Learners’ Republic

Inspired by the Republic of Letters, Learners’ Republic is a community of scholars, practitioners, readers and all those eager to learn new developments in natural, social sciences and humanities.

Learners’ Republic is an initiative to foster an inter-disciplinary dialogue and encourage partnerships on a variety of policy, technological, and social discourse. The community is keen to promote diversity not just in disciplines but also in age and gender. Our mission is to provide an intellectually inclusive platform with a stimulating environment by allowing respectful discussion and debate across a multitude of disciplines.

Learners’ Republic strives to encourage and advance the exchange of ideas and the reporting of new developments in all aspects of challenges faced by Pakistan and rest of the world. The diversity in its membership allows for rich debates in global breakthroughs and developments.

The founding members/editorial board of Learners’ Republic include Naveed Iftikhar, Maha Ahmad, Shahjahan Chaudhry, Shirin Gul and Syed Muhammad Hasan. The board is assisted by associate editors Nimra Tariq and Khawer Cheema.

Our Board


Muhammad Naveed Iftikhar

Islamabad, Pakistan

Naveed has been working with the public sector, academia, research centers, and international development organizations…


Maha Ahmad

Islamabad, Pakistan

Maha has done her Masters in Economics from McMaster University in Canada. She is currently working as Assistant Professor at…

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Hiba Haider Zaidi

Islamabad, Pakistan

Hiba has academic training in economics and pursued masters at the London School of Economics and Political Science…


Shahjahan Chaudhry

Karachi, Pakistan

Shahjahan is a tech entrepreneur and the current Director of National Incubation Center Karachi, a public-private…


Shirin Gul

Islamabad, Pakistan

Shirin began her career in 2000 researching gender issues. Shirin has led the design and management of projects in the area of…


Syed M. Hasan

Islamabad, Pakistan

Syed M. Hasan is Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at LUMS.  Hasan obtained his PhD in Economics from Ohio…

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