Dr. Mehar is in economics and financial research and university teaching since last twenty years. Socio-cultural aspects of the economic policies, technology and business competitiveness, Mulsim world’s economic issues, macro economic policy analysis, development planning and Corporate Financial Modeling are the areas of his interest. He is well aware about the contemporary theories and quantitative /econometric analysis with specialization in Project Evaluation and Industrial and Financial Economics.
He proactively completed several policy research studies on strategic issues including, ‘Growing Investment Opportunities and Revitalization of Financial Capital Markets in OIC Countries’, ‘UNDP Funded South-South Global Assets and Technology Exchange (SS-GATE) Program’, ‘Thar Coal Project’, ‘Alternate Energy Options including solar and wind energy’ ‘Estimation of ‘Economic Losses on War on Terror’, ‘Revamping of Gawadar Port Project’, ‘Investment Process in OIC Countries: National Experiences in Reforms and Issues’, ‘Prerequisites and Consequences of South Asian Common Stock Market’, ‘Facts about Kashmir Economy’, ‘Launching of FPCCI Business Performance Index’, ‘Power Crisis in Pakistan: Causes, Effect & Choices’, ‘Trade Competitiveness and Investment Strategies in Muslim World’, ‘Dimensions of Pak-China Economic Relations: Energy, Construction and Steel Industries’, ‘Trade Relations among ECO Member Countries’, ‘Economic Freedom: A Stimulator in Achieving Business Excellence in South Asia’, ‘Regional Connectivity in South Asia: Causality of Infrastructure, Competitiveness and Connectivity’, and ‘Common South Asian Positions on Institutional Reforms in Global Trade Regime’.
He has been participating in various governmental and multilateral agencies’ committees including ‘Cotton Crop Assessment Committee (Govt. of Pakistan)’, Working Group on Balance of Payment (Planning Commission), Independent Economist for MTDF 2005-10 (Planning Commission), Task Force on Taxation Reforms (CBR), ‘USAID Empowering Pakistan Project’, USAID Business Support Fund, UNDP SS-GATE Program, Private Sector Credit Allocation Committee (State Bank of Pakistan) and Higher Education Commission (Govt. of Pakistan).
Professional/ Work Experience:
Dr. Ayub Mehar has been working on various responsible positions in industry, financial markets and educational institutions in Pakistan. Currently, he is associated as ‘Economic Advisor’ with the SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He is also serving as ‘Research Professor’ in Iqra University Karachi.
He served Federation Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) as ‘Director General (R & D) for three years. By virtue of his position he was responsible to prepare research based policy recommendations on behalf of the Pakistan’s business and industrial community for the formulation of national economic strategies including fiscal and monetary policies and international trade and economic relations with the other countries. He has been representing FPCCI in various national and international forums like SAARC Chamber of Commerce, USAID Programs, UNDP, AFA, IMF, DFID, UNIDO and WTO etc.
He was founding ‘Dean Faculty of Management Sciences’ in the Institute of Business and Technology (BIZTEK) for more than 3 years. He launched an international peer reviewed journal – Journal of Management and Social Sciences (JMSS). Majority of the referees/ members of the editorial board of this journal are serving in the leading institutions of technologically advanced countries, e.g. Georgia Institute of Technology, John Hopkins University, Warwick University and the University of Greenwich etc.
He has also been serving as ‘Head of Research’ in All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA), ‘Head of Research’ in various securities firms in Karachi Stock Exchange, ‘Vice President and Director Academics’ in Karachi Institute of Economics and Technology (KIET) and ‘Project Economist’ in the Applied Economics Research Centre (AERC) University of Karachi.
In recognition of his expertise, the Technology Policy and Assessment Center at Georgia Institute of Technology acknowledged his membership in the distinguished panel of international experts for Indicators of Technology-based Competitiveness Project (Supported by the US National Science Foundation, United States Government).
He was appointed as “Independent Economist/ Consultant” by the President of Pakistan to write the draft chapter and evaluate the Monetary and Financial Sector of Pakistan economy for the Medium Term Development Framework (Five Year Plan) 2005-10.
