June 2010
  19. Speaker at UNCTAD-India International Conference on ’Geographical Indications’, New Delhi, November 2010
  20. Speaker/Resource Person for ADBI Workshop on ‘’Regional Integration in South Asia’’, Singapore, February 2011. Made Presentation on the Comparing ASEAN with SAFTA.
  21. Participant in Sub-regional Switch-Asia Event on ‘’Sustainable Consumption and Production’’, Colombo, June 2011
  22. Technical Director HEC-ISAPS Colloquium titled Public Action in Pakistan: oscillating between apathy and anger, March 2012
  23. Speaker at UNCTAD-Commonwealth Regional Workshop on ‘’An Evaluation of Pakistan-Sri Lanka FTA’’, Dhaka, May 2012
  24. Speaker at ‘’Trade Integration in South Asia’’, 5th South Asia Economic Summit, Islamabad, September 2012
  25. Participant in UNESCAP Expert Group Meeting [EGM] on ‘’Trade and Inclusive Growth’’, Bangkok, December 2012
  26. Participant in UNCTAD Expert Group Meeting [EGM] on ‘’FDI and Regional Integration’’, Geneva, January 2013
  27. Participant in UNESCAP Expert Group Meeting [EGM] on ‘’Trade Policy in Asia Pacific for the next decade and its research agenda’’, Bangkok, March 2013
  28. Participant in UAE Annual Investment Meeting, Dubai, April 2013
  29. Panelist in 6th European Economic Congress, Katovice, Poland, May 7-9 2014
  30. Paper read at European Policy Centre on Impact of TTIP on developing countries, 18th March 2015
  31. Paper read at Lahore School of Economics Annual Conference on the ”Politics of the narratives of regional trade integration in Pakistan”, 26th March, 2015, Lahore
  32. Guest Speaker at the Annual Award Ceremony of Pakistan Society of Financial Analysts, 30th August, 2017, Karachi
  33. Panelist at Asia-Pacific Film Festival Islamabad on Art in the services of peace in the region, PNCA, Islamabad, 18th September 2017
  34. Chaired the Plenary Session on the ‘Right to Development’ during the International Conference, ”Owning Human Rights for Better World”, organized by the Ministry of Human Rights, government of Pakistan, February 19-21, 2018, Islamabad
  35. Chaired the session on CPEC Expectations and the Preparation of Private Sector during the SDPI-Planning Commission Conference, CPEC Five Years: A story of success and opportunities, April 25, 2018, Islamabad.
  36. Guest Speaker at the Military Command and Staff College, Quetta, on ”CPEC: Opportunities, Challenges and Way Forward”, November, 2018
  37. Speaker on the 11th South Asia Economic Summit, Islamabad, in the session titled, ” Knowledge Connectivity between Asia and Europe”, 5th December 2018
  38. Speaker on PIDE Conference on State of Poverty in Pakistan: Including the Excluded, May 5, 2021, Islamabad
  39. Moderator in PIDE-SPRC International Conference on Social Policy Orientation of Budget 2021-2021, June 24, 2021, Islamabad
  40. Organizer, Moderator and Speaker at the 1st NSPP Public Policy Conference, ‘’Social Policy Financing’’, on 19-20 September, Lahore. [Chaired the Session on Financing SDGs and read a Paper titled Future of Tripartite Process in Pakistan]

International conferences/seminars/workshops during the past 15 years

I have given a very large number of events I have addressed/presented Papers on different aspects of CPEC. Only a list of host Organizations is given here.

  • IBA Karachi
  • Southern Command Quetta Conference in Gwadar
  • Pakistan Institute of Development Economics Seminar and Annual Conference;
  • Quaid e Azam University, Islamabad
  • Consultation Seminars at FPCCI, Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Consultation with Board of Investment Sindh, Karachi
  • Address to all the provincial Secretaries of the Punjab Government organized by the Punjab Planning and Development Board, Lahore
  • Address to all the provincial Secretaries of the Sindh
  • 3 days retreat in Gwadar with Young Presidents’ Organization in Gwadar
  • Designed and spoke to the CPEC Summit organized by Planning Commission
  • Address to Trade Diplomats at Pakistan Institute of Trade and Development;
  • Annual Conferences of Sustainable Development Conferences
  • 4 Seminars at the National Defence University, Islamabad
  • 3 Conferences at the Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad
  • Institute of Parliamentary Studies, Islamabad
  • Numerous Talks at Foreign Services Academy, Islamabad
  • Trade Development Authority of Pakistan Karachi
  • Pakistan Business Council, Karachi
  • University of Management and Technology, Lahore
  • International Islamic University, Islamabad, Islamabad Research Institute, Islamabad
  • Address to the officers of the Federal Board of Revenue, Islamabad;
  • National Logistic Cell Seminar Islamabad
  • Maritime Conference Islamabad
  • 20 Talks at National Institute of Management Karachi, Quetta, Peshawar, Lahore and Islamabad
  • Trade Development Authority of Pakistan, Lahore
  • Military Command and Staff College, Quetta
  • Annual Conference of the Applied Centre of Economic Research, Karachi University
  • South Asian Economic Summit, Islamabad
  • National Management College, Lahore

