Alumni profile

Bilal Mirza

Thesis: Energy Poverty and Rural Energy Markets in Pakistan, 2012

Promotor(s): Adam Szirmai & René Kemp

Bilal Mirza joined the Innovation & Development Studies cohort in 2006 and successfully defended his PhD Thesis entitled "Energy poverty and rural energy markets in developing countries" on 14 December 2012, under the supervision of Prof. Adam Sizrmai and Prof. Rene Kemp. As a UNU-MERIT scholar, Bilal computed the first ever Energy Poverty Index (EPI), using the energy inconveniences and energy shortfalls that incur in rural households. It has been widely cited across research publications in energy poverty measurement. His research work has been presented at different forums in Netherlands, United Kingdom, Sweden, Switzerland and Canada. Apart from that, he has also been involved in trainings at the UNU office in the Netherlands, covering domain of innovation policy design and evaluation in developing countries.  From July 2011 till June 2012, he worked as a Research Associate in Ghulam Ishaq Khan (GIK) Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology - a prestigious engineering university in Pakistan where he was involved in teaching, research and training. Bilal is also involved in trainings of policy makers and research at the OIC (Organization for Islamic Cooperation) Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation (COMSTECH), Pakistan Council of Science and Technology (PCST), Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA), Pakistan, and National Rural Support Program (NRSP, Pakistan).

Earlier, Bilal has also participated at numerous international training and conference events across Europe and Canada. In June 2011, Bilal presented his research on mutual effects of energy poverty and household income at the Canadian Economic Association conference, held at Ottawa University. Later, Bilal was invited as a speaker at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC, Ottawa) for insights on policy implications of his research on energy poverty. Furthermore, Bilal was also selected as a participant at Örebro University (Sweden) to present his research at European Development Research Network (EDRN) workshop.   

Bilal is also recipient of several grants, including United Nations University scholarship for his PhD studies, UNU fieldwork support, Higher Education Commission (HEC) grant as a researcher, and UNU grant for innovation policy training, among others.  Bilal took his Masters (M.S.) degree in Management of Technology (Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management) from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL/ETHL), Switzerland in 2004 and MBA from University Institute of Management Sciences (UIMS-UAAR) in Rawalpindi, Pakistan in 2001.

Presently, Bilal Mirza is based in Islamabad and is an Assistant Professor at the Center for Policy Studies in COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, where his work revolves around the inclusive development and pro-poor innovation perspectives in the science, technology and innovation policy at national and regional level.