Friends of Amal

Dr. Amjad Pervez

Chairman - JumpStart Pakistan, AMCO IT SYSTEMS, GaneData Ltd | Founding Partner - Seafresh | Non Executive Director (Chairman Major projects committee) - Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Highly successful entrepreneur serving on diverse private and public sector Boards with a demonstrated history of working in the international trade and development industry. Skilled in Negotiation, Business Planning, Social Enterprise, Coaching, and Government. Strong business development and education interests professional graduated with Business Studies focused in Marketing from The University of Huddersfield.

Former corner shop owner Amjad Pervez, went on to found one of the UK’s largest cash and carry/food retailer chains, the Seafresh/ Adams Group.

Dr. A Pervez has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Bradford.

Dr. Amjad Pervaiz

Dr. Amjad Pervez

Pervaiz Bashir

MBA, Certified Medical Teacher | Transformational Leader with urge for Constant Change

Pervaiz Bashir

Pervaiz Bashir

Mr. Pervaiz is the CEO Thinline Consulting (Pvt.) Ltd., co-founder & Director Data Brain Solutions (Pvt.) Ltd. and Director Enterprise for Medical Education and Research (EMER). He is an avid trainer and a national communication skills expert. He has trained innumerable health care professionals, particularly residents and consultants, to help them develop ability to communicate professionally. He worked as Director Medical Education at the College of Physicians & Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP) from 2002 to 2007. He was Advisor to The President & chief facilitator at CPSP from 2007-19. Mr. Pervaiz became a Certified Medical Teacher from University of Liverpool in 2014.  He is the Vice President of Protection & Help of Children Against Abuse & Neglect (PAHCHAAN) from 2011 till present. Since 2007, he is Member Steering Committee of Family Physicians of Pakistan at the University of Health Sciences, Lahore.

Mr. Pervaiz is instrumental in developing and implementing an entirely new Learning Management System (LMS). The LMS has been used for Continuing Medical Education for healthcare professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic, and has been greatly appreciated.

His new-found passion is Online Education and the use of technology for enhancing learning for health care professionals. In pursuance to technology based solutions, he has launched the first of its kind telemedicine based Diabetes Virtual Clinic which is a 24/7 provision of specialist care to diabetic community in Pakistan.

Dr. Saira Saleem

Dr. Saira Saleem

Dr. Saira Saleem

Principal Research Investigator, Head, Neck & Colon Cancer - Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (SKMH & RC)

Saira came to the University of Bradford to study for a PhD in Cancer Research to further the work she was already doing at the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (SKMH & RC) in Lahore, Pakistan.

“The education and support I received at the Universityof Bradford’s Institute of Cancer Therapeutics (ICT) hasgreatly helped me in becoming a confident researcher. Mysupervisors’ were particularly helpful; one with industrialexperience and another with experience in academia meantI was fortunate in learning both aspects from them. Thegenuine support from these colleagues helped me realisethe importance of working as part of a team. "

Now back in Pakistan, Saira is working back at SKMH & RC as Junior Research Scientist. The hospital in collaboration with the University of Bradford supported her PhD. Saira has started a research project centred on Oral Cancer which is prevalent in Pakistan affecting high numbers of the population. The samples from Pakistani Oral Cancer patients will be collected at SKMH & RC and sent to the University of Bradford for further analysis in the Proteomics facility in the ICT where Saira worked as a PhD student.

“The multicultural nature of Bradford is amazing. It accommodates people from all different ethnicities, nationalities, and religions and yet it’s a happy place. I met so many different people all in one city as if I had toured the world. This helped me to grow my patience for others. When I passed my PhD and my supervisors and colleagues celebrated with cake and congratulated me and in that moment, I didn’t feel that I was 8000 miles away from my family. The staff at the University are always willing to help; Ididn’t have one bad experience throughout my 4 yearstay. I am very thankful to them all for taking such good care of me.“


Dr. Saira Saleem

Dr. Syeda Kiran Riaz, Ph.D

Assistant Professor - Dept of Molecular Biology Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University | In-charge, Molecular Diagnostic Lab, Dept of Pathology, PIMS Hospital, Islamabad

Research: Dr. Syeda Kiran Riaz received her Doctorate degree from Department of Biosciences, COMSATS University in 2019. She deciphered the potential role of developmental pathways in early onset of breast cancer using cutting edge technologies like CRISPR/Cas9 mediated gene editing. She received a research grant from HEC in 2016 to work at Texas A&M Health Science Centre, USA. She presented her findings at several international forums including San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. She has published 15 research articles in high impact international journals including Scientific Reports, Nature publishers. At present, she is serving as an Assistant Professor in Department of Molecular Biology, Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University (SZABMU), PIMS, Islamabad.

