Dr. Nasir Iqbal

Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, PIDE


Professional Experience

Over the past fourteen years, Nasir Iqbal has extensively worked in the areas of trade, governance, development and design and implementation of social protection programs and other development projects. Currently, he is working as Associate Professor at Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE), the premier research institute in Pakistan. In past, he was heading the research wing of Pakistan’s largest social protection program, the Benazir Income Support Program (BISP) as the Additional Director General. He has worked as Assistant Professor and Staff Economist at PIDE. He has led the design and implementation of macroeconomic models, graduation models, socioeconomic surveys, and data quality assurance, analysis, and reporting of the social protection programs, mainly BISP.

The research literature he has produced so far include, 04 research articles on trade and policy, 08 research articles on governance, 12 research articles on socioeconomic issues, 05 book chapters on poverty, and 27 policy briefs. He has worked on 15 research projects / working papers. He has presented research articles in 04 international and 05 national conferences, and successfully secured research grant on 06 occasions. He has supervised 07 Ph.D. and 17 M. Phil students. Presently, he is supervising Ph.D. (05 students) and M. Phil students (07 students), and is working on 09 research projects. While contributing actively to the leading social protection, livelihood, education and health related programs, he has had the opportunity to work directly with the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, DFID and ILO, and MIT, Harvard and LSE universities, to name a few.

More specifically, he has produced numerous research articles, policy briefs, research projects and reports on trade, regional integration, FDI, competitiveness and governance. Research articles are published in well reputed national and international journals.

He holds PhD degree in Economics and certificates in modelling and forecasting socioeconomic issues including macroeconomics, trade and poverty. He has participated in various national and international conferences, workshops and training events. He has natural tendency to experiment with the application of new ideas, the appetite for continuous learning, and the ability to manage multiple teams simultaneously.

Work Experience

Associate Professor of Economics at PIDE(BPS-20)August 2018 to till date
Additional Director General (R&D) at BISP(BPS-19)April 2015 to-August 2018
Assistant Professor of Economics at PIDE(BPS-19)April 2014 to April 2015
Staff Economist at PIDE(BPS-17)Nov 2006 to April 2014