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Minahil Mehdi

Title   Communication and Outreach Assistant
Project   Management Team
Duration   April 2017-Current
Degree   BA Hons. (2016)
University   LUMS

Profile: Minahil completed her undergraduate from the Lahore University of Management and Sciences in 2016 and joined CERP as the Communications Assistant in April 2017. At LUMS she was a student of social sciences with a focus on literature, politics and religion. She has an avid interest in interfaith dialogue, including community growth and integration of marginalized minorities into the mainstream. She has also been a Fellow in the USA for a Religion and Conflict Resolution program. 

Before joining CERP, Minahil was at the forefront of projects in the field of dialogue, education and promotion of religious coexistence and founded an initiative called HumAahang. At CERP she is managing the Communications, External Relations and Outreach. Her efforts are geared towards making evidence understood in policy design and sharing CERPs research and outcomes with all stakeholders




Syeda Zainab Sabzwari


Title Research Associate
Project BCURE
Duration November 2013- April 2014
Degree MSc. Public Policy, MPhil
University London School of Economics, University College London; Oxford University

Profile: Syeda Zainab Sabzwari worked as a Research Associate on BCURE during its piloting stage. Previously, Zainab has been an employee of the Federal Government of Pakistan where she designed and managed training curricula and degree awarding programmes for the civil servants of Pakistan. Her eclectic work experience ranges from national governments to international organisations, think tanks and regional development banks.

Saad Gulzar

Saad Gulzar


Title   Assistant Professor
Department   Political Science
University/Organization  Stanford University
Program Affiliation  Social Policy and Public Goods


Profile: Saad Gulzar is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Stanford University. He uses field experiments and data from government programs to study the determinants of politician and bureaucratic effort toward citizen welfare. His research interests lie in the political economy of development and comparative politics, with a regional focus on South Asia. His work has been supported by grants from the International Growth Center, the Jameel Abdul Latif Poverty Action Lab's Governance Initiative, the World Bank, and the American Institute of Pakistan Studies. Saad earned his Ph.D. from New York University in 2017. He previously studied at Columbia University, the National University of Singapore, and the Lahore University of Management Sciences.



Surayya Masood

Surayya Masood

Title Research Assistant
Project Education
Duration April 2017-Current
Degree BA Economics
University Mount Holyoke College

Profile: Surayya is a Research Assistant for the Education Program at the Center for Economic Research in Pakistan. She completed a B.A. in Economics from Mount Holyoke College in May 2016. Her research interests are focused in Development Economics, specifically health and education.