She is also supervising the molecular diagnostic lab for RT-PCR based detection of COVID-19, Hepatitis B and C viruses in department of Pathology, PIMS Hospital. She has recently been awarded a research grant of 17.8 million from HEC for Establishment of Fluorescent multiplex PCR based in-vitro diagnostic kit for blood cancer patients as Co-PI. Moreover, she has received funding of 20 million from Pakistan Science Foundation as Co-PI for a project focused on development of Artificial Intelligence based CADx system for rapid diagnosis of COVID-19 patients using Chest X-Ray (CXR) and Computed Tomography (CT) scans alongside RT-PCR. She is also engaged in teaching activities of the MPhil program in Molecular Biology, conducting classes of two courses (Genetic and epigenetic mechanism of regulation and Advances in Molecular Biology). Her research interests include health informatics, involvement of genetic and epigenetic mechanisms in disease pathogenesis as well as investigation of biomarkers for early disease diagnosis.

Prof. Shakila Zaman

MD, MCPS (Paeds) | Diploma in Epidemiology (UK), PhD (Epidemiology and Clinical Immunology, Sweden) | Professor Emeritus | Academic Head of Public Health Department, University of Health Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan.

Dr. Anwar Ul Haque

Prof. Shakila Zaman

Area of Specialisation: Paediatrics, Epidemiology and Statistical modelling

Research Interests: Interventional Research for promoting health in populations across all ages, Primary Health Care (health care delivery systems and evaluations), Nutrition, Curriculum Development, Research Methodologies and Ethics in Research/Health, Continued interest in Immunological Studies.

Currently working as Professor Emeritus at the University of Health Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan, heading the Dept of Public Health. A medical graduate from King Edward Medical College with an MCPS in Paediatrics from College of Physicians and Surgeons, Pakistan and learnt Epidemiology and Biostatistics from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London.  Did my doctorate from Göteborg University, Sweden in 1990 with focus on Epidemiology and Clinical Immunology. Attended several short courses, workshops and certifications in different subjects like: Management, Health sector financing and Reform, Maternal and Child health etc.

Worked as Medical Officer, Registrar, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor in Community Paediatrics at King Edward Medical College from 1976-2002. As Professor, was transferred to Fatima Jinnah Medical College in 2002. Headed Health Services Academy, Islamabad in 2005-2009 and developed the new Public Health Program which provided a first-time two years, semester based program in Public Health. Headed Institute of Public Health for a period of nearly 3 years. Retired as Professor of Preventive Paediatrics at Childrens’ Hospital, Lahore. Taught and supervised Undergraduate, Masters and Doctoral students locally and from reputed universities around the world.

Currently teaching Bachelors and Masters students in Public Health at the University. Planned two new programs to be started in near future: Masters in Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Masters in Health Economics and Health Management. Besides, several short courses, certificate courses, workshops and seminars on various subjects under maternal and child health, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Health systems, Supply Chain Management etc. are taught regularly.

During the course of my getting to understand research, have won numerous International grants for my Research studies. Worth mentioning are the Swedish grants, WHO, UNICEF, USAID, UNFPA etc. The Swedish grant enabled me to work in a longitudinal study which went on for 18 years. Raised several PhDs from different universities around the world. In the process, my publications, made in well-reputed International Journals kept increasing and now I have reached at more than 150 publications.

My major area of interest still remains Maternal and Child Health and Infectious Diseases with major focus on growth modelling and other more complex statistical modelling using SAS and STATA. Besides teaching and training, my interest in research and taking up the challenge of conducting research has never diminished. Recently finalized a book on Global Supply Chain Management of Public Health Commodities with special reference to Vaccine Preventable Diseases.

Dr. Anwar Ul Haque

Dr. Anwar ul Haque

Dr. Anwar Ul Haque

Professor of Pathology | Diplomat American Board of Pathology and Fellow College of American Pathologists

Safina Ahmed

Dr. Safina Ahmed

Dr. Safina Ahmed

Assistant Professor Pathology at Shifa College of Medicine | Part time histopathologist at Shifa International Hospital, Islamabad.

