Contributing Writer - Pakistan
Shemrez is an alumnus of the prestigious Aitchison College Lahore, and graduate of Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) and University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB). As an experienced economic researcher and specialist on political economy and institutional economics, he has successfully completed a number of field-based projects and third-party reviews for IFIs and INGOs. He served as Assistant Director at the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA), Government of Pakistan, from November 2017 to January 2020, where he helped established the Joint Intelligence Directorate (JID, now Intelligence Wing) and headed the section tasked with monitoring External Terrorist Organizations (ETOs) such as ISIS and Al Qaeda. He is a perpetual student devoted to the purpose of knowledge creation, the development of robust communication and interpersonal networks, and the pursuit of technologies which can be utilized for the benefit of mankind. He has authored reports on national security, peace and conflict, international relations, socioeconomic development, current affairs, the contemporary post-GFC global macroeconomy, enhancing trade between developing countries, and election manifestos of Pakistani political parties. In addition to multidimensional research on CPEC and OBOR / BRI, Shemrez is an active OSINT and SOCMINT operator, focusing on counterterrorism (CT), countering violent extremism (CVE) and countering financing of terrorism (CFT).