On January 29, 2021, CBS hosted a virtual forum on "Why Think Tanks Matter in Times of Crisis". This event took place after the 2021 global virtual forum on the same topic, which was organized by the University of Pennsylvania's Think Tanks & Civil Societies Program (TTCSP). CBS is a part of the University of Pennsylvania's global network of think tanks and wanted to continue the global conversation in Pakistan by engaging local experts in a discussion on the value and importance of think tanks.
CBS' co-host for this virtual forum was the Centre for Public Policy and Governance (CPPG), FCC. The forum panel included experts from diverse institutions who shared their insights on the role of think tanks in Pakistan and academia while considering a range of political, societal, developmental and economic contexts. The discussion was moderated by Dr. Shakeel Sadiq Jajja from LUMS and featured Dr. Syed Zahoor Hassan and Dr. Ghazal Mir Zulfiqar from LUMS, Dr. Saeed Shafqat, Dr. Rabia Chaudhry, Ms. Saba Shahid and Mr. Raheem ul Haque from CPPG, Mr. Mosharraf Zaidi from TabadLab, Dr. Rabia Akhtar from the University of Lahore, Dr. Azeem Ali Shah from the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and Ms. Mehreen Shahzad from WWF-Pakistan.