Vaqar AhmedJoint 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.