The former member of Economic Advisory Council (EAC) and renowned Pakistani economist Asim Ijaz Khwaja has been named as the faculty director of the school’s Centre for International Development (CID) by the Harvard Kennedy School.
With this new feather in his cap, Asim is also the Sumitomo-Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development Professor of International Finance and Development at the Harvard Kennedy School, Co-Director of EPoD (Evidence for Policy Design), and co-founder of the CERP (Center for Economic Research in Pakistan). He will continue to hold these positions as well and will assume charge of the new post as director CID from 1st July 2019.
“Khwaja’s areas of interest include economic development, finance, education, political economy, public finance, and institutions. His research combines extensive fieldwork, rigorous empirical analysis, and microeconomic theory to answer questions that are motivated by and engage with policy”– said a statement issued from the school.
Asim Khwaja will be succeeding Ricardo Hausmann as director of CID.
“Asim is distinguished by his energy, excellence, and commitment to research that can help create a positive and lasting impact. I am delighted that he will lead CID” – Hausmann said.
Asim also expressed his joy, said he is ”thrilled” and looking forward to serve in the position.
“I am thrilled to take up this position and grateful for the opportunity to lead the important work of the centre. Under Ricardo’s leadership, the centre’s reach has greatly expanded. I hope to continue this expansion by leveraging the amazing talent and opportunities at Harvard to help address some of the most pressing problems we face in the world today,” – he said.
Have resigned from EAC. Painful, deeply sad decision. Grateful for chance to aid analytical reasoning but not when such values compromised. Personally as a Muslim I can't justify this. May Allah forgive/guide me&us all.Ever ready to help.Pakistan Paindabadhttps://t.co/j80LHEhfRK
— Asim Ijaz Khwaja (@aikhwaja) September 7, 2018
Congs @aikhwaja for appointment as faculty director of the Center for International Development at Harvard Kennedy School, had we not wasted two decades and muzzled extremism you would have been part of Pak economic Revival team.. https://t.co/6iCPq9Me8Z
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) April 6, 2019
People also agreed and were disappointed as well as congratulated Asim on this unmatched feat.
بہت بہت مبارک ہو
— Attaullah Khan Esakhelvi (@AttaullahKNiazi) April 6, 2019
وہ آپ کو بتانا یہ تھا کہ آپ کے کپتان کہتے ہیں کہ شدت پسند ہمارے بھائی ہیں اور آپ کے ایک بیٹسمن کا فرمان ہے کہ کوئی ہمارے شدت پسند اثاثوں کی طرف آنکھ اٹھا کر نہیں دیکھ سکتا اور وہ آپ کا چپڑاسی شدت پسندوں کے لئے جان حاضر کرنے کی بات کرتا ہے
— ایک عام آدمی (@AikAamAadmi1408) April 6, 2019
No if IK would have the balls, they would have been on the economic advisory board…
Remember, u had to take ur words back on this issue.. only cuz IK was weak.
Donur part right as government & then make wishes
— Ahsan A. Khan (@aahsunkhan) April 6, 2019
A big supporter of Imran Khan but I was very disappointed when the name of Atif Mian was excluded from Eco Revival Team, that was first compromise from IK,proved himself to b not a leader,
— Arshad Awan (@Malikawanz) April 6, 2019
Asim Ijaz is another brilliant economist Pakistan lost after he resigned from IK economic council in protest when Atif Mian was asked to step down.
We keep losing these gems & wonder why our country is struggling.
I hope one day we refuse to bow down to bigotry & intolerance.
— Shaan (@Shanyousaf6) April 6, 2019
V r proud of our Pakistani fellows like Asim Khawaja who r role model for us,but unfortunately v r hypocrite,
— Arshad Awan (@Malikawanz) April 6, 2019
Agreed. Seeds of religious hatred, social extremism and intolerance sowed in 70's and then in 80's have become a threat to the life of an educated class of Pakistanis, who sincerely want to work for the country. But we reject to avail their services based on their faith. Sad
— Amaan K. Tareen (AT) (@AmaanKTareen) April 6, 2019
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