Education Roundtable at Harvard University, May 2016

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The second Education Roundtable, which happened to be the first international roundtable of the SOE Project, convened experts representing top universities offering programs in Education at the reputable Harvard South Asia Institute, an interfaculty international center at Harvard University that engages faculty and students through interdisciplinary programs to advance and deepen teaching and research on global issues relevant to South Asia.

The Roundtable titled, ‘Reimagining the Education School of Tomorrow’, brought together faculty from leading universities such as Harvard, Stanford, MIT, NYU, Columbia, Northwestern, Boston University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh and University of Toronto, with the aim of situating latest developments in research, thought, and best practices within the present education milieu.

LUMS Pro-Chancellor Syed Babar Ali, Vice Chancellor Dr. Sohail Naqvi, and Member of Management Committee Mr. Osman Khalid Waheed were also in attendance. The LUMS SOE was presented as providing a tangible platform where novel ideas for education could be nurtured and put into practice.

The purpose of the Roundtable was to seek individual and institutional engagement internationally, and develop possible partnerships for the SOE, in addition to seeding the idea of an International Advisory Board for the LUMS SOE. The Roundtable hoped for future systematic and repeated engagements with the key international partners.

Eminent participants of the May Roundtable deliberated on what a school of education aiming for real impact in Pakistan, and South Asia at large, would look like. Like the March Roundtable held at LUMS, the central focus of discussion remained the research, policy, and practice nexus. A summary presentation with key Roundtable findings and next steps was given. 


The following is a complete list of participants, featuring faculty members, hosts, and special guests.


Faculty member

Title, Affiliation


Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher

Senior Lecturer; Assistant Director, IEDP (Int'l Educational Development Program), University of Pennsylvania School of Education


Bilal Ahsan Malik

Allston Burr Asst. Dean of Harvard College, Leverett House; Lecturer in Anthropology at Harvard University; Ed.D., Harvard Graduate School of Education.


Dan Wagner

Professor, UNESCO Chair in Learning and Literacy; Director, International Literacy Institute; Director, International Educational Development Program, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania


Dana Burde

Associate Professor and Director of International Education, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development; affiliate of NYU Abu Dhabi; NYU Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service; Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University.


David Figlio

Orrington Lunt Professor of Education and Social Policy and of Economics; IPR Director (Institute of Policy Research), Northwestern University


David Plank

Professor (Research) and Executive Director
Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE), Stanford University


Eileen M. McGowan

Lecturer on Education; Core faculty Ed.L.D. program, Harvard Graduate School of Education


Felipe Barrera-Osorio

Associate Professor of Education and Economics, Harvard Graduate School of Education


Henry "Hank" Levin

William H Kilpatrick Professor of Economics & Education, Teachers College, Columbia University


Imran Sayeed

Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, MIT Sloan School of Management


Jenny Zapf

Director, Education Entrepreneurship Program & Senior Fellow in Education, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania


Karen Mundy

Professor, International and Comparative Education, University of Toronto


Mariam Durrani

PhD in Anthropology and Educational Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania


Muhammad Hamid Zaman

Professor, Biomedical Engineering; Professor, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Boston University


Najeeb Shafiq

Associate Professor of Education, Economics & International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh


Terrence Tivnan

Lecturer on Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education; Co-Director, Writing and Research Center



Tahir Andrabi

Professor of Economics, Pomona College; Executive Director, School of Education Project, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)


Asim Ijaz Khwaja

Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School; Steering Committee Member, Harvard South Asia Institute


Mariam Chughtai

Director Pakistan Programs, Harvard South Asia Institute; Assistant Director, School of Education Project, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS); Ed.D. Harvard Graduate School of Education


Anum Afzal

Ed.M, Stanford University; Roundtable Logistics Coordinator, Harvard South Asia Institute


Shajia Sarfraz

Ed.M (currently enrolled), Harvard Graduate School of Education; Roundtable Logistics Coordinator, Harvard South Asia Institute



Osman Khalid Waheed

President, Ferozsons Laboratories Limited; Board of Trustees, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)


Shahid Ahmed Khan

Honorary Consul General of Pakistan in Boston, Massachusetts


Sohail Naqvi

Vice Chancellor, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS); Ph.D. Electrical Eng., Purdue University


Syed Babar Ali

Pro-Vice Chancellor, Lahore University of Management Sciences


One of the most important outcomes of the May Roundtable was the Advisory Board that was established.

Advisory Board

The primary purpose for setting up the SOE Advisory Board was to establish an independent body consisting of international faculty from the field of education that would steer the long-term direction of the school. The SOE Advisory Board will follow the SSE Advisory Board model.