Dr. Ishrat Husain has enormous experience in the field of developmental economics, spanning more than four decades. He is the former Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan and has earlier held a prominent position in World Bank. After completion of his tenure as the Governor of State Bank , he accepted to be the Director of the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi. He has been contributing articles to research journals besides authoring the book, The Economy of an Elitist State and Economic Management in Pakistan 1990-2002, published in 2012. He is currently President of the Advisory Council of the Islamic Development Bank, apart from being a Member of the Middle East Advisory Group of the International Monetary Fund.
Afeera Firdous is a Research Assistant at the Center for International Strategic Studies (CISS) Islamabad. She holds a Masters degree in Strategic and Nuclear Studies from National Defence University (NDU), Islamabad. Currently, she is enrolled in the M.Phil program at the Department of Strategic Studies, NDU Islamabad. Her M.Phil thesis is on "Counter-terrorism in Cyberspace: Comparative Analysis of Pakistan and India". Her research interests includes counter-extremism, counter-terrorism, cyber and strategic issues.