Research reports/papers during the past 15 years

  1. ‘’Future of Social Protection in Pakistan’’, Paper read at 1st SPRC Annual State of Social Protection in Pakistan, Islamabad, September 22, 2022
  2. ‘’Future of Tri-Partite process in Pakistan’’, Paper read at the 1st NSPP Public Policy Conference, Lahore, 19-20 September, 2022
  3. ‘’Critical Review of CPEC Long Term Plan and the way forward’’, a report for CPEC Authority, government of Pakistan, 2022
  4. ‘’Alternative models of district administration in Pakistan’’, Study for the Cabinet Committee on Institutional Reform, government of Pakistan, 2022
  5. ‘’Causes of low international ranking of Pakistan in ICT Frontier Technologies’’, report for Ministry of IT & Telcom, government of Pakistan, 2021
  6. ‘’Decline of values in civil service of Pakistan’, a study done for the Establishment Division, government of Pakistan, 2021
  7. ‘’Rediscovering the role of civil service in public sector reform: the case of education reforms in Punjab’’, a study done for the Establishment Division, government of Pakistan, 2021
  8. ‘’Pushing back the regulatory capture in Pakistan’, report submitted to Prime Minister Inquiry Commission on Debt, 2019
  9. ‘’China Pakistan Economic Corridor: Pakistan perspective of CPEC Long Term Plan’’, report submitted to Planning Commission, 2016
  10. ‘’Pakistan’s export potential in Indian market: The Case of Textiles’’, a research study done for the Ministry of Commerce, Islamabad, 2011
  11. ‘’Resource Management in Pakistan: The Case of Export Subsidies’’, an Individual Research Paper at National School of Public Policy, Lahore
  12. Training Need Assessment of Ministry of Commerce, government of Pakistan, 2008
  13. ‘’Developing Pro-Poor Mineral Policy for Pakistan: Case Study of China run Saindak Copper and Gold Mines Baluchistan’’ an Individual Research Paper at Senior Management College, Lahore, 2007
  14. Stemming the decline of Values in the public service
  15. Alternative report to PM ICD and CPEC was not a debt trap

International publications

  1. Book Chapter, Quantification of Barriers to Services Trade in Pakistan, in, ‘’Adjusting to Global Economic Volatility: the case of South Asia’’, New Delhi, Academic Foundation Publishers, 2014
  2. Book Chapter, Liberalization of Trade in Services under SAFTA: Prospects and Challenges for Pakistan, in ‘Regional Integration and Economic Development in South Asia’, published by Edward Elgar and Asian Development Bank, 2011.
  3. Co-Author of ‘Trade agreements between developing countries: a case study of Pakistan-Sri Lanka free trade agreement’, 2010. Available at http://mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de/29209/1/MPRA_paper_29209.pdf
  4. Book Chapter, Trade and Poverty Reduction in the Asia-Pacific Region: Case Studies and Lessons from Low-income communities, ‘’Arrival and Departure of Nike from Pakistan: A Case Study on the Linkages between Global Outsourcing and Poverty Reduction’’, Cambridge University Press, 2009
  5. Book Chapter, Controlling Corruption: Towards an integrated strategy, ‘’Case Study: Civil Service’’, Washington, World Bank Institute, 2000

Recent topical national seminars and conferences
trade and sustainable development

