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Dr. Nadeem Javaid

Strategy & Economics

Dr. Nadeem Javaid has over 20 years of experience in academia, financial industry and policymaking. From August 2014 to October 2018, he has the privilege to be the Chief Economist of Government of Pakistan with the responsibility to advise the highest decision making forums such as Central Development Working Party (CDWP), Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC), National Economic Council (NEC) and Federal Cabinet. In his capacity as a Chief Economist, he supervised the preparation of the 11th and 12th National Five Year Plans besides finalizing the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Long term Plan (2016-30). The rigorous CPEC negotiations between China and Pakistan spanned over two-year period. The result is an approved document delineating the aspirational goals of both nations and a framework of cooperation worth $60 Billion of Projects under Chinese flagship Belt and Road Initiative.

Also, Dr. Javaid served as an ex-officio Member of Economic Policy & Planning at the Planning Commission chaired by Prime Minister of Pakistan. He also served as Member Policy Board of Accountant General of Pakistan Revenue, Member National Accounts Committee and Member BoG CPEC Center of Excellence at PIDE University, Islamabad. In addition, he contributed as a member of the Working Group on Regulatory Reforms at the Economic Reforms Unit, Ministry of Finance.

Dr. Javaid also served as an Advisor to the Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform. His advisory responsibilities included undertaking reviews, analyze policies and institutional structures, identifying challenges and recommend reforms for national development. In this capacity, Dr. Javaid has the honor of preparing the Vision 2025 of Pakistan as a lead author. Besides, the task involved developing a consensus among different stakeholders including line ministries and provincial governments, and devising an implementation and communication strategy. Moreover, he has central banking experience at the State Bank of Pakistan where he conducted compliance and risk-based on-site inspections of banks and non-banking financial institutions of the country.

Further, Dr. Javaid has taught to postgraduates and executives at Suleman Dawood School for Business, Lahore University of Management Sciences and SKEMA Business School, France, where he taught Economic Policy, Innovation Strategy, Organization and Dynamics of Financial System, Financial Markets and Issues in Corporate Finance to its executive and postgraduate programs. Dr. Javaid has also served as an Associate Dean at Karachi School of Business and Leadership. He regularly contributes as a resource person in various capacity building trainings of senior Government officials at the National Institute of Management, National School of Public Policy, National Defense University and Air War College.

During his PhD, he remained associated with the Group of Research on Law, Economics and Management at National Center for Scientific Research (GREDEG-CNRS), Sophia Antipolis, France. His PhD dissertation highlights the role of the financial sector in driving successful technological change in an economic system.


PhD in Economics, GREDEG-CNRS, Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis. France
Thesis Title “Financial System and Technological Catching-Up; A Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis of the Wealth of Nations” 2011

M2/MS: Economics of Innovation and Industrial Dynamics, Institute d’Administration des Entreprises
Université de Nice -Sophia Antipolis.
Thesis Title" Corporate Diversification, Export Performance and Economic Growth; A Case Study of South Korea"

Course Intensif de Français Spécialisé en Economie
Centre Universitaire d’Etudes Françaises (C.U.E.F)
Université Stendhal – Grenoble 3, France

Certificate d’Etudes de Langue Française
Alliance Française D’Islamabad
French Cultural Center, F-7/2, St # 18
Islamabad, Pakistan.

Professional Trainings

Certificate of Training in Banking and Finance
National Institute of Banking & Finance,
Islamabad, Pakistan

7th HRDC Faculty Orientation Program Institute of
Administrative Sciences University of the
Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan

Scientific Writing Skills
30 hours training organized by College of Doctoral Studies, UNICE.

Scientific Presentation Skills
30 hours training organized by College of Doctoral Studies, UNICE

Discovering the Enterprise
15 hours of Training to setup a small enterprise, organized by Faculty of Law,
Political Science & Economics, UNICE.

Education, Leadership & Entrepreneurship International
Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)US Department of State,
Washington, DC.

