Series: Pakistonomy

Episode 67 – Pakistan’s Political Economy

Conversation with Dr. Ilhan Niaz Uzair talks to Dr. Ilhan Niaz about the structural underpinnings of Pakistan’s political economy and how things are eerily similar to the way the economy functioned during the British colonial era. This conversation focuses on Dr. Niaz’s recently-published paper “Pakistan’s search for a successful model of national political economy” which…

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Episode 66 – Oraan: Digitizing Savings

Uzair talks to Halima Iqbal, Founder and CEO of Oraan, a startup committed to the financial enablement of the underserved. This conversation focuses on how Oraan is digitizing committees, the barriers women face in terms of accessing formal financial services, and how Oraan is looking to scale its business to bridge the digital and financial…

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Episode 65 – Inside Pakistan’s Media Industry

Conversation with Wajahat Khan Pakistan’s vibrant media landscape has been facing increasing curbs in recent years. From attacks on journalists to forcing media outlets to not cover certain issues, the media industry is facing unprecedented pressures. In this episode, Uzair talks to Wajahat Khan about how the media industry operates, its structural weaknesses, and how…

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Episode 64 – Making Internet for All a Reality

Conversation with Isfandiyar Shaheen Uzair talks to Isfandiyar Shaheen about making internet access a reality for all and why this can have a transformative impact on communities around the world. Isfandiyar also shares his perspective on blockchain and cryptocurrencies, including how this emerging technology is transforming how business can be conducted. Isfandiyar is Founder &…

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Episode 63 – Potential of Agribusiness

Conversation with Ovais Zuberi, Founder of Shazday Foods n this episode, Uzair talks to Ovais Zuberi, founder of Shazday Foods, which is doing some fantastic work in Gilgit-Baltistan. This conversation focuses on the potential of agribusiness in the country, how this potential can be fully realized, and the good, bad, and the ugly about doing…

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Episode 62 – The State of Mental Health

May 10-16 is mental health awareness week and Uzair hosted Dr. Aisha Sanober Chachar to talk about mental health and illness. Dr. Aisha talked about why paying attention to mental health is important, issues people typically face, especially women and children, and how we can improve both our own mental health and support those around…

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Episode 61 – The Story of Pie in the Sky

Interview with Naila Naqvi, Founder Uzair talks to Naila Naqvi, founder of Pie in the Sky, about her entrepreneurial journey and keys to success. Pie in the Sky is a well-known bakery in Karachi and Hyderabad, with over 20 branches, employing over 400 people. Naila’s book recommendations are: Animal Farm by George Orwell Novels by…

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Episode 60 – Achieving $60 billion in Exports

In this episode, Uzair talks to World Bank economists Alen Mulabdic and Gonzalo Varela about their recent research, which shows that Pakistan’s export potential stands at $60+ billion. This discussion talks about how this potential can be realized and some of the actions that the Pakistan government is already taking to grow its exports. You…

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Episode 59 – The Economic Impact of COVID-19

Discussion with Maha Rehman Uzair talks to Maha Rehman about what the data tells us regarding the economic toll of the pandemic on Pakistani households. Maha is a Data Analytics Expert with almost a decade of experience in designing and executing evidence-based programs, products and policies to improve service delivery and impact. Previously, she has…

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Episode 58 – Changing Pakistan’s Economic Trajectory

Urdu Discussion | Dr. Shahida Wizarat Uzair talks to Dr. Shahida Wizarat about the structural underpinnings of Pakistan’s economy and why the country has gone from being a role model to a basket case. Dr. Shahida is Dean at CESD, Institute of Business Management. She has authored three books, The Rise and Fall of Industrial…

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