Board of Directors
Dr. Zaheer Ahmad (Late)
Starting his career as a lecturer in the Department of Pharmacy of the University of Punjab, Lahore; Dr. Zaheer Ahmad traveled a long way and was President & Chief Executive Officer Shifa International Hospital, Chairman Tameer-e-Millat Foundation and Shifa Foundation and Member BODs Society for International Help, USA. His educational assets comprise of degrees from within the country as well as from abroad. After acquiring educational as well as professional experience in the States, he wanted to return to his homeland and pay a tribute to it by building a state-of-the art institution. A premier healthcare institution, now renowned as Shifa International Hospital, was a brainchild of his. After seeing the initiation of the implementation of his idea, he endeavored further to make an effort to improve the educational scenario in the country. Tameer-e-Millat Foundation was then developed, which has now seen 20 years of functioning. The Hospital coupled with Shifa Foundation (A charity-based healthcare facility) is on the ride towards success since its inception. His vision of life runs thus: Not merely living, but living with quality means Life & Quality of Life is weaving highly ethical and moral values in one’s everyday living. Hence it is not necessarily an outcome of academic and materialistic procurements but the ultimate result of acquiring and practicing characteristics and values like Faith, Self-Realization, Truth, Honesty, Sincerity, Patience, Generosity & Benevolence, Pledges & Promises, Tolerance & Pardon, & a Heart Free from Rancor & Enmity.
Dr. Habib-Ur-Rahman graduated from King Edward Medical College. He received his internal medicine training at D. C. General Hospital, Howard University, Washington D.C. and Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan and Wright State University, Dayton Ohio. He completed his fellowship of Cardiovascular Disease from Mount Sinai Hospital, University of Connecticut, Hartford, Connecticut. He is Board Certified by American Board of Internal Medicine and also American Board of Cardiovascular Diseases. He has extensive experience in cardiology as well as in education, training and management. He has been Consultant Cardiologist and Head of Cardiology at Graham Hospital, Canton, Illinois and later at Byrd Regional Hospital at Leesville, Louisiana in USA. In addition to teaching experience in Wright State University, Connecticut he is presently member of the Senate of Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University. He has been member of different scientific councils and committees including Pakistan Lifesavers Foundation, Pakistan Cardiac Society and Faculty of Cardiology, College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan. He is among the founding members of Shifa International Hospital and Shifa Foundation. He is also a Board member of Shifa Foundation which is a non-profit, charitable organization involved in the treatment of non-affording and less privileged patients as well as active in medical education through Shifa College of Medicine and Shifa College of Nursing
Dr. Manzoor H. Qazi
Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Manzoor H. Qazi is a founding member of Shifa International Hospital and has been a board member since its inception. He was appointed as Chief Executive of the company on 10th October 2011. He received his medical degree from King Edward Medical College Lahore. Later he was trained in USA at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Chicago and Flushing Hospital in New York for Internal Medicine and later in Louisiana State University for Cardiology. He is Board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiology from American Board of Internal Medicine and Cardiology. He has an extensive experience of practice of cardiology as well as administration and management. He was Consultant Cardiologist and President Medical Staff at Byrd Regional Hospital, Leesville, Louisiana for several years. He has also served as President of local chapter of American Heart Association and State Medical Society. He previously has been fellow American College of Cardiology, American Chest Physician and American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review for Physicians. He was actively involved in the initial planning and founding stages of Shifa and later on in the management of the Hospital and has been Medical Director of Shifa International Hospitals Limited since its conception, through planning and implementation until when he accepted the position of Chief Executive Officer. He is also member BOG of Shifa Foundation, a non-profit organization involved in healthcare for poor and medical education.
