Plenary S​essions

November 24, 2018

Congress Tracks

Teaching and Learning - TL
Gender Equity - GE
Campus Life - CL

Being young in Pakistan by Adil Najam

Dr Adil Najam, Inaugural Dean of the Pardee School of Global Studies and co-author of the Pakistan National Human Development Report on Youth, will talk about the some of the key challenges and opportunities facing Pakistani youth today.

Student centred design for academic spaces (TL)

World-leading architects will discuss the current state and potential future of academic spaces with a student centered focus.


Arif Hasan, Architect

Marvi Mazhar, Co-Founder, Architecture Design Research Lab

Safdar Abidi, Architect – Principal, Perkins+Will

Moderator: Abeer Sheikh, Student, AKU

Gender equity in university design (GE)

Critical issues of building gender equity into university design will be discussed from a variety of perspectives by experts in public policy, social innovation, women’s empowerment and much more. 


Bina Shah, Author

Kanza Azeemi, Associate, McKinsey & Company

Raza Ahmad Rumi, Faculty, Cornell University

Moderator: Dr Saad Shafqat, Professor of Neurology, AKU

Students as partners: preparing future leaders (CL)

Explore the perspectives, evidence, and methods through which students can be engaged and empowered as stakeholders and true partners in university settings and beyond. 


Dr Arshad Ahmad, Vice Chancellor, LUMS

Dr Eileen Hyder, Academic Developer, University of Reading

Jibran Nasir, Human Rights Lawyer and Trustee, Elaj Trust

Moderator: Anjiya Suleiman, Student, AKU