Dr. Kaiser Bengali
Kaiser Bengali is an economist with over 35 years experience in teaching, research and policy advice in Pakistan He has a Masters in Economics from Boston University, USA, and a PhD in Economics from University of Karachi, Pakistan. He has taught and conducted research at prestigious institutions in Pakistan, such as, the Applied Economics Research Centre, University of Karachi, Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science & Technology, and was Managing Director of the Social Policy & Development Centre, Karachi.
His areas of research interest include issues in planning & development and macro-economic and fiscal policies, particularly relating to inter-personal and inter-regional inequality, poverty, unemployment, and social justice, urban and regional planning, decentralization and local government and finance, education, and ethnic, sectarian and religious militancy and violence. His areas of expertise and experience include political management of planning & development, management of institutions, personnel and finance.
He has also served in a number of government positions. Till recently, he was Consultant for Economic Affairs and Head of the Chief Minister’s Policy Reform Unit, Government of Balochistan. Earlier, he was Advisor to the Chief Minister of Sindh for Planning & Development. He was also the first head of the Benazir Income Support Programme and designed the programme. He was also Sindh’s representative on the 7th National Finance Commission, which gave a successful Award. He has now been nominated on the 8th NFC to represent Balochistan.
His international teaching, research and consultancy experience includes work at the Institut Universitaire d’Etudes du Developpment, University of Geneva, Switzerland, and the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK, and with international organizations in Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Eritrea and Kenya.
He has over 35 research publications in national and international journals and conferences and he is the author/editor of 8 books on subjects ranging from unemployment, inequality and poverty to education, water, gender, and regional development. He has regularly contributed articles on economic and political issues in newspapers and appears on electronic media.
Kaiser Bengali has been active politically since his student days. Upon joining the University of Karachi in 1972, he co-founded the Pakistan Liberal Students, which ended the Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba’s decade and a half rule in the University’s Student Union elections of 1975. He has worked with trade unions for workers’ rights and co-founded the Pakistan Institute of Labour Education & Research. He has also been part of all campaigns for democracy, human rights, media freedom, women’s rights, and the rights of the under-privileged. He co-authored the Pakistan Peoples Party White Paper “How an Election was Stolen”, which documented the rigging of the 1990 General Elections and has been associated with the Pakistan Peoples Party and other progressive political parties since.