BOARD OF ADVISORS

Dr. Ayesha Mian

Dr. Mian is an Associate Professor and Chair at the Department of Psychiatry at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Karachi, Pakistan. She graduated from Baylor College of Medicine, USA and is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (DABPN) & the American Board of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (DABCAP). Her research interests include Mood Disorders and educational research in Mental Health Literacy.

Dr. Nargis Asad

Dr. Asad completed her Post-Magisterial Diploma in Clinical Psychology and then went on to get a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Institute of Clinical Psychology at the University of Karachi. Currently, she is working at Pakistan’s leading institution; The Aga Khan University Hospital.

Dr. Kausar Waqar

Dr. Waqar graduated with a Masters in Special Education and obtained an MBBS from Sindh Medical College from the University of Karachi. She is now an Inclusion Specialist with substantial experience in designing teaching courses and researching the areas of Inclusive Education, Gender in Education and Evaluation in Education for teachers in higher education. Currently working on gender issues in education within schools of Sindh and Baluchistan, Pakistan. Her research interests include disability, gender and evaluation issues in a developing context and looking for their contextual solutions.

Dr. Nilofer Vazir

Dr. Vazir obtained her Ph.D. in Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies from the University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in Canada. She also has a Masters Degree in Teacher Education from the Aga Khan University, Institute for Educational Development (AKU-IED) with a specialization in Social Sciences and Primary Education. She has also been an Associate Professor and the Coordinator for ECED programs at AKU-IED and the Regional Director at the City School Network in Karachi, Pakistan. Dr. Vazir has been engaged in leading primary educational teams and teaching programs in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Dubai. She has extensive experience in designing, teaching and supervising learning and research method courses ranging from PhD, MEd, advanced diploma and even certificate programs.

Dr. Paramjit T. Joshi

Dr. Joshi is the Endowed Professor and Chair in the Division of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Children's National Health System. She is also the Professor of Psychiatry, Behavioral Sciences, and Pediatrics, at George Washington University School of Medicine and has also served as its former president. At present, she is a council member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She has a PhD in Pediatrics from Punjab University in Pakistan and the Christian Medical College and Brown Memorial Hospital in Ludhiana, India and remained at John Hopkins for 22 years after completing her training there in General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent psychiatry. During the past 25 years, she has developed an expertise in the psychological effects of violence, crises, and trauma in children. Dr. Joshi has received numerous grants to direct research and provide outreach services, including programs in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina during the war in the Balkans. She has also trained adult psychiatrists and pediatricians from war-torn countries such as Iraq and Eritrea on children’s mental health.

Tanya Jamil

Tanya Jamil graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the London Guildhall University and over the past 14 years, she has worked with children with special needs in both home and school settings. Since 1997 she has worked as a consultant, designing, implementing and overseeing home education programs for children with special needs including ABA programs for children with ASD. Much of her work has been with children, parents and schools to support successful inclusion for children with special needs in both mainstream and SEN settings. Currently, she is the headteacher and Special Need Education Coordinator (SENCO) and she monitors the special educational needs of all the children at Fredrick Hugh House School in London.

Dr. Asma J. Sadiq

Asma J. Sadiq, MD is the founder of Develomental Pediatrics Health/ Wellness in New York City. She has been board certified in General Pediatrics, Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics and Neuro-Developmental Pediatrics. Having worked for over 19 years as Director of Child Development at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City, she has extensive experience in providing care for children with special needs and supporting their families.

Dr. Qudsia Tariq

Dr. Qudsia Tariq is a Clinical Psychologist and professor at Department of Psychology (University of Karachi). She is Executive Board member at Association for Children with Learning and Emotional Problems (ACLEP). She is also a Member of American Psychological Association, British Sociological Association and Pakistan psychological Association.

Mr. Farman Lodhi

Mr. Farman is an entrepreneur with 20+ experience in working with large corporations in Pakistan and West Africa. He is currently associated with the JS Group and has created several businesses for the sponsors in renewable energy sector. Previously he has worked with Engro Corporation, GEL Utility Nigeria, Pakistan State Oil, and Pakistan Petroleum and has diverse experience of business development and management in Oil & Gas, Petrochemicals, Power, and ITC sectors. He is an Engineering graduate from UET Lahore with MBA coursework from IBA.

Dr. Zainab Zadeh

Dr. Zadeh is the VP of Pakistan Society of Excellence in Psychology and Consultant Manchester Global Foundation and Consultant Medilink consultant clinics doctors Plaza Do Talwar. She was the ex dean at the Institute of Professional Psychology Bahria University Karachi Campus.

Ms. Faiza Faisal

Faiza Faisal is a Structured Literacy Dyslexia Interventionist certified by International Dyslexia Association (USA) and an Associate Member of Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (USA)

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