​​CETE Core Team 

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Dr Adil Haider
Dean - Medical College, AKU​​ Pakistan

Dr Adil Haider is a proud AKU​
Alumni, from the MBBS Class of​​ 1998 after which he attained a Master in Public Health degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is ​a practicing Trauma and Acute Care surgeon
​ and a renowned international expert in healthcare access and disparities. Dr Haider has published more than 350 peer-reviewed papers and has been PI on extramural grants worth more than 14 million USD. ​He has served as a visiting professor at more than 30 internationally celebrated universities and has held numerous leadership positions in medical and surgical societies including serving as the President of the Association for Academic Surgery.​ ​Dr. Haider also serves as an active member of the Prime Minister’s National Task Force on Health.

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Dr Junaid Razzak 
Founding Director​

Dr Junaid Razzak earned his MBBS degree at the Aga Khan University and completed his residency in emergency medicine at Ya​le University. He also holds a doctoral degree in Public Health from Karolinska Institute. Dr Razzak is currently associated with Weill Cornell Medicine as Vice Chair Research and previously served as Director of the Center for Global Emergency Care at the Johns Hopkins​ University​.

Dr Razzak is an accomplished researcher who brings a wealth of research experience in emergency medicine, medical informatics and public health. He is one the few NIH funded researchers in the area of global emergency medicine and has worked at the NIH as a visiting scientist​. Dr Razzak has published more than 130 peer reviewed manuscripts on topics ranging from emergency care and vulnerable communities to innovation and technology.​​

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Dr Huba Atiq
Assistant Director 

Dr Huba Atiq is an alumnus ​of the AKU Medi​cal College's PGME and Pakistan's 1st 
Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician trained from The Hospital ​for Sick Children, Toronto. Currently, she is leading AKU's National Tele-ICU project and working as a​ Pediatric Emergency Medicine physician for AKUH. During her time at ChildLife Foundation, she led the COVID19 Task Force, developed and implemented various capacity-building training programmes for pediatric emergency healthcare workers, and integrated telemedicine and e-learning orientation programmes. Dr Atiq is certified by the University of
Toronto in 'Developing Programmes with an Impact' and her research interests include emergency medicine, trauma capacity building and trainin​g, implementation research, and technology.​​

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Nurali Jivani
Senior Manager​

Nurali Jivani (MBA) is a business graduate who brings his vast expertise in the realms of Operations, Financial Management, Strategic Grant Administration, Research Law, Innovation and Incubation Management to the CETE team as an Operations Lead.
Out of the past 17 years of his career, Nurali has dedicated 12 years to serving the Aga Khan University, specifically through his command over Sponsored Research Administration, operational management of large projects, partnerships with internal and external stakeholders, and facilitating grant review functions.
During this time, Nurali has also been actively involved with AKU's Board of Trustees reporting and policy development at the University level and has been the force behind the successful implementation of funded studies and trials in both community and hospital settings.​


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Physician in-lead - Pakistan Life Savers Programme

 Dr Noor Baig (MBBS, FCPS - Medicine) is pulling the strings behind the Centre's flagship Pakistan Life Savers Programme as a lead physician. Dr Baig is also serving as an Assistant Professor for the Department of Emergency Medicine - AKUH. ​Dr Baig is a graduate in Creativity and Change Leadership from the Buffalo State College, State University of New York and a PhD Scholar and Fellow for the Fogarty Internatio​nal. 

Dr Baig's research interests include epidemiology and outcomes of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in LMICs.​


Yasir Shafiq

Senior Instructor - Research

Yasir Shafiq, an MSc Health Policy and Management graduate, is now pursuing a PhD at Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale “Amedeo Avogadro,” Italy. Simultaneously, he works as a visiting Graduate Student at Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, focusing on Global Health and Population.​ He also serves as a Research Scholar at the Department of Pediatrics, Brigham and Women's Hospital, focusing on Global Advancement of Infants and Mothers.​

Yasir specializes in public health, focusing on maternal, neonatal, and child healthcare during crises, exploring the intersection of Conflict, Climate Change, and Global Health Emergencies like pandemics.​


Sarah Baber

Assistant Manager - Admin and HR

Sarah Baber, M.Phil. in Public Health, is a seasoned professional with over a decade of dedicated service at the Aga Khan University. Throughout her tenure, Sarah consistently showcased exceptional administrative skills and strategic acumen, playing a crucial role in the success of various clinical laboratory-based projects, clinical trials, and capacity-building initiatives. In her previous positions at the Aga Khan University, Sarah has held a pivotal administrative role, demonstrating proficiency in overseeing diverse projects and ensuring their seamless execution. 

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Batul Fatimah 

Assistant Manager - Grants and Finance 

​Batul (MBA, BBA in Health Care Management) oversees the Centre's Grant Management, Project Management,  and Financial Managment. Batul  has successfully implemented a complete Sign Off Research Tracking (SORT) system to standardize the Award & Post-Award operations at the AKU. She has also worked in implementation of multiple research projects within AKU and worked in collaboration with agencies like BMGF, Sick Kids & UCL.​


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Zaheer Babar Chand
Research Fellow

Zaheer is a graduate from National University of Sciences and Technology with Bachelors in Telecommunication and is now serving CETE as a Research Specialist for the Equi-Injury Project. A proud gold medalist at NUST, Zaheer also holds an MBA from Leeds Business School, UK. Additionally, he is a Microsoft Certified Professional and a member of Pakistan Engineering Council. Zaheer brings over 20 years of diverse experience in the Corporate, Social and Development sector to the CETE team. Zaheer has also had the honour of working with UNICEF Pakistan and the British Gas (Centrica Group UK), where his contribution to the North Midlands team turned it to the most profitable territory within one year. He has held various senior level positions in the past with prestigious organizations like British Gas, INJAZ Pakistan, AMAN Foundation, UNICEF, Mobilink Orascom, PTCL Etisalat, WorldCall Omantel etc​.​

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Tasbeeh Fayaz Ali

Coordinator - Marketing and Communications

Tasbeeh Fayaz (MBA -Marketing IoBM)  oversees the Centre's communication strategy, digital marketing, online visibility, content conceptualization, design, and editorial functions. With a thorough experience in content marketing, Tasbeeh is also serving as the Centre's web and SEO expert, design lead, and the Chief Writer/Editor for the Pakistan Life Savers Programme newsletter, soci​al media, email campaigns, and relevant editorials regarding the Centre's research and capacity building initiatives. Tasbeeh also contributes to and overseas the Centre's web services development and video production as a project lead.​​

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Ayaz Ilyas 
PLSP Lead Trainer

Initially, a civil engineer, Ayaz's journey as a clinical trainer started after he embarked on the BLS training under the American Heart Association. Ayaz Ilyas is currently a Pakistan Life Savers Programme Lead Trainer. Previously, Ayaz was associated with the Emergency Medicine Department at AKU as a Senior Research Assistant and has dedicated innumerable hours to CP​R and BLS trai​​nings.  ​


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M. Sohaib Iqbal
Assistant Manager - PLSP

M. Sohaib (MSc Health Management)  oversees the training and execution functions of the Pakistan Life Savers Programme. As a former clinical trainer at Aman Foundation​, Sohaib has trained over 60,000 Individuals  in pre-hospital Trauma and Medical Emergencies.​ Sohaib has also been associated with the American Heart Association as an instructor and expert in pre-hospital life support and medic​al emergencies.​

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Zabin Wajid Ali
Research Fellow 

Zabin Wajid Ali (M.Phil. Public Health and enrolled in PhD. Biological sciences with a specialization in Microbiology), is associated with the Aga Khan University since the last eight years and has been a core part of various clinical laboratory-based, public health-based, and capacity-building projects, alongwith peer reviewed publications. Her research interests primarly revolve around public health, with a key focus on exploring strategies to enhance the delivery of healthcare services through the use of advanced technologies. Presently, she is associated with CETE as a Research Fellow for the  Equi-injury project.

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Ume-e-Aiman Chhipa​

Research Specialist

​​​​Initially an occupational therapist, Ume-e-Aiman Chhipa (MSc Biostatistics and Epidemiology, AKU) now serves the Centre as a Research Specialist for the iRise Project. Aiman has previously been associated with AKU as an innovation fellow at the CCIT and describes innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship as her forte. A hardcore researcher by the day and innovator by the night, Aiman also has the privilege of co-founding two start-up projects - Rinder and Maseeha Health.  She has been involved with Community Health Medicine as a Research Consultant for their London Imperial College project BOLD. Her major interests include occupational health, trauma injury, environmental epidemiology, mental health, and frugal innovation.


Komal Abdul Rahim

Research Fellow

Komal Abdul Rahim, a distinguished scholar holding a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BsCN) and a Master of Science in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, stands as a proud recipient of the prestigious National Institute of Health (NIH) D43 Fogarty fellowship. 

With a rich background as a critical care nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at the AKUH and over 30 publications to her credit, including 10 as the first author, Komal's dedication to advancing knowledge in various domains is evident. Her research interests encompas areas such as medical education, clinical outcomes, rehabilitation, sexual and reproductive health (SRH), and adolescent health.

Currently, she contributes her expertise as a Research Fellow for the Equi-injury project at CETE.​