Chaudhry Faisal Mushtaq – Tamgha-i-Imtiaz, is one of the 500 most influential Muslims of the world for two consecutive years recognized by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center Jordon, a YPO and Education Chair of world’s leading Young Presidents Organization, Prime Minister of Pakistan’s initiative Vision 2025 youth policy coordinator, national student ‘counselor’, ‘academician’, ‘school practitioner’ and a ‘social entrepreneur’. He is the Founder & CEO of Roots Millennium Schools, Pakistan and is the Executive Director and member of Board of Roots School System, Pakistan. He is also the founder and CEO of a non-profit organization ‘Change – in Education’ working in support of ‘Public Private Partnerships’ across education and thus scaling ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ SDGs 2030′ and today he has successfully reformed more than 200 government schools across various districts, provinces and rural communities in Pakistan. He has been conferred with the most prestigious National Civil Award of ‘Tamgha-i-Imtiaz, TI’ equivalent to British Knighthood by the President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan H.E. Asif Ali Zardari on Pakistan Day Ceremony held at the Presidency on 23rd March 2013 in recognition of his outstanding services in the field of education, youth and promotion of Chinese Language, ICT in education across Pakistan as the national academic icon, educational change sponsor and globally recognized School and Education Management Practitioner.
Mr. Mushtaq also serves as the BOG on the Board of World Wide Fund for Nature WWF Pakistan Chapter; he has excelled at providing a quality education for millions of people, an initiative that has occupied fifteen years of his life. He encourages academic excellence, student achievement, social entrepreneurship, and opportunity for all. He currently works in the capacity of Executive Director of Pakistan’s leading Roots School System, the country’s third largest private school. He is also the founder and CEO of Roots Millennium Schools in Pakistan and a member of many of the government’s committees on education. He has helped students from various backgrounds fulfill their dreams of getting into top universities worldwide. An attendee of the World Economic Forum, he is Pakistan’s youngest national award winner of the Tamgha-i-Imtiaz and was voted as the best young entrepreneur of 2011 by the Prime Minister of Pakistan.
Faisal Mushtaq is also a member of the Prime Minister’s Youth committee on Vision 2025, with the Ministry of Planning, Development & Reforms, Pakistan. He is a highly focused community reform and Organizational Management Practitioner and a change specialist. He enjoys significant experience of both Public and Private sector, an excellent range of high profile global consulting and business management experience and an outstanding academic reform background, where he has had his career progression with leading Global practices –PricewaterhouseCoopers and with IBM Business Consulting Services in the United Kingdom before leading Roots Schools.
HONOURABLE JUSTICE ISB HIGH COURT
CCH Entry: 34th Wing: Haider
Babar Sattar is an Islamabad based Jurist and a Judge of Islamabad High Court. Earlier to this he was advocate in the Supreme Court of Pakistan, a law professor, columnist and analyst. He was a Rhodes Scholar, having an LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School.
Muhammad Hamza Shafqaat
DEPUTY COMMISSIONER ISLAMABAD
CCH Entry: 41st Wing: Jinnah
Hamza Shafqaat qualified Central Superior Services exam in 2005. He got 38th position in Pakistan and was allocated to District Management Group (now Pakistan Administrative Service). He joined Pakistan Administrative Service on June 29, 2006. After successful completion of training at Civil Services Academy Lahore, he was posted in Sindh where he served for three years as assistant commissioner in Larkana, Sukkur and Ghotki. He has also served as additional deputy commissioner Islamabad, director Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation, deputy secretary Establishment Division during his career in civil service. He was posted as deputy commissioner Islamabad in July 2018. Hamza Shafqaat was awarded achievement award in September 2020 for his performance, dedication and contributions during COVID-19 outbreak in Pakistan.
Dr. Asad Ali Abidi
AMERICAN-PAKISTANI ELEC. ENGINEER
CCH Entry: 15th Entry Wing: Liaqat
Asad Ali Abidi is a Pakistani-American electrical engineer. He serves as a tenured professor at University of California, Los Angeles, and is the inaugural holder of the Abdus Salam Chair at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). He is best known for pioneering RF CMOS technology during the late 1980s to early 1990s. As of 2008, the radio transceivers in all wireless networking devices and modern mobile phones are mass-produced as RF CMOS devices.
