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Global Go To Think Tank Index (GGTTI) 2020 launched                    111,75 Think Tanks across the world ranked in different categories.                SDPI is ranked 90th among “Top Think Tanks Worldwide (non-US)”.           SDPI stands 11th among Top Think Tanks in South & South East Asia & the Pacific (excluding India).            SDPI notches 33rd position in “Best New Idea or Paradigm Developed by A Think Tank” category.                SDPI remains 42nd in “Best Quality Assurance and Integrity Policies and Procedure” category.              SDPI stands 49th in “Think Tank to Watch in 2020”.            SDPI gets 52nd position among “Best Independent Think Tanks”.                           SDPI becomes 63rd in “Best Advocacy Campaign” category.                   SDPI secures 60th position in “Best Institutional Collaboration Involving Two or More Think Tanks” category.                       SDPI obtains 64th position in “Best Use of Media (Print & Electronic)” category.               SDPI gains 66th position in “Top Environment Policy Tink Tanks” category.                SDPI achieves 76th position in “Think Tanks With Best External Relations/Public Engagement Program” category.                    SDPI notches 99th position in “Top Social Policy Think Tanks”.            SDPI wins 140th position among “Top Domestic Economic Policy Think Tanks”.               SDPI is placed among special non-ranked category of Think Tanks – “Best Policy and Institutional Response to COVID-19”.                                            Owing to COVID-19 outbreak, SDPI staff is working from home from 9am to 5pm five days a week. All our staff members are available on phone, email and/or any other digital/electronic modes of communication during our usual official hours. You can also find all our work related to COVID-19 in orange entries in our publications section below.    The Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) is pleased to announce its Twenty-third Sustainable Development Conference (SDC) from 14 – 17 December 2020 in Islamabad, Pakistan. The overarching theme of this year’s Conference is Sustainable Development in the Times of COVID-19. Read more…       FOOD SECIRITY DASHBOARD: On 4th Nov, SDPI has shared the first prototype of Food Security Dashboard with Dr Moeed Yousaf, the Special Assistant to Prime Minister on  National Security and Economic Outreach in the presence of stakeholders, including Ministry of National Food Security and Research. Provincial and district authorities attended the event in person or through zoom. The dashboard will help the government monitor and regulate the supply chain of essential food commodities.

Vaqar Ahmed

Joint Executive Director

Research/Economic Growth Unit

Dr Ahmed serves in advisory capacity at many national, regional and international institutions and forums such as Fauji Foundation and Creative Cities project of the British Council Pakistan. He is also a member of steering committee of Southern Voice Think Tanks Network and council member of energy committee of National University of Science & Technology (NUST).

An honorary research fellow at Partnership for Economic Policy, University of Laval in Canada, he has earlier worked as an advisor to United Nations Development Program and as the head of macroeconomics section at the Ministry of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives. He has also done various assignments with Asian Development Bank, World Bank, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific as well as with ministries of finance, planning and commerce.

Dr Ahmed has been a part of the government’s Advisory Panel of Economists in 2008, Task Force on Private Sector Development in 2009, Working Group on Macroeconomic Framework for 10th Five Year Plan (2010-15) and Working Group on Social Sector Development for Vision 2025.

He is also a visiting faculty member and researcher at different institutions, including University of Le Havre in France, National University of Ireland, IMT Institute of Advanced Studies in Italy, Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad and Pakistan Institute of Trade and Development.

His research work on inclusive growth, trade, public finance and sustainable development has been published extensively and he has received fellowships from Germany’s Zeit-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius, France’s Young Leaders Programme and IMF’s Civil Society Organizatins initiative.

He holds a PhD in economics.