Aasim M. Husain
Aasim M. Husain is currently Deputy Director in the Middle East and Central Asia Department (MCD) of the IMF, where he supervises the department’s regional work on the GCC, and on several countries in the region. Prior to joining MCD in March 2015, Mr. Husain served in the European Department—where he supervised work on several Central, Eastern, and Southeastern European countries—and in the Strategy, Policy, and Review Department, where he led the Fund’s policy development work on capital flows and reviewed country work on many of the large emerging market economies. Previously, Mr. Husain served as IMF mission chief for Italy, Egypt, Jordan, and Kazakhstan, and headed the Fund’s work on commodity and energy issues. During 1995-96, Mr. Husain served as Chief Economist at ABN-AMRO Bank NV, Pakistan, and in 1999-2000 he served as desk economist on Pakistan at the IMF.
Mr. Husain is from Pakistan. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Mathematical Sciences from Rice University and his Doctor of Philosophy in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. He joined the IMF in 1990.
Turab Hussain is Associate Professor and Acting Head of Economics Department at Lahore University of Management Sciences. His research interests have ranged from migration theory and policy, poverty and rural development to trade and development. Recently, his published research has been on industrial policy, migration and remittances, prospects of trade with India and on Pakistan’s experience at dispute settlement within the WTO. Turbo Hussain's teaching interests are in Development Theory, International Trade, Macroeconomics and Trade and Development.
Dr. Hussain has a PhD in Economics from University of Essex.
He has had more than thirty two years of analytic and management experience in the World Bank across a diverse range of countries and sectors. Among countries, he has worked on Korea, Philippines, Indonesia, China, Iran, Egypt, and the GCC. Among sectors and issues, Farrukh Iqbal has worked and published on various aspects of economic development including fiscal and monetary management, trade and competitiveness, poverty, small and medium enterprises and local government development. His most recent analytic work concerns human development issues in the Middle East and North Africa region.
Dr. Iqbal holds a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a PhD in Economics from Yale University.
Naureen Karachiwalla received her MSc and her DPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford. She is currently a Research Fellow in the Poverty, Health, and Nutrition Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington, DC. Her research interests include incentives and accountability in the public sector, education, social protection, and technology adoption. Her work has been published in the Journal of Public Economics and Economic Development and Cultural Change, among others, and has focused on incentives and accountability in China, Uganda, and Pakistan, as well as caste and learning outcomes in Pakistan, agricultural technology adoption and counterfeiting in Uganda, and nutrition and social protection in Bangladesh and Egypt.