Date: October 21, 2019
Time: 5:30-7:00pm
Venue: Tsai Auditorium, CGIS Building, Harvard University

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The panel will examine the essential impediments to macroeconomic and financial reforms in Pakistan and explore evidence-based smart policy framework to increase domestic productivity.


Mr. Hafeez Shaikh - CERP

Dr. Hafeez Shaikh
Adviser to Prime Minister of Pakistan on Finance


Mr. Reza Baqir - CERP

Dr. Reza Baqir
Governor State Bank of Pakistan


Dr. Carmen Reinhart - CERP

Dr. Carmen Reinhart
Minos A. Zombanakis Professor of the International Financial System at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)..


About the Conference

This event is a part of the two-day inaugural Pakistan Development Forum - an annual conference that convenes key policy stakeholders, business leaders, and academic experts to discuss and debate the most pressing development and policy challenges facing Pakistan today. Centre for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP) is co-hosting it with Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) at Harvard Kennedy School this year. The conference will cover different themes each year and will be providing a platform where policy makers can leverage data, business acumen, and academic insight to make evidence-based decisions on key policies in Pakistan related to the economy, governance, environment and energy, and public welfare. The theme of the inaugural Pakistan Development Forum in 2019 is Macroeconomic and Financial Reforms.


Asim I. Khawaja - CERP

Dr. Asim I. Khwaja

Co-founder of CERP, Sumitomo-Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development Professor of International Finance and Development at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)l, and Faculty Director at Center for International Development (CID) at HKS.

Centre for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP)

CERP, is a leading independent nonpartisan policy institution focused on improving decision making in Pakistan through rigorous quantitative research, engaging with policy counterparts with real policy challenges and designing and advising on high impact reforms based on data. At CERP cutting edge pedagogy tailored for Pakistan is deployed and data insights are provided to private sector on product and process design. CERP’s mission is to improve decision-making in Pakistan through evidence-based research, executive education, analytics, survey and advisory services.

Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD)

EPoD, at Harvard Kennedy School, engages with policy actors through rigorous, on-the-ground embedded research and innovative, evidence-driven capacity building. It’s vision is a world where evidence drives continuous improvement in states, systems, and societies for better lives.