Series: Pakistonomy

Episode 57 – Sehat Kahani

Bringing Telemedicine to Pakistan Uzair speaks to Dr. Sara Saeed Khurram and Dr. Iffat Zafar Aga, the co-founders of Sehat Kahani. In this discussion we talked about the startup, which has recently raised $1 million in a funding round, its growth strategy, and what it is like to be a female founder of a startup…

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Episode 56 – Achieving State Bank’s Autonomy

Urdu Discussion on SBP Amendments In this episode, Uzair talks to regular guest Ammar Khan about the proposed amendments to the SBP Act. They talked about whether giving autonomy to the SBP will lead to bankruptcy, how inflation is a major issue that needs resolution, and what the process ought to be in order to…

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Episode 55 – Sustaining Pakistan’s Economic Growth

This is episode is in Urdu so that a wider audience can understand why Pakistan’s economy cannot maintain high rates of growth over long periods of time. To understand the reasons for this, Uzair spoke to Dr. Sajid Amin Javed, who is a Research Fellow and heads Policy Solutions Lab at Sustainable Development Policy Institute…

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Episode 54 – India’s Economic Reforms

Since the onset of the pandemic, the BJP government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has pushed forward a whole host of reforms, including much-needed changes to India’s farm laws. Farmer protests, however, have caused many to focus on the everything but the core components of these reforms and what they seek to achieve. In…

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Episode 53 – Women and the Economy

There is systemic exclusion of women in Pakistan’s economy and the drivers of this systemic exclusion are poorly understood by most. In this episode, Uzair talks to Dr. Hadia Majid about the role of women in Pakistan’s economy and the unique and diverse challenges they face in the country. Dr. Hadia Majid is an Assistant…

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Episode 52 – Reimagining Learning

Uzair talks to Pramath Sinha about Harappa Education, an education startup offering the foundational skills critical to achieve professional success and personal meaning. Pramath is a trailblazer in many different fields, including education. He served as the Founding Dean of Indian School of Business (ISB), which just got ranked as the best business school in…

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Special Episode – A Conversation with Zarrar Khuhro

In this special episode, Uzair talks to Zarrar Khuhro about a whole host of issues, focusing on the rise of illiberal populism around the world. Zarrar is a co-host of the show Zara Hat Kay which airs on Dawn News and writes a weekly column for Dawn.

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Episode 51 – Modernizing Food Retail

Uzair talks to Jarrar Shah about his startup 24Seven.pk, an online Grocery Shopping platform based in Lahore. The 24SEVEN journey started from his farm when he painfully found out how he was getting no premium for growing graded, good quality produce in the off season and consequently decided to create an alternative marketing channel for…

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Episode 50 – Making India Great

Uzair Younus talks to Dr. Aparna Pande about her new book “Making India Great: The Promise of a Reluctant Global Power. The episode covers a wide range of topics related to India, including domestic politics, economic nationalism, the country’s foreign policy, and its relations with Pakistan. Dr. Aparna Pande is Director of the Initiative on…

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Episode 49 – The State of Media

Uzair talks to Raza Rumi about the state of media in Pakistan and the role of Nayadaur in bringing alternative perspectives into the discourse. Raza Rumi Director, Park Center for Independent Media and teaches in the journalism department; a visiting lecturer at the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs. He is also the Founding Editor of…

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