Uzma Ashraf Barton  

Director, Economic Policy & Governance Practice (EP&G), Cadmus Group (formerly Nathan Associates)


 Uzma Ashraf Barton is a fiscal and financial sector expert with two decades of experience in economic analysis and governance, fiscal policy and administration, financial market development, and capacity building across Africa, South and East Asia, and Asia Pacific. Dr. Barton currently provides technical advice on domestic resource mobilization (DRM), public financial management (PFM), and home-office based oversight support at Cadmus’s Economic Policy and Governance Practice. 

In her previous assignments, Ms. Barton has worked extensively with national governments, high-level public officials, and international organizations on policy and academic issues. Before joining Cadmus Group, she advised the World Bank and the Government of Zambia on strategies to increase fiscal space. She conducted a pre-FSAP report evaluating weaknesses of the Indonesian legal and financial infrastructure for the World Bank. In another report for the Atlantic Council, she mapped Renminbi’s rise and possible impact on the global and regional Asian market developments. For an Asian Development Bank’s research-based project on regional integration, she co-authored the legal infrastructure for regional market development based on the Asian and European financial collapses. In a commissioned study for the Government of China, she advised on the risks of shadow-banking and financial inclusion and offered sustainable policy choices based on the lessons drawn from South Asian financial inclusion and microfinance models. 

As practitioner in the public sector, Ms. Barton supported the World Bank-led Tax Administration Reform Project ($149 million) at the Federal Board of Revenue, Pakistan, and tracked the implementation progress of the IMF’s structural adjustments program. On a Special Assignment, she supported the design and implementation of the Prime Minister’s Governance Reform agenda across ten key ministries in Islamabad. 

Ms. Barton’s academic research is widely published. Her book ‘Rethinking Finance’ (Kluwer, 2018) explores issues of systemic financial risks and suggests sustainable financing options. She is the co-editor of ‘Abraham and the Secular’ (Palgrave, 2021). Ms. Barton has a PhD and an LLM in Finance Law.