I am a postdoctoral research fellow at University College London, from where I attained a PhD in Infrastructure Economics and Finance, and am author of the forthcoming monograph The Political Economy of Hydropower Dependant Nations: A Case Study of Zambia.
In addition to several academic publications, I’ve published op-eds and blogs for advocacy (I’m an ocassional activist), information and entertainment in more popular outlets including The New York Times, the Financial Times, The Guardian, The East African, Dawn and GQ India.
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 USD 800M of infrastructure projects through public private partnerships, concessions and joint ventures, including Kigali Bulk Water which won several international awards. I also served as the Rwandan Treasury’s Special Policy Advisor on Large Investments. 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, including Barnstaple in Devon, Liverpool, Sunderland, Otley in West Yorkshire and Wolverhampton. I’ve lived 5 years each in Thurlby-by-Bourne in Lincolnshire and the London boroughs of Sutton and Camden, the latter as an adult.
Like the seasoned traveler John Smith of Lincolnshire who shared my birthday, I wooed a native beauty, Maaria of Long Island, from her American shores to be my wife. That’s us on the left. Maaria helps improve product delivery for an international pharmaceutical.
In my free time, I do Lib Dem policy work and campaigning, play violin with the Good Ensemble, captain the Goodenough College Cricket Club, read and since the first COVID19 lockdown, run.