  1. Speaker at the Report Launch titled Regional Economic Security in post 2014 Afghanistan, organized by the East West Institute, Brussels
  2. Speaker at the 1st South Asian Labour Conference, Lahore, April, 2014
  3. Chaired the Session on Policies, Regulations and Environmental Compliance in Textile Industry in South Asia, during 17th Sustainable Development Conference, 9th December 2014, Islamabad
  4. Speaker at the session on Capitalizing on Human Capital: Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change during 17th Sustainable Development Conference, Islamabad, 12.12.2014
  5. Participant in UNCTAD Global Commodities Forum, April 2015, Geneva
  6. Lead Speaker on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor at European Institute of Asian Studies, Brussels, 2nd December, 2015
  7. Participant/Speaker at “Zhongya Guangtong”, Chihezi, Xinjiang, China, May, 2016
  8. Participant Speaker on Central Asia Think Tank Development Forum CATTDF, Astana, Kazakhstan, June 2016
  9. Speaker at Second Think Tank Forum of CAREC, on Harmonization of Trade Policy in the CAREC region, Urumqi, China, 7-8 September 2017
  10. Speaker at NDU, Islamabad on CPEC and Climate Change, 13th February 2018 Conference on Climate Change.
  11. Speaker at the Roundtable on Developing a National Discourse on Climate Change and National Security on 14th February, 2018 at NDU, Islamabad
  12. Speaker at the International Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad Conference on ”Maritime Economy and the geo-politics of Indian Ocean: Challenges for Pakistan”, 22nd February 2018. [Made a Presentation on The CPEC and Prospects of Blue Jobs in Pakistan.]
  13. Speaker/Panelist on the second UNCTAD Multi-year Expert Group Meeting on Digital Manufacturing in Geneva, 19-20th March, 2018.
  14. Speaker on the 11th South Asia Economic Summit, Islamabad, in the session titled, ” Knowledge Connectivity between Asia and Europe”, 5th December 2018
  15. Distinguished Speaker at the panel on “Knowledge and Technology Transfer Management under CPEC” on 6 December 2018, during the 21st Sustainable Development Conference of the Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Islamabad
  16. Keynote Speaker, Panelist and Discussant in 3 Sessions at the International Conference titled “Central Asian Regional Economic Integration and CPEC: Prospects, Challenges and the Way Forward, organized by the Applied Economic Research Centre, Karachi University, 18-20 December 2018, Karachi.
  17. Participant ADB’s Consultative Workshop on SEZ Development in Pakistan, February 2019, Islamabad.
  18. Panelist on UNTAD-INEF Jakarta Workshop on Lessons from the Structural Transformation of China for BRI countries, 27-28 November, 2019, Jakarta, Indonesia
  19. Chaired session on Digital Financial Inclusion: Opportunities and Challenges, Annual Conference Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Islamabad, December 2019
  20. UNCTAD International Events, Digital Economy, Trade and Industry Policies of China and learning for BRI countries [Ethiopia, Sri Lanka and Indonesia] April 22, April 26, June 29, June 30 2021 [Virtual]
  21. Panelist on Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences International Conference on Potentials & Challenges Blue Economy, November 23, 2021. [Virtual]
  22. Panelist on UNCTAD’s South-South Cooperation Project on RBI, 14-15 march, 2022, Geneva
  23. Panelist on UNCTAD’s South-South Cooperation on Green Industrialization Project meeting, Istanbul, 25-26 May, 2022
  24. Speaker at the High-Level Thematic Solution Forum on South-South Economic Integration for Sustainable Development on 12th September 2022 during Global South-South Development Expo 2022, jointly organized by the Thai Government and UNCTAD. I spoke on the linkages between Social Protection, Climate Change and Debt.
  25. Panelist at 48th UNCTAD Regional Course, ‘Key Issues on the International Economic Agenda’, at Foreign Services Academy, Islamabad, 28.11.2022
  26. Panelist, representing Pakistan on the Session to evaluate the progress of SDG 9 in South Asia organized by UNESCAP, during 25th SDPI’s Sustainable Development Conference, Islamabad, 2022
  27. Moderated two sessions on UNCTAD-SPRC Conference, 17-18 October, 2023, Islamabad
  28. Panelist on UNCTAD Multi-Year Expert Meeting, Geneva on Green Industrialization, October 30-31, 2023
  29. Speaker at UNCTAD Finance for Development Inter-governmental Expert Group meeting, November 1-3, 2023

Social Policy and Social Protection:

  • Moderator at webinar on “Future of EOBI”, July 3rd, 2020
  • Speaker at webinar on “Disability Burden and Old Age wellbeing in Pakistan”, jointly organized by SPRC and PIDE, July 28th, 2020
  • Moderator at webinar on “Idleness and Mental Health Problems/Challenges to Pakistan’s Demographic Dividend”, November 18th, 2020
  • Moderator at webinar on “Evaluation of Social Protection Policies and Programs in context of SDG 1.3”, January 2021
  • Speaker at webinar on “Social Protection Policy in Pakistan: An analysis of EHSAAS Program”, January 13,2021
  • Moderator at webinar on “SPRC Index of Determinants for Healthy Ageing in Pakistan”, March 31st ,2021
  • Moderator at PIDE and SPRC joint conference on “Social Policy Orientation of Budget”, June 24th,2021
  • Speaker at “Pre-Budget Webinar on Social Policy Orientation of Tax Policies in Pakistan”, May 24, 2022
  • Speaker at “1st International Conference on Social Protection: Experiences, Practices and Way forward”. Jointly organized by SPRC, IIUI and UNICEF, September 22,2022
  • Panelist on Social Protection session organized by GIZ and on SDG 9 organized by UNESCAP, during 25th SDPI’s Sustainable Development Conference, Islamabad, 2022
  • Speaker at SDPI Seminar on Social Protection in Pakistan Challenges, Opportunities, and Innovations. October 02, 2023
  • Speaker on GCU Lahore event on Youth for Older People – Exploring Healthy Ageing Habits, October 10, 2023.