In July 2013, Dr. S. Sohail H. Naqvi joined LUMS as the fourth Vice Chancellor of the university. He has served as the Executive Director of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) for 8 years. At the HEC, he helped develop and implement a comprehensive strategy for the revival of the university education sector of Pakistan. With a PhD in Electrical Engineering and extensive teaching and research experience both in the US and Pakistan, Dr. Naqvi has a number of patents to his credit. He has also worked with startups bringing high-tech inventions to the market place.
Dr. Naqvi oversaw the development and implementation of over PKR 15 Billion worth of higher education programmes as a member of the Human Resource Development & Strategic Planning at HEC. Prior to that, Dr. Naqvi filled in as the Vice President Operations at Communications Enabling Technologies, Islamabad. He served as an Assistant and Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA, before returning to Pakistan in 1995 to join the Faculty of Electronics at the GIK Institute of Technology. He remained at GIKI until end of 1999 as Professor and Dean. He joined the HEC in 2002 and became its Executive Director in 2004.
Also, he is the founding member of Engineering Education Trust (EET), a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the development of higher education in Pakistan. The Centre for Advanced Studies in Engineering (CASE ) is the first project of EET that in one year's time, became the largest post-graduate engineering programme in Pakistan.