Dr. Sadia Mariam Malik (President and CEO)

Health, Education, Poverty and Inequality

Mr. Yasin Janjua  (Founding Member)

Economic Growth, Skills Development, Poverty Alleviation, Baseline Survey Studies, Political Economy of Development, Institutional Assessments,  and M&E,

Dr. Shafqat Shehzad  (Fellow)

Health Economics, Health Policy

Dr. Sajjad Akhtar (Advisor)

Poverty, Household Baseline Surveys

Dr. Masood Sarwar Awan (Affilliate)

Poverty, Household Baseline Surveys

Dr. Adeel Malik, UK (Advisor)

Output Volatility, Economic Geography

Dr. Waqar Malik (Advisor)

Agricultural and Rural Development

Dr. Kashif Shiekh, Canada (Affiliate)

Environmental Management

Dr. Ata U. Karim, USA (Affiliate)

Human and organizational behavior, leadership, and intercultural communications

Themrise Khan (Affiliate)

Socio-Economic Development, M&E

Wajeeha Bajwa  (Associate)

Political Economy of Education

Fahad Khan  (Associate)

Educational Outcomes and Poverty, Survey Data Management

Badshah Nawab (Associate)

Household Surveys in Conflict Areas


Mr. Yasin Janjua (Founding Member and Chair)
MA Econ (GC Lhr), M. Phil Econ (QAU), MA Econ and PhD (ABD) KSU, USA
Areas of Research: Economic Growth, Macroeconomics, Political Economy of Development, Technical Education and Vocational Trainings (TEVT), Monitoring Evaluation, Institutional Assessments, Public Private Partnerships, Education, Industrialization, SME, Poverty Baseline Surveys

Brief Profile

Mr. Yasin Janjua holds MA and PhD (ABD) in Economics from Kansas State University USA and M. Phil in Economics from Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad, Pakistan. Recently, he has been working as a consultant with the World Bank Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Mission to develop a US$20 million technical assistance for technical and vocational education (TVE) reform, employer survey: labor market demand, tracer studies for BBSYDP, and institutional capacity assessment of STEVTA in the Sindh Province. He is also working on the process Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) of a cash grant project related to Internally Displaced Pakistanis (IDPs). He has worked with GTZ as Team Leader Research and principal author to conduct background research for donors’ cooperation for supporting the implementation plan for National Skills Strategy (NSS) for reforming the technical education and identification of growth sectors of the economy and their skills acquisition needs. He is also working as Development Consultant with SEBCON (Pvt) Ltd. In past, he has worked as Development Economist for Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), in Pakistan and consultant for Research Consortium on Educational Outcomes and Poverty (RECOUP) of Cambridge University, UK financed by DFID in MHHDC Pakistan. Mr. Janjua has several years of teaching experience at US and Canadian Universities. Prior to his teaching career in foreign universities he has worked at the Fiscal and Monetary Research Departments of the Ministry of Planning and Development (the Planning Commission) of Pakistan and the Monetary and Fiscal Research Department of the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Karachi. Mr. Janjua has both research and management experience in the following areas: Educational Outcomes and Poverty, Reforming TVET System, Institutional Capacity Assessment, Household Survey Research, Monetary and Fiscal policies, Poverty Alleviation, and Monitoring and Evaluation of Projects.


Dr. Sadia Mariam Malik (Executive Director and Founding Member)

 MA Econ (QAU), PhD Econ (KSU, USA)

Consulting on Socio-Economic Sectors and Development Related Issues, Poverty, Health Performance and Health Inequality Assessments.

Brief Profile

Dr. Malik is an economist by profession with a Ph.D degree in Economics from Kansas State University. She started her professional career in 1998 with late Dr Mahbub ul Haq (a renowned development practitioner as well as the founder and chief architect of UNDP Human Development Reports and the Human Development Index) at the Human Development Centre (set up by Dr. Haq in Islamabad for the preparation of Annual Reports on Human Development in South Asia. The Human Development Report is very well known and acknowledged for the measurement of Human Development through an Index. This index is now widely used for measuring and ranking Human Development among countries, regions, and districts.

