A distinguished economist, Vaqar is a Joint Executive Director at SDPI. A former advisor to the UNDP, he has also undertaken assignments with the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank Group, and ministries of finance, planning and commerce in Pakistan. He was a technical associate and member in the task forces constituted by the Government of Pakistan including Advisory Panel of Economists (2008); Task force on Private Sector Development (2009); Planning Commission’s Working Group on Macroeconomic Framework for Tenth Five-Year Plan; and Working Group on Fiscal and Monetary Policy (2018). He is a visiting faculty member and researcher at the University of Le Havre, France; National University of Ireland; IMT Institute of Advanced Studies in Italy; Quaid-i-Azam University; PIDE; and PITAD. He is the convener of Pakistan’s National Network of Economic Think Tanks.