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Amna Sarwerread bio
Amna Sarwer, born in 1989 in Sialkot, Pakistan, is currently based in Islamabad. She graduated with a B.Sc. (Hons) Economics from the Government College University, Lahore, before completing her M.Phil in Economics at the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics in Islamabad with notable distinctions. Her Master’s thesis, for which she was awarded the prestigious HEC-UNDP research fellowship, was based on regional inequality and quality of life in Pakistan. Sarwer has more than 3 years of experience working with the government, the private sector and nonprofits on humanitarian, economic assistance and social development issues. She led country-wide discussions with parliamentarians and senators to advocate political decentralization and a pluralistic constitution while working at the Pakistan Study Group on Federalism. Currently, she is working with the Ministry of Planning Development and Reform, and with the Mayor of Islamabad on urban planning, governance, sustainable development goals and micro-planning. Sarwer is an active member of Woman Action Forum (WAF) where she advocates for the rights of women and social drop-outs in Pakistan. She has a deep academic interest in the history of socialism in China, and in the public policy and governance aspects of China’s political and planning institutions. At the Yenching Academy, she intends to concentrate in Politics and International Relations.
Syeda Maira Zamirread bio
Maira Zamir is a Fulbright Scholar and a Cornell University graduate with a Master's degree in Public Administration. Her foremost interests gravitate around building civic engagement, women empowerment, and socioeconomic development. She has pursued these ambitions in her work with various organizations including the World Bank, UNICEF, USAID, and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). Over the past couple of years, Zamir has worked on projects related to comparative public administration, e-government and socioeconomic development in Thailand, China, South Korea, Pakistan, East Africa and the United States. She has also completed the Young Development Fellowship with the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform in Pakistan. During her fellowship, Zamir co-authored a book with the Federal Minister of Planning Commission on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and prospects for Pak-China economic and geopolitical relations. She is currently working with the UN Women Pakistan's country team as a Research and Coordination Officer. She has led consultations for the first ever gender unit in the Planning Commission of Pakistan. She has research interests in Pak-China bilateral economic relations, success of mixed-economy of China and growth oriented strategies of China in the globalized world. At Peking University, she will be pursuing her Master’s degree focusing on Economics and Management. Zamir, a native of Pakistan, is currently based in Islamabad. She enjoys travelling and blogging.