Usman is a Country Economist for IGC-Pakistan. Previously, he has worked in banking and finance, as well as with policymakers and researchers in the implementation of key development programmes. Following his exposure to client consulting, at the Development Bank of Singapore (DBS), Usman has managed large-scale Government of Punjab (GoPb) development projects at the Bank of Punjab (BoP) Country Office. He has also worked with Asim Khwaja on the Punjab Economic Opportunities Programme (PEOP) and coordinated for Michael Callen on a randomised controlled trial in Lahore, in an attempt to inform bilateral aid policy.
Usman holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and a Master of Science degree in Economics from the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). His master’s thesis used ideas from Greenstone and Hanna (Environmental Regulations, Air and Water Pollution, and Infant Mortality in India) and applied them to water governance in Punjab, Pakistan.