1. Dr. Abdul Ghafoor Principal
School of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering (SMME)
NUST Co-Chair CAC Automotive Sector Committee
NUST Co-Chair CAC Engineering Sector Committee
Dr. Abdul Ghafoor has done Bachelor and Master in Aerospace Engineering from College of Aeronautical Engineering, Pakistan and University of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA respectively. He has also done PhD in Robotics from University of Salford, UK. He has worked as a visiting professor in Kings College London. And has also been a Fulbright Scholar at University of Florida, USA. Dr. Ghafoor has over 50 publications in the journals and conferences of international repute.
Dr. Ghafoor has been in NUST for more than 18 years. He joined NUST College of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering as Assistant Professor in 1992 and served there for more than 17 years. He has been head of Mechanical Engineering, Dean and Vice Principal of College of Electrical and Mechanical engineering. He has supervised and produced one PhD and 15 MS students. Presently three PhD’s students are undergoing their research work under his supervision. His research interests include design, grasping and fine manipulation in Robotics. Presently he is serving as Principal of School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, NUST since August 2009.
2. Mr. Sikandar Mustafa Khan
Chairman, Millat Group of Companies
Industry Co-Chair CAC Engineering Sector Committee
Mr. Sikandar Mustafa Khan qualified as a Mechanical Engineer from NED University of Engineering & Technology, Karachi in 1967. He has a Post Graduate Diploma from the University of New-Castle Upon Tyne, U.K.(1969) and Masters Degree & Diploma in Production Engineering (DIC) from Imperial College of Science and Technology, London University (1970), He also attended several management courses locally and abroad, including International Advanced Management Program (1983) at International Management Institute, Geneva, Switzerland and Leadership Development Program at Center for Creative Leadership (Colorada Springs), U.S.A. In addition he participated in the Financial Management Course (1989) at Pakistan Staff College, Lahore, The Management Control Course (1990) and the Strategy for Business in Developing Countries Program(1993) at LUMS. Mr. Khan is serving on the Board of several Companies of both Public and Private Sector Companies including the Board of Habib Bank Limited, the largest private sector Bank of Pakistan. He has varied experience in the Automotive and Engineering Industry and has been associated with it since 1972. He was the Vice President of Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI) for the period October 1997 to September 1998. Mr. Khan was appointed as Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Millat Tractors Limited (MTL) in October 1985 and was elected Chairman of the Board in 1991. He is also the Chairman of Millat Group Companies including two associated companies; Bolan Castings Limited &Millat Equipment Limited and Millat Industrial Products Limited as a subsidiary of Millat Tractors Limited.
3. Dr. Tariq Mehmood
Principal School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (SCEE)
NUST Co-Chair CAC Infrastructure Sector Committee
Dr. Tariq Mahmood was commissioned in the Corps of Engineer of Pakistan Army in October 1976. He obtained a degree in Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Military College of Engineering (MCE) Risalpur in 1982. He graduated from Command and Staff College Quetta in 1987. In 1993 he obtained his PhD Degree in Civil Engineering (specialized in Transportation Engineering) from Michigan State University USA. He obtained his Masters in War Studies from the prestigious National Defense University, Islamabad in 2005. During his service in Pakistan Military he held various significant Command, Staff and Instructional assignments. Dr. Tariq served as Commandant Military College of Engineering Risalpur, Director General Personal (ISI), Director General Procurements Pakistan Army, and Director General Welfare and Rehabilitation GHQ Rawalpindi. He taught Post Graduate Civil Engineering classes at National Institute of Transportation along with the supervision of various research projects, including those for National Highway Authority (NHA) as well. Owning to his exceptional services he received various accolades from the Pakistan Military in the form of medals:
- Hilal-e-Imtiaz (HI), Military
- Tamgha-e-Baqa (TB)
- Tamgh-e-Istaqlal (TI)
He has also served in Design and Consultancy Directorate where extensive design of road and airport runways was undertaken. He retired as Major General from Pakistan Army in 2013. He is currently serving as Principal School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST).
4. Dr. Asad Ali Shah Convener
PEC Think Tank Sub-Committee for Construction & Infrastructure
Former Member Infrastructure, Planning Commission of Pakistan
Former Director General, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Industry Co-Chair CAC Infrastructure Sector Committee
Dr. Asad Ali Shah, former Member Infrastructure, Planning Commission, has a doctorate in civil engineering from University of Manitoba, Canada. He has over four decades of experience in broad-based development activities mainly in Infrastructure development. His positions with the Government include Chief of the Planning Commission, and posts in the Planning and Development department, Government of Punjab. He has also worked extensively for the Asian Development Bank (ADB) overseeing development projects across a multitude of Asian countries and projects related to urban planning, water and major infrastructure works in countries such as Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. Dr. Shah has spent over 10 as Director General of the ADB. Dr. Shah has been a key contributor to the Medium Term Development Framework (2005-2010) and the on-going work on the long-term strategic framework, Vision 2030.
He is a distinguished member of several professional societies including American, Canadian and Pakistani societies of civil engineers, Concrete Institute, American Planning Association and the Pakistan Engineering Council. Dr. Shah has been a prominent consultant to the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, UN agencies and other international organizations. During the 1994-2001, Dr. Shah developed an extensive program of collaboration with China in the infrastructure sector, particularly in the areas of water supply and sanitation, environment, transport and strategic planning for cities including two of the most prestigious projects in China in the urban sector were the multi-billion dollar Suzhou Creek Environmental Rehabilitation Project in Shanghai and Tianjin Wastewater Treatment and Water Resources Protection Project.
5. Mr. M. Naeem Mukhtar
Chairman, Allied Bank Limited
Industry Co-Chair CAC Banking and Financial Services Sector
Mr. Naeem Mukhtar completed his graduation from Government College, Lahore; Mr. Mukhtar completed a professional tour of qualifications and education in the field of textiles and textile management. As Chief Executive Officer for Ibrahim Fibres Limited, Mr. Mukhtar has under seen the tremendous growth of the Company, engaged in the productions of Polyester Staple Fibres for various downstream applications. The company also manufactures Polyester based technical yarns for downstream processing. The current year revenue of the Company is US$ 262 million. In 2004 Ibrahim Group acquired a majority stake in Allied Bank Limited which has 760 branches in Pakistan. The current year balance sheet footing of Allied Bank is US$ 4,900 million. He is currently Chairman of the board of directors of Allied Bank, as well as having served as member of the boards of Adamjee Insurance Company and National Textile University in Faisalabad.
6. Dr. M Bilal Khan
Principal, Centre for Advance Studies in Energy (CAS-EN)
NUST Co-Chair CAC Energy Sector Committee
Dr. Mohammad Bilal Khan ,T.I. (BE, MS ChE, DIC, PhD) served as Director of Prime Glass which enjoys the unique honor of manufacturing the 27 feet circumference glass dome that crowns the Monument of Pakistan at Lahore. He is the founding Dean and Director Projects at SCME NUST where he established Post Graduate Institutions in the unique areas of Energetic Materials Engineering and Surface Engineering. Currently he is serving as Principal/Director Centre for Energy Systems (CES) designed to cater for national projects in this needy area and enjoys the unique honor of being awarded the first patent on behalf of NUST. He served as a consultant to the US Department of Energy project on Syn. Fuels, a project that had traveled from Rust Engineering in New York to Argonne labs in Illinois to UC Berkley. A major breakthrough by him enabled the project to recover from its long slumber and activated it to the point of commercialization. Invention is assigned to University of Arizona. He also served as Project Consultant to the PAF. He worked across four continents on diverse projects ranging from Energy Systems to Machine Design to high performance Composites. Dr. Khan has been actively involved in advanced research in the areas of Alternate / Renewable Energy, Aerospace Materials, Interface Engineering and Nano-composites. He has over 90 publications in archival journals of international repute with several keynote / invited contributions in International Conferences and Symposia. Dr. Khan is referee for several international journals including Energy update, polymer composites, composites, journal for mechanical engineering, nucleus, polymer engineering science, macromolecules, journal of advanced materials etc and has been invited to join the Editorial Board of the distinguished US Journal of Energy and Power. He has authored four books printed by eminent US Publishers. Dr. Khan has 6 Patents to his credit as a result of breakthrough technologies in Syn. Fuel, Biofuel, Nano-composites, Reactive Processing, Interface Structures, and Specialty Polymers. Dr. Khan is leading a sizeable project in the energy sector on behalf of NRG Bio-Fuels Canada. He serves on the experts review committee of the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan and the Board of Governors at RIU. He is co-chair Chemical and Energy sectors for the Cooperate Advisory Committee (CAC), NUST and fellow TMS USA. He received the UK ORS Award. In recognition of his meritorious services to the country he has been conferred the President's Medal for Technology.
7. Mr. Irfan Akhtar
Pro Rector Finance and Investment (F&I) NUST
NUST Co-Chair CAC Social Sector Committee
A Chartered Financial Analyst by profession with diverse, cross-functional experience of over 30 years covering banking, investment management, structured Islamic finance and advisory in various business environments covering Europe, Central & South America, South Asia and the Middle-East regions. Positions held over the last fifteen years have been at senior management & professional level in the advisory capacity with the Government of Pakistan; the Islamic Development Bank (IDB); Bank Muamalat-Indonesia and the National University of Sciences and Technology - Pakistan.
