​Find a​n Expert

The Aga Khan University is a pioneering institution of higher education whose mission is to improve the quality of life in the developing world and beyond, through world-class teaching, research and healthcare delivery.​

The University’s experts are recognized nationally and internationally for their expertise in a number of fields.​


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Adil H. Haider​ is the dean of Aga Khan University Medical College, professor of surgery and Community Health Sciences; and a practicing Trauma and Acute Care surgeon. He is credited with uncovering racial disparities after traumatic injury and establishing the field of trauma disparities research.

Asad Ali is the associate dean of Research at the Medical College, Pakistan and professor, Department of Paediatrics & Child Health. He specializes in pediatric public health of developing countries, especially infectious diseases, vaccines and childhood malnutrition in Pakistan and the region.


Ather Enam​ is a professor of neurosurgery and chair, Department of Surgery in Pakistan.​ He is expert in neuro-oncology, neurovascular surgery and spinal surgery.

Dilshad Ashraf is an associate professor at the Institute for Educational Development in Pakistan. She is a specialist in curriculum, teaching learning, school improvement, educational governance, and gender and equity issues in education​​​.​

Faisal Ismail is an associate professor in the section of Gastroenterology. He specialises in diseases of the digestive track and endoscopic procedures.​

Faisal Mahmood,  an associate professor and section head of Infectious Diseases. His expertise is in COVID-19 and HIV along with management of infections by multi-drug resistant organisms. 

Farhan Raza Khan is an associate professor of Dentistry at AKU. He specialises in Operative Dentistry & Endodontics with special interest in Oral Implantology. He is actively involved in the clinical research, dental education and assessment​.

Farhat Abbas​ is a professor of urology. He is an expert in urological cancers, molecular research in urological cancers and medical education.​​

Fyezah Jehan, Chair, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, an associate professor and paediatrics infectious diseases specialist. Her clinical expertise is in childhood infections including neonatal infections, respiratory illnesses, vaccines and vaccination.​

Javaid Ahmed Khan is a professor of pulmonology at AKU in Pakistan. He is expert in asthma, COPD, tuberculosis, and smoking cessation.​​

Moladad Shafa is a whole school improvement specialist with years of experience in improving schools in the marginalised areas of Pakistan. He is an associate professor and the head of the Professional Development Centre North in Gilgit-Baltistan, an extended arm of the Institute for Educational Development in Pakistan.​


Muhammad Shahzad Shamim is an associate professor and specialist in neuro and spine surgery. His area of expertise is complex disorders of spine, and tumours of brain and spine.

Nelofer Halai is a professor emerita ​of science education at the Institute for Educational Development in Pakistan. Her research interests include: teaching and learning in science, higher education, and teaching research methods.​​​

Rozina Kar​maliani is the Professor & Associate Director of the School of Nursing and Midwifery in Pakistan. Her areas of research include women, child and adolescent health with special focus on the prevention of gender-based violence and suicides and the promotion of mental health and wellbeing.

Saad Shafqat is a professor of neurology at AKU in Pakistan. He is expert in stroke and neuromuscular diseases.​

Sajid Ali  is an education policy specialist and the head of graduate programmes and an associate professor at the Institute for Educational Development in Pakistan. His research interests include globalization and education policy, new forms of educational governance and policy networks.​

Stephen M. Lyon, a professor and the dean of Faculty of Arts and Sciences, is an expert in the computational methods in the social sciences. He was an early adopter of digital field methods in anthropology and has written extensively about managing and analysing field data using computational tools.​

Zulfiqar Ahmed Bhutta is the Distinguished University Professor and founding director of the Institute for Global Health and Development and the Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health at the Aga Khan University.​

​​East Africa

Amina Abubakar is the director, Institute for Human Development in East Africa. Her research expertise include neuropsychology, child development and school psychology. She has contributed to the development of open access psychological measures for use in low and middle-income countries. 


Columba Mbekenga is an academic head at School of Nursing and Midwifery, Tanzania. Her expertise are Women and C​hild Health, Community and Public Health, Ethical issues in Genomic research.​


Eunice Ndirangu​, academic head at School of Nursing and Midwifery, Kenya. Her expertise is HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support. She is interested in nursing research. ​​​​

Hussein Kidanto​ is an associate dean, Medical College in Tanzania. He has more than 20 years of clinical experience in the field of Obsterics and Gynaecology. 

Joe Lugalla is director of the Institute for Educational Development in East Africa. His research is focused on medical sociology, medical anthropology, globalization, global health, development, and education.​​

Joseph Mwizerwa is the academic head, School of Nursing and Midwifery in Uganda. His interests are in leadership in nursing, quality of nursing education and clinical practice. ​

Marleen Temmerman is a professor of obstetrics and gynaecology, and director of Women's Health and Research in East Africa. Her interests include women's health, global health, implementation science, policies and practices, and sexual and reproductive health and rights.​​

Nancy Booker is an assistant professor in Multimedia Journalism at Graduate School of Media and Communications. Her expertise is in broadcast journalism, media trends, media effects, and human communication.

Tashmin Khamis​ is associate vice provost, Quality Teaching and Learning. Her interests are in quality of teaching and learning in institutions of higher education, online and blended learning in higher education, curriculum development. ​


William Macharia,​ an associate dean of research at the Medical College. His specialty is paediatric oncology and child health.​


United Kingdom​

Philip Wood, an associate professor at the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, is an expert in the intersection of political and religious ideas in the Middle East, ca. 500-800. He is also interested in the reception of this period of history in contemporary curricula.​​

Sarah Bowen Savant​ is an associate professor at the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations. She is a cultural historian specialising in the Middle East and Iran ca. 600-1100.