Nazish Afraz is a Teaching Fellow at the Department of Economics at the Lahore University of Management Sciences. She has worked in public policy consulting in the UK and in Pakistan. Her research interests include industrial organization, trade and education.
Afraz has an MPhil in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Aban Haq has held Chief Operating Officer and Research Analyst positions at Pakistan Microfinance Network. Prior to this, Aban was a Country Economist for the International Growth Centre’s Pakistan programme.
Haq gained her B.Sc. in Economics from Quadi-e-Azam University and her MA in Development Economics from Williams College.
Syeda ShahBano Ijaz is a PhD student in Political Science at UC San Diego. She is interested in understanding how political contracts are adapted in conflict affected states to reflect the greater role of foreign aid and development programs in public budgets. She also studies innovation in financial technologies and how aid disbursement through formal financial instruments may deepen financial inclusion. Her past work has inquired into the effects of U.S. military aid on political violence in Pakistan. She has an M.A. in Political Science from New York University, an M.Sc. in Development Economics from the University of Oxford and a BSc (Honors) in Economics from the Lahore University of Management Sciences.
Umair Javed is a PhD candidate in Political Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His research interests span the study of Pakistan’s emergent middle classes, state-society relations in the global South, and the political economy of governance and reform in democratising countries. He has previously worked as a researcher at the Department of Human Geography, King’s College London, the Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP), and as a governance specialist at The Asia Foundation. Umair Javed currently writes a fortnightly current affairs column for Pakistan’s premier English language daily, DAWN. His academic and opinion writings have been published in Economic and Political Weekly (EPW), Herald, The National, Business Standard, and The Friday Times.
Javed has a MSc in Politics from School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).