Kareen El Beyrouty is an Economist at Oxford Economics and was previously an IGC Fellow at the International Growth Centre. Prior to joining the IGC, she completed her Master's in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) at the Harvard Kennedy School. Her Second-Year Policy Analysis paper at Harvard focused on growth and civil conflict. In the summer of 2008, she worked at the Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey in Ankara, Turkey, focusing on clusters and competition. From 2005 to 2007, Kareen was an Analyst at NERA Economic Consulting in their Antitrust Practice in New York. She holds a BA from New York University in Economic Theory.
As the recent tragedies in Haiti and Japan demonstrate, the speed and effectiveness of a state’s response to natural disasters is critical in saving lives and helping countries re-build. Pakistan experienced a major flood last summer, and to establish entitlements, coordinate relief and ensure that no village is left behind, it was important that detailed demographic spread be available to the coordinating agency for flood relief.
The second meeting of IGC-Pakistan’s Firms’ Capabilities Research Cluster was held on 26th of April 2011, at the Rausing Centre at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) and was designed around a visit from Professor Christopher Woodruff, who directs the IGC Firms’ Capabilities Group. The meeting sought to define research questions to take this cluster forward. Participants included senior officials from the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), members of the private corporate sector, USAID Firms Project specialists and leading academics.