Dr. Khalid Mushtaq has about two decades of professional experience in the areas of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Marketing, Agricultural Finance, Agricultural Policy & Development Planning.  He is currently working as an Associate Professor in Agricultural Economics at Institute of Agricultural & Resource Economics, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad. He completed his PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK and M.Sc. (Hons) & B.Sc. (Hons) Agricultural Economics from the University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Pakistan.

Dr. Khalid also acted as nominee director of Security and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) at Pakistan Mercantile Exchange (PMEX) where he worked on a Project “Development of Local and Global Electronic Trading Platform for Agri. Commodities and Cross listing of local commodities with regional exchanges”.

He also worked as Chief Economist, Planning & Development Department, Govt. of the Punjab where he was involved in Formulation, review, implementation and monitoring of development plans; Providing input to government on development policy formulation; Economic analysis of development projects; Undertaking research on issues facing the Punjab Economy; Representing government on various economic forums; Negotiating with Donors, NGOs and other non-state stakeholders. He was also a part of World Bank Punjab Jobs and Competitiveness Mission.

He has worked as Agricultural Economist at the National Institute of Banking & Finance, State Bank of Pakistan, Islamabad where he was part of a Study on “Who is the Aarthi: Understanding the commission agent’s role in the agriculture supply Chain-Findings from a Scoping Study in Pakistan’s Punjab” financed by International Growth Centre. This study provides insights into the role of middlemen in meeting the financial needs of smallholders. He also planned and executed Training Programs for Agri. Credit Officers of Banks across Pakistan.

He also served as Consultant with CHEMONICS, IFC, World Bank, FAO. He had completed study with IFC on “Agriculture Value Chain Financing: Mapping of Agriculture Sector in Pakistan including Ranking of Key Value Chains and Major Agriculture Districts in Pakistan” and “mapping the Value Chain Financing Opportunities for banks in cotton and sugarcane crops in Bahawalpur and Rahim Yar Khan Districts respectively. Currently he is engaged with IFC on a Study “to map and study the data availability and usability for development of credit scoring model for Agri. Borrowers”. His engagement with FAO was to provide training to trainers on Farmer Business School and Climate Smart Village approach under Building Disaster Resilience in Pakistan Project (BDRP) on the topics “Identifying market opportunities and Market chain assessment” and “Agriculture Market, Agri-Business support services in Pakistan including technology, loan, market information and market logistics”. In addition to that Dr. Khalid has published several research papers in peer-reviewed journals.


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