Dr. Tahir Andrabi

LUMS School of Education

Dr. Tahir Andrabi is a Professor of Economics at Pomona College where he teaches courses in economic development, game theory, international economics and empirical microeconomics. He is the co-founder and Director, Social Policy and Public Goods Program of Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (Lahore). He has also been a visiting scholar at MIT, a research associate at LSE and a consultant for the World Bank. From 1999-2000, he served as a member of the tax and macroeconomic committees of the economic advisory board of the government of Pakistan.

Dr. Andrabi is the principal investigator on the four year longitudinal study on quality of primary education in rural Punjab funded by the World Bank and the National Science Foundation. He is also the principal investigator, in a National Academy of Sciences/Higher Education Commission Pakistan grant, on evaluating recovery from the October 2005 earthquake in northern Pakistan. He co-founded the website, risepak.com, to help coordinate relief in the aftermath of the October 2005 earthquake which was awarded the Stockholm Challenge Award (2006) for the best ICT project in the public administration category.

He has published extensively in major economics and education journals. In 2007, his work on religious education in Pakistan received the George Bereday Award for the best paper published in Comparative Education Review in 2006 from the Comparative and International Education Society. His research has been covered by The Financial Times, Toronto Globe and Mail, USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, Newsweek, The Economist, Foreign Policy and news media around the world.
Dr. Andrabi holds a Doctorate in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a graduate of Swarthmore College.




Dr. Mariam Chughtai

LUMS School of Education

Dr.Mariam Chughtai is based in Pakistan where she works as Country Director Pakistan Programs for Harvard University South Asia Institute and as the Associate Director, School of Education at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS).
As a teaching fellow at Harvard University, Dr. Mariam has taught several courses at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, along with Negotiations at Harvard Law School and Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School.

In 2009, Dr. Chughtai founded the Harvard Pakistan Student Group (HPSG) with a community of less than 20 students. Three years later, she handed over an organization with over 600 members, having established HPSG as the first university-wide student organization recognized by Harvard University. These efforts trail blazed the path for 30 other university-wide student groups to emerge in HPSG's footsteps and achieve this recognition.


Dr. Chughtai has a Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) from Harvard University specializing in Education Policy, Leadership and Instructional Practice. She has two Masters’ degrees from Harvard University, in International Education Policy and Education Policy and Management, and a Bachelors in Political Science from Rice University.



Dr. Faisal Bari

LUMS School of Education

Dr.Faisal Bari is an Associate Professor of Economics at Lahore University of Management Sciences where he served as the Head of Department from 2006-2008. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors at Institute of Development and Economic Alternatives (IDEAS). He is a former Executive Director and current visiting research fellow at Mahbubul Haq Human Development Centre.

Dr. Bari has over twelve years of research experience in the field of industrial economics, development economics and education economics. Currently, he is working as Deputy Country Director for Pakistan in the Central Eurasia Project and as an education economist for South Asia at the Open Society Foundation. He has also consulted for various multi-lateral and bi-lateral agencies including the World Bank, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Department of International Development (DFID) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
He was also a columnist for English Daily, The Nation and frequently writes for DAWN.

Dr. Bari obtained a Doctorate in Economics from McGill University and a Master’s Degree in Philosophy from the University of Punjab. He has two Bachelors’ degrees, one from University of Oxford and another from Government College, Lahore.