3 weeks visit to USA to explore how universities, businesses and civil society work together to solve the socioeconomic problems.

Escaping Middle-Income and Productivity Trap
Korea Development Institute, Korea
Korea Development Institute and the Asian Foundation organized 2 weeks study/visit program for Pakistani and Sri Lankan delegation on Sustainable Development of Middle-income Countries: Korea’s Experience and Practices.

2014 - 2018:

Chief Economist,
Ministry of Planning, Development &
Reform, Government of Pakistan


Policy Advisor
Ministry of Planning, Development &
Reform, Government of Pakistan.

2012- 2014

Associate Dean/ Faculty Member

2011- 2012:

Assistant Professor
Suleman Dawood School of Business,
Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore

2008 – 2011:

Adjunct Faculty Member
SKEMA Business School, France.

2005- 2011:

Department of Economics
University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan.

2003 - 2005:

Assistant Director/ Inspecting Officer
Banking Inspection Department
State Bank of Pakistan, Karachi, Pakistan.

1999- 2003:

Department of Economics
The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Pakistan.

Keynote Speeches, Panelist and Chair

  • Panel discussion on “The road to naya Pakistan is throng with pitfalls” AERC Annual International Conference, Serena Hotel, Islamabad, 19-20 November, 2019
  • Panel discussion on “Leveraging Karachi for CPEC” at 5th Deans and Directors Conference, organized by NBEC, Higher Education Commission, Pearl Continental Hotel, Karachi, 5-6 February 2018.
  • Keynote Speech as Head of Pakistan’s delegation “Investment Climate of Pakistan” at OBOR Seminar, China Development Bank, Beijing, 18 April 2017.
  • Keynote address “CPEC and Financial Integration” at International Forum on Unlocking Islamic Finance Potential” at Center for Excellence of Islamic Finance, IBA Karachi, 17 January, 2017.
  • Keynote on “CPEC: Rationale & Socioeconomics” at The Julis - Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy & Finance, 19 October 2016, Princeton University, USA.
  • Chaired Panel discussion on “Economic and Institutional Landscape” at Regional Conference on Risks and Solutions: Adaptation Frameworks for Water Resources Planning, Development and Management in South Asia, 12-13 July 2016, Hilton Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • Panel discussion on “Pakistan and Climate Change” at Regional Exchange - Budgeting for Climate Change: A Collaborative Approach for Effectiveness, 4-5 April 2016, Kathmandu, Nepal.
  • Panel discussion on “Productivity led growth and Development” at 31st PIDE-PSDE International Conference - Effective Strategies for Transformational Growth, 17-19 December 2015, the Marriot Islamabad, Pakistan.
  • Keynote on “Directions for Economic Reforms” at 4th International Conference - National Evaluation Capacities for Development, 26-30 October 2015, Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Chaired technical session on “Rural Pakistan: Entrepreneurship, Land and Political Economy” at 30th PIDE-PSDE International Conference - Poverty, Inequality and Economic Growth, 2-4 December 2014, Pak China Center Islamabad, Pakistan.

Dr. Javaid firmly believes that technology is an imperative determinant of economic growth; whereas technological change takes place in the framework of a complex process of institutional embeddedness, in which policies and institutions co-evolve with the macroeconomic environments. Therefore, he contends that differences among financial institutions and financial sector policies within the framework of "national system of innovation" have strong potential to explain the nature and causes of the differences of the wealth of nations. Following this context his research and teaching interests revolve around Financial System, Macroeconomics, Business Government Relations, Innovation & Technological Change, Industrial Organization and Corporate Strategy. Dr. Javaid has presented his research work at several International peer reviewed conferences.