Irfan Akhtar worked with the IDB group for over 10 years, from 1994-2001 initially and then again from 2005 till 2010. From 2001 to 2005, he took up an assignment with the Government of Pakistan as Financial Advisor, to develop a restructuring proposal for the Ministry of Railways. During his tenure with the IDB he has worked at senior levels as Head of Project Finance, Islamic Banks Portfolio; Head Project finance, Strategy and Restructuring– Asset Management and as a member of the Board of Commissioners of Bank Muamalat- Indonesia, a leading shariah bank. From 2009 to 2010 he was also actively engaged in developing IDB's policy and strategy on PPP related financing for its member countries. He was a member of various standing committees including IDB’s Asset management committee and was Chairman of both the Investment Review Committee and the Non-Sovereign lending technical committee of the Bank.
In December 2010, he left the bank to join NUST as their Chief Financial Officer and continued to perform the duties as Commissioner of Bank Muamalat – Indonesia till October 2011.
8. Dr. Ijaz Shafi Gilani
CEO, Gallup Pakistan
Industry Co-Chair CAC Social Sector Committee
Dr. Ijaz Shafi Gilani received his doctorate in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1977. Thereafter he taught in the Department of International Relations, Quaid-I-Azam University for ten years (1977-1987). He also served as Chairman of the Department of International Relations (1980-81). From 1991-93, he served as adviser to the Prime Minister and was Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Committee for Research and Analysis, an in-house think tank which he set up at the Prime Minister’s Secretariat.
Currently Dr. Gilani heads Gallup Pakistan which specializes in opinion and marketing research. Gallup Pakistan under the Chairmanship of Dr. Gilani was the pioneer in Media Research in Pakistan launching the 1st TV Rating service in the country. He is also serving as part of 7 members Board of Gallup International and Chairs Expert Group on Opinion Research.
Dr. Gilani has headed a number of research projects in the field of social and economic development, strategic studies and political behaviour. He served as Project Director at the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (1979-81), and co-chaired the crisis and conflict Analysis Team at the Institute of Strategic Studies (1984-93). He has also served as Research Adviser to the National Defence College. Currently Dr. Gilani is an honorary Senior Fellow at the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics Islamabad. He is a former member of the Board of Governors of Bahria University.
Dr. Gilani has published on a wide range of subjects. He has lectured in various Universities and other institutions of higher learning, such as the National Defence College, National Institute of Public Administration, Administrative Staff College and the Institute of Strategic Studies. He has travelled abroad widely for participating in academic conferences and delivering lectures in different parts of the world.
9. Dr. Muhammad Mujahid
Principal/ Dean, School of Chemical & Materials Engineering (SCME)
NUST Co-Chair CAC Chemical Sector Committee
Mohammad Mujahid received his PhD in Materials from the University of Oxford, MS in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, and, a BS in Metallurgical Engineering from UET Lahore.
He has over twenty years of teaching and research experience while working as faculty member at places such as School of Chemical and Materials Engineering (NUST), Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics (IST, Islamabad), School of Materials Science & Engineering, (NTU, Singapore), Department of Mechanical Engineering (International Islamic University, Malaysia) and Faculty of Metallurgy & Materials Engineering (GIK Institute, Topi).
He was also a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Materials (Oxford) working on the recrystallization behavior of ODS Super alloys under the European project COST-501. His areas of specialization include electron microscopy, phase transformations, synthesis & characterization of Nano- bio-materials and structure-property relationships in materials.
His current research work involves projects like deposition of engineering thin films and hard coatings, synthesis and characterization of Nano-porous and Nano-composite materials for biomedical applications, development of materials for 3rd generation solar cells and high-temperature materials for jet turbine engines. Dr. Mujahid has published more than 70 papers in refereed international journals and conference proceedings.
10. Dr. Peter John
Principal Atta-ur-Rahman School of Applied Bio-Sciences (ASAB)
NUST Co-Chair CAC Bio-Technology Sector Committee
Dr. John is working in NUST since last six & half years and has made an excellent progress in research, teaching and administration. Dr. John’s research group is interested to improve the diagnosis and management of diseases through a better understanding of the basic pathogenetic mechanisms that cause and sustain these conditions. It targets following major areas: genetic disorders, inflammatory and autoimmune disorders, oncology and environmental problems. They are using mapping experiments to determine the role of host genetics in susceptibility to disease. The research group will be using sophisticated in vivo genetic knockout technology to investigate the function of specific genes in different cell types. Improved knowledge of the biological mechanisms underlying these disorders will help to decide which genes should be transfected in therapeutic trials. The Immunogenetics group has also been particularly interested in developing new biomarkers for disease diagnosis for commercial use. The Group also works in collaboration with different international universities. Dr. John has secured a research grant from the Higher Education Commission in Pakistan (HEC) for the year 2011-2014. He has over 25 publications in journals with high impact factor and cumulative impact factor of 80.0. Dr John has supervised more than10 students (BS & MS) and ten students are doing research work under his supervision. He is actively involved in teaching core & optional courses including Molecular Biology, Gene Therapy & Advances in Molecular Biology at UG & PG levels.