Farhan Anwar, MURP

Assistant Professor of Practice, Social Development and Policy
School Of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences


  • Masters (Urban & Regional Planning), N.E.D. University of Engineering & Technology, Karachi – 2005
  • B.E. (Civil), N.E.D. University of Engineering & Technology, Karachi – 1992
  • Completed with Distinction, Columbia University, NYC’s Online Course: The Age of Sustainable Development – 2014
  • Completed with Distinction, SDG Academy/SDSN Online Course – Sustainable Cities – 2018

Research Interests

  • Sustainable City Design and Climate Change
  • Urban Resilience Planning
  • Human Centered Design
  • Southern Urbanism
  • Public Policy & Political Economy Analysis


Farhan Anwar did his Bachelors in Civil Engineering and Masters in Urban and Regional Planning. He is Founder and CEO of Urban Collaborative (www.urban.org.pk), a private consultancy aiming to promote narratives and practices of sustainable urban design in Pakistan. Anwar also serves as Permanent Faculty at the Social Development & Policy Program at the School of Arts, Humanities
& Social Sciences, Habib University, Karachi (www.habib.edu.pk). His portfolio includes urban sustainability planning, smart cities, public policy, climate adaptation, urban resilience, institutional strengthening and change management. Anwar served as an Urban Reforms Consultant to the World Bank from 2006-2013 and is presently serving the World Bank in the capacity of Urban Planning Consultant on the Karachi Transformation Strategy project. He has also extended consulting services to the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Japanese International Corporation Agency (JICA), the World Conservation Union (IUCN), WWF Pakistan and several prominent Pakistani consulting firms. Anwar is the Lead Author of the Sanitation Strategy, Government of Sindh and the Author of
Pakistan’s National Strategy and Action Plan for the Mangroves of the Future Regional Program.
He has a number of publications to his credit and contributed (2013-2016) a weekly column – Elasti-cities focused on urban planning, environment, and development issues of Karachi City in the Express Tribune Newspaper -https://tribune.com.pk/author/4268/farhan-anwar/
He is a regular contributor to the Op-Ed section in Daily Dawn Newspaper

Selected Awards and Accomplishments

  • Completed with Distinction, Columbia University NYC’s Online Course – The Age of Sustainable Development (2014)
  • Completed with Distinction, SDG Academy/SDSN Online Course – Sustainable Cities (2018)
  • Completed with Distinction, Acumen Academy/IDEO.org Online Course – An Introduction to Human Centered Design (2020)
  • Founding Member, Pak-US Alumni Association

Selected Publications

  • Cities of the Future – Learnings from COVID 19 Pandemic (Shehri-CBE/Friedrich Naumann Stiftung, 2020)
  • Mobility from the Lens of Gender – Case Study Karachi (Shehri-CBE/Friedrich Naumann Stiftung, 2020)
  • Transit Oriented Development & Sustainable Urban Planning – Strategic Planning for a Livable Karachi (Shehri-CBE/Friedrich Naumann Stiftung, 2019)
  • Pakistan National Strategy and Action Plan –MFF (The World Conservation Union, 2014)
  • People and the Land – Empowering Communities for Social Justice: Rural Karachi – A Case Study (Shehri-CBE/ANSA/World Bank Institute 2013)
  • Karachi City Climate Change Adaptation Strategy – A Roadmap (Shehri-CBE/Friedrich Naumann Stiftung, 2012)
  • The Lodhran Pilot Project Implementation Toolkit – A Participatory Model for Low Cost Sanitation (The World Bank, 2010)
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