Dr. Tahir Andrabi


LUMS School of Education

Tahir Andrabi is the Dean of Syed Ahsan Ali and Syed Maratib Ali School of Education (SOE) at Lahore University of Management Science (LUMS). He envisions the School’s first degree programme, MPhil Education Leadership and Management (ELM), to produce leaders who will drive an education reform across Pakistan. He is a Stedman-Sumner Professor of Economics at Pomona College (USA) and has been a visiting scholar at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a research associate at London School of Economics (LSE) and a consultant for the World Bank. He is a co-founder and Director, Social Policy and Public Goods Program of the Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (www.cerp.org.pk) in Lahore, Pakistan. During 1999 to 2000, he served as a member of the tax and macroeconomic committees of the economic advisory board of the government of Pakistan.

He has published extensively in major economics and education journals including the American Economic Review and Review of Economics and Statistics. 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 (CIES). 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. (See The Economist magazine cover story, the American Economic Association research highlights for media coverage of education research and the AssociatedPress/Fox, Newsweek, BostonGlobe, Dailytimes, USA Today, The Guardian, the Globe and Mail and The Dawn.)

His research (LEAPS – Learning and Educational Achievement in Punjab Schools) on quality of primary education in rural Punjab has been funded over the last decade and a half by the World Bank, the National Science Foundation, the Economic and Social Research Council UK and most recently by UK DFID through the Research in Systems of Education (RISE) project. He was also the principal investigator on a National Academy of Sciences/Higher Education Commission, Pakistan grant on evaluating the recovery from the 2005 northern Pakistan earthquake. 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.

Professor Andrabi is a graduate of Swarthmore College and holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He teaches classes in economic development, game theory, and empirical microeconomics.


Dr. Mariam Chughtai

Associate Dean and Assistant Professor

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 Dean, 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

Director Academic Programs

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.


Dr. Tayyaba Tamim

Associate Professor

LUMS School of Education

Dr. Tamim is Associate Professor at School of Education LUMS. She has published and presented research papers at several national and international forums. She has led and worked on several funded research projects, in collaboration with USAID, British council and the World Bank. Her research is grounded in issues of social justice and equity in education, across language, gender, caste and religion. A key dimension of her interest is second language education, language policy and teacher education. She uses multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks to engage with these issues. This includes the use of Amartya Sen’s capability approach to human development along with the social critical theory of Pierre Bourdieu.

She has more than 20 years of teaching experience at different levels and she has held a number of leadership positions. She was Head Department of Humanities and Social Sciences & and Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in Economics and Business, Lahore School of Economics, Pakistan. Earlier, she was Director Academics at SZABIST (Shaheed Zulifkar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology) working across all its five campuses, Karachi, Larkana, Islamabad, Hyderabad and Dubai. Here, she also set up the Department of Education which offers MPhil and PhD programmes. Before, she was Assistant Professor and Programme coordinator for English Language courses at the School of Nursing, Aga Khan University. She also worked as a Principal across all the branches of Lahore Lyceum in Pakistan. As such she has led faculty teams for collaborative designing of the curriculum, and curricular retreats for its monitoring and evaluation.


Dr. Gulab Khan

Assistant Professor

LUMS School of Education

Dr. Gulab Khan is associated with the School of Education, LUMS, as an Assistant Professor. Prior to joining SoE, he assumed teaching positions at the University of Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and the National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad. At the University of Swat, he also held the position as Director Advanced Studies. In addition, he has a prolific portfolio of over 15 years in teaching, research, and educational leadership and management in the development sector, working with the Aga Khan Education Service, Pakistan, a subsidiary of the Aga Khan Development Network.

His research interests lie at the intersections of (1) equity of educational access, quality, technology, and student achievement, (2) teacher evaluation and student achievement, and (3) students’ and teachers’ voice and educational governance.

Dr. Khan has a PhD in Educational Theory and Policy from the Department of Education Policy Studies, College of Education, Pennsylvania State University. With a Bachelor’s degree from the University of the Punjab, Lahore, he also has a Master of Education (Educational Leadership and Management) from the Institute for Educational Development, Aga Khan University, Karachi, and a Master of Science in Chemistry from the Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad.


Dr. Rabea Malik

Assistant Professor

LUMS School of Education

Dr. Rabea Malik’s substantive interests lie in the areas of sociology of education and political economy of education reform in low-income country contexts. Her work explores the role of home and school contexts on access and achievement of children in schools, and policies in ensuring equal opportunities for marginalized children.  She employs statistical, sociological and ethnographic (mixed) methods in her work. For the past three years, Rabea has been studying various education reform initiatives in Punjab and Sindh, including public private partnership mechanisms (PSSP in Punjab, and the EMO model in Sindh), inclusive education pilots, and school-based management initiatives, including changes to financial and administrative autonomy available to school heads. Dr. Malik is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development and Economic Alternatives (IDEAS), and has advised Ilm Ideas, DAI Europe, and the Project Management Implementation Unit, Punjab., is the country co-I in Pakistan for Teaching Effectively All Children (TEACh), and is also part of the country team for Research on Improving Systems of Education (RISE).

Dr. Malik has a DPhil in education policy from University of Cambridge, a Masters in International Development from University of Sussex, and a Bachelors (Hons) in Economics from Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS).


Dr. Qaisar Khan

Assistant Professor

LUMS School of Education

Dr. Qaisar Khan is serving as an Assistant Professor-Tenure Track in School of Education, LUMS. Previously, he taught basic economics as a lecturer and microeconomics, development economics and research methods as teaching fellow at KDI School of Public Policy and Management, South Korea. He has also worked as a research fellow in the project titled “international study of learning in higher education” a joint collaboration of KDI School and Stanford University. Besides, he has over seven years of work experience in managing and implementing development projects with various national and international organizations in Pakistan.

Dr. Khan obtained his PhD in Development Policy from KDI School of Public Policy and Management, South Korea, and a Masters in Development Policy with majors in Public Finance and Social Policy from the same institute. His research interests lies in applied microeconomics particularly in education, health and labor. His recent research examined the causal link between fertility (quantity) and educational outcomes (quality) within families in Pakistan. His work is the first to attempt quality-quantity tradeoff in Pakistan. His research also studied the effect of family planning exposure on fertility choices and reproductive health care in rural Pakistan.


Dr. Yasira Waqar

Assistant Professor

LUMS School of Education

Dr. Yasira Waqar is an Assistant Professor at the School of Education at LUMS. During her career, she has taught university level courses in Education Technology and Research, and has worked as a consultant on several national and international projects. 

She holds a Doctorate in Instructional Technology from Columbia University, MA in Computing in Education from Columbia, B.Ed from University of Denver, and a BS in Speech Pathology from University of Nevada.  Her research focuses on meaningful use of technology to augment student learning, and in applying cognitive psychology to inculcate thinking skills in students. 

She is also a former US Certified school teacher, with several years of teaching experience at The Lahore American School and public schools in Denver. Yasira is also a trained speech language pathologist and has worked closely with children with special needs in Pakistan and UAE.