​Find a​n Expert

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


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Asad Mian is an associate professor of paediatric emergency medicine at AKU in Pakistan. He specialises in childhood emergencies.​​


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.​​


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.​


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

Moti Khan, is a registered dietitian at the ​Aga Khan University Hospital in Karachi. Her expertise are diabetes nutrition and weight management.​



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.​​


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.​


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

​Alex Awiti is the Vice Provost, East Africa and Interim ​Dean, Gr​aduate School of Media and Communications​. He is expert in public policy issues in environment, education, agriculture, water, extractive resources, urbanization and climate change.​


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. ​​​


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.​


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.


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.