Faculty Profile

Dr. Muhammad Ahsan Rana

Associate Professor

Suleman Dawood School Of Business

Muhammad Ahsan Rana is an academic and a development professional with rich experience of working in public and nonprofit sectors in Pakistan. He has been trained and educated in premier institutions in Law, Economics, Social Planning and International Development. He holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne in Development Studies. His PhD thesis examines the political economy of the commercialisation of genetically modified crops in Pakistan.

He started his career in 1990 as an officer of the Civil Service of Pakistan. Being member of the District Management Group, he served in various parts of Pakistan in different policy formulation and implementation positions. Since 1999, he has pursued his interests in development and research. During this period, he has held key positions in several leading Pakistani NGOs.

He has also worked with several national and international organisations as consultant on various assignments. His core areas of expertise are social policy, agricultural policy, and public sector governance. Organisations that he has worked with include ILO, USAID, Crown Agents, CIDA, JBS International, the World Bank, IFPRI and LUMS.

He currently teaches Social Policy and Agricultural Policy in the Suleman Dawood School of Business. He has prveiously taught undergraduate and post-graduate courses at the University of Melbourne and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He has also taught executive courses at LUMS. He has written and published case studies and policy papers on social and economic development issues.

      • Ahsan Rana, M. (2017). Business as Usual: District Education Authorities in Punjab. Asian Journal of Management Cases.
      • Ahsan Rana, M. (2017). Perfect Strangers: State and NGOs in Pakistan. The Economic & Political Weekly, 52 (3).
      • Ahsan Rana, M., Speilman, D. & Fatima, Z. (2016). The Architecture of the Pakistani Seed Industry: A Case Study of Market-Regulation Dissonance. Asian Journal of Management Cases.
      • Ahsan Rana, M. (2016). Book Review: Corporate Social Responsibility and Development in Pakistan. Journal is not in list - being petitioned.
      • Ahsan Rana, M. (2015). Building a Dashboard for the Punjab Health Department. Asian Journal of Management Cases.
      • Ahsan Rana, M. (2014). Education Reform in Punjab: A Decentralized Governance Framework for Govt. Schools. Lahore Journal of Policy Studies.
      • Ahsan Rana, M. (2007). Book Review: Science, Agriculture and the Politics of Policy. Journal is not in list - being petitioned.
      • Ahsan Rana, M. (2004). Setting Standards in the Nonprofit Sector. International Journal of Civil Society Law, II(IV): 5.
      • Ahsan Rana, M. (2004). The Resource Generation Challenge: Can Accountability Help?. Journal is not in list - being petitioned.
      • Ahsan Rana, M. (2004). Improving accountability – the NPO certification experience in Pakistan. Journal is not in list - being petitioned.
      • Ahsan Rana, M. (2004). NPO self- regulation: The Pakistan model. Journal is not in list - being petitioned.
      • Cases

      • Ahsan Rana, M. (2016). Punjab Education Foundation: Governance Structure and Program Portfolio, Published. CRC Number 16-308-2015-2, Case Research Centre, Lahore University of Management Sciences.
      • Ahsan Rana, M. (2015). Institutional inadequacies: Data Collection on Healthcare Providers in Punjab, Published. CRC Number 16-304-2015-2, 16-304-2015-1.
      • Ahsan Rana, M., Nadeem, D. & Tariq, A. (2015). Perfect Strangers: The State and NGOs in Pakistan., Published. CRC Number 16-305-2015-2, Case Research Centre, Lahore University of Management Sciences.
      • Ahsan Rana, M. (2014). Punjab Health Foundation: Governance Structure and Program Portfolio, Published. CRC Number 16-172-2014-1, Case Research Centre, Lahore University of Management Sciences.
      • Ahsan Rana, M. (2014). High Value Horticultural Crops in Pakistan: Mango, Citrus and Vegetables, Published. CRC Number 13-103-2014-2, Case Research Centre, Lahore University of Management Sciences.
      • Ahsan Rana, M. (2014). Improving Agricultural Productivity in Pakistan: Use of Improved Seeds, Published. CRC Number 13-102-2014-2, Case Research Centre, Lahore University of Management Sciences.
      • Ahsan Rana, M. (2014). Seed Provision in Pakistan: the Political Economy of Legislative and Institutional Reform, Published. CRC Number 13-101-2014-2, Case Research Centre, Lahore University of Management Sciences.
      • Ahsan Rana, M. (2013). Monitoring and Evaluation in the Punjab Health Department, Published. CRC Number 30-122-2013-1, Case Research Centre, Lahore University of Management Sciences.
      • Ahsan Rana, M. (2013). Primary and Secondary Education in Pakistan: Key Issues and Challenges, Published. CRC Number 16-293-2013-2, Case Research Centre, Lahore University of Management Sciences.
      • Ahsan Rana, M. (2012). Contextualising Administrative and Fiscal Decentralisation: the 18th Constitutional Amendment, Published. CRC Number 10-007-2013-2, Case Research Centre, Lahore University of Management Sciences.
      • Chapters

      • Ahsan Rana, M. (2014). The Architecture of the Pakistani Seed Industry: Dissonance between the Market and the Regulation, Published. David J. Spielman, Sohail J. Malik, Paul Dorosh and Nuzhat Ahmad (editors). (Eds.), Agriculture and Poverty Reduction in Pakistan, University of Pennsylvania Press.
      • Ahsan Rana, M. (2008). Environmental Effects of Agricultural Biotechnology, Published. Managing NGOs in Developing Countries, Oxford University Press.
      • Ahsan Rana, M. (2008). Nonprofit Sector in Pakistan, Published. Devolution and Governance, Oxford University Press.
      • Ahsan Rana, M. (2008). Enhancing Resource Generation in Local Government, Published. Devolution and Governance, Oxford University Press.
      • Ahsan Rana, M. (2014). The Seed Industry of Pakistan: Regulation, Politics and Entrepreneurship.
      • Ahsan Rana, M. (2016). 'Book Review: Corporate Social Responsibility and Development in Pakistan'.
      • Ahsan Rana, M. (2010). Formalising the Informal: The Political Economy of the Commercialisation of Genetically Modified Cotton in Pakistan., Published. Melbourne School of Land and Environment PhD. Melbourne, The University of Melbourne..
      • Ahsan Rana, M. (2010). Formalising the Informal: the Political Economy of Commercialisation of Bt Cotton in Pakistan.
      • Ahsan Rana, M. (2007). Book Review on Science, Agriculture and the Politics of Policy.