Shahrukh Wani is an economist at the International Growth Centre’s Cities that Work initiative based at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. In this role, he supports evidence-based urban economic policy reforms across Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia, mainly on public finance and governance. These have included collaborations with policymakers in Afghanistan, Uganda, Pakistan, and Zambia on a range of policy questions — such as on property tax design in Punjab and informal settlements in Lusaka.
Shahrukh has also co-authored a variety of policy-focused papers, including on urban governance, transport, public-private partnerships, and taxation in developing countries. He also advises public policy projects such as the UK Government’s Global Future Cities Programme.
Shahrukh moderated a panel for Oxford Urbanists on The Future of Urban Development in Afghanistan (December 2021).
In February 2022, he moderated an in-person roundtable in Lusaka on Decentralisation in Zambia chaired by the Zambian Minister of Local Government and organised by IGC. He was on a panel hosted by the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) on Sri Lanka and Pakistan economic crises with Akhil Bery (Director, South Asia Initiatives at Asia Society Policy Institute) and Rehana Thowfeek (Economist, Advocata Institute).
Shahrukh regularly contributes opinion pieces to various publications, with a focus on urbanisation in developing countries and on public policy in Pakistan, including several published by Dawn, Pakistan’s most widely-read English daily. He has also been quoted by several news outlets, including the BBC World Service, and undertakes regular speaking engagements.
A Pakistani citizen, he was born and raised in Rawalpindi before moving to London to study at the London School of Economics. He lives in London presently.