  • Javaid, M.N., and Saviotti, P.P. (2012), “Financial System and Technological Catching-up: An Empirical Analysis” Journal of Evolutionary Economics: Volume 22, Issue 4, Page 847-870.
  • Javaid, M.N., and Saviotti, P.P. (2013), “Is There a Recipe for Increasing the Export Variety of Nations” Book Chapter # 21 in “Long Term Economic Development, Economic Complexity and Evolution”, Edited by A. Pyka and E.S. Andersen, Springer, Germany.
  • Afzal, M; Ahmed, G; and Javaid, M.N. (2017), “ Empirical Assessment of Climate Change on Agricultural Crops for Pakistan: A Panel Data Analysis” International Journal of Food and Agricultural Economics: Volume 5, issue 2, Page 59-68
  • Javaid, M.N., Naveed, I., and Ahmed, G., (2017) “What Drives the Quality of Institutions in Asian Economies? Directions for Economic Reforms” Journal of South Asian Studies: 05(03) Page 127- 139
  • Javaid, M.N., and Sharik, A. R (2018) “Political Economy of Taxation in Pakistan: Replace or not to replace GST with VAT?” forthcoming Asian Journal of Management Cases.
  • “Productivity Dynamics; A case of Pakistan” under review process in Journal of South Asian Development.

Op-eds in National Newspapers

  • Shaping growth, Dawn, 15 March, 2020
  • Lives versus livelihoods? Business Recorder, 23 April, 2020

Official Documents as Chairman/lead Review Committee

  • Vision 2025: A document, approved by National Economic Council, which outlines the development philosophy of the government of Pakistan.
  • 11th and 12th Five Year Plans: A publication that aligns the initiatives and efforts of all the line ministries to achieve high growth trajectory. Federal Cabinet, National Economic Council and Parliament of Pakistan have approved it.
  • Government of Pakistan’s Annual Plans 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2017-18
  • China Pakistan Economic Corridor Long-term Plan (2016-2030)

Peer Reviewed International Conferences

  • “Financial System, Corporate Diversification and Technological Catching-up: South Korea; an imitator to innovator” Presented at GLOBELICS Academy on Innovation and Development, 2 -13 June 2008, University of Tempere, Finland.
  • “Is There a Direction in Economic Development? And, if so, what does it imply for emerging countries?” with P.P. Saviotti. 6th GLOBELICS Conference, 22 - 24 September 2008, Mexico City.
  • “Financial System and Technological Catching-Up: Organization & Dynamics: An Overview” Presented at Thematic Meeting of the French Economic Association “Firms, Markets and Innovation” 25 - 26 June 2009, Sophia Antipolis, France.
  • “Financial System and Technological Catching-up; An Empirical Analysis: Is there a Recipe for Increasing the Export Variety of the Countries? Presented at 13th Conference of the International Joseph A. Schumpeter Society, 21- 24 June 2010, Aalborg University, Denmark.
  • “Financial System and Technological Change: An Investigation into the Wealth of Nations” presented at the 8th GLOBELICS International Conference, 1- 3 November 2010, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • “Export Variety and the Catching-up of Countries” with P.P. Saviotti, presented at the 8th GLOBELICS International Conference, November 1- 3, 2010, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • “What Drives the Quality of Institutions in Asian Economics? Directions for Economic Reforms” presented at the 27th Annual Conference of the Pakistan Society of Development Economists, 13 -15 December 2011, Marriot, Islamabad, Pakistan.

Research Grants

  1. Doctoral Scholarship (2006-10) - Franco-Pak Scientific and Technical Cooperation Program
  2. The Global Network for the Economics of Learning, innovation and Competence Building Systems (GLOBELICS) for attending PhD Academy at Tampere, Finland (June 2008).
  3. Dynamics of Institutions and Markets in Europe, DIME-Network Doctoral Mobility Grant for short stay at Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo, Norway (June 2009)
  4. EGIDE: Project COFECUB n° 21692RM for conducting research and visiting Brazil in a joint project with Pier Paolo Saviotti and José Eduardo Cassiolato (2010-2011).