Mr. Abbasi is an international project management, research and evaluation specialist. He is working with the development sector since 1998 and has worked with many national and international development players such as United Nations University (UNU), International Development Centre of Japan (IDCJ), Oxford Policy Management (OPM), Management Systems International (MSI), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Plan International, Oxfam GB, Save the Children, UK, Action Aid Pakistan, International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN), Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI), Intermedia/Democracy Reporting International, Sungi Development Foundation, and National Commission for Human Development (NCHD).
He has undertaken research and evaluation work around the issues of disaster management, governance, economic growth, trade and industrial development, peace building, cash for work, federalism, gender and empowerment, post-conflcit reconstruction, and corporate agriculture. In addition, he regularly contributes opinion articles on issues of social and economic development in leading newspapers of Pakistan.
Having been awarded one of the most prestigious British Chevening Scholarship from the British Government, Mr. Abbasi holds M.Sc. in ‘International Development: Industry, Trade and Development which was part of the Development Economics and Public Policy cluster from the University of Manchester, UK. He is member of many professional bodies including the Population Association of Pakistan, Pakistan Society of Development Economists, and the Chevening Alumni Association of Pakistan. Mr. Abbasi has also taught courses on Develooment Economics, Human Development and Capability Approach, Industrialisation in Less Developed Countries and supervised research work at the Iqra University and SZABIST in Islamabad, Pakistan.
He aims at contributing excellent quality managerial, research, evaluation (assessment) and advisory services for programmes and projects related to disaster management, social protection, trade and industrial development, and institutional reforms.