BNU Center for Policy Research (BCPR)

In recognition of the growing need to continue contributing to the stock of knowledge through enquiry, research and interaction, Beaconhouse National University (BNU) set up the Center for Policy Research (BCPR) as the hub for policy-oriented research. Originally focused on applied socio-economic areas, the Center’s remit has been expanded to include the entire spectrum of disciplines and fields of inquiry studied at BNU.

BCPR seeks to foster a culture of rigorous, policy-relevant research and analysis. In keeping with the interdisciplinary approach of BNU, the center explores new avenues by taking an integrated view of Pakistan’s policy issues in the context of our economic, political and social realities, their changing dynamics and global developments. It is also a platform for interacting with organizations, academia, think tanks and related institutions in Pakistan and abroad.

“BCPR envisions formulating its recommendations from the lens of its likely beneficiaries, making them primary stakeholders in policy-making exercises. It aims to elicit research to contribute to the ever - evolving narrative for human development and sustainable growth, eventually benefiting the citizens of Pakistan.”
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BNU Center for Policy Research (BCPR)

Mr. Mansoor Ahmad Khan

Mr. Mansoor Ahmad Khan (Director and Head of Initiative on Pakistan’s Place in the World)

Mr. Mansoor Ahmad Khan currently serves as the Director of the Beaconhouse Center for Policy Research (BCPR) and Head of the Initiative on Pakistan’s Place in the World. This initiative, housed within BCPR, is dedicated to analyzing and shaping Pakistan's role and image on the global stage

Before joining BCPR, Ambassador Khan concluded a distinguished career in the Foreign Service of Pakistan spanning over 32 years. Throughout his diplomatic journey, Mr. Khan undertook pivotal roles in various capacities within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and across Pakistan’s diplomatic missions worldwide. Notably, he served as Ambassador of Pakistan to Afghanistan, Austria, and the Slovak Republic, as well as Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Vienna. Previously, he held diplomatic postings in significant locations such as Kabul, New Delhi, Harare, and Pakistan's Mission to the UN in Geneva.

An area of expertise for Mr. Khan lies in regional diplomacy and economic integration, reflecting his substantial contributions in these domains over the years. Notably, he served as Pakistan’s Ambassador to Afghanistan from 2020 to 2022, during which he navigated the transitional period and the Taliban's assumption of power in 2021. In recognition of his valorous service in challenging circumstances, Ambassador Khan was honored with the Sitara-e-Shujaat award in March 2023.

For any inquiries or correspondence, Mr. Mansoor Khan can be reached through the following contact details:

Email: mansoor.ahmad@bnu.edu.pk
Phone: 04238100156

Dr. Hafiz A. Pasha (Member)

Dr. Pasha has remained Dean of the School of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences and Vice Chairman of the Institute of Public Policy at BNU until 2013. He has served as Chairman of the Advisory Panel of Economists to the Planning Commission, Convener of the Economic Advisory Council of the Prime Minister of Pakistan and Chairman of the Tax Advisory Council of Federal Board of Revenue.

From 2001 to 2007, Dr. Pasha was UN Assistant Secretary General and Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific of UNDP. Dr. Pasha has held a number of important public appointments including the Federal Commerce Minister, Federal Minister for Finance and Economic Affairs, Deputy Chairman/Federal Minister of the Planning Commission, and Education Minister in three governments. He has also been the Vice Chancellor of the University of Karachi, Dean and Director of the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi, and Research Professor and Director of the Applied Economics Research Centre, Karachi.

Dr. Pasha has a M.A. from Cambridge University, U.K and PhD from Stanford University, U.S.A. He was awarded in 2005 the Congressional Medal of Achievement by the Philippines Congress.

In 2012, he received the Engro Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in the field of Social Sciences. He has published over 150 books and articles in the fields of governance, public finance, urban and regional economics, poverty and social development, industry, energy, economics etc.

Dr. Moeed Yusuf (Member)

Recognized as one of the leading scholars of his generation, Dr. Yusuf has a rich academic background, having taught Political Science and International Relations at esteemed institutions such as Boston University, George Washington University, Lahore University of Management Sciences, and Quaid-e-Azam University. He has held several significant positions throughout his career, including most recently as Pakistan’s youngest National Security Adviser. He has also been a Research Fellow at Boston University’s Pardee School and Harvard University’s Kennedy School and an Associate Vice President at the U.S. Institute of Peace. As an accomplished writer, Dr. Yusuf has published extensively. His last book, Brokered Bargaining, was published by Stanford University Press in 2018. He holds a Master's degree in International Relations and a PhD in Political Science from Boston University.

Ms. Hafsa Tanveer (Member)

Hafsa has done her MPhil in Economics from Lahore School of Economics (LSE). She holds an undergraduate degree of double majors in Economics and Finance from Lahore School of Economics. Her interest are in theoretical modelling, development economics and environmental economics.

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