Muhammad Aslam Hayat

Senior Policy Fellow

Muhammad Aslam Hayat is a ICT & Digital Finance legislation, policy and regulation expert from Pakistan with a focus on emerging markets. He was the Centre Director of the “Pacific ICT Regulatory Resource Centre,” a project being administered by LIRNEasia for the World Bank. The PIRRC was located within the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji, and developed innovative ways of providing regulatory support to all the Pacific Island countries.


He has been associated with LIRNEasia since 2007 and has shared his regulatory experience and knowledge with regulators and operators of emerging markets at LIRNEasia’s “12th Executive Course on Telecom Reform: Strategies to achieve connectivity and convergence” in Singapore on 10 – 14, June 2008. In 2010 he was appointed to the Board of CPRsouth, a capacity building initiative to develop Asia-Pacific based policy intellectuals on ICT policy regulation among junior to mid level scholars.


He was part of the team that developed the acclaimed Telecom Deregulation Policy 2003, Mobile Cellular Policy 2004 and Universal Service Fund Policy 2006 for the government of Pakistan. He also drafted various laws for the government of Pakistan including the Electronic Transactions Ordinance 2002, Prevention of Electronic Crimes Ordinance 2007, Data Protection Bill, and amendments in Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organisation) Act 1996.


In his last assignment, he was heading the Telenor Microfinance Bank (the largest mobile financial service provider in Pakistan and is a subsidiary of Telenor and Ant Financials). In that role strategically focused on evaluating and revising the top layer of leadership within a short reform window and introducing cultural change across the organisation.


His CV can be found here.