Abidi received his B.S. from the Imperial College London followed by a M.S. and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in 1981. He worked as an electrical engineer with Bell Labs and in January 1985 joined UCLA as a tenured academic. In 2007, he left for a three-year sabbatical to work as a founding dean of the engineering school at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) and returned to Los Angeles in 2009. In 2017, he was named as the inaugural holder of the Abdus Salam Chair at LUMS.
Abidi is a prominent academic and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and The World Academy of Sciences. He received the IEEE Donald O. Pederson Award in Solid-State Circuits in 2008. In 2015, UC, Berkeley recognized him as a distinguished alumnus for his contributions to the theory and practice of analog and RF circuits.
Mr. Sohaib Abbasi
BOARD MEMBER RED HAT
CCH Entry: 16th Wing: Omar
Sohaib graduated with honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1980, where he earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Computer Science.
Sohaib Abbasi joined Informatica in July 2004 as president and chief executive officer and served in that role until August 2015. He took on the role of chairman of Informatica in March 2005.
Under his leadership, Informatica grew five-fold to $1 billion in revenue and became the world’s number one independent leader in data integration software. Software revenue from new products introduced under Sohaib’s leadership grew by a 10-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 50% to expand beyond the traditional ETL category. As a result, Informatica became the number one independent leader in data integration, data quality, MDM and cloud data integration. In addition, international revenues grew by a 10-year CAGR of 19% through global expansion of field operations. Under Sohaib’s leadership, the number of employees grew four-fold to 3,700 and the number of customers grew three-fold to over 6,000.
Prior to Informatica, Sohaib served at Oracle Corporation for 20 years, most recently, as a member of Oracle’s executive committee and as senior vice president of two major divisions, Oracle Tools and Oracle Education. Sohaib joined Oracle in 1982, when it was a 30-person startup, and was instrumental in growing the business from $4 million to more than $9 billion in annual revenues. He envisioned and launched the Oracle Tools business, which he grew from zero to $3.75 billion in cumulative license revenues.
M. Qaiser Janjua
AIR VICE MARSHAL PAK AIR FORCE
CCH Entry: 26 Wing: Jinnah
Barrister Saad Rasool
LAWYER,COLUMNIST AT THE NATION
CCH Entry: 41st Entry Wing: Jinnah
Mr. Saad Rasool is a lawyer based in Lahore. He received his BA (Hons) degree in Economics and Business from Lafayette College, in 2002. Graduating Summa Cum Laude, he joined Merrill Lynch in the Asset Backed Finance Group, New York, as a Financial Analyst, and worked on numerous transactions in the Structured Finance sector. In the year 2004 he was promoted to the position of an Associate, and in 2006, upon graduating from ML- Wharton Business Finance Institute, he was promoted to Vice President in the Global Structured Finance & Investment Banking Group of Merill Lynch in New York, where he worked in bond financing, mortgages, loan origination and real estate sectors. Thereafter, in 2008, he received a degree in law (LL.B Hons.) from University of London, and later did his Masters in Law (LLM), in the year 2011 from Harvard Law School, with a concentration in Constitutional Law, and he was the Commencement Speaker for his graduating class. His professional activities extend to a wide array of areas, including Civil, Criminal and Constitutional Law. Over the past some years, he has also been part of the faculty at the Lahore University of Management and Sciences (LUMS), teaching, inter alia, Contract Law, Comparative Constitutional Law and Muslim Personal Law. He is also the Program Director of the Gender Equality Project funded by the USAID at LUMS, and has previously, offered courses on Media Laws at Punjab University. Mr. Rasool frequently speaks at conferences, workshops and colloquia around the world. He writes a weekly column for The Nation, which subsequently also appears in Nawa-i- Waqt. He frequently contributes to other leading national newspapers including Dawn, The News and Pakistan Today, and has also written for international news organization such as Al-Jazeera.
Degrees: BA (Lafayette). Finance Cert (Wharton). LL.B. (University of London). LL.M (Harvard)
Dr. Shahzad Nasim
GROUP EXