Dr Anjum Halai

​Vice Provost​​​, ​Research and Graduate Studies​ an​d Interim Dean, Faculty of Arts and Sciences​

Dr Anjum Halai was appointed as the Interim Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences in September​ 2018. In addition to undertaking the leadership for FAS, Dr Halai is also  responsible for the AKU Examination Board.​

​​Dr Halai’s appointment as Associate Vice Provost Research and Graduate Studies became effective in April 2017.  Dr Halai provides support to the Vice Provost, Research and Graduate Studies with a particular emphasis on activities related to the social sciences and humanities in all AKU academic units in South Central Asia, East Africa and the UK.   Working with deans, directors, and other academic heads she promotes both discovery research and applied/knowledge transfer research primarily in humanities and social sciences. She encourages and supports collaboration and synergies in research between AKU and the various agencies within the Aga Khan Development Network.

Dr Halai chairs the University Research Council that provides strategic oversight in research governance and drives the development of policy and procedures to conduct research with ethics and integrity.  

Dr Halai is an international education expert with a wide experience of leading large international research projects including: the EdQual project with Bristol University UK; the ESRC/UNICEF sponsored ‘Education and Social Cohesion in Pakistan’ with Sussex University UK; and the Canadian SSHRC sponsored project in mathematics education with University of Alberta Canada (SSHRC Award 890-210-0027). With Oxford University UK, she is currently leading in Tanzania the prestigious ESRC/DFID funded ‘Assessment for Learning in Africa’ (Grant Ref: ES/N010515/1). 

She studied applied and pure mathematics in her undergraduate programme. She received her M.Ed., (Education) from the Aga Khan University Institute for Educational Development Pakistan, and D.Phil (doctorate) in Education from Oxford University UK.  Dr Halai joined the Aga Khan University Institute for Educational Development Pakistan in June 1998. She has served in positions of senior leadership at the Institute for Educational Development-East Africa in Tanzania (Sep 2009- Oct 2016). ​​