Dr. Malik obtained her Ph.D in Economics in 2005 with distinction. Her Ph.D dissertation titled “Health, Inequality and Economic Development” contains an empirical investigation of two crucial issues central to the understanding of economic development and health outcomes across countries. One, it investigates the relationship between income, income inequality and health across countries using dynamic panel data model and addresses for the first time the methodological issues including that of the endogeneity of income and income inequality. Second, using the index of equality of child survival rates developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2000, it provides an empirical investigation of the causes of health inequality across countries. In particular, the study focuses on the role of some deeper and more structural determinants such as the quality of institutions, geography and ethnic fractionalization in explaining health (in) equality across countries.

Dr. Malik has been serving as the Director of Mahbub ul Haq Human Development Centre from May 2006 to August 2009. Dr. Malik is a serious researcher and a writer and has contributed several academic articles on human development and related socio-economic issues in academic journals and leading newspapers. As a key team leader in MHHDC, she has produced Human Development Reports in South Asia for several years.

Working as National Project Manager, Dr. Malik has also initiated the project on National Human Development Report at MHHDC which will rank districts of Pakistan based on Human Development Indices.

Dr. Adeel Malik (Founding Member)
MA Econ (QAU), PhD Econ (Oxford, UK)
Output Volatility, Econometrics, Political Economy of Development
African Economies, South Asian Economies

Mr. Nouman Ghani (Advisor)
Poverty Alleviation, Monitoring and Evaluation

Dr. Sajjad Akhtar (Advisor)

Brief Profile

Dr. Sajjad has obtained a PhD in Economics from Southern Methodist University, Texas, USA in 1992 and a Masters from Boston University, USA 1981. He joined the Centre for Research on Poverty Reduction and Income Distribution (CRPRID), Islamabad, Pakistan in the capacity of a Director in Nov 2004. During his tenure till December 2007, managed a team of 10 researchers and directed research in the area of a) Poverty measurement, b) Income Distribution, c) Employment Generation and d) Monitoring and Evaluation. The centre closely assisted the Planning Commission through policy input/briefs and research in its day-to-day work on Poverty.  The Centre has also been assigned to monitor progress on Millennium Development Goals on a regular basis. The center published three Annual (2004, 2005, 2006) MDG reports on Pakistan during his tenure. During his tenure as an Economic Adviser to the Research and Statistics Division at Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency, he developed a macro-econometric model for Saudi Arabia for in-house use. Currently it is in use for forecasting annual performance of macro indicators. His other responsibilities included: – a) preparing research briefs on current international macroeconomic issues for Governor/Deputy Governor’s participation in World Bank/IMF, G-20 and BIS meetings, b) commenting on the latest IMF/BIS working papers and their relevance for Saudi economy to aid the macro policy decision making at the Agency and c) contributing and reviewing the final draft of the annual report of the agency.  As a principal economist at the Social Policy and Development Centre (SPDC), he was heading the Macro Modeling Group, responsible for running and generating macro policy analysis from the Integrated Social Planning and Macro Economic Model for Pakistan developed by the Centre in 1995.  Under his supervision the model was updated to 1998. During his long association with the Applied Economics Research Centre (AERC), he was involved in about 10 research assignments as a team leader and senior team member in the area of macroeconomics, public finance, household saving behaviour, and environment and agriculture. He has taught macroeconomics, econometrics and statistics in the M. Phil program of AERC for a period of 10 years.  He is the author and Co-author of over 40 research reports, discussion papers and articles in Pakistani and foreign professional journals.

Dr. Masood Sarwar Awan (Senior Research Fellow) 

Brief Prfile

Mr. Awan has completed his PhD from University of Sargodha. He has been a research fellow at OPHI, Oxford University, UK. He is an accomplished teacher and mentor at University of Sargodha, Pakistan where he has been teaching PhD, M. Phil and Master level courses; and also supervising research dissertations. He is among the few researchers in Pakistan who have written extensively on poverty issues in general and multidimensional poverty in Pakistan, in particular. He has experience in supervising household surveys and data processing.

