Secretariat


Maryam Farooq

Research Associate, Institute for Global Health and Development
farooq.maryam@aku.edu

Maryam Farooq graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education with a Master of Education in International Education Policy in May 2020. Prior to that she graduated from the State University of New York at Old Westbury with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences. Maryam has diverse research interests that relate to global health, specifically the intersection of health and education, that is largely shaped by her personal background. She is the daughter of parents from Pakistan and Afghanistan and was born and raised in Queens, New York. In her current role as a Research Associate for the AKU-IGHD she supports the Institute in various capacities with administrative, research and project management tasks. 


Asghar Ali Khan

Director of Research and Grants Administration, 
Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health 
asghar.ali@aku.edu 

Working as the Director, Research and Grants Administration and responsible for ensuring that all the research administration functions of the extramural and intramural research grants of the CoE-WCH (and also for the Institute for Global Health and Development) are appropriately managed. From pre-award to post-award including contract negotiations, regulatory affairs, compliance, audits, financial management, effort reporting, due diligence of proposals, and coordination with support departments of the University, the scope also expands to communicating and negotiating with international and national granting agencies. With a Master of Research Administration (MRA) from the University of Central Florida and a Master of Business Administration from Pakistan, Mr Khan possesses over 14 years of proven experience in research administration and grants management.

Mr Khan provides research and grants management oversight to all IGHD functions along with communications support to the team. His vision is to serve the developing world in the area of women and child health by advocating and promoting transparent, effective and timely research.  


Diana MacKay

Special Advisor to the Provost, Aga Khan University
diana.mackay@aku.edu​

Diana serves as Special Advisor to the Provost at 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 Conference Board of Canada, Diana led the Roundtable on Socio-Economic Determinants of Health, the Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management, the Canadian Centre for Environmental Health, and the Centre for Health System Design and Management. 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.  ​​