BPF Young Professionals Programme: LSE Future of Pakistan Conference, London School of Economics
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04/11/2017 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE


Event Start Date:
14th December 2017
Event End Date:
14th December 2017
Event Venue:

BPF partnered with the LSE Pakistan Development Society, LSE Pakistan Society and LSE South Asia Centre on the LSE Future of Pakistan Conference on the 4th of November at the London School of Economics, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE, from 9:00am to 5:00pm. The Future of Pakistan Conference was bigger and better this year and the 3 panels (Politics, Economics and Foreign Policy) consisted of sitting ministers, prominent politicians, leading academics and journalists to explore tangible solutions to Pakistan’s pressing problems and build a strong narrative for Pakistan.

We would like to extend our gratitude to all our distinguished speakers below!


Keynote speakers:

  • His Excellency Syed Ibne Abbas (the High Commissioner for Pakistan to the UK) – He inaugurated the Conference.
  • MrShahidKhaqanAbbasi (The Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan) – He will deliver the Keynote Address (via video conference) to conclude the Future of Pakistan Conference. He was available for a live Q&A session with the audience. He also announced the establishment of the Jinnah Pakistan Programme at the South Asia Centre at LSE.

Speakers for the Politics Panel (“How can democratic institutions be strengthened in the context of civil-military relations?”):

  • Cyril Almeida (Prominent Dawn Journalist, high profile writer on Civil-Military dynamics)
  • Qamar Zaman Kaira (Former Information Minister, PPP)
  • General (R) Abdul Qayyum (Retired General of Pakistan Army, and current senator) 
  • Hassan Miraj (LSE Alumni, Political Communication Practitioner, Published Author, former army Major and Retired from ISPR) – Moderator

Speakers for the Development Panel:

  • Miftah Ismail (Special Assistant to Prime Minister) – He spoke about the challenges faced by Pakistan’s economy, progress made and answered questions on the debt crisis in the country
  • DrAtifAnsar (Programme Director, MPMM, Said Business School, Oxford) – He spoke about the importance of getting professional advice and expertise when delivering large scale infrastructure programmes with specific, measurable, realistic and time-based KPIs to ensure the success of the programme.
  • Professor Adnan Khan (LSE, IGC) – Moderator


Speakers for the Foreign Policy Panel (“Challenges faced by Pakistan’s foreign policy in a complex and dynamic international environment”):

  • Sherry Rehman (Former Ambassador to the US, PPP)
  • DrFarzana Sheikh (Chatham House)
  • General (R) Abdul Qayyum (Retired General of Pakistan Army, and current senator) 
  • AamirGhauri (Editor Designate, The News) – Moderato


We would also like to thank the Communication Research Strategies (CRS), Islamabad for agreeing to sponsor his event and Pakistan High Commission for their support. 


You can view photos of this eventhere:https://www.facebook.com/pg/britishpakistanfoundation/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1644721312252538