With an academic background in finance, economics and social choice, Sohaib’s work spans more than a decade, spreading across financial, economic and development sector research, as well as economic journalism.
In his journalistic hat, Sohaib co-founded Business Recorder’s independent research wing (BR Research) in 2009 as its founding Research Editor. At BR Research, which focuses on domestic economic reforms, Sohaib has researched and supervised a growing team of analysts on matters related to developmental issues, public policy, macroeconomics, and corporate/industrial affairs. Over the last eight odds years with BR Research, Sohaib has himself published more than a 1000 research notes and over 300 published interviews of business & economic leaders from public and private sector. His areas of interest of late have been public policy and political economy in general, and taxation and governance reforms in particular. His current association with BR Research is in the capacity of consulting Research Editor.
He is also associated as a features writer for FDI Intelligence – a FDI specialist division of The Financial Times group. In his prior life, he was a stock broker with brokerage AKD Securities, which he quit before the Global Financial Crisis of 2007-08 to pursue journalism and consulting with initial associations being with Thompson Reuters and Geo TV.
Under his consulting hat, Sohaib has project-based associations with Pakistani think tanks, namely PRIME Institute and the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), focusing on democracy, governance, trade and private sector development.
Some of the associations with PRIME Institute have taken the shape of published studies on real estate investments and mortgage finance; understatement of inflation in Pakistan; public debt management and the way forward. PRIME has also engaged him in advising Pak-Afghan Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PAJCCI) on matters related to bilateral and transit trade.
He is also the Series Editor of PRIME’s periodic Policy Studies whose topics have ranged from housing and flat taxation to trade liberalization. He also advises PRIME on its monthly Policy Report, which is a boutique product providing actionable intelligence at both micro and macro levels of the economy.
With the SDPI he is currently supervising their USIP-funded study on regional trade in the context of policy, infrastructure and political economy landscape. Previously, he did a study on tax reforms in Sindh that led to the publication of a policy note for stakeholder deliberations. Sohaib also advises a host of Karachi-based SMEs and bilateral donors by providing client-specific unpublished studies or private consultative presentations on various matters relating to business and economy.
His volunteering activities include managing an affectees camp in the aftermath of the earthquake that hit northern Pakistan in 2005; raising funds for the flood affectees in 2010; mentoring youth at civic hackathons, and building the capacity of economic journalists in workshops organized by Centre for International Private Enterprise – Pakistan.
He holds an MA in Philosophy, Politics, & Economics from the University of York (UK) after completing his MBA from Institute of Business Management (Karachi, Pakistan). He also holds the certification of C.A. Intermediate from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan.
His main areas of interest revolve around normative economics, and politics and philosophy of development, broadly conceived. Sohaib enjoys trekking and music with a bias for jazz, classics, qawwali and rock and roll. If he gets a second life he would like to be a high altitude mountaineering guide in the Himalayas.