dr.saira

Dr. Saira Ahmed (PhD IMT Institute for Advanced Studies, Italy)

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
PROFILE SUMMARY

Dr. Ahmed received Ph.D. in Economics, Markets and Institutions from the IMT Institute for Advanced Studies, Italy, where she conducted multi-disciplinary research. She was a visiting scholar at the Ca’foscari University of Venice and the ENI Foundation for International Trade, Energy and Climate, Italy. The research included significant liaison with Monash University, Australia and the Global Trade Center of the Purdue University, USA and has resulted in numerous funded research projects. She has also worked with the Ministry of Planning and Development (in the Monitoring and Evaluation team) and the Pakistan Institute for Trade and Development on their project with International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington D.C. At CUST, she is teaching courses in Economics, International Business and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) along with supervising MS and PhD. scholars. She organizes regular talks of leading industry and public-sector heads aimed at strengthening the industry-policy-academia nexus. Dr. Ahmed was recently elected as the Secretary of Higher Education Commission’s National Curriculum Revision Committee for Economics.

QUALIFICATION
PhD Economics, Markets, Institutions IMT Institute for Advanced Studies, Italy 2010
BSc. (Hons) Economics London School of Economics (LSE) 2006
A – Levels Economics, Mathematics, English Beaconhouse Margalla Campus 2002
TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Visiting Faculty Muhammad Ali Jinnah University, Islamabad Campus 2014 – 2015
Teaching Assistant University of London (undergraduate program) 2004 – 2003
MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE
Researcher on Tax Policy Poverty and Economic Policy (PEP) Network, Canada 2008 – 2014
Research Assistant (Environmental Economics) IUCN-The World Conservation Union 2006 – 2007
MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES
GTAP Network (Global Trade Analysis Project) Purdue University, USA
HONORS & AWARDS
1. Member of Committee for Evaluation of Economic Manifestos for General Elections 2018 constituting of parliamentarians, academicians, researchers and think-tanks.
2. Fluenct in Italian language. Awarded the B2 level language certification by the University of Siena, Italy.
3. Nominated as Head of the Pakistan-Italy Alumini Network by the Italian Embassy in Pakistan.
4. Granted the opportunity to attend numerous seminars and conferences to discuss research progress with senior researchers at ENI Oil and Gas, Research Foundation, Italy.
5. Selected as 2005 Regional Youth Leader by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Hence, represented Pakistan in the Young Leaders Conference in Khatmandu, Nepal.
6. Distinction awarded in Public Sector Economics from the University of London.
7. Distinction awarded in International Economics from the University of London.
8. 2006 PhD scholarship granted by Fondazione Lucchesse of Tuscany Region and the Government of Italy
RESEARCH AREAS / INTERESTS

1. International Trade;
2. Public Finance, Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) Modelling;
3. Climate Change;
4. Water modelling
5. Sustainable Development

RESEARCH PROJECTS
Incorporating Virtual Water Trade in Modeling FEEM Italy 2007 – 2008
Taxation Reforms: A CGE-Microsimulation Analysis for Pakistan MPIA 2007 – 2012
Global Financial Crisis, MDGs and Choices for Pakistan’s Inclusive Development PEP Network Extended to three years 2010 – 2013
Simulating the Distributive Impacts of Different Growth Strategies in Pakistan PEP Network, University of Laval, Canada Continued till the completion of the project 2010 – 2016
Simulating impact of chinese investments on growth, employment and poverty in Pakistan PEP Network, University of Laval, Canada 2017 – 2018
Making CPEC inclusive for unskiled labour CoE-CPEC, Planning Commission, Islamabad 2017 – 2018
RESEARCH SUPERVISION
1. PhD Empirical investigation of Corporate Governance Dynamics (under evaluation)
2. MS Relationship between FDI and Financial Market Development: Evidence from South Asia
3. MS The impact of excess cash holdings on the value of the firm and stock return
4. MS Bilateral exchange system and FDI inflow: Evidence from South Asia
5. MS Ethical leadership and its impact on Productivity of Project Performance
6. MS Impact of safety climate on safety behaviour in projects
7. MS Measuring investor sentiments in South Asian countries using macroeconomic variables
BOOKS CHAPTERS
  1. “Public Infrastructure and Economic Growth in Pakistan: A Dynamic CGE-Microsimulation Analysis”(2013) Book Chapter published in Springer book on “Infrastructure and Economic Growth in Asia”
JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS
1. S Ahmed, A Vaqar, A Abbas, “Taxation reforms: A CGE-microsimulation for Pakistan “, MPIA Paper, PEP Network, Canada, 2012
2. S Ahmed, A Vaqar, S Sohail, “Trade agreements between developing countries: a case study of Pakistan-Sri Lanka free trade agreement”, Scholarly Journal of the University of Munich, 2010
3. A Saira, D. Cathal, “Reforming indirect taxation in Pakistan: A macro-micro analysis”, e-Journal of Tax Research, 2011.
4. M Afkar, A Saira, “Do Board, Audit and Cultural Dynamics affect Firm Performance? Evidence from Karachi Meezan Index”, Journal of Islamic Business and Management, Vol 8, Issue 2, July-Dec 2018.
CONFERENCE PUBLICATIONS
1. “Assessing the Poverty-Environment Nexus in Pakistan” 2009 conference of Pakistan Society of Development Economics by PIDE, Islamabad.
2. “Simulating macro-economic models for an open economy using EXTER model” May 2010 Brown bag seminar at IMT Institute for Advanced Studies, Lucca, Italy.
3. “Constructing a SAM (Social Accounting Matrix) for Pakistan”, Conference on General Equilibrium Modelling by South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE) in Nepal, April 2012.
4. A. Saira, J. Asad, “Investigating the Success of Bilateral Trade Agreements between Central and South-Asia”, Presented in November 2016 at Centre of Excellence for China Studies, Government College University, Lahore.
5. “Pakistan’s Water Governance”, 2016 Summer School at WIT Centre, LUMS Lahore.
6. “Welfare and Economic Impact of Food and Financial Crisis in Pakistan”, Presented in August 2017 at a joint conference of the departments of Economics of University of Peshawar and Quaid-e-Azam University at Baragali Campus, Abottabad.
7. “CPEC for informal labour sector”, (forthcoming) conference of NED University, Karachi, December 2018

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