Tahir Naeem

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Tahir graduated with a BSc (Civil Engineering) from the University of Engineering & Technology, Lahore, Pakistan in June 1989, and then obtained an MBA (Management of Technology) from the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand in April 1994. He started his PhD studies (Part-Time) at the School of Management, University of Leicester in September 2011.

Tahir has over 20 years of work experience in high profile organizations in the public sector in Pakistan. His experience includes extensive work both in the physical and social infrastructure projects in Pakistan. Currently, he is serving as Director (Planning, Development and Human Resource Development) at the COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, a ranking public sector degree awarding institution in Pakistan.


Tahir was part of the team which developed the ‘Science, Technology & Innovation Strategy 2014’, announced by the Government of Pakistan in June 2014. He is a member of different advisory, supervisory and administrative bodies of the Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of Pakistan; Higher Education Commission, Pakistan and the COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Pakistan. Tahir organized numerous technical workshops, conferences, etc. and regularly delivers lectures at various academic and public fora and writes articles on issues relating to science, technology & innovation, human resource development, institutional capacity building, etc.


  • Dr Saaeda Shah
  • Dr Meryem Duygen


Project Development & Management, Technology Policy Planning & Management, Higher Education Administration, etc.

Tahir’s doctoral research is an effort to study the role of higher education viz. National Innovation System (NIS) in Pakistan. Briefly, the project seeks to explore the primary functions of higher education in NIS; the broad strategies that can be employed to effectively create and manage those functions; the actors, institutions and linkages within the system that collectively implement those strategies; and, the mechanisms that bring feedback / consequent repositioning of the higher education system in the NIS.

Rooted in the grounded theory and employing the social constructivist lens, semi-structured interviews are conducted with the higher education elite in Pakistan mainly comprising of senior administrators to evince impressions of their first hand experiences. The primary data so collected will be collated and duly interspersed by explanations ferreted out from the official annals and technical literature.

Since first of its kind, the study is exploratory in character and aims at contributing in an erstwhile barren intellectual terrain. The knowledge, so collated, is expected to bring to the fore logical, methodological, conceptual as well as practical understanding of the role of higher education in NIS in Pakistan.


Naeem, Tahir (2013), ‘Whither the Public University: Funding Constraints’, International Journal of Technology, Policy & Management, Vol. 13, No. 4: 396-408.

Zaidi, S.M.Junaid & Naeem, Tahir (2003), ‘Financing Technology Transfer and Development’, Science and Technology for Sustainable Development: COMSATS’ Series of Publications on Science and Technology, No. 2: 32-37.

Naeem, Tahir & Husain, Abbas (2000), ‘Model Tariff Structure for Private Hydel Projects’, Proceedings of 8th Annual Power - Gen Asia Conference, 20-22 Sept. 2000, Bangkok, Thailand.

Zaidi, S.M.Junaid & Naeem, Tahir (2000), 'Commercialization of Government - Funded Research Results: Problems and Prescriptions - A Case Study of Pakistan’, Proceedings of 4th International Conference on Technology Policy and Innovation, 28-31 Aug. 2000, Curitiba, Brazil.

Naeem, Tahir (1998), ‘Technology Parks in Developing Countries: An Option for Pakistan’, Science Vision: A COMSATS’ Journal of Science for Development, Vol. 4, No.1: 1-8.

Naeem, Tahir (1997), ‘Understanding Project Success: A Multidimensional Perspective’, Engineering News: Quarterly Journal of the Pakistan Engineering Congress, Vol. XXXX, No. 10&11: 31-39.

Naeem, Tahir (1996), ‘Technology Commercialization: Some Experiences in Pakistan’, Science, Technology and Development: A Quarterly Journal of the Pakistan Council for Science and Technology, Vol. 15, No. 3: 39-50.

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