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


Dr. Saira Ahmed is currently the team lead for PEP International (Partnerships for Economic Prosperity) and is engaged with the Covid19 response project for International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada. She is also the managing consultant for Pakistan-Italy Network (PIN). One of the latest projects under PIN involves academic collaboration with Luiss Business School, Rome, Italy and Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF). Dr. Ahmed has been involved in significant research liaison with Monash University, Australia and the Global Trade Center of Purdue University, USA, both of which have resulted in numerous funded research projects and trainings. At the Capital University of Science & Technology, she is the Director of the Directorate of Sustainability and Environment. She is also supervising research and teaches courses in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, International Business and Environmental Impact Assessment.

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
Visiting Faculty Muhammad Ali Jinnah University, Islamabad Campus 2014 – 2015
Teaching Assistant University of London (undergraduate program) 2004 – 2003
Researcher on Tax Policy Poverty and Economic Policy (PEP) Network, Canada 2008 – 2014
Research Assistant (Environmental Economics) IUCN-The World Conservation Union 2006 – 2007
GTAP Network (Global Trade Analysis Project) Purdue University, USA
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

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

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
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
  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”
1. N Hadeeqa, A Saira, M Kashif, “Relationship between FDI and Financial Market Development – Evidence from South Asian Markets”, Journal of Independent Studies and Research, Issue Dec. 2019.
2. H Abrar, A Saira, B Aamer, “Optimizing Pakistan’s Water Economy through Hydro-Economic Modelling”, Journal of Business and Economics, Issue Dec. 2019
3. Shujaa Waqar, Saira Ahmed, Iftikhar Badshah, “The Impact of Chinese FDI on Infrastructure Development in Selected African Countries”, Estudios de Economía Aplicada, Special Issue on Globalization, January 2021 (in review)
4. A Saira, B Sajid, H Abbas, “Making CPEC inclusive for informal workers”, Journal of Business Strategies, Issue June 2020
5. M Rafiq, A Saira, I Maha, “Impact of Safety Climate on Construction Projects”, International Journal of Construction Management (submitted)
6. H Abrar, A Saira, B Aamer, A Savitsky, “A new optimization approach for exploring hydropower potential of Indus Basin of Pakistan using IBMR”, Water International (submitted)
7. S Ahmed, A Vaqar, A Abbas, “Taxation reforms: A CGE-microsimulation for Pakistan “, MPIA Paper, PEP Network, Canada, 2012
8. 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
9. A Saira, D. Cathal, “Reforming indirect taxation in Pakistan: A macro-micro analysis”, e-Journal of Tax Research, 2011.
10. 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.
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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