Our Mission Harvard Pakistan Forum is committed to providing a platform where individuals interested in Pakistan’s fate can come together to engage in dialogue and debate on Pakistan’s future. HPF will serve as an avenue for constructive engagement between attendees, panelists and keynote speakers.. We are committed to producing constructive discourse, and we hope to engender a positive problem-solving attitude among all present. Our success in previous years is evidence of the impact that our conference has driven.
In the first edition of this conference, Harvard Pakistan Forum (HPF) decided to highlight the future of Pakistan. Titled 'Pakistan of the Future’, the conference explored three significant aspects of Pakistan’s economy: public policy, international investment in the private sector, and financial sector support. A great success, with upwards of 250 attendees, this debut conference paved way for the Forum to become a lasting edifice on Harvard’s campus. The second edition of the conference further reevaluated understandings of Pakistan's past, present, and potential future, where we invited students, academics, practitioners and community members to critically analyze their assumptions about the state and to join us in the endeavor of ‘Rediscovering a Nation’. In 2016, we traversed “Pakistan’s Role in the World” in order to better comprehend Pakistan’s presence in the international arena.
Now in its fourth year, the Forum remains committed to its mission of addressing Pakistan’s socioeconomic and political predicaments. Given the rise of international turmoil, we believe this year’s theme Bol: Underrepresented Voices of Pakistan will foster significant discourse over issues of gender, ethnicity, religion, and national identity. Over the course of two days, our goal is to shed light upon the progress and the current needs of Pakistan’s social mosaic and the intractability of the issues Pakistan suffers from.
We look forward to welcoming you to Harvard! Regards, Harvard Pakistan Forum Board 2017