Conference Program: 70 Years of US-Pakistan Relations
The Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (CSAMES)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Opening Remarks - 9:00am-9:15am
- Hadi Salehi Esfahani, CSAMES Director, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
- Reitumetse Obakeng Mabokela, Vice Provost for International Affairs and Global Strategies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Panel 1: Pakistan’s Economic and Technological Developments - 9:15am-10:45am
Chair: Rizwan Uddin, Professor and Head, Department of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering, UIUC.
- Arif Masud, Professor and Robert H. Dodds Faculty Scholar, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
- Naseem Shekhani, Physician and President-Elect, Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America.
- Irfan S Ahmad, Associate Director, Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, UIUC.
Break : 10:45am-10:55am
Panel 2: Pakistan’s Trade and Business Opportunities - 10:55am-12:15pm
Chair: Shahbaz Gill, South Asian Programs Adviser, CSAMES, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
- Ansir Junaid, CEO, Prime Woodcraft Inc., and Honorary Investment Counsellor, Pakistan Board of Investment.
- Iram Shah, Senior Vice President, Customer Transformation, Schneider Electric USA.
- Fahim Rahim, Nephrologist, Founder of JRM Foundation for Humanity, Idaho, Co-founder of Idaho Kidney Institute.
Lunch : 12:20pm-1:30pm
Keynote Speech: Importance of Pakistan-US Relations for the Two Countries - 1:30pm-2:20pm
- Faisal Tirmizi, Consul General of Pakistan, Chicago.
Panel 3: Pakistan’s Social and Political Developments - 2:20pm-3:40pm
Chair: Faisal Tirmizi, Consul General of Pakistan, Chicago.
- Farhat Haq, Professor and Chair, Political Science Department, and Coordinator, International Studies Program, Monmouth College, Illinois.
- J. Mark Kenoyer, Professor of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
- Hussain Piracha, Journalist and Writer, 92 News Pakistan.
Break : 3:40pm-3:50pm
Panel 4: Pakistan’s Regional Security Issues and U.S.-Pakistan Relations - 3:50pm-5:40pm
Chair: Hadi Salehi Esfahani, CSAMES Director, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
- Najma Pirzada, Editor, Global Village Space, Pakistan, and Television News Journalist.
- Moeed Pirzada, Political Commentator, Geostrategic Analyst and Television News Journalist, Pakistan.
- Asad Umar, Politician, Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan, Member of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Party, Ex-CEO, Engro Corporation.
- Shahbaz Gill, South Asian Programs Adviser, CSAMES, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.