Jalal Awan

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Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


M.S. in green technologies, University of Southern California; B.S. in electrical engineering, University of Engineering & Technology, Lahore


Jalal Awan is a doctoral candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy analyst at RAND. Prior to joining RAND, he worked as an electrical engineer at Engro Corporation, one of Pakistan's leading private conglomerates with a diversified portfolio including energy, chemicals and agri-based products.

Awan takes a keen interest in international affairs and politics and is a regular freelance writer in various online and journal publications. His research interests revolve around green technologies, climate change, international development, energy policy and the smart grid. He has experience working on lifecycle analysis of photovoltaic-based off-grid electrical systems and feasibility of autonomous vehicle fleets to tackle traffic congestion in Los Angeles.

Awan is an IEEE-accredited electrical engineer and an ASQ certified Six Sigma Green Belt. As part of the UN Secretary General's Sustainability for All team, he conducted background research and actively participated in the negotiations that led to post-2015 sustainable development agenda adoption. He holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Engineering & Technology, Pakistan. As a Fulbright Exchange scholar, he completed his M.S. in green technologies from the University of Southern California in December 2015. Awan also holds the U.S. Green Building Council certification in Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED).

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Project Officer, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network - Youth

Recent Projects

  • Impacts of Climate Change on Youth, Peace and Security in the the Middle East and Africa
  • Social and Environmental Impact Assessment of Coal-based Indigenous Power Generation in Pakistan

Honors & Awards

  • Fulbright Exchange Scholar 2014-2015, U.S. Department of State


  • Imran Khan, chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, speaks to members of media after voting in the general election in Islamabad, Pakistan, July 25, 2018

    New Pakistan, Old Challenges

    While the United States has been voicing concerns about the destabilizing potential of China's Belt and Road Initiative, Pakistan needs the economic stability that initiative could bring. As long as Pakistan remains a poor country, its democracy will be at risk.

    Oct 17, 2018 The National Interest