About US


CPPR was established in November 2008 at IMSciences as a policy think tank to encourage indigenous research culture in the province and support government capacities. The past 5 years have been formative and the Center has found eager reception both within the academic and research community as well as with international organizations and governments of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA


The presence and functioning of a Peshawar based think tank on public policy, administration and related issues, producing key pieces of policy oriented research, serving as a resource centre on the same and providing capacity building and technical support to public policy formation and implementation in KP and FATA of public sector professionals in the KP.

CPPR will strengthen research culture in the public policy domain regionally (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa)) and nationally as well as build capacities of concerned stakeholders, primarily the public sector, in policy formulation and implementation.

Aims and Objectives

The mandate of the Centre is to build the capacity of relevant stakeholders in the area of public and social policy through research, academics (degree programmes, certificates, & workshops), seminars/panel discussions, and designing indigenous best practices for development in the region. The Center develops skills of public officials, development professionals and target sectors to deal with public policy prioritization, formulation and implementation. It also works in thematic areas that have the most significant impact on public policy formulation and advices policy makers on the best course of action through analysis and research. The Center adheres to rigorous policy analysis based on scientific methodology and data for better development outcomes.

Coordinator Message

Dr. Javed Iqbal

The idea of an independent research and policy dialogue forum to support governance and
services delivery in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA came from numerous interactions with
government departments and citizenry. As the region face both natural and manmade disasters
post 2001, policy makers need evidence to better manage citizens’ needs and aspirations.
Establishment of a dedicated center was all the more felt as state-citizen trust hit new lows.
Within the last 7 years CPPR has contributed to key policy pieces and established its credentials
as a quality research hub for meeting specific needs of bilateral/multilateral donors and
government departments alike.
Our ongoing work with the World Bank, UNICEF, WHO, UNDP, USAID, ADS, FATA
Secretariat, government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and local civil society is a testament of
partner’s trust in CPPR’s capabilities. We continue to serve the government and work on
restoring citizen’s trust for a peaceful, tolerant, and prosperous region.

People at CPPR

Core Team

Dr. Mohsin Khan

Director, IMSciences

Doctor of Business Administration, USA

Dr. Javed Iqbal

Coordinator, CPPR

PhD Management, UK
MS Int’l Development, USA

Dr. Aamer Taj

Senior Fellow
(Public Policy)

PhD Public Policy, UK
MA Int’l Development UK

Dr. Hameed Jamali

Senior Fellow
climate change

Dr. Shakeel Hayat

Fellow, Water Governance

PhD, Transboundary Water Governance UNESCO-IHE, Netherlands.
MA Environmental Management, UK

Dr. Zafar Zaheer

(Quantiative anlayst)

PhD Econometrics, Pak

Dr. Naveed Ahmed

Senior fellow
(ICTs for development)

PhD Computer Sciences, UK

Zafar Habib

Senior Fellow
(Conflict & peace)

MS, Coexistence and Conflict, USA

Saeed Ahmad

Senior fellow

MS, Social Research, Aus


Safeer Ullah

Research Associate

Admin & Procurement

Shafi Ullah

Research Associate


Abdur Rehman

Research Associate

Outreach & Communications

Mehria Saadat Khan

Research Assistant


Muhammad Anwar

Research Assistant

Digital Innovation & Design