Ammar Malik is a Senior Research Associate at the Urban Institute’s Center on International Development and Governance, where he leads the institute’s research on global cities. His research explores the causes and consequences of urbanization, the impact of spatial urban forms and urban transport policy on economic performance, the theory and evaluation of urban resilience, and the governance of public service delivery. He has used agent-based modeling to undertake policy simulations on Pakistan’s cities. Dr. Malik has published several peer reviewed articles, including in Environmental Modeling and Software, Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, South Asia Economic Journal, Global Policy and Science and Public Policy etc.
He has previously been consultant to the National Disaster Management Authority Pakistan, World Bank, OECD, UNESCO, Oxfam International and the International Food Policy Research Institute. For his work on the economic costs of sexual harassment in urban transit systems using smartphone technology, the World Bank and Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) awarded his team the Development Marketplace Award 2017 for innovations in preventing Gender-Based Violence.
He holds a PhD in Public Policy from George Mason University, Masters in Policy Affairs from the National University of Singapore and Institut d’Etudes de Politiques (Sciences Po) Paris, and Bachelors in economics and mathematics from the Lahore University of Management Sciences.
Ghazala Mansuri is a lead economist in the Poverty Reduction and Equity Group of the World Bank. Her research spans four broad areas: rural land, labor and credit markets, the economics of household behavior, and the political economy of participatory development and institutional and governance reforms for development. Her research on the political economy of local development includes a number of evaluations of participatory development programs. Ghazala Mansuri has published extensively in leading journals in economics and development.
Dr. Mansuri has a PhD in Economics from Boston University.
Antonio Morasco joined LUMS as an Assistant Professor in August 2006. Prior to joining LUMS, he had a one-year teaching appointment in Atilim University, Ankara. From 1990 to 1994 he was employed in the insurance sector at Lloyd Adriatico of Trieste. He has been a teaching assistant at the University College London and a visiting instructor at Bilkent University. His teaching interests are in intermediate macroeconomics, growth theories, and international trade. His research early on focused broadly on foreign direct investment and income inequality as possible determinants of technological progress and economic development. More recently, his research focus has moved to studying the welfare impact of foreign direct investment and international trade on the recipient countries.
Dr. Marasco gained his MSc from Birkbeck College, UK, MBA from Koc University, Turkey, and PhD from Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands.
Atif R. Mian
Atif R. Mian is currently a professor of economics at Princeton University as well as a Board Member at the Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP). Prior to joining Princeton in 2012, he taught at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Chicago. His research studies links between financial markets and the macro economy and emphasizes the role played by political, governance, and organizational constraints in shaping the effectiveness and scope of financial markets. Atif Mian’s work has appeared in top Economics and Finance journals, including the American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Finance, Review of Financial Studies and Journal of Financial Economics. His work has also been profiled by leading media outlets such as The Economist and The Wall Street Journal.
Dr. Mian holds a Bachelors degree in Mathematics and a PhD in Economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.