Dr. Saira Ahmed


Assistant Professor

Contact Information
Phone : (051) 111-87-87-87 Ext: 221
Profile Summary
I joined the Capital University for Science and Technology in Spring 2015. I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Economics, Markets and Institutions of the IMT Institute for Advanced Studies, Italy in 2010, and I conducted my research for the PhD dissertation as a visiting scholar at the University of Venice and the ENI Enrico Mattei Foundation for international trade, energy and climate research at Venice and Milan, Italy in 2007-2009. The research included significant liaison with Monash University, Australia and the Global Trade Center of the Purdue University, USA. My PhD dissertation comprises of three published articles that focus on trade, corporate taxation and external shocks in a crisis.
PhD Economics, Markets, Institutions IMT Institute for Advanced Studies, Italy 2010
BSc. (Hons) Economics London School of Economics (LSE) 2006
A - Levels Business group Beaconhouse Margalla Campus 2002
O - Levels Business group Beaconhouse Margalla Campus 2000
Visiting Faculty Muhammad Ali Jinnah University, Islamabad Campus 2014 - 2015
Teaching Assistant University of London (undergraduate program) 2004 - 2003
Researcher on Tax Policy Poverty and Economic Policy (PEP) Network, Canada 2011 - 2014
Research Assistant (Environmental Economics) IUCN-The World Conservation Union 2006 - 2007
GTAP Network (Global Trade Analysis Project)
Purdue University, USA
Honors & Awards
Fluenct in Italian language. Awarded the B2 level language certification by the Foreign University of Siena, Italy.
Nominated as Head of the Pakistan-Italy Alumini Network by the Italian Embassy in Pakistan.
Granted the opportunity to attend numerous seminars and conferences to discuss research progress with senior researchers at ENI Oil and Gas, Research Foundation, Italy.
Selected for the Annual Mentor Program by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) for the Reuters News Agency in Islamabad, Pakistan.
Selected as 2005 Regional Youth Leader by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Hence, represented Pakistan in the Young Leaders Conference in Khatmandu, Nepal.
Distinction awarded in Public Sector Economics from the University of London.
Distinction awarded in International Economics from the University of London.
2006 PhD scholarship granted by Fondazione Lucchesse of Tuscany Region and the Government of Italy
Research Areas / Interests
Macroeconomics, International Trade and Finance, Taxation, Public Finance, Climate Change Policy and Strategy Management, Natural Resource Management, Water pricing, Globalization and Regionalism, Sustainable Development, Political Economy.
Research Projects
Incorporating Virtual Water Trade in Modeling FEEM Italy 2007 - 2008
Taxation Reforms: A CGE-Microsimulation Analysis for Pakistan MPIA 2007 - 2012
Global Financial Crisis, MDGs and Choices for Pakistan’s Inclusive Development PEP Network Extended to three years 2010 - 2013
Simulating the Distributive Impacts of Different Growth Strategies in Pakistan PEP Network, University of Laval, Canada Continued till the completion of the project 2010 - 2016
Research SUPERVISion
PhD Measurement Effect does matter: An empirical Study of Firm Size and Performance in Empirical Corporate Finance In the context of Emerging Economies
PhD Impact of corporate governance, ownership structure and culture on capital structure in developed and developing economies
MS The impact of excess cash holding on the value of the firm and stock return
    Journal Papers
  • Saira Ahmed, Vaqar Ahmed, Safdar Sohail, "Trade agreements between developing countries: a case study of Pakistan-Sri Lanka free trade agreement", Scholarly Journal of the University of Munich, Vol: 30, 2010
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