I am pursuing a University College London and International Growth Centre-funded PhD focused on the political economy of infrastructure investment at the UCL Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, where I also teach MSc courses in infrastructure finance and economics.
I’ve published analytical pieces with US publications The New York Times, The Boston Globe; European publications The Financial Times, The Guardian, Internationale Politik; African publications Africa journal, The East African, New Times, allAfrica.com; and Asian publications Dawn, The News, The Friday Times, Pakistan Today, Aman ki Asha, GQ India, and the New Strait Times.
Assisting the Government of Rwanda as an embedded World Bank-funded PPP Transactions Advisor at the Rwanda Development Board between 2012-2016, I helped it execute over 30 public private partnerships for the delivery of infrastructure, concessions and joint ventures, including Kigali Bulk Water which has won several international awards. I also served the Rwandan Treasury as a Special Policy Advisor. Previously, I worked as an Investment Associate at Duet Africa Private Equity and at TLG Capital and professionally campaigned for women councilors in the 2005 Pakistan local government elections and for John Kerry in the 2004 US presidential elections.
I earned my Master of International Business degree on scholarship from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Boston with a semester exchange at HEC Paris MBA, and my BA in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
Our peripatetic parents with roots in Lahore served as NHS doctors and moved me, my accomplished journalist brother Issam, and sister Sheherbano around England. We lived mostly in Sutton, Surrey and Thurlby-by-Bourne in Lincolnshire.
Like the seasoned traveler John Smith of Lincolnshire who shared my birthday, I wooed a native beauty, Maaria Siddiqi of Long Island, from her American shores to be my wife.
That’s us on the left. Yes, I do actually play the violin. I represent my residential college (Goodenough) orchestra, as well as its cricket team as captain.