Azhar Iqbal, Vice President, Econometrician
Azhar Iqbal is a director and econometrician at Wells Fargo, responsible for providing quantitative analysis to the Economics group and modeling and forecasting of macro and financial variables. He is based in Charlotte, N.C.
Before joining Wells Fargo in 2007, he was an economist and course instructor at the Applied Economics Research Center at the University of Karachi in Pakistan, teaching econometrics, microeconomics, and urban economics. He has also worked as an economist at the United Nations, Arif-Habib Investment Bank, and for Government of Pakistan-funded projects.
Azhar received his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Punjab and has three master’s degrees. He earned his master’s degree in economic forecasting from the University at Albany, State University of New York, where he also earned a Certificate of Graduate Study in economic forecasting. He also has master’s degrees in applied science and applied economics from University of Karachi, and in econometrics and mathematics from the University of the Punjab in Lahore, Pakistan.
Azhar has won the 2012 and 2014 NABE Contributed Paper Award as well as the 2010 Edmund A. Mennis Contributed Paper Award for best papers from the National Association of Business Economics (NABE). A strong supporter of education, Azhar teaches a graduate course, Advanced Business and Economic Forecasting, at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Azhar’s co-authored book, Economic and Business Forecasting: Analyzing and Interpreting Econometric Results, was published by Wiles in March 2014.
His interests focus on forecasting, time series, panel data, and macroeconomics. Azhar has presented research papers at the American Economic Association, Econometric Society Meetings, the Panel Data Conference, and other international conferences. He has published several papers in the Canadian Journal of Economics, Global Economy Journal, Business Economics, Journal of Business Forecasting and others listed in the Journal of Economic Literature.