Asad has been with the Collective for Social Science Research since its inception, but actively started working as Senior Research Associate in 2003. Previously, Asad has worked as Senior Economist at the Social Policy Development Centre from 1995 to 1997. He was then Director of Research at the Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research from 1997 to 2000. In 2001-02, he was Visiting Research Fellow at the Applied Economics Research Centre (AERC), University of Karachi. In 2002-03, Asad was awarded a fellowship by the Asia Scholarship Foundation to conduct research on Thailand. He was associated with them as a Research Fellow at the Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok.