Financial and institutional design of climate change adaptation

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Academic Profile

Abrar is a fellow chartered accountant (FCA) with over 10 years' experience of managing a multidisciplinary top ten professional services firm in Pakistan. He brings rich financial advisory and consulting experience working with large number of multinational, private and public sector clients. Abrar has worked and undertaken numerous consulting and research projects in USA, Europe, Middle East, South Asia and East and West Africa.

In 2010 Abrar completed his MBA from the SaÔd Business School, University of Oxford, where he was selected as an associate fellow of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship. For his MBA Strategic Consulting Project for PricewaterhouseCoopers, UK, he developed an innovative procurement system to encourage collaboration of social enterprises and the private sector in the UK.

Pursuing his passion for environmentally sustainable development and growth, post MBA, Abrar joined the MSc. Environmental Change and Management at the Environmental Change Institute, Oxford, where he graduated with a distinction. His MSc dissertation on a design of novel costing framework, Participatory Social Return on Investment (PSROI) has been piloted in several countries in East and West Africa and South and South East Asia. Abrar is continuing as a Doctoral Student with the School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford, as a CCAFS (CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security) scholar with focus on the economics of climate change adaptation.

Abrar's interdisciplinary research interests are:

  • Economics of climate change adaptation and assessment of climate sensitive sectors
  • Design of adaptation costing and valuation tools
  • Adaptation funding mechanism and framework
  • Monitoring, reporting and verification systems for climate investments
  • Design of environmentally sustainable business models for promoting private sector investment in climate smart projects

Selected Awards

  • Nautilus Award for academic excellence, Green Templeton College, University of Oxford, 2012
  • Financial Reporting Award - MBA- Said Business School, University of Oxford
  • Finalist Skoll Emerge Sustainable Business Plan Competition
  • Awarded MSc Research funding by Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN)
  • Awarded research grant by CCAFS to pilot participatory costing tool (PSROI) in Kenya and Senegal.

If you would like a detailed CV, please e-mail Abrar in the first instance.

Current Research

Abrar is part of a multidisciplinary team conducting an integrated program of research into resilience and adaptive capacity of food systems to climate change across social, political-institutional, economic and environmental scales and levels. Abrar is taking the lead on the economic lens of the research. The research is spread over three countries starting with Nepal (2012), East Africa (2013) and West Africa (2013). The program will produce site-specific contextual insights as well as draw out scalable and replicable features which can guide regional, national and international policy, planning and decision-making processes. The ultimate outcome is a systemic framework for integrated adaptation planning.

Abrar's focus under the economics lens is to research the linkages of local level adaptation planning and measurement and funding flow with regional, national and global level programs. The research will adopt a multi-stakeholder approach to identify interests, power bases and triggers of key stakeholders to influence the financial decision-making, funding mechanism design and adaptation funding flow from national level to vulnerable communities. The economics of climate change adaptation is at an incipient stage and thus faces many of the challenges of early stage organizations. The research will thus draw parallels and insights from social and management theory and practices, in particular the role of financial and capital markets, financial and operational management, new market creation, scaling to market, and other leading business and social practices.

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Conference (Presentation)

  • Global Conference on  Agriculture Research for Development (GCARD2) - Uruguay October 2012
  • CCAFS - South Asian Scenario Development Workshop - Sri Lanka November 2012
  • Community Based Adaptation (CBA6) Conference - Vietnam April 2012

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