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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.

Thriving under the patronage of eminent personalities including the Center’s Director, Dr. Hafiz A. Pasha, BCPR is in a strategic position to benefit the policy research and practice communities from the unique experience of its diverse faculty. The BNU community has already been contributing extensively to the policy debate in the country and their counsel has been regularly sought by successive governments in their respective disciplines, both through formal institutional structures and informal exchanges.

Using cutting-edge analytical and critical thinking techniques, often developed indigenously by our experts over the years, BCPR shall furnish evidence-based research to develop specific proposals and recommendations to all relevant stakeholders for informed and inclusive policy making in Pakistan.

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.

  • Dr. Hafiz A. Pasha (Member/Director)

      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.

  • Zaeem Yaqoob Khan (Member/Secretary)

      Zaeem Yaqoob Khan is an academic, researcher and Higher Education manager with over 17 years of experience in Pakistan serving different roles in the HE sector. He has graduate degrees in Computer Science and Development Studies (Development, Technology & Policy). He has a rare honor of being less than 1% of global learners to earn a MicroMasters credential in Data Economics and Development Policy, an initiative by J-PAL, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA under the tutelage of American Economists and 2019 winners of Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo.

      His research interests include technology policy, entrepreneurship, cultural economics, evidence-based policy making and randomized control trials and field experiments.

      Currently, he is working at Beaconhouse National University (BNU) in the capacities of Executive Director of Student Affairs & External Relations and Member and Secretary of the BNU Center for Policy Research.

      Zaeem is the 2012 Fellow of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) by the US Department of State and has done advocacy, research and training projects with the World Bank Group, German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ), The Danish Centre for Culture and Development (CKU) and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Pakistan.

  • 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.  

  • Policy Papers

    The Policy Beacon (4th edition) - Unveiling Elite Capture: A Closer Look at its Impact on Pakistan's Society and Culture by Dr. Tahir Kamran

    The Policy Beacon (3rd edition) - Misperception About Technocracy as a Panacea by Dr. Tahir Kamran

    The Policy Beacon (2nd edition) - Balochistan Falls Far Behind by Dr. Hafiz A. Pasha

    The Policy Beacon (1st edition) - IMF Projections for 2023-24 by Dr. Hafiz A. Pasha

    Proposals to Address the Short Term Challenge to the Economy

    ‘Homegrown’ Reform Agenda for IMF Program

    ‘Homegrown’ Revenue Mobilization Strategy

    Economic Impact of the IMF Program

    ‘Homegrown’ Macroeconomic Framework


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