Shaukat Ali Khan
Global Chief Information Officer
Shaukat Ali Khan is the Global Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the Aga Khan University and Hospitals (AKU). A member of the University Senior Leadership Team, Shaukat is responsible for all ICT systems, serving over 20,000 users across AKU’s global portfolio of Hospitals, Medical Centers and University locations in Asia, Africa and United Kingdom.
Shaukat joined AKU from the University of Central Asia (UCA), where he held the position of Chief Information Officer. During his time at UCA, Shaukat implemented digital transformation strategies relating to information management, processes, infrastructure, cybersecurity and distance learning initiatives among other pivotal responsibilities. He was also a part of UCA's Executive Management team leading the University’s IT organisation across fifteen (15) geographic locations in four countries.
Previously, Shaukat was Head of IT Production Infrastructure at Novo Nordisk's corporate headquarters in Denmark and Global Senior IT Infrastructure Architect for the network infrastructure which serves more than 42,000 employees in over 80 countries worldwide.
Prior to Novo Nordisk, Shaukat worked at UNICEF HQ IT Center in Copenhagen, where he was responsible for local data networks and the integration of global data networks and support IT operations.
Shaukat's international career spans over 20 years across strategic and operational IT disciplines in educational, pharmaceutical, humanitarian, defence and hospitality sectors in both developed and developing countries. He holds a Master's in Computer Science from Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden and a Bachelor of Engineering from Hamdard Institute of Information Technology, Pakistan. He is also a Harvard Business School certified Dynamic Manager and Leader.
Over the years, Shaukat has been highly recognized for his work. He has received more than 40 national and international awards, including the DXInspire Award in 2022 (The DXInspire Award represents the highest accolade that a CIO can receive) and the World CIO 200 Legend Award in 2022 and 2021 by the Global CIO Forum. He has also been awarded the "Thought Leader's Excellence Award" by the President of Pakistan, Dr Arif Alvi, at the closing ceremony of the Global Digital Summit in January 2023. Previously, he was the recipient of the “Innovator of the Year” award at Novo Nordisk and has published a book entitled “Technological and social issues in the development and deployment of facial recognition biometric systems”. Shaukat also has the honor of being Pakistan’s nominee for the United Nations’ highest technology position, Chief Information Technology Officer - Assistant Secretary General.
Additionally, Shaukat has conducted online public lectures with over 50 global technology leaders, including Vint Cerf, who is considered the ‘father of the internet’, and Toomas Ilves, the former President of Estonia. The media often requests Shaukat’s presence to discuss global and national technology trends.