Sohaib Athar

Sohaib works as an Urban Specialist at the World Bank in Pakistan. Prior to this, he worked with the IGC as a Country Economist in Pakistan for two years, where he helped manage our large portfolio of economic research projects. During his time at IGC, Sohaib regularly provided demand-driven policy research input and technical assistance to policymakers. He also provided input and coordinated IGC’s support in developing the Punjab Growth Strategy 2018 of the Government of Punjab which identifies area of policy reforms to achieve economic growth.

Prior to the IGC, he worked with the World Bank in Pakistan in the urban development unit, where he worked on projects ranging from municipal services improvement in small cities to governance improvement in large cities. He also worked on post-disaster recovery projects in Pakistan, and briefly in the Kyrgyz Republic helping improve that country’s capacity for post-disaster needs assessment.

Sohaib holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance from the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS).

Content by Sohaib Athar
  • Blog post

    Reforming the urban property tax in Punjab

    The government of Punjab faces a serious fiscal challenge in paying for the delivery of basic public services. Growing demands for greater accountability by voters now mean that serious efforts to reform the government’s tax capacity must be explored. This blog explores a complement of reforms to urban property tax laws that could have the potential to substantially raise...

    15 Jul 2015 | Hina Shaikh, Sohaib Athar

  • Project

    Development of Punjab Growth Strategy 2018

    Punjab has been suffering from low rates of economic growth for the past few years The province needs to grow rapidly to provide enough jobs for its increasing labour force The Chief Minister asked the IGC to help develop a growth strategy for the province The strategy has now been adopted by the Government as its official Growth...

    19 Jan 2015 | Ijaz Nabi, Naved Hamid, Ali Cheema, Syed Turab Hussain, Syed Ali Hasanain, Azam Chaudhry, Nazish Afraz, Anjum Nasim, Muhammad Farooq Naseer, Zeba Sathar, Sohaib Athar, Hina Shaikh