Our Team 

​The Institute for Global Health and Development is a growing team of research scientists, academicians, and management staff who are the driving force behind the Institute's growing value. Although the team comprises of multiple talented individuals with multidisciplinary experience, following members are leading the efforts in areas of their expertise:

​Diana MacKay

Global Practice Lead

Diana serves as Special Advisor to the Provost at the ​Aga Khan University and supports the launch of strategic initiatives. She brings a range of experience with international financial institutions, universities, government agencies, NGOs and businesses. Diana spent ten years with the World Bank in Washington D.C. where she was instrumental in the reforms and restructuring brought on by globalization in the mid-1990s and the creation of the Human Development Network which managed all of the Bank's lending operations in education, health, nutrition, population, and social protection. 

At the Institute, Diana serves a key role as Strategic Advisor to the Founding Director, and mobilizing efforts for advancing long-term collaborations and partnerships, regionally and globally. She has also played an instrumental role in the launch of the Institute. 

Diana earned a BA from Wellesley College, incorporating a year at Tokyo's Waseda University. She has a master's in Public Policy from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and the designation as a certified Chartered Director from The Directors College. She served as the inaugural Visiting Fellow at the Canada School of Public Service. ​​​

​Dr. Jai ​​K. Das

​Assistant Professor, Paediatric​s and Child Health & Assistant Director, IGHD


As a researcher and academician, Dr. Das is serving as Assistant Professor, Division of Women and Child Health and Section Head, Public Health and Epidemiology at the Aga Khan University, Pakistan. He has been actively involved in research, including community- and clinical-based trials, population-based surveys, qualitative and mixed methods research, and evidence-based systematic reviews. Some of his premiere publications include Lancet series on Maternal and Child Undernutrition 2013, Newborn and Neonatal Health 2014, Stillbirth 2016, Women’s and Children’s Health in Conflict Settings 2021, and Undernutrition 2021. He has also authored more than 150 international peer-reviewed papers and is on the editorial board of BMJ, PLoS and BMC. His interests include estimates of burden of disease, effectiveness of various interventions, development of research capacity, and the strengthening of public health.

Masooma Raza

Manager, Communications 

Masooma Raza brings with her a well-rounded experience of healthcare communications and media & public relations. She is serving as the lead Communicator for IGHD and Network Manager, Sustainable Development Solutions Network, ​Pakistan (SDSN-PK), a national node of a global initiative of United Nations​. Ms. Raza is a Fulbright Scholar and holds a Master of Healthcare Administration and Policy from University of New Haven, Connecticut. ​