Welcome – I am Academic Director and Professor in Practice at the School of Public Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science, a joint appointment with the Suntory Toyota International Centre for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD).
I am an Affiliate of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at MIT. I am also an Associate with the Building State Capability Program at Harvard University’s Center for International Development (CID). I am a founder board member of Centre for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP), co-leader of Reducing State Fragilities Initiative at the International Growth Centre, an Affiliated Researcher with the Political Economy group of Yale University’s Research Initiative on Innovation and Scale (Y-RISE), and an Affiliated Researcher with Precision Agriculture for Development (PAD). I am also a board member of the Charles Wallace Pakistan Trust.
Earlier, I had served as Research and Policy Director at the International Growth Centre at the London School of Economics since 2009. I was also a Visiting Lecturer of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School during 2018-19. I have spent more than 15 years in the policy world as a practitioner, policymaker and activist, and more than 10 years in the research world as an instructor, researcher and as a catalyser of other people’s research through commissioning new research and by connecting researchers with policymakers in Africa and Asia. My areas of interest include economic development, political economy, state capacity, and social protection.