Maroof A. Syed

Nonresident Fellow
President & CEO, Centre for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP)

Maroof A. Syed is the President & CEO of the Centre for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP). He has over 25 years of entrepreneurship, investment and leadership experience in multiple sectors. He combines academic work in public policy, economics, and engineering with extensive experience in leading organizations and building institutions. Maroof’s areas of interest include evidence-based governance, data analytics and decision sciences, political economy, adaptive leadership, and the role of innovation and technology in economic development. Previously, he held senior management positions at various large and start up technology companies including Broadcom Corporation (formerly Silicon Spice and Element 14), Texas Instruments and Intel Corporation (formerly Dialogic). Maroof also co-founded Karnybo Group investing in late-stage pre-IPO technology companies including Tesla, Twitter, Facebook, Jawbone, Square and Palantir. He is the 2017 recipient of the Lucius N. Littauer Award from the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). He is on the Board of Directors of Pakistan Innovation Foundation (PIF), African Development University ILIMI Foundation (ADU) and the Public Interest Law Association of Pakistan (PILAP). He is a Charter Member of Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs of North America in Boston (OPEN-Boston). Maroof has degrees in Computer Systems Engineering from Rensselaer (RPI) and a Master in Public Administration (MC/MPA) from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.