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Musharraf Cyan

Research Assistant Professor of Economics
Biography

Dr. Musharraf Rasool Cyan holds a PhD in Economics from Georgia State University and MSc in Development Management from University College London. He stood first in the nationwide competitive exam for civil service in 1990 and won gold medals for his performance in the Civil Service Academy. His doctoral studies in Economics focused on pricing, consumer behavior, taxation, investment in public assets, quantitative methods and analytical tools for efficiency and effectiveness.

Dr. Cyan has wide ranging experience in implementation of public sector programs in Pakistan, assuming leadership roles from early age and managing multiple agencies under his control. In addition, he has led design and implementation of public sector reforms in senior roles. From 2002 to 2005 he led implementation of decentralization reform at the federal level under a $300 million country wide program, financed by the Asian Development Bank, that included several federal ministries, four provincial governments and all local governments across Pakistan. As part of this program, he implemented a $30 million performance enhancement program in public sector organizations. Earlier in his career, he worked in senior public sector management positions in Khyber-Pukhtunkhwa Province, where as Chief Economist he spearheaded implementation and management of the province’s multi-billion rupee development program and supervised a large number of projects and programs in multiple sectors. In his district and municipal assignments, he honed his skills in human resource management.

In recent years, after completing his doctorate in economics, he has worked in Cambodia, Egypt, Jordan, Macedonia, Nepal, Nigeria, Rwanda, and the United States of America. These assignments have involved public sector reforms, behavior change and economic development. He has provided technical assistance to World Bank, Asian Development Bank, United National Development Program, USAID and other international organizations.

In addition to his record of 26 years of work in service delivery and economic development, he has authored numerous reports and papers on public sector in Pakistan and has recently published a book titled Taxation for Pakistan’s Revival, Oxford University Press (2015).