Dr. Shafqat Shahzad (Advisor)

Health Economist

Dr. Waqar Malik (Advisor)

Agricultural Extension Services, Agricultural and Rural Development

Brief Profile

Mr Malik has a PhD degree from USA in agricultural extension and carries over thirty six (36) years of experience in agricultural extension services related to dissemination and adoption of innovative farm technologies; building village based farm organizations and enhancing their capacity for wider application of scientific farm information involving indigenous and modern techniques including the use of ICT; developing human behavioral skills for better interpersonal communications; promoting knowledge based farm practices through customized trainings for extension professionals and farmers; designing and deployment of advocacy and motivational campaigns for mobilizing rural youth and interest groups with specific focus on gender equality; and providing support for institutionalizing farm input delivery system and marketing of output.

Abdul Matin (M.A. Economics)
Child Labour, Training and Skills Development

Brief Profile

Matin has just concluded a long-term contract with ILO-IPEC. He was the in charge of Project Office Sialkot, operations and was responsible for overseeing, field operations, finance, and M&E. Mr. Matin managed ILO project with an annual budget of US$0.3- 0.4 Million, including action programs. The ILO-IPEC program was focused on elimination of child labor in the soccer ball and surgical instruments manufacturing industry of Sialkot by closely interacting with the business community including manufacturers, exporters, vendors, workers, and marginalized communities which involved raising awareness regarding child labor practices, child rights, right to basic education, and vocational and technical training (VTT). Mr Matin worked closely with the government officials, local government line departments, informal and formal sector, and NGOs to ensure smooth functioning and implementation of the project interventions. He has also worked as Master Trainer in ILO-IPEC for ToT.

He started his career in ILO-IPEC as a field monitor; however, gradually progressed and received promotions based on performance. In progression, he worked as monitoring coordinator, finance assistant, program assistant and office in-charge in the same organization on different projects. He is well versed in key skills essential for preparing project proposals; project budgets; financial plans and reports; project implementation plans; monitoring and evaluation (M&E) frameworks; and result based management (RBM) approaches.

Badshah Nawab (PhD ABD)
Baseline and Poverty Surveys in conflict areas

Wajeeha Bajwa
Education and Political Economy

Brief Profile

Ms. Bajwa is a Social Scientist with a BA in Economics, Political Science, Sociology and Mass Communication from Jacobs University Bremen Germany. She has also pursued a professional degree at Moscow University Touro, Russia. She holds excellent skills in research on socio-economic issues and her areas of expertise include policy level issues in education development, TVET, civic education, and monitoring and evaluation of development projects. She has worked as an Education Program Officer with the United Nations World Program where she managed its school feeding component, as a Program Officer at the Center for Civic Education Pakistan, as a Consultant at GTZ’s Capacity Building of Ministry of Women Development Project, the Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies and as part of a team working on the GTZ, DFID, EC project on a donor coordination report for supporting the NSS implementation plan. She is currently developing a vocational education development project for Meirman Women Development Center Kohat and providing support on its other primary school level education projects in rural areas. She has drafted a report on the Freedom of Information Ordinance in Pakistan and articles on civic and political issues that have been printed in leading newspaper dailies of the country. 

Fahad Khan

Brief Profile

Fahad holds M. Sc degree in Economics from Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad, Pakistan. He had been working as a Research Fellow at Mahbub-ul-Haq Human Development Centre (MHHDC). He has been associated with the DfID funded and Cambridge University led project “Research Consortium on Educational Outcomes and Poverty (RECOUP)” that explores the social, economic and human development outcomes of education in developing countries. At the RECOUP, Fahad has actively been engaged with household quantitative survey, collection of qualitative data (focus group discussions and individual interviews) particularly related to the themes of “Health and Fertility” and “Skills Acquisition and its Impact on Lives and Livelihoods” and “Public Private Partnership in the provision of Education”. He has gained extensive experience in fieldwork in NWFP and Punjab, collection and processing of data (transcription, translation and coding of the data), quantitative and qualitative data analysis using SPSS, STATA and Atlas-ti.