August 13, 2020
In Pakistan, the Punjab government’s response to this unprecedented crisis resulted in a framework called the Responsive Investment for Social Protection and Economic Stimulus (RISE). Looking at the province’s public investment strategies in various areas, this session will focus on how strategic planning and inclusive budgeting processes can lead to mitigating some of the risks for the populations impacted.
Join us for the thirty-fourth session of LUMS Live: Policy Interventions for COVID-19.
Date: Thursday, August 13, 2020
Time: 4:00 pm (PST)
Our distinguished panelists include Mr. Hamed Yaqoob Sheikh, Ms. Sarah Cooper, Dr. Mohammad Usman Khan, and Dr. S. M. Turab Hussain. Moderated by Ms. Nazish Afraz, the session will be broadcast live via the LUMS Facebook page. Please click here to listen to our panelists discuss the Punjab’s government’s response to the spread of the Coronavirus.
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Profiles of Panelists
Mr. Hamed Yaqoob Sheikh, Chairman Planning and Development Board, Government of The Punjab
Mr. Sheikh is a career civil servant from the Pakistan Administrative Service with over 27 years of experience working in a broad range of organisations both within the public sector as well as outside. He has served in three provinces (Sindh, Khyber Pukhtunkhawa and Punjab) and the Federal Government in various positions. He has extensive experience of working in the realm of public finance and public sector reforms, and has worked with international development partners as an advisor in the realm of policy and governance reforms. Mr. Sheikh has an MBA from IBA Karachi and an MSc Development Studies from the School of Oriental & African Studies, UK.
Sarah Cooper, Head of Governance, Department for International Development (DFID)
Ms. Cooper is the Head of DFID’s Governance Group in Pakistan. She has over 20 years’ experience in the field of public sector management, which spans a range of technical areas (budgeting & public expenditure; anticorruption; public management; service delivery); across a range of sectors, including: climate change, private sector investment; infrastructure; health; education; & social protection. Her geographical experience spans Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the Former Soviet Union. Before working for DFID Sarah worked as Chief Governance Adviser to the Vice President of the African Development Bank; was an Adviser to Tony Blair; and worked for 15 years for PricewaterhouseCoopers providing advice to governments on public sector management. She holds a Masters Degree in Economics and Public Policy from the Global Development Institute, University of Manchester, UK.
Mr. Mohammad Usman Khan, Lead Innovation and Action Research Advisor SNG, Adjunct Faculty, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, LUMS
Mr. Khan started his professional career in banking and investment consulting in London, UK. He later moved to Pakistan and joined LUMS as faculty in the Economics Department. His research interests include policy and strategy in the development sector, and he has worked as an economic advisor to The Government of Punjab-Pakistan. He left his advisory position in 2008 and has since worked extensively on projects financed by DFID, ADB, World Bank, USAID, UNIDO, UNICEF, FCO, Provincial and Federal Government covering economic policy and strategy, private sector development, sector value chains, skills, competitiveness, social and economic planning. He has authored several key policy documents including the recent Responsive Investment for Social Protection and Economic Stimulus (RISE) Punjab framework, National Industrial Policy for Pakistan, Economic Growth Strategy for Punjab, Private Sector Development Strategy for Punjab and more.
Dr. S.M. Turab Hussain, Associate Professor, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, LUMS
Dr. Hussain's research interests have ranged from migration theory and policy, poverty and rural development to trade and development. Recently 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. Teaching interests are in Development Theory, International Trade, Macroeconomics and Trade and Development.
Ms. Nazish Afraz, Adjunct Faculty, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, LUMS
Nazish Afraz is a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Economics at LUMS. She has worked in public policy research in the UK and in Pakistan. Her research interests include industrial development and trade. She has completed an MPhil in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an MSc in Economics and Finance from the University of Bristol.