Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Contemporary South Asia

COVID-19 in South Asia: Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka

Friday, April 17, 2020

9:30am – 11:00am

This virtual seminar, which will focus specifically on Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, is part of an ongoing series focused on how governments in South Asia are tackling Covid-19. 

Adnan Khan, a Professor in Practice at the LSE School of Public Policy, will report on Pakistan. He has previously served as Research and Policy Director at the International Growth Centre and as visiting faculty at Harvard Kennedy School. Earlier he had served as a civil servant in different positions in Pakistan for over 10 years. 

Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, a Professor of Economics at Yale University, will report on Bangladesh. Mobarak is the founder and faculty director of the Yale Research Initiative on Innovation and Scale (Y-RISE). He holds other appointments at the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at MIT, the International Growth Centre (IGC) at LSE, and Innovations for Poverty Action. Mobarak has several ongoing research projects in Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, India, Indonesia, Kenya and Malawi. He conducts field experiments exploring ways to induce people in developing countries to adopt technologies or behaviors that are likely to be welfare improving.

Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, the founder Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA), will report on Sri Lanka. He is a member of the Foreign Policy Advisory Group and of the Board of the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International and Strategic Studies. He has presented papers on governance and peace in Sri Lanka at a number of international conferences and is widely quoted in the international and local media.

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