Mr. Muhammad Zahid
Board Of Director
Muhammad Zahid, a healthcare professional with enviable experience, is a founding member of the team that conceived and built Shifa International Hospitals Limited. His association with Shifa dates back to 1985 when a group of Pakistani Americans, mainly healthcare professionals, started developing the idea of a world-class hospitals chain in Pakistan — the country of their origin. Zahid is a graduate of University of Karachi with major in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Later on he graduated from the USA in the discipline of Business Administration & Economics. Zahid’s expertise and career encompasses diversified areas including Healthcare Projects, Hospital Management and Leadership Development. He established and successfully ran healthcare related businesses in the USA for over 30 years. Simultaneously he remained associated with the landmark project of Shifa International Hospitals Islamabad; besides his critical role in administration, Zahid had major contribution in the strategic development and growth of the Hospital as a member of the Board of Directors. As a founder member, he closely worked with Center Research Inc. (CRI) — a Princeton, New Jersey based hospital design consultancy firm — to design and develop the initial hospital plan to ensure realization of the founder team’s concepts. This involvement continued till the development of a master plan in 1989. Following this, Zahid moved to Islamabad and gave quality input in the development of business processes, procedures, system development in different areas of the hospital and leadership development at different and diversified levels till 1997. His contribution in the development of this new hospital had far-reaching impact on the growth of the organization in the years to come and was highly commended by his colleagues. After playing his part in setting Shifa International Hospitals to a smooth sailing, Zahid returned to the USA in 1997 but always made himself available to the team at Shifa when and where needed to cope with the emerging business challenges. Towards the end of 2014, nevertheless, he bade farewell to his engagements in the USA and again returned to Islamabad at a time when Shifa needed him to explore newer areas and develop new sites. Presently as Executive Director, Zahid looks after the critical areas of Planning, Project and Business Strategy & Development.
Mr. Shafquat Ali Chaudhary
Board Of Director
Mr. Shafquat A. Chaudhary earned a B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from West Pakistan University of Engineering and Technology and an M.Sc. degree in Industrial Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, USA in 1973. Though he holds two impressive engineering degrees, he assumed control over his destiny by transforming himself into an entrepreneur. He secured an insurance brokerage license and in 1978 opened Triboro Brokerage Inc. the first taxi medallion and insurance brokerage business owned by a South Asian American. In 1986, he founded Elite Limousine Plus Inc. which today is one of the largest, privately owned, executive transportation companies in the tri-state area and an established leader in developing and applying state-of-the-art technology in this industry. As a true entrepreneur, Mr. Chaudhary over a period of time pursued various other business ventures. However, in 2003, Mr. Chaudhary founded SoundView Broadcasting and expanded into cable and satellite television broadcasting business. Headquartered in Long Island City, NY, SoundView operates a 60,000 SF television facility to provide production, transmission and distribution services for international TV channels originating overseas and broadcast in the United States, Canada and Europe. Currently, SoundView Broadcasting is the exclusive licensee for 15 TV channels that are being transmitted from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Africa and France (Paris). Mr. Chaudhary is a founding owner of “AFRO” a black focused, English language mainstream TV Channel which is carried by Comcast on its domestic Digital Tier nationally. He recently started Soundview DAM LLC and got involved in Bitcoin Mining. Mr. Chaudhary still manages to find the time to devote his energies and financial resources to charitable organizations which promote and foster traditional family values and social responsibility. He was the president of the Society for International Help, a U.S. based not for profit organization that through Tameer-e-Millat Foundation operates over 400 schools for poor children in remote areas of Pakistan. He is a shareholder and Director of Shifa International Hospital, Islamabad, Pakistan. In addition, he is a founding shareholder and Director of Sialkot International Airport. He is also the owner and founder of Elite International School, Islamabad.
Mr. Qasim Farooq Ahmad
Board of Director
Mr. Qasim Farooq Ahmad brings young blood and new dimension to the Board of Shifa International Hospitals. He did his Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Bachelors of Arts in Economics from Stony Brook University, Stony Brook NY. He furthered his education with a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Columbia University, New York, in 2007. He has over 20 years of diverse experience in the technology sector focusing on production systems engineering with a strong background in software engineering. This includes 7 years of extensive experience working with high volume financial and reporting applications for companies on Wall Street such as Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital. Current major responsibilities include change management, incident management, performance planning, capacity planning, business continuity planning and disaster recovery, Sarbanes Oxley compliance and vendor management for all Fund Systems which includes the Front, Middle and Back Office applications. His previous experiences as the lead developer for the NYC Law Department include analysis, design, development and implementation of different technical projects.
Dr. Samea Kauser Ahmad
Board of Director
Dr. Samea is a graduate of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad. She joined the Board in 2011 and has been helpful in guiding the Board and the administration towards the future direction of the corporation. She has been serving as the Vice Chairperson of Tameer-e-Millat Foundation (TMF) for the past 10 years. Greatly inspired and influenced by the philanthropic work of her father, Dr. Zaheer Ahmad, she was determined to carry on the vision and legacy laid down by him. As Vice Chairperson, Dr. Samea governs the running and management of over 50 educational institutions in the TMF network, all across Pakistan. In addition, Dr. Samea also serves as a member of the Senate of the federally registered Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University. She currently resides in Islamabad with her husband and three children.
Syed Ilyas Ahmed
Board of Director
Syed Ilyas Ahmed has a long and illustrious career spanning over 45 years in healthcare management and its implementation. He has served in different capacities; Secretary, Scientific Governing Board and Head of Administration in Salahuddin University Hospital, Tripoli, Libya. After returning to Pakistan, he joined The Kidney Center, Karachi as its Chief Executive (1993 – 2000). Later he proceeded to Islamabad in Shifa International Hospitals Ltd and accepted the post of Chief Operating Officer (2001 – 2005). At present he is Chief Advisor Operations at Tabba Heart Institute, Karachi. During his phenomenal professional tenure, he successfully managed premier healthcare facilities, both in Pakistan and abroad. His acumen includes but not limited to, strategic planning, policies and procedures, budgeting and fiscal control, human resource, public relations and quality assurance management. He introduced ISO Quality Management System in Pakistan for the first time in 1995 and is known as Baba-e-ISO in quality conscious circles in Pakistan. Mr. Ahmed, during his university days was a Badminton Champion and accomplished Debater, Gymkhana Secretary and Magazine Editor of University of Karachi (1968-72). He was President of Sind Pharmacy Graduates Association (1970-72). He plays golf and has a refined taste in literature and shows keen interest in a wide range of aesthetic disciplines including culture and history.
Prof. Dr. Shoab Ahmed Khan
Board of Director
Dr. Khan is a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA. He is an inventor of 5 awarded US patents and has 350+ international publications. His book on Digital Design is published by John Wiley & Sons and is being followed in national and international universities. Dr. Khan has more than 25 years of industrial experience in companies in USA and Pakistan. He has been awarded Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (Civil), National Education Award 2001 and NCR National Excellence Award in Engineering Education. He is the chancellor of Sir Syed CASE Institute of Technology (SS-CASE IT) and founding member of Center for Advanced Research in Engineering (CARE). SSCASE IT is a federally chartered engineering institution that runs one of the largest post graduate engineering programs in the country and has already graduated 70+ PhDs and more than 2000+ MS in different disciplines in Engineering. Whereas CARE, under his leadership, has risen to be one of the most profound high technology engineering organizations in Pakistan developing critical technologies worth millions of US dollars for organizations in Pakistan. CARE has also made history by winning 12 PASHA ICT awards and 10 Asia Pacific ICT Alliance Awards while competing with the best products from advanced countries like Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia etc. Dr. Khan has served as Chairman of Pakistan Association of Software Houses (P@SHA) and as member of Board of Governance of three entities in the Ministry of IT and Commerce. He has also served as Deputy Chairman of National Computing Education Accreditation Council (NCEAC). He is also an adj. Professor of Computer Engineering at NUST College of EME. His book of Urdu poetry is recently published with title, “Kagazi ha parahan”. He is a member and focal person of Prime Minister Taskforces on Knowledge, Economy, Science & Technology and IT and Telecommunication.
