Faculty Profile

Prof. Dr. Waqar Akram

Professor of Economics

Contact Member

E-mail : waqar.akram@iba-suk.edu.pk
Office Extension : 4084


Dr. Akram is an experienced academician and researcher who has contributed to various academic and administrative positions during his 15 years career, traversing Sukkur IBA University, COMSATS Lahore, and GC University Faisalabad in Pakistan. Notably, he has remained pivotal in introducing and leading the BBA-Agribusiness (2+2) program at Sukkur IBA with the University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Pakistan. The program is a real example of institutional collaboration, industry-academia knowledge sharing, and experiential learning. Besides, he has remained a mobilizer in organizing international conferences, remarkably the 15th South Asian Management Forum 2019 and Agribusiness Seminars. As an academician, he has vast experience working for academic bodies such as AACSB, AMDISA, AMDIP, and NBEAC in Sukkur IBA, where he served as a cluster head to ensure quality content development, delivery, and impact. He has also contributed to the body of literature on framework-based policy-oriented research. He published his scholarly work in well-reputed national and international journals, mainly in financial management, economic productivity, and resource sustainability. The prominent journals include the South Asian Journal of Macroeconomics and Public Finance, Journal of Sustainable Finance & Investment, Pakistan Economic and Social Review, The Pakistan Development Reviews, The Lahore Journal of Economics, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Sustainable Production and Consumption, and Journal of Cleaner Production. In retrospect, Dr. Akram completed his Fulbright Post Doctorate from Oklahoma State University, USA, and continued to introduce and research Pakistan's green energy (biogas) systems. Presently, he is working on commercializing small and medium farms and their linkages to small and medium enterprises for rural innovation, economic development, and poverty reduction.


Degree From Major Year
Ph.D University of Sargodha, Pakistan Economics 2008
M.Sc (Hons) University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Pakistan Agri-Economics 2005
B.Sc (Hons) University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Pakistan Agri-Economics 2002
Post Doctorate Oklahoma State University, OK State, USA Economics 2016


# Title Author(s)
1 Adoption of improved cookstoves in Pakistan: A logit analysis Jan , Inayatullah
, Sabir Ullah
Akram , Waqar
Khan ,P. Noor
M. Asim , Syed
Mahmood , Zafar
2 Effect of Conflict on Farmers’ Income from Tomato Crop in Kurram Haider , Zeeshan
Jan , Inayatullah
Akram , Waqar
3 An Analysis of Inclusive Growth for South Asia Akram , Waqar
, Yasser Javed
, Ihtsham Ul Haq Padda
4 Determinants of Microfinance Institutions’ Efficiency in South Asia during Financial Crisis: A Two-Stage Analysis Akram , Waqar
, Ubedullah Yashkun
, Syedah Shan
, Suman Shaikh,
5 Bi-directional Causality Between Remittances and Poverty: An Empirical Evidence From Pakistan Yasmin , Iram
Hussain, , Zakir
Akram , Waqar
Yasmin , Nazia
6 Economic Freedom and Growth Nexus in Selected South Asian Countries Anwar , Sofia
, Quaratulain
Akram , Waqar
7 Willingness of rural communities to adopt biogas systems in Pakistan: Critical factors and policy implications Jan , Inayatullah
Akram , Waqar
8 Is mission Drift providing to be more successful for microfinance Institutions in South Asia during financial Crisis Period Ahmad , Shan E Syedah
Abdi , Umer Syed
Akram , Waqar
Syed , Hina
9 Impact of Microfinance on Poverty Reduction: A Case Study of District Faisalabad , Imtiaz Aisha
Mehmood , Zahid Hafiz
Akram , Waqar
Irfan , Muhammad
10 Understanding Pesticide Use Safety Decisions:Application of Health Behavior Theory. , Khan Muhammad
Husnain , Iftikhar Ul Muhammad
Mahmood , Zahid Hafiz
Akram , Waqar
11 Determinants of Occupational Choice among Four Provinces of the Pakistan Irfan , Muhammad
Anwar , Sofia
Akram , Waqar
Ramzan , Saima
Waqar , Irum
12 Female labor force participation in formal sector: An empirical evidence from PSLM (2007–08) Khadim , Zunaira
Akram , Waqar
13 Factors Leading to Adoption of Biogas Technology: A case Study of District Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan Iqbal , Sufdar
Anwar , Sofia
Akram , Waqar
Irfan , Muhammad
14 Does Long Duration of the Degree Exhaust the Students? A Case Study of Government College University Faisalabad Irfan , Muhammad
Akram , Waqar
Ramzan , Saima
16 An Investigation of Poverty, Income Inequality and Their Shifters at Household Level in Pakistan Nisar , R
Anwar , S
Hussain , Z
Akram , W
17 Occupational Gender Segregation and Its Determinants, an Analysis of Pakistan Labor Force Market , Irfan M
Anwar , S
Akram , Waqar
Waqar , I
18 The Perception about the Biogas Technology Adoption: A Case Study of District Faisalabad (Punjab, Pakistan). , Akram WAQAR
, M Irfan
, Iqbal S
,Waqar I
19 Role of Investment in the Course of Economic Growth in Pakistan Hashmi , Hussain Maaida
Akram , Waqar
Hashmi , Amjad Amara


# Title Year
1 Adoption of Biogas as an alternative energy source: Evidence from rural Pakistan Punjab 2022
2 Sustainable Energy Transition 2022
3 Value Chain Analysis of Dates: Prospects and Constraints in Sindh 2022


# Title Year
1 Member 2021
2 Member 2008
3 Member 2019
4 Member 2014
5 Member 2016
6 Member 2015


# Title Organization Year
1 Fulbright Scholarship-Post Doctorate (2014 – 2015) USEFP 2015
2 Chi Alpha Medal Oklahoma State University 2015