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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.

Ahad Nazir

Project Coordinator/ Head Center for Private Sector Engagement

Research/Center for Private Sector Engagement

Engr. Ahad Nazir is the Project Coordinator at Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI). With a diverse background of experience in private and public sector, he has served  Project Management related  positions  at international energy sector giants, including China National Petroleum Corporation AKA Petrochina (CNPC), KSB Pumps Co. Ltd., and Orient Energy Systems (Pvt) Ltd. Along-with formal job commitments, he remained on consultancy assignments with several large and renowned private sector entities, including Descon Engineering Ltd., Engro Group, Gamesa Pakistan Wind Power, SUMEC, BGP Pakistan, and Fauji Foundation. He is one of the few energy engineering professionals of Pakistan who have had experience in all forms of energy generation, including Wind Power, Solar Thermal, Solar Photovoltaic, Biogas, Bagasse, Coal, Hydro, Gas, Diesel, and HFO and has a combined footprint of Designing, Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Commissioning of around 2470 MW of Powerplants in both Independent Power Producers and Captive Power mode.
He has expertise in Application Engineering, Business Development, Secondary Designing, Technical and Financial Feasibilities, Project Planning, Project Scheduling, Project Budgeting, Project Risk Management, Project Quality Management, Active Execution, Team Building, Site Management (Financial and Administration), Project Management, Monitoring, Evaluation and Controlling, and Closing of Project, including effective management of cost reduction through reduced cost of punch list items. He has  been an active part of forums led by the Government of Pakistan to discuss tariff revisions, tariff feasibilities, and other aspects of energy sector, especially in the Punjab and Sindh.
 He did his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from National University of Science and Technology, College of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering; Later, he received his  Master of Science in Project Management from Bahria University. Ahad holds two globally acceptable project management certifications, i.e.  Project Management Professional (PMP) from Project Management Institute (PMI), USA and PRINCE 2 Practitioner from Axelos, UK. He also attained an international certificate in International Supply Chain Management from United Nations International Trade Centre with distinction.
Prior to joining SDPI, he has completed projects worth  $5 billion, with the necessary knowledge and experience of relevant expertise of business development, industrial economics and private sector engagement. he joined SDPI to be part of action-oriented and policy-focused research and advocacy of economic policies especially relevant to the private sector. The policies in question include taxation reforms, energy sector reforms, trade reforms, social sector development through the involvement of private sector through CSR and Social Enterprises, and inclusion of women in economic growth and development. Besides, he represents SDPI on several forums as mentor, guest lecturer, trainer and judge for various entrepreneurship enabling ventures in Pakistan. He is a certified tutor at the Social Enterprise Academy, UK. Furthermore, Ahad is an experienced and certified trainer in the fields of project management, project engineering, computer aided design & engineering, MS project, and Primavera P6. He holds regular training sessions and also teaches in several of the post graduate programmes of public sector universities in Islamabad. At the moment, he has several students carrying out research in comparison with various conventional and modern project management techniques.
Ahad is currently team-lead for the following economic reforms programmes at SDPI.
  1. A structured and iterative Public Private Dialogue (PPD) being carried out with partners such as Centre for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), and The Asia Foundation (TAF)
  2. Social and Creative Enterprise Development under Developing Inclusive and Creative Economies (DICE) Program supported by British Council-Pakistan and Social Enterprise-UK,
  3. Trade Reforms Program led by World Bank Group Pakistan Trade Economics Division.
The assignments relevant to the above-mentioned programs/sub-programs include quantitative & qualitative research through Surveys/Focus Group Discussions/Consultations/Public Events. The outcomes of some of the programmes are covered in the publications below:
  • V. Ahmed, Nazir, A, et al. (2019) Issue Paper: Social Enterprise Development in Pakistan: The Way Forward. Sustainable Development Policy Institute, British Council, and UN ESCAP.
  • Nazir, A., A. M. Maken, V. Ahmed (2018) Streamlining Tax Harmonization in Pakistan. Chapter 5 in: “70 Years of Development: Way Forward”. Sustainable Development Policy institute.
  • Nazir, A. and V. Ahmed (2018) National and Sub-National Tax Reforms: An Iterative Public-Private Dialogue Approach from Pakistan, presented at World Bank Group Workshop on Fiscal Policy in South Asia, Kathmandu, Nepal & 11th South Asia Economic Summit, Islamabad, Pakistan.
  • Nazir, A. (2018) How sustainable are our Higher Education Institutes? Daily Times, May 16, 2018
  • Nazir, A. (2018) Post-budget (2018-19) review of energy sector in Pakistan. Page # 12 to 15, SDPI Research & News Bulletin Vol 25 No. 1-2, Jan-June 2018, Sustainable Development Policy Institute.
  • Richardson, Mark; Tsui, Josephine; Nazir, Ahad; Ahmed, Vaqar (2017) Activist to Entrepreneur: The Role of Social Enterprise in Supporting Women’s Empowerment in Pakistan. Sustainable Development Policy Institute and British Council.
  • Nazir, A. (2018) Budget 207-18: A Circular Debt Perspective. Page # 10 to 12, SDPI Research & News Bulletin Vol 24 No. 1-2, Jan-June 2017, Sustainable Development Policy Institute.
  • Nazir, A. and V. Ahmed (2017) Why are social enterprises not growing? Daily Times, July 7, 2017
  • V. Ahmed, A, Nazir., et al. “Sustainable Development in Balochistan” The News on Sunday, 8th Jan 2017
Currently, he has the membership of following external voluntary services.
  • Registered Engineer, Pakistan Engineering Council.
  • Senior Member, Project Management Institute (PMI), USA
  • Senior Member, PMI-Islamabad Pakistan Chapter
  • Member, PMI-Lahore Chapter
  • Member, Axelos, UK
  • Member, Study Group for Supply Chain Professionals, United Nations International Trade Centre
  • Member of Policy Research Institute for Market Economy (PRIME) working group on contract enforcement.
  • Member of Corporate Advisory Council, NUST
  • Industrial Member for Curriculum Review Committee for several programmes of NUST
  • Advisor, Curriculum Development Committee, Project Management Cluster, Department of Management Sciences, Bahria University.
  • Member, Industrial Advisory Council, Bahria University.
  • Associate Tutor, Social Enterprise Academy, Scotland, UK
  • Project Management Specialist (Volunteer), Epiphany Pakistan.
  • Mentor and Judge at FICS, NUST
  • Mentor and Judge at Hult Prize Pakistan
His current area of focus is the strategic management of Special Economic Zones. He tweets from his handle @ahadnazir783 and can be reached at  (