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Usman W. Chohan MBA PhD

Advisor, Economics, CASS
President, HYPIA

Frontman, Urdudaan

Dr. Usman W. Chohan is an international economist and academic who was one of the founding Directors of CASS, now serving as Advisor to President CASS on Economic Affairs & National Development. He is among the Top 100 Authors across all subjects & disciplines (out of 1.2 million authors) on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN), which is the largest open repository of knowledge in the world. At CASS, he has authored/edited eight books in the past six years, all published with Routledge. In the academic realm, his research has been cited widely, and Dr. Chohan has testified before various authorities based on his technical expertise. Dr. Chohan has a PhD in economics from UNSW Australia, where his doctoral work led to the world’s first multidisciplinary synthesis of independent legislative fiscal institutions, and an MBA from McGill University (Canada), with coursework at MIT-Tsinghua. His previous practitioner experience includes working at the National Bank of Canada and the World Bank.  He is also the President of the International Association of Hyperpolyglots (HYPIA), the leading organization worldwide for hyperpolyglotism and whose membership consists of the speakers of six or more languages. He appears frequently on domestic and international televisionpodcasts, and lecture series in various languages. He is also trained in South Asian musicology and plays the sitar. In addition, Dr. Chohan has maintained an annual reading challenge of 100 books every year since 2011. He is the frontman for the band Urdudaan.



Chohan, U.W. (forthcoming). Positive Public Administration in Developing Countries during Crises:  The case of Covid-19 in Pakistan. In Nabatchi, T., O’Flynn, J., and T’Hart, P. Positive Public Administration: New Directions for Theory and Practice. Edwin Elgar.

Chohan, U.W. (2023). Regulatory & Legal Issues in Cryptocurrencies. In Liebowitz, J. (ed.), Cryptocurrency Concepts, Technologies, and Applications. Routledge.


Urdudaan Music


Dr. Usman is the frontman for the rock band Urdudaan.

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