Carol Joan Ariano

Vice President, Human Resources​

The Vice President of Human Resources will provide strategic human resource leadership and development for Aga Khan University as it continues to grow geographically and programmatically. The​ key responsibilities of the VP, HR are to build and lead a cohesive human resource culture​ across the University's geographic sites, colleges, and programmes, provide proactive leadership and create an internati​onally harmonised environment through the development of best-practices policies and programmes in key areas like recruitment, retention, promotion, employee relations, benefits and compensation. The VP, HR is also responsible for organisational development and the creation of effective training programmes tied to the University's priorities, and will ensure th​at human resource strategies and initiatives are aligned with and support the strategic and operating objectives of AKU as it further expands and develops.

Ms Carol Joan Ariano joined AKU as Vice President, Human Resources in April 2008. Ms Ariano, a Canadian national, holds a Bachelors of Arts ​(Hons.) degree in English from the University of Regina, Saskatchewan, ​Canada and has over 28 years of diverse experience, including executive and leadership positions with the public, private and voluntary sectors. She has worked extensively in policy and programme development, mergers and acquisitions and global operations support, as well as in the research, development, implementation and evaluation of human resource programmes and policies. Prior to joining AKU, Ms Ariano worked for nine years as Vice President, Human Resources for Global Operations at CGI, the largest Canadian IT service firm. During her tenure there, CGI from 2000 employees in Canada to 25,000 in 21 countries world-wide.