He delivered lectures as trainers/ subject expert in the various programs conducted by the State Bank of Pakistan (NIBAF), National Institute of Public Administration (NIPA), Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Pakistan (ICMA), National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) and the Decentralization Support Program funded by the Asian Development Bank. He was appointed ‘Approved PhD Supervisor’ for endogenous PhD program in Pakistani pubic and private sector universities by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan. He is also a member of the ‘National Curriculum Committees’ for the curriculum development of ‘Business Administration’ and ‘Economics”, and member of the academic and governing bodies of the various educational institutions including, Business Administration Education Accreditation Council (Government of Pakistan/ HEC), Working Group on ‘Balance of Payment’ for MTDF 2010-15 (Government of Pakistan/ Planning Commission), Karachi University Business School, Department of Economics Karachi University, and Dadabhoy Institute of Higher Education.
He has also been serving as examiner, supervisor and reviewer of the thesis/ dissertations and research papers for the RMIT Australia, McGill University Canada, Queens University Canada, Chulalongkorn University Thailand, Manchester Business School, IBM, ZABIST, and Karachi University.
He is author of more than 200 publications and has been carrying out various editorial activities, including columnist (writer of ‘Economic Intelligence – a popular column) in Daily Business Recorder, Member publication committee ‘Pakistan Accountant’ (Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan), Contributing Editor Textile Asia Hong Kong, Contributing Editor International Textile Monitor Mumbai and member editorial board Muslim World Economist. Currently, he is serving as international/ associate editor of several international peer reviewed journals.
Most of his research articles have been published by internationally reputed journals, including Applied Financial Economics (Oxford / Warwick University), Managerial and Decision Economics (Emory University), Conference proceeding papers of the McGill University, Queens University, Cambridge University, RMIT Australia, Greenwich University England, The Aga Khan University and the other reputable academic publications. From citation of his research work, impact factor, and domain of references point of view, he covers a broad area. His research work is available at all well reputed citation indexes and E-libraries including ISI Thomson, RePec, SSRN, CIRANO, MPRA, University of Sussex, INGENTA, INOMICS, GDNET and British Library of Political and Economic Sciences at London School of Economics, and IDE-JETRO. His research work has also been being referred in the research reports, articles and books published by the International Institute of Economics Germany, University of Pennsylvania, the doctoral dissertations completed at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Australia, and many other reputable places. One of his publication on Muslim World was classified as ‘leading research article on contemporary issues’ by the Global Development Network. His article “From Knowledge Creation to Economic Development: Missing Links in Muslim World” has been included in the textbook for research studies - From Negations to Negotiations- published from New Delhi. Another article “Mysterious Fluctuations in Economic Development” was included in the book “Global Recession: Cause and Consequences” published from Atlantic Publishers, New Jersey. One of his research articles was published in Business Recorder as lead article at main editorial page in 6 episodes. This was placed at the website of the Ministry of Defense Pakistan. Another article on South Asian Economic Cooperation was published in 1999 and debated on various international channels. This article was widely referred by various Indian authors and journalists. Another article was referred by a leading Indian magazine in its editorial and recommended by the editor of this Mumbai based magazine that Government of India should awake to develop its industry on the lines recommended for Pakistan. Some parts of his ‘Regional Notes’ on textile economy are placed on US government official website in ‘Hot documents’.
It is also important to note that the IDEAS/ RePec (an internationally recognized think tank to collect and rank the economic research – participated by world leading economic institutions, journals and publishers including American Economic Association, Centre for Economic Policy Research UK, IMF, World Bank, and Indian Institute of Management- has placed his name at 2nd position (top 20 percent authors) in Pakistan. According to the report released by ‘REPEC’ in 2009, his name was included in the list of “World’s” top 5 percent economists whose works were highly viewed by research community.
He frequently participates in the discussions/ interviews on national/ international TV channels and leading newspapers and magazines on contemporary economic issues.
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