Dr. Mohammad Naseem Ansari
Board of Director
Dr. Mohammad Naseem Ansari graduated from the Punjab University, Department of Pharmaceutical Science. He went for his postgraduate studies at Columbia University, New York City, USA and was granted a full talent scholarship. He has a very rich and illustrious career spanning over forty years both State side and upon his return to Pakistan. After the completion of his studies, he joined Mt. Sinai Hospital and School of Medicine, New York City for the internship and training program. He served there in different administrative capacities for about eighteen years. He returned Pakistan in 1988 and joined Shifa International Hospitals Limited from its inception and was assigned different roles such as Director Operations during the construction phase and Chief Operative Officer and Chief of Special Services once in operations. He was instrumental along with the other members in the establishment of Shifa College of Medicine in 1988 under the aegis of Shifa Foundation and became its first Chief Operating Officer. After the establishment of Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University in March 2012 he served at different administrative positions at STMU. He is a member of American Hospital Association and also the “Rho Chi” Honor Society, Columbia University, New York City, USA. He also served on the board of International School of Islamabad as a member and then as the Board Chair for a few years. He also has the honor and privilege of serving on the Board of Shifa International Hospitals Limited, Islamabad.
Mr. Javed K. Siddiqui
Board of Director
Mr. Siddiqui is a senior Chartered Accountant, fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountant of Pakistan, and a “Certified Director” on the data bank listing of Pakistan Institute of Corporate Governance. He has a very rich and diversified exposure spanning over 40 years, 2 continents, 4 countries and 11 industries including banking, oil and gas, manufacturing, FMCG, trading, hospitality, regulatory organization and consulting, and has worked with several multinationals. He has worked for 15 years in various countries and for 25 years in Pakistan, in the fields of corporate, organizational, financial, human resource, and I.T management, held progressively senior management positions in various multinational companies and large international & local organisations, both in private sector and public sector, and a regulatory authority. Mr. Siddiqui started his carrier in 1974 with PWc, (A. F. Ferguson & Co) Chartered Accountants, where he completed the requisite training for Chartered Accountants, after which he was hired by Smith & Nephew Pharmaceutical Co., a subsidiary of a British pharmaceutical and cosmetics company. Later he joined Pakistan Petroleum Ltd., the then subsidiary of Burma Oil Company, U.K., and worked in the Project & Development Division. He was then hired by Saudi Naval Forces to head their internal audit Department in Jeddah. On completion of 5 year term with Saudi Navy, he joined Unilever Pakistan Ltd., later moving on to Dubai in 1990 where he worked for 10 years for various organizations, his last assignment being with Dubai Investments. He has also worked for Toronto Dominion Bank in Canada as Financial Analyst. In the year 2000, Mr. Siddiqui was hired by a public sector financial institution in Islamabad, Pakistan, as its Chief Financial Officer with a mandate to restructure it and convert it into an incorporated entity amalgamating another public sector financial institution with it. He was a key member of the team that was responsible for the restructuring and amalgamation process & incorporation of SME Bank, which is still the only specialised bank catering to the needs of SME sector. On incorporation of SME Bank he was assigned additional responsibilities as Company Secretary of the Bank. After 4+ years with the Bank, Mr. Siddiqui then moved on to Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan, the apex regulator of the corporate sector and securities market, as Executive Director for Company Law Division, where he served for 8 years and headed various other Divisions as well. Since 2013, Mr. Siddiqui is a Partner in a Chartered Accountant and consulting firm in Islamabad. He has served on the Board of a Bank’s subsidiary leasing Company, Chairman of the Board of an I.T Company, and also performed as Acting CEO of a public sector financial institution. He has also served on the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan’s committee on ‘Public Sector’. This committee is responsible for interacting with the Auditor General and the Controller General Accounts officials on the adoption of IPSAS and corporate governance in State Owned Enterprises in Pakistan among other related areas. Mr. Siddiqui is a certified trainer and have conducted Directors Orientation Programme for the Board of Directors of a Bank. Travelled widely, attended numerous conferences, seminars and workshops in various countries, and spoken on international and national forums on professional topics.
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