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Meet the people

Centre for IMPACT is jointly led by Aga Khan University in Pakistan and University of York in the UK with Rawalpindi Medical University Khyber Medical University (Pakistan) partnering and key collaborators in:

  • Afghanistan (HealthNet TPO and Kabul University of Medical Sciences)
  • Pakistan (Baqai Institute of Diabetes and Endocrinology and The Initiative)
  • UK (Universities of Edinburgh and Liverpool)
  • Luxembourg (Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research)
Aga Khan University (AKU), Pakistan

Dr Zainab Samad

Co-Director; Co-lead, Cardiovascular Disease research theme; Professor & Chair, Consultant Cardiologist, Dept of Medicine, Aga Khan University, Pakistan

Dr Salim S Virani

Co-Lead Research Capacity Strengthening Working Group; Vice Provost Research, Professor and Staff Cardiologist, Department of Medicine

Zulfiqar Bhutta

Lead, MEL Working Group; Founding Director of the Institute for Global Health and Development and the Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health

Dr Aysha Almas

Deputy Lead, Research Capacity Strengthening Working Group; Associate Professor, Department of Medicine

Dr Romaina Iqbal

Co-Lead, Cardiovascular Disease research theme; Lead, CEI Working Group; Associate Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences

Mr Ali Hussaini

Deputy Lead, CEI Working Group; Research Manager

Mr Imran Ahmed Chauhadry

Deputy Lead, MEL Working Group; Director, Projects & Data Management Unit
University of York (UoY), UK

Professor Kamran Siddiqi

Professor in Global Public Health

Professor Najma Siddiqi

Lead, Mental Health research theme (SPIRIT-D); Co-lead, Research Capacity Strengthening Working Group; Clinical Professor in Psychiatry

Prof. Helen Elsey

Co-Lead, KEDI Working Group; Professor of Global Public Health

Jenny Westad

IMPACT Programme Manager (Chair of PMG)

Nicky Traynor

Research Project Co-ordinator/Administrator

Mehreen Faisal

Deputy Lead, Mental Health research theme (SPIRIT-D); Deputy Lead, Research Capacity Strengthening Working Group; Research Associate

Professor Simon Gilbody

Director of the Mental Health and Addictions Research Group (MHARG)

Professor Catherine Hewitt

Professor of Trials and Statistics and Deputy Director of York Trials Unit

Dr Saima Afaq

Co-Lead, Population Level research theme; Assistant Professor and PhD Coordinator
Hull York Medical School (HYMS), UK

Professor Kamran Siddiqi

Professor in Global Public Health

Professor Najma Siddiqi

Lead, Mental Health research theme (SPIRIT-D); Co-lead, Research Capacity Strengthening Working Group; Clinical Professor in Psychiatry
Khyber Medical University (KMU), Peshawar

Professor Zia Ul Haq

Vice Chancellor and Professor of Public Health

Dr Khalid Rehman

Lead Investigator KMU, Assistant Professor at the Institute of Public Health & Social Sciences
Rawalpindi Medical University, Pakistan

Dr Faiza Aslam

Coordinator and Research Fellow

Professor Asad Nizami

Lead, Mental Health research theme; Director of IoP, Benazir Bhutto Hospital, Rawalpindi Medical University
Institute of Psychiatry (IoP), Pakistan

Dr Faiza Aslam

Coordinator and Research Fellow

Professor Asad Nizami

Lead, Mental Health research theme; Director of IoP, Benazir Bhutto Hospital, Rawalpindi Medical University
HealthNet TPO

Dr Abdul Rahman Shahab

Deputy Country Director
Kabul University of Medical Sciences
Baqai Institute of Diabetology & Endocrinology

Professor Abdul Basit

Lead, Diabetes research theme; Director, Baqai Institute of Diabetology & Endocrinology

Dr Asima Khan Niazi

Deputy Lead, Diabetes research theme; Co-Lead, KEDI Working Group; Public Health Program Director

Amber Tahir

Deputy Lead, Diabetes research theme
The Initiative, Pakistan

Ali Kamran Baba

Deputy Lead, KEDI Working Group
The University of Edinburgh
University of Liverpool

Professor Atif Rahman

Lead, Mental Health research theme (PM+); Professor of Child Psychiatry & Global Mental Health

Dr Siham Sikander

Deputy Lead, Mental Health theme (PM+)
Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research

Professsor Marc Suhrcke

Co-lead, Population Level research theme; Professor Centre for Health Economics