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Dr. Ishrat Hussain took over the charge of the office of the Dean and Director, IBA, Karachi – the oldest graduate business school in March 2008 and is engaged in the transformation of the Institute to become one of the ranking Global Business schools.

Just before that, he served as the Chairman, National Commission for Government Reforms for two years from 2006 to 2008 with the status of Federal Minister reporting directly to the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan. The Commission produced a two volume report on governance reforms in Pakistan.

He was appointed the Governor of Pakistan’s Central Bank in December 1999. During the next six years, he implemented a major program of restructuring of the Central Bank and steered the reforms of the banking sector. As a member of the economic management team of the Government, he played a key role in the impressive economic turnaround of Pakistan.

In recognition of his meritorious services he was conferred the prestigious award of “Hilal-e-Imtiaz” by the President of Pakistan in 2003. The Banker Magazine of London declared him as the Central Bank Governor of the year for Asia in 2005. He received the Asian Banker Lifetime achievement award in 2006


Prof. Dr. Joachim von Braun is a Director of the Center for Development Research (ZEF) and Professor for Economic and Technological Change at University of Bonn, Germany. ZEF is a multi-disciplinary research institute with a comprehensive doctoral studies program held in English.

From 2002 to 2009 he has been Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) based in Washington DC, the world's premier research institute addressing food, agriculture, nutrition and related development policies. Before these positions, von Braun was professor of Food Economics and Food Policy at Kiel University, Germany. He received his doctoral degree in agricultural economics from the University of Goettingen, Germany in 1978. Von Braun serves on the boards of several academic journals, as well as on the international advisory boards of a number of research and policy organizations.

From 2000 to 2003 he was president of the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE). He is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a member of the Academy of Science of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, and a member of the international advisory board of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science (CAAS).

He received an Honorary Doctoral Degree from the University of Stuttgart-Hohenheim in Germany, and from the Royal Swedish Academy for Agriculture and Forestry he received the Bertebos Prize.


Dr. Ehtisham Ahmed  is a Visiting Senior Fellow of the LSE Asia Research Centre. He is also a Senior Fellow at ZEF, University of Bonn.

Dr. Ahmad has held senior positions over the past two decades in the International Monetary Fund (Senior Advisor, Office of Executive Directors; Advisor and Division Chief, Fiscal Affairs Department); and was also a member of the core team for the World Bank’s 1990 World Development Report on Poverty.

He has also been Special Advisor to the Finance Minister of Saudi Arabia; as well as Director of the Development Economics Research Program, STICERD, LSE in the late 1980s, and Deputy Director of the Development Economics Research Center at the University of Warwick (to 1986). .




Prof. Dr. Jamal Othman  , expert in the field of Natural Resource and Environmental Economics, has an administrative, teaching, research, and consultancy experience of more than 20 years.

He has contributed with more than hundred research papers in different reputed journals and conferences. Among the many accolades won by him are the Graduate Student Best Paper Award, various fellowships, and Gold medals for products at different exhibitions.

With a passion for music and adventure, he is an eminent and prominent speaker, a resource person and Consultant.

At present he is working as Professor of Resource and Environmental Economics at the School of Economics, Faculty of Economics and Management, University of Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Bangi. .