Qualifications:  MBBS, FCPS, FRCPath (UK)           

Fellowship: Fellow Royal College of Pathologists, UK. Fellow College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan.

Membership: Pakistan Medical and Dental Council, Pakistan. General Medical Council, UK.

Prof Dr Shoab Ahmed Khan

Prof. Dr Shoab Ahmed Khan

Prof. Dr Shoab Ahmed Khan

Prof Computer and Software Engineering NUST College of EME | Chairman of Pakistan Association of Software Houses (P@SHA) | Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, Pakistan

D­­­r Shoab Khan is of Prof Computer and Software Engineering NUST College of EME. He received his PhD from Georgia Institute of Technology USA in 1995. While in US he got extensive experience of working in several top notch technology companies like Scientific Atlanta, Picture Tel and Cisco System.

 In 1999 Dr Shoab Khan founded an exciting startup named Communication Enabling Technology (CET) from drawing room of his house in Pakistan. The startup raised US $17 Million in venture funding in 2000. CET had its head office in Irvine CA and development office in Islamabad. CET with Dr Khan as chief architect designed world highest density media processor chip for VoIP media gateways. For his innovate technology work, Dr Khan has 5 US patents to his credit.

Syed Ahmed

Syed Ahmad

Syed Ahmad

CEO, DPL (Pvt) Ltd. | Chair (IT Sub-Task-Force), Prime Minister’s Task-Force on IT & Telecom | Chair ICT Sub Committee, Planning Commission of Pakistan | Member, BoD, PRAL (FBR, Ministry of Finance) | Member, BoD, KP IT Board, Govt of KPK | Adviser, Incubators (COMSATS Incubator 1-ne) | Author of PTI Digital Policy

Syed Ahmad is IT industry thought leader and seasoned entrepreneur. He started his award winning company DPL, serving clients in USA, Europe and Middle East. With focus on "Innovation as a Service", DPL has helped various startups towards multi-million dollar exit and many fortune 500 corporations in their Digital Transformation journey. Syed is also advising government as Chair of IT, Prime Minister's TaskForce on IT and Telecom. He has also served on board of directors of various public sector companies like PRAL (FBR), KPITB (Govt of KPK) etc.

Dr Khan has contributed 350+ international publications and a world class textbook on Digital Design of Signal Processing System published by John Wiley & Sons and followed in many universities across the globe. He is a professor of Computer Engineering at NUST College of EME. He has supervised / co-supervised 20+ PhD and 120+ MS theses to completion.

He is also founding member (Chancellor / CEO) of CASE and CARE. CASE is a primer engineering and management school operating as a federally chartered degree granting institute, whereas CARE, under his leadership, has risen to be one of the most profound high technology engineering organizations in Pakistan. 

For his eminent industrial and academic profile, Dr Shoab has been awarded with numerous honors and awards. These include Tamgh-e-Imtiaz Pakistan, HEC best researcher award and NCR National Excellence Award in Engineering Education.

He is currently serving as a member of Prime Minister Taskforces on IT and Telecommunication, Science & Technology and Knowledge Economy, Deputy Chairman of National Computing Education and Accreditation Council (NCEAC) and has served as Chairman Pakistan Software Houses Association (P@SHA) for year 2014-15.

Mrs. Farhat Zia

Mrs. Farhat Zia

Mrs. Farhat Zia

Co-founder of Herts Asian Women’s Association (HAWA) | Trustee for St Albans for Refugees(StAR)

Farhat Zia brings over 30 years of experience in education, youth and community settings from grassroots through to international organisations. Currently a trustee of charity STAR supporting Refugees from Syria in the UK and abroad, and currently working on Sustainable SustFest21  project, (Sustainable Environment Steering Group) partnering local groups with climate change projects in Pakistan and Bangladesh.  Previous posts include chair of United kingdom Asian Women’s Conference ( UKAWC) co-founder and Former chair of award-winning Hertfordshire Asian women’s Association ( HAWA), and member of the UK Delegation of the United Nations Commission for Status of Women.

In a professional capacity, Farhat worked as an education adviser with a particular focus on Pakistani and Bangladeshi young people and moving them from NEET to university and multiple success stories from the “Break the Ceiling” initiative. Farhat also involved in NGO activities in Mansehra district, Pakistan from focusing on alleviating poverty and raising education standards to emergency disaster relief, water aid and supporting widows. Education extended from Canterbury University and Bedford University UK.

Ishtiaq Khaliq

Dr Ishtiaq Khaliq

Dr. Ishtiaq Khaliq

Biotechnologist | Analytical Development Scientist - MeiraGTx UK – Next Generation Gene Therapies

Ishtiaq is a Research Scientist with a plethora of experience in utilizing modern biotechnological approaches to answer complex biological questions. He is currently working as an Analytical Development Scientist in the Gene Therapy industry where next generation biologics are manufactured to treat genetic conditions including ocular and neurodegenerative disorders.

Ishtiaq did a PhD in Molecular Genetics from University of Sussex, UK, he has previously worked as Senior Research Scientist in biotechnology industry and academic organizations. 

Dr. Ahmed Omair

Ahmed Omair

Dr. Ahmad Omair

Assistant Professor Pathology - King Saud Bin AbdulAziz University for Health Sciences, National Guard Health Affairs

A medical graduate of King Edward Medical College with postgraduation in Pathology. Did my M.Sc. in Pathology at the world’s most Northern University, The University of Tromsø Norway with research involving role of MMPs in Oral Cancer. Did my Ph.D. at Oslo University Hospital-Rikshospitalet and University of Oslo, Norway, with research involving Pathology of lumbar disc degeneration and low back pain.

Currently working as Assistant Professor Pathology at King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh Saudi Arabia. Actively involved in academia and research in the field of Pathology. The main Research interests are Breast Pathology, Pathology of disc degeneration and low back pain, and role of Genetics in complex disorders. Have received Euro Spine Best Full paper award and AO spine young researcher award for my research contributions.

Looking forward to contribute towards academic and research excellence in my homeland Pakistan.

Adeel Anwer

Human Resources Transformation Leader | Optimization & HCM Specialist

Adeel is a Change Leader, Optimization Consultant and welfare volunteer; serving for over 25 years. He is Managing Partner of Zephyr Consulting, a boutique HR and Business Optimization firm. He is a LUMS graduate with top US HR Certifications from SHRM and HRCI. Citibanker in early 90s,; he has worked and consulted with top corporates of the country like, ICI, AkzoNobel, AWT, Touchstone, Dawood Hercules, Engro and PTCL. His passion is to help organizations as well as its people to lead a meaningful life.

Adeel Anwar

Adeel Anwer

Nauman Shaykh

Nauman Shaykh

Nauman Shaykh

Continuing successful track record of AI in operations since 2009

Nauman Sheikh worked on an AI project very early in his career back in 1996 when he built a rule-based Pilot Scheduling system for Northwest Airlines. He has been building and deploying predictive models in operational environments since 2008 when he built and sold Credit Risk Models to banks in 3 continents. In 2013 he undertook a 10+ million device project dealing with IoT, billions of records and Real-Time operational decisions using predictive models. He first used Neural Networks in 2009 to solve a Money Laundering problem which built on his earlier project he had undertaken for US Treasury on Anti-Money Laundering back in 2002. He is a hands-on practitioner and has written a book on implementing AI that covers problem definition, model building, model deployment and overall business adoption of AI. His recent work is focused on Text Mining, Human Machine interface and gaming.

Ahmed Malik

Ahmed Malik

Ahmed Malik

Information Technology Executive - Leader

Ahmad Malik is currently working as an independent IT Management Advisor with a leading healthcare organization. Before that, he was a Head of Information Technology at Learning Care Group for 11 years, leading all aspects of technological development supporting the company's innovative educational programs and customer solutions. Previously, Ahmad spent 12 years with aCiber (now HTC Global) in senior IT roles of steadily increasing responsibility, most recently as Director of Application Services. During that time, he was responsible for the implementation and enhancements of enterprise resource planning (ERP), Business Intelligence, and Custom/Packaged applications. Before that, Ahmad served as an IT Consultant. 
Ahmad holds an MS Information Systems degree from Lawrence Technology University and an MBA from the University of Colorado at Denver. Ahmad graduated from the FAST Institute of Computer Science Lahore in 1994 and later obtained a bachelor's degree from Western Michigan University. 


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