I am honored to have this opportunity to address you as the new Executive Director of the IBA. The Institute has undergone a transformative period under the leadership of Dr. Ishrat Husain and I begin my tenure with the hope that we can build upon the foundation that has been laid over the past eight years.
In recent years, the Institute has seen the launch of new academic programs, the hiring of many more full-time PhD faculty, and the establishment of new centers and partnerships. We must now ensure that these initiatives continue to be implemented in a way that generates sustained benefits for students, faculty and other members of the IBA community. We must monitor the new academic programs to see how they have been received among students. We must integrate new faculty more fully into the flow of teaching and research. We must see how best to market the offerings of the new centers. And we must manage both new and old partnerships to ensure that they continue to bear fruit.
The further strengthening of the faculty will be among my priorities. I hope to see our faculty recognized inside and beyond the Institute for excellence in both research and teaching. The mission of the Institute can best be served by creating an environment where both scholarship and practice are given adequate weight. Academic rigor is important. So we must aim for high quality research output. But we must also learn from the actual practice of business and public policy. Thus continuing to engage with local industry and public sector organizations and distilling the lessons of experience into case studies and other learning tools will also remain very important.
With the transformations of the past eight years, the Institute is now much more than a business school. With an expanded portfolio of programs including Accounting and Finance, Economics and Mathematics, Computer Science, Social Sciences and Liberal Arts, and with the newly established centers for Journalism and Islamic Finance, the Institute is well placed to fulfil its mission of "developing potential leaders, generating innovative ideas, and promoting creative solutions that address the needs of Pakistan, the region and the global community."
B. A. (Economics), Harvard University, 1975
Ph. D. (Economics), Yale University, 1981; Dissertation Title: The Demand and Supply of Funds among Agricultural Households: A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis
I am currently the Executive Director of the Institute of Business Administration in Karachi, Pakistan, having taken up this assignment in August 2016. Prior to that, I was with the World Bank in Washington DC for thirty-three years. For most of this period, I was involved in analysis and policy dialogue related to economic policy issues, initially as a technical specialist and later as a manager. I have worked primarily on countries in East Asia (for 18 years) and the Middle East and North Africa (for 13 years). My areas of interest and responsibility have covered: fiscal and monetary management, trade and competitiveness, small and medium enterprises, local government development, human development, and poverty analysis and strategy. My last managerial assignment with the World Bank was as the Country Director for the Gulf Cooperation Council countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates).