Engr Dr Akram Sheikh

Founding Co-Chair

Distinguished Senior Fellow & Former Professor Emeritus NUST & Former Deputy Chairman Planning Commission of Pakistan

Dr. Akram Sheikh is the founding Co-Chair of Global Think Tank Network, based in the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Islamabad. The vision guiding GTTN is the provision of knowledge-based inputs to the processes of national socio-economic development and collaboration with domestic and international knowledge-creating organizations for building common understanding to achieve common goals of peace, prosperity, and harmony. Dr. Sheikh brings a wealth of experience to GTTN for the realization of its vision.

Dr. Akram Sheikh has held the important post of Federal Minister / Deputy Chairman Planning Commission of Pakistan. He has also served as Federal Secretary of the Ministries of Communication, Water & Power, and Industries & Production. He has headed some of Pakistan’s largest public sector industrial establishments including State Engineering Corporation (SEC), Pakistan Steel Mills and Heavy Mechanical Complex (HMC).

Dr. Sheikh was the Professor Emeritus at NUST, and Advisor (Planning and Development) to a few strategic national organizations in addition to being Advisor to the International Steels Limited, a Pakistani multinational joint venture. He is also the founding Co-Chair of NUST Corporate Advisory Council (CAC), the university body dedicated to intensifying university-industry interaction for promoting entrepreneurship and innovation.

Owais Ahmed Ghani

Member, Senior Fellow GTTN

Former Governor Balochistan & Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Provinces

Mr. Owais Ghani is one of Pakistan’s most eminent and respected public personalities. He holds the honor of being one of only three people in Pakistan’s history who held the Governorship of two provinces. He began his political career in 1996, which saw him play an active and progressive role within the establishment in the KPK provincial cabinet during 1999-2002 and as Federal Minister for the Environment in 2002. In 2002, he was also appointed as the Governor of Baluchistan, and oversaw a difficult period of the province’s recent political history.

Mr. Ghani was appointed as the Governor of KPK in 2008, gaining a reputation for his integrity and strong stance against anti-national elements. Mr. Ghani has maintained a bi-partisan stance and is considered an instrumental authority on tribal issues emanating out of KPK. He was the Provincial Minister for Industries, Trade, Minerals, Labor, IT and Transport from 1999 to 2002, and Federal Minister for Labor, Manpower, Overseas Pakistanis, Local Government and Zakat in 2002.

Humayun Gauhar

Member, Senior Fellow GTTN

Renowned Writer/Columnist

Mr. Humayun Gauhar’s experience in journalism dates from 1980. In London he conceived and became the Founding Publisher and President of ‘SOUTH’, an international monthly magazine concerning Third World issues. ‘SOUTH’ achieved a circulation of over 100,000 in 160 countries. ‘SOUTH’ was also printed in Chinese in collaboration with the Xinhua News Agency under the name ‘Jingji Shejie’.

Mr. Gauhar was also Managing Director of the Third World Foundation for Social and Economic Studies, publishers of the Third World Quarterly, as well as of Third World Media Limited that co-published the ‘Guardian Third World Review’ in collaboration with The Guardian newspaper, London.

He was Editor of ‘Politics & Business’, Karachi, and is now Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of ‘Blue Chip’, Pakistan’s leading business monthly magazine – from June 2004 to date. Mr. Gauhar was lead Op-Ed columnist of ‘The Nation’, Pakistan, and now of ‘Pakistan Today’ His weekly articles are translated and published in a number of Pakistan’s vernacular newspapers. He writes occasionally for ‘The Sunday Times’, London and the ‘World Paper’, Boston.

Shoaib Suddle

Member, Senior Fellow GTTN

Former Director General Intelligence Bureau & Tax Ombudsman of Pakistan

Dr. Shoaib Suddle is regarded as a leading police and justice sector reform specialist in South Asia. He is a visiting criminal justice expert at the United Nations Asia and Far East Institute on Crime Prevention and Treatment of Offenders, Tokyo, Advisor Turkish National Police, and a resource person with several national and international organizations, including United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Vienna. He is also International Director of Asia Crime Prevention Foundation, Tokyo.

Dr. Suddle has an MSc (Econ.) in criminology and a PhD in white-collar crime from Cardiff University (Wales, UK), MSc (Physics) from Government College Lahore, and an LLB from the University of the Punjab. His doctoral thesis was on tax evasion. He is author of several publications on justice sector issues published both in Pakistan and abroad. He is regularly invited to speak at various international conferences around the world.

Dr. Suddle’s most recent assignment was the Federal Tax Ombudsman of Pakistan. Before this, he headed the Intelligence Bureau (Pakistan’s premiere civilian intelligence agency), following his stint as Inspector General Police, Sindh. He began his police career in 1973 and has held several key positions both at operational and strategic levels, including as Police Chief of Balochistan, Director General, National Police Bureau, Consultant in the National Reconstruction Bureau, Director General, Bureau of Police Research & Development, Police Chief of Karachi, Deputy Commandant, National Police Academy, and Director (Economic Crime), Federal Investigation Agency. His role in controlling urban terrorism in Karachi in mid 1990s and difficult law and order situation in Balochistan (2001-04) earned him wide acclaim, both nationally and internationally. In recognition of his exceptional contribution, he was decorated with the top gallantry award of Hilal-e-Shujaat in 1996 and top civil award of Hilal-e-Imtiaz in 2008.

Specialties: Justice Studies, Justice Sector Reform, Counter Terrorism, Comparative Police Administration, Police Training, White Collar Crime.

Amer Ahmad Hashmi

Member, President & Senior Fellow GTTN

Secretary General – NUST Corporate Advisory Council (CAC) & Chairman of eOcean (Pvt.) Limited

.Mr. Amer Hashmi is a global strategist & entrepreneur, typical of the current innovation-based knowledge economy. Mr. Hashmi is a graduate of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government’s prestigious Leadership Program on ‘Innovation for Economic Development’. A Business graduate from the York University in Toronto, Canada, he specializes in National Economic Development, Public Policy Framework, International Relations, Corporate Strategy, Global Finance and Marketing, with a diverse international experience of excellence in organizational leadership. He is also a graduate of the renowned IBM Executive Forum – US and Canada and has been a member of the select club of high-level executive managers at IBM, besides being National Principal for IBM Global Services, Toronto, Canada. He was also Senior IT Advisor to the Commonwealth Society of Canada. Mr. Hashmi is the founding CEO of Si3 – one of Pakistan’s pioneering technology outsourcing firms. He is the Vice Chairman of Arfa Karim Foundation, a private non-profit foundation and is the Chairman of eOcean (Pvt.) Limited, a leading mobile value-added services company.

Mr. Hashmi is currently the Secretary General of the CAC & President of the GTTN, Islamabad, Pakistan. In this capacity, Mr. Hashmi has played a leading role in formulating a comprehensive strategy for realizing the five key strategic thrusts i.e., excellence in teaching and education; focus on research; spirit of enterprise; internationalization of higher education and a global perspective; and a positive impact on society. Mr. Hashmi has led the establishment of various initiatives at NUST serving as vehicles for realizing NUST’s strategic thrusts. The mandate of GTTN is creating special knowledge partnerships for regional and global peace and prosperity with leading academic and non-academic think tanks in Asia-Pacific, North America, and Europe, of which the first is the China-Pakistan Joint Think Tank. He is the Secretary General of the CAC, a pioneering university-based platform in Pakistan for promoting industry-academia-government collaboration for innovation and entrepreneurship. He was the Chairman – Executive Committee of the National Science and Technology Park (NSTP) Program of NUST. His strategic plan for the transformation of NUST into a 21st century entrepreneurial university also included the establishment of a venture capital fund for innovation and entrepreneurship which was to suitably integrated within the NSTP to facilitate the process of the growth of new technology-based firms at NSTP. He had also led the NUST NSTP’s bid for hosting the 2017 World Conference of the International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP) in Islamabad.

Mr. Hashmi has also presented Pakistan’s vision of NSTP at the WTA-Daejeon, Korea and has been a distinguished and keynote speaker at international and national forums including: Skolkovo Startup Village 2015, Russia’s largest innovation and entrepreneurship event; London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS); the prestigious US Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs of North America (OPEN); the Canada Pakistan Business Council (CPBC); Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS); National Defense University (NDU) and Government College University, Lahore (GCU).

Dr. Sania Nishtar

Member, Senior Fellow GTTN

Founder and President, Heartfile

Former Federal Minister for Science and Technology

.Dr. Sania Nishtar is an internationally acclaimed Pakistani physician and public health expert. She currently co-chairs WHO’s High-Level Commission on Non-communicable diseases along with the presidents of Uruguay, Finland and Sri-Lanka. She also co-chairs the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Healthcare and the U.S National Academy of Sciences Global Study on the Quality of Healthcare in low and middle-income countries. In addition, she also chairs the United Nations International Institute for Global Health’s Advisory Committee. She is the founder and president of the NGO Heartfile in Pakistan and has previously served as a federal minister in the Pakistan government in 2013. She was Pakistan’s nominee for director-general of the World Health Organisation in 2017 and was in the final shortlist of three. Earlier she was also founding Chair of the UN Secretary General’s Independent Accountability Panel for Women’s and Children’s health and chaired WHO’s Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity. She has received many international awards for her work and is widely published. Sania Nishtar graduated from Khyber Medical University as the best graduate in 1986. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and took a Ph.D at Kings College London.

Muhammad Masood Aslam

Member, Senior Fellow GTTN

Former Ambassador to Mexico & Commander XI Corps, Peshawar

.Lieutenant-General Muhammad Masood Aslam, HI, HI(M), SJ, afwc, psc, (born September 1, 1952 at Jhelum) is a retired three-star rank general officer and politician who has served as Pakistan’s Ambassador to Mexico since June 2011. His last assignment was as the principal commander of the XI Corps and commanded the unified chain of command fighting the pro-Tehrik-e-Taliban forces in the North-West Pakistan from 2007 to 2010. Serving as the field operational commander of the unified forces, Masood directed and oversaw the major operations against the militants, including First Battle of Swat, operations Zalzala, Sherdil, Rah-e-Rast and the Rah-e-Nijat.

While credited for successfully campaigning against the militants, he lost his only son, Hashim Masood, in the terrorist attack on Parade Lane Mosque in Rawalpindi in December 2009. Masood Aslam was awarded the civilian medal of Hilal-i-Imtiaz after retirement for his achievements in bringing peace to the northwestern Pakistan. He also functioned as the Colonel Commandant of Punjab Regiment from 2008 to 2010.

Dr. S.M Junaid Zaidi H.I, S.I.

Member, Senior Fellow GTTN

.Dr. S.M. Junaid Zaidi H.I., S.I. has rich and diverse experience spanning over forty years, ranging from the field of international and national organizations, educational institutions, research and teaching to foreign collaborative ventures. He has been the founding member of COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), which under his stewardship as its first Rector since inception in 2000, has grown into an institution with sound and creditable reputation both nationally and internationally. CIIT has expanded nation-wide with seven physical and one virtual campus. In addition internationalization of the CIIT programmes has grown exponentially, with the dual degree programme with Lancaster University being the hallmark of the numerous initiatives.

Dr. Zaidi has expertise in Information Technology, Project Planning and Management, Industrial Information Networking, Operations Research, System Designing, Technology Policy Analysis, Technology Utilization and Commercialization, Technology Monitoring and Forecasting, Technology Transfer, Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) Mechanism. His experience with the UN included setting up of the National Bureau of the UNDP’s project “Technology Information Pilot System (TIPS) in Pakistan. He has also served as Advisor to the United Nations’ ESCAP, APCTT for three years and had undertaken several missions to the countries in Asia and Africa in his capacity as the UN-expert on Information Technology. In addition to establishing Industrial and Technology Information System in Tanzania he was a member of the six-member team of international experts to review the Industrial Technology Development Policies and Strategies and proposed a long term Plan for the Government of Ghana.

Dr. Zaidi has participated as a resource person in a number of meetings and conferences and other events organized by the UN. In recognition of his uninterrupted service to society, the Government of Pakistan twice conferred the prestigious national awards of Sitara-i-Imtiaz in 2007 and Hilal-i-Imtiaz in 2014. Also in recognition of his continued contribution for the promotion and development of Information Technology, the NCR Corporation has awarded Dr. Zaidi the “IT Pioneer 1987-1995” in the year 2001 which is one of the highest IT award. The prestigious University of Lancaster also conferred on Dr. Zaidi an honorary doctorate degree in 2012 for his unmitigated service for promotion of transnational education.