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Pakistan @ 70: LSE Pakistan Summit 2017

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10-11 APRIL 2017



The Summit will serve a series of cumulative objectives, each building on the other, including:

  • marking the 70th anniversary of Pakistan’s birth and independence
  • showcasing LSE’s interdisciplinary strengths and expertise on Pakistan, and its comparative and applied importance
  • creating an international platform to debate and discuss topics of contemporary relevance and concern in Pakistan’s regional power on the global stage
  • repositioning academic debates about Pakistan

This event is free and open to all but registration is required.

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The Summit will cover different aspects of contemporary importance in Pakistan – and will include experts from LSE and experts from within Pakistan and abroad specialising in research on Pakistan/South Asia, and across sectors from academics to government to business to grassroots workers. By creating this collaborative platform, SAC hopes to bring the best of available academic and practical expertise from across the world to a single platform for debate, and to discuss ways forward.

The 4 broad themes in the 2017 Summit are 

  • Philanthropy and Insituition Building
  • Art and Modernity
  • The Constituition of Pakistan
  • Development 

The South Asia Centre is committed to making knowledge available for public impact, and enhance public engagement in informed decision-making processes. The event will be open to the general public, discussions will be live-streamed and recorded.

The SAC will publish all White Papers and the recordings of the discussions on its website with free public access, and download facilities.

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Summit Programme

Speaker biographies available below.

Day 1: 10 April 2017

9.30am      Registration

10am          Inauguration of Pakistan @ 70: LSE Pakistan Summit 2017 featuring                                  Dr Farrukh Iqbal (Director, IBA), Fayeeza Naqvi (Co-Founder & Chair, Aman                      Foundation), and Dr Mukulika Banerjee (Director, SAC)

11am         Panel 1: Philanthropy and Institution Building

Moderated by Malik Ahmad Jalal. Speakers: Mr Syed Babar Ali, Mr Samad Dawood, Ms Tahera Hasan, Mr Zaffar Ahmad Khan, Ms Fayeeza Naqvi

1pm           Lunch

2pm           Panel 2: Art and Modernity.

Moderated by Dr Iftikhar Dadi. Speakers: Dr Ali Nobil Ahmad, Dr Farida Batool, Mr Ali Rez, Mr Fasi Zaka

4pm           Close


Day 2: 11 April 2017

9.30am      Tea/Coffee

10am         Panel 3: The Constitution in Pakistan,

Moderated by Dr Mukulika Banerjee. Speakers:  Ms  Hina Jilani, Dr Matthew Nelson

12pm          Lunch

1pm            Panel 4: Development and Dividends,

 Moderated by Dr Adnan Khan. Speakers: Dr Faisal Bari, Dr Ishrat Husain, Dr  Farrukh Iqbal, Professor S. Akbar Zaidi

3pm            Tea and networking

4pm            Close


Girls in school in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pakistan


Philanthropy and Insituition Building

Malik Ahmad Jalal (moderator) has straddled private, public and social enterprise sector in both his work and education. Ahmad is currently the CEO of the Aman Foundation, one of Pakistan’s largest private foundation dedicated to sustainable impact within healthcare and education. He is spearheading Aman Foundation’s organizational evolution towards the next phase of sustainable, scalable and systemic impact delivery. He was previously Managing Director at Abraaj Group, and an Executive Director with Goldman Sachs. He completed his BSc. Economics from the London School of Economics and has an MPA / International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Samad Dawood is a graduate in Economics from University College London, UK and a Certified Director of Corporate Governance from the Pakistan Institute of Corporate Governance. He is Chairman of Engro Foods Limited, Director on the Boards of Dawood Hercules Corporation Limited, Dawood Lawrencepur Limited, Reon, The Hub Power Company Limited, Engro Corporation Limited and Engro Fertilizers Limited. Samad is a member of Young Presidents’ Organization, Pakistan Chapter.

Tahera Hasan is an advocate and runs the legal consulting firm Tahera Hasan & Co, and is founding Director of Imkaan Welfare Organisation, a philanthropic organisation that deals with infanticide and the abandonment of children in Pakistan. She practices law at all subordinate and high courts of Pakistan, specialising in family law and international adoption cases. Hasan is a contributing writer to World Music and She magazine, and is a founder of the Karachi Adoption Group. She is also the member of Karachi Bar Association, the Sindh Bar Council and the Sindh High Court Bar Association. 

Zaffar Ahmad Khan  is Adjunct Professor of Human Resources Management at the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi. He also teaches at the Pakistan Institute of Corporate Governance. He currently serves on the boards of Shell Pakistan, Unilever Pakistan, International Industries, Askari Bank, Acumen Fund Pakistan, and Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy. A mechanical engineer by profession, Khan is an alumnus of the University of Hawaii, Harvard Business School and INSEAD, Khan is recipient of Pakistan’s civilian award, the Sitara-i Imtiaz.

Fayeeza Naqvi is Chairman and Co-Founder of Aman Foundation. The Foundation works towards providing essential healthcare and education in Pakistan. An alumnus of LSE, Fayeeza is a Trustee of the British Asian Trust and a founding member of the Advisory Board of the LSE South Asia Centre. She has recently also joined the Board of The Malala Fund. In 2015, she received the BNP Paribas Grand Prix award for Individual Philanthropy, and in 2016 she received the Global Humanitarian Award for Woman’s & Children’s Health and the Power of Purpose award from Devex. 

Art and Modernity

Iftikhar Dadi (moderator)  is an artist and Associate Professor at the Department of History of Art and Visual Studies, and Co-Director of the Institute for Comparative Modernities at Cornell University. Iftikhar frequently collaborates with the artist Elizabeth Dadi and their works have been exhibited in many international galleries around the world. He has authored several books including Modernism and the Art of Muslim South Asia (2010), Anwar Jalal Shemza (edited; 2015) and Lines of Control: Partition as a Productive Space (co-editor; 2012). 

Ali Nobil Ahmad  is Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin, currently working on ‘Ideology and the Politics of Resources in Pakistan’s Peripheries’ while also teaching modern history and historiography. He served as Assistant Professor at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the LUMS, and was the Madeleine Haas Russell Visiting Professor in South Asian Studies at Brandeis University. He is the author of Masculinity, Sexuality and ‘Illegal’ Migration: Human Smuggling from Pakistan to Europe (2011). 

Farida Batool  is an independent artist who explores Pakistan’s political upheavals and tumultuous history. She frequently showcases her work at international art galleries around the world. Farida received her PhD from the Centre for Media Studies at The School of Oriental and African Studies, London.

Ali Rez is Regional Creative Director, Middle East & Pakistan at Impact BBDO Dubai. He has worked extensively on creative projects with a social focus. He organised a friendly cricket match between India and Pakistan in the no-man’s land between each country in 2013, and developed ‘Billbeds’, billboards that converted into beds for rough sleepers at night in Pakistan. His art installation, ‘Not A Bug Splat’, which protested against drone warfare, gained widespread media coverage and won several awards such as the Lion D’Or at the Cannes Creative Festival, and several D&AD Pencil awards.

Fasi Zaka  is television host of the political commentary programme ‘Do Raaye’on Dawn News, and of ‘The Fasi Zaka Show’ on Radio1 FM91. He hosted and scripted the popular satirical programme ‘News, Views and Confused’ on Aaj TV, which commented on the War on Terror and Emergency Rule in 2007. He has written The News International and The Friday Times. After his Master’s degree from the University of Peshawar, Zaka attended Sommerville College, University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Zaka was recognised as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2012.

The Constituition of Pakistan

Mukulika Banerjee (moderator) is founding Director of the South Asia Centre, and Associate Professor of Anthropology at LSE. Interweaving the political into social anthropology has been a core component of Mukulika’s long-standing academic engagement with South Asia. Her doctoral research, conducted in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province, studied the non-violent Pakhtun movement in the 1930s-40s; her most recent book Why India Votes? (2014) examines the reasons why despite varying odds, India’s voter graph continues to rise, making India the largest electoral democracy in the world. 

Hina Jilani  is a human rights activist and advocate at the Supreme Court of Pakistan. Jilani co-founded the first all-female legal aid practice in Pakistan, AGHS Legal Aid Cell, is one of the founders for the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, and the Women’s Action Forum. Jilani also runs, Dastak, a shelter for women fleeing violence and abuse. She has served at the UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict and is a member of the Eminent Jurists Panel on Terrorism, Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights. Jilani was awarded the Ginetta Sagan Award by Amnesty International in 2000. 

Matthew Nelson is Reader in Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). He has conducted archival, ethnographic and survey-based research in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan, and is Founding Member of the Centre for the International Politics of Conflict, Rights and Justice, and the Centre for Comparative Political Thought at SOAS. He has served on the boards of American Institute of Pakistan Studies and the South Asia Council for the Association of Asian Studies, among others. His first book is In the Shadow of Shariah: Islam, Islamic Law and Democracy in Pakistan (2011).


Adnan Khan (moderator)  is Research and Policy Director of the International Growth Centre, London Hub and a Lecturer at LSE. He is also a long-serving former member of the Pakistan Administrative Service, having worked at the Punjab Finance Department, the Sindh District Administration, the Punjab Education Sector Reform and the National School of Public Policy Pakistan. 

Faisal Bari is Associate Professor of Economics at LUMS, and Director and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Development and Economic Alternatives (IDEA), Lahore. Earlier, he was Deputy Country Director for Pakistan with the Central Eurasia Project and an education economist for South Asia at the Open Society Foundation. He is a columnist for The Nation  and he writes for Dawn.   He teaches and researches on microeconomics, industrial organisation, game theory and development.    

Ishrat Husain  is Wilson Center Public Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars since 2016. Prior to that, Ishrat served as Dean and Director of the IBA Karachi from 2008-16. At Wilson Center, he is working on a project on the decline of governance and institutional capacity in Pakistan, and how this has impacted on Pakistan’s economy. He is also Professor Emeritus at IBA, and Chairman of the Centre for Excellence in Islamic Finance. He is the author of Pakistan: The Economy of an Elitist State (1999). 

Farrukh Iqbal is Director of the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi and is a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Rafik Hariri Centre for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council. He began his career as an economist and has worked extensively in the World Bank, conducting research and publishing on poverty, small and medium enterprises, trade and foreign investment, and health, among other topics. He latest publication is Small Firm Dynamism in East Asia (co-authored; 2012).He is an alumnus of Harvard University and Yale University.

S. Akbar Zaidi is Professor of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies, and of International and Public Affairs at the Institute for Business Administration, Karachi. He has been a Visiting Professor to several institutions, including Columbia University, John Hopkins University, and a Visiting Scholar at the University of Oxford. He was a Research Fellow at University of Pennsylvania’s Centre for the Advanced Study of India in New Delhi, and a Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy. His most recent book is Issues in Pakistan’s Economy: A Political Economy Perspective (2015). 

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