Former EAC member Asim Khwaja named faculty director at Harvard, Fawad Ch regrets his resignation

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.


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”Have resigned from EAC. Painful, deeply sad decision. Grateful for a 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 Paindabad” – he said. 

Information Minister Fawad Ch congratulated Asim for his new achievement and deeply regretted that we had to lose such a capable man who could have contributed to Pakistan’s economy.
”Had we not wasted two decades and muzzled extremism you would have been part of Pak Economic Revival team” – he wrote. 

People also agreed and were disappointed as well as congratulated Asim on this unmatched feat. 

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