All Speakers

Sana Mir (Keynote) 

The face of women’s cricket for Pakistan! Sana is one of only 8 international women cricketers to achieve the double feat of 1,000 runs and 100 wickets in One Day International, ODI, cricket.

Wasif Rizvi (Keynote) 

Wasif A. Rizvi, President of Habib University, has steered the formation of a unique higher education institution with global partnerships, innovative curricula and a transformative student experience

Ali Hashmi 

Dr Ali M. Hashmi, associate professor of psychiatry at King Edward Medical University, has authored research papers and literature and poetry books, including a biography of his grandfather, Faiz Ahmed Faiz.

Bina Shah

Well-known women’s rights activist, Bina Shah, is the author of five novels, two collections of short stories, and numerous articles in international publications. Her previous novel, A Season for Martyrs, was published in France, India and USA.

Dr Arshad Ahmad

Dr Arshad Ahmad, Vice Chancellor of LUMS, has numerous books and articles to his credit. He is a global expert on approaches to teaching, student evaluations of teaching, teaching excellence and student partnerships.

Dr Eileen Hyder

Dr Eileen Hyder is an Academic Developer and HEA Principal Fellow at the University of Reading. Her interests run towards academic development and CPD; diversity and inclusion; reflective practice and professional identity.

Jehan Ara

Jehan Ara, president of P@SHA, founder of The Nest I/O, entrepreneur, leader, mentor and a friend to all who have known her. Led by Jehan, The Nest I/O has become the epicenter of innovation in the local technological ecosystem. 

Safdar Abidi

An internationally renowned architect, Safdar Abidi, specializes in the planning and designing of university campuses focusing on finest student experience, institutional mission, and sustainability.

Alyas Karmani  

British-born Pakistani imam, psychologist, social activist, community and youth mobilizer, and sexual health educator, Alyas Karmani, blends modern practicality with traditional Islamic scholarship in innovative ways

Dr Geraldine Van Gyn ​

Former Professor of Education at the University of Victoria in Canada, Dr Geraldine Van Gyn, has authored Teaching for Critical Thinking and many articles related to methodologies that support engaged and deep learning.

Norbert Almeida 

Norbert Almeida, a global expert in Security & Crisis Management, has trained government officials and security professionals; conducted awareness campaigns; and regularly tweets security updates at his Twitter channel.