Dr. Abrar Chaudhury holds a research faculty post at the Said Business School, University of Oxford and is a British Academy Fellow. He is affiliated with Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute and Green Templeton College. Abrar is a global professional with over 20 years’ experience in technology, consulting and research contexts across multiple continents and sectors.
Abrar’s research interests span challenges at the intersection of environmental management, sustainable development and organisation theory and strategy. He is currently involved in a pioneering Oxford collaboration with EY Global, to understand how and why C-Suite and Boards from large global MNCs are again focused on corporate ‘purpose’ in a turbulent global economy. The findings contribute to a global research initiative on corporate transformation to meet the challenges of the early 21st century.
Abrar has recently completed Pakistan’s and Punjab’s profile for Climate Smart Agriculture funded by the World Bank and Food and Agriculture Organisation. The findings from the profile were launched in COP24 in Poland.
Abrar is currently on a 3-year British Academy Fellowship at Oxford in 2019 investigating the ways in which dedicated climate funding, such as the Green Climate Fund, and emerging technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence and blockchain, shape implementation and diffusion of climate action in Pakistan and emerging economies.
He is an experienced teacher, contributing to Oxford programmes on the MBA and EMBA including specialty electives. He works with executives in a variety of contexts and has been involved in number of public sector and private workshops around governance and environment in emerging economies. He publishes widely in leading academic journals and presents at numerous global conferences.
Abrar holds a Doctorate in Environmental Change and Management (awarded best dissertation at the 2017 Academy of Management, USA), and MBA and an MSc in Environmental Management (Distinction) from the University of Oxford and is a Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA). His doctoral research explored the organizational and network challenges of implementation to develop and deliver climate change adaptation policy in emerging economies, based on extensive fieldwork in Ghana, Nepal, and Pakistan. Prior to Oxford, Abrar was a partner in a leading accounting firm in Pakistan.
Previous associations that helped to gather experience.
Teaching Fellow MBA and EMBA Modules – Said Business School – Oxford 2016 – present
- Tutor MBA Global Opportunity and Threats (GOTO) Module. Tutored best awarded GOTO project
- Teaching Fellow- EMBA / MBA Strategy and Innovation Elective Module
- MBA Trinity 2018 Tech for Good Elective
- MBA Social Network Analysis
Teaching Fellow Executive Education Program Said Business School – Oxford 2017 – present
- UAE Prime Minister’s Office –Shaping Futures Module for 60 senior Govt. officials
- Diploma in Organisational Leadership – Network module for 60 mid-career executives
- Executive Strategy and Innovation module
- Barclays Executive Programme
Environmental Change Institute – University of Oxford
- MSc Env Change and Mang, Governance and Development Elective
- Research Methods – Social Network Analysis
- Organisational Design for Adaptation Challenges Elective
Research Fellow / College Adviser Green Templeton College –Oxford