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.

    • Article
      • Rana, M. (2017). Perfect Strangers: State and NGOs in Pakistan. The Economic & Political Weekly, 52 (3).
      • Rana, M. (2017). Business as Usual: District Education Authorities in Punjab. Asian Journal of Management Cases.
      • Rana, M. (2015). Building a Dashboard for the Punjab Health Department. Asian Journal of Management Cases, 12 (2).
      • Rana, M. (2014). Education Reform in Punjab: A Decentralized Governance Framework for Govt. Schools. Lahore Journal of Policy Studies, 5 (1).
      • Rana, M. (2004). NPO self- regulation: The Pakistan model. Journal is not in list - being petitioned, 9 (1).
      • Rana, M. (2004). Improving accountability – the NPO certification experience in Pakistan. Journal is not in list - being petitioned, 1 (1).
      • Rana, M. (2004). The Resource Generation Challenge: Can Accountability Help?. Journal is not in list - being petitioned, 9 (4).
      • Rana, M. (2004). Setting Standards in the Nonprofit Sector. International Journal of Civil Society Law, II(IV): 5.
    • InsDev Chapter
      • Rana, M. (2008). Nonprofit Sector in Pakistan, Published. Devolution and Governance, Oxford University Press.
      • Rana, M. (2008). Environmental Effects of Agricultural Biotechnology, Published. Managing NGOs in Developing Countries, Oxford University Press.
    • Others
      • Rana, M. (2016). 'Book Review: Corporate Social Responsibility and Development in Pakistan'.
      • Rana, M. (2007). Book Review: Science, Agriculture and the Politics of Policy.
Semester Title Code
Spring Semester 2017-18 Modern Thought in Social Policy 1702
Spring Semester 2017-18 Senior Project in General Management Ii 1702
Spring Semester 2017-18 Rethinking Policy: Critical Perspectives on Pakistan's Agricultural Development 1702
Fall Semester 2017-18 Senior Project in General Management I 1701
Fall Semester 2017-18 Contemporary Social Policy Issues in Pakistan 1701
Fall Semester 2017-18 Independent Study 1701
Spring Semester 2016-17 Independent Study 1602
Spring Semester 2016-17 Senior Project in General Management 1602
Spring Semester 2016-17 Independent Study 1602
Spring Semester 2016-17 Rethinking Policy: Critical Perspectives on Pakistan's Agricultural Development 1602
Spring Semester 2016-17 Contemporary Social Policy Issues in Pakistan 1602
Fall Semester 2016-17 Contemporary Social Policy Issues in Pakistan 1601
Spring Semester 2015-16 Rethinking Policy: Critical Perspectives on Pakistan's Agricultural Development 1502
Spring Semester 2015-16 Contemporary Social Policy Issues in Pakistan 1502
Fall Semester 2015-16 Contemporary Social Policy Issues in Pakistan 1501
Spring Semester 2014-15 Rethinking Policy: Critical Perspectives on Pakistan's Agricultural Development 1402
Spring Semester 2014-15 Contemporary Social Policy Issues in Pakistan 1402
Spring Semester 2014-15 Senior Project II 1402
Spring Semester 2014-15 Senior Project I 1402
Fall Semester 2014-15 Contemporary Social Policy Issues in Pakistan 1401
  • Past Courses
    Semester Title Code
    Spring Semester 2013-14 Contemporary Social Policy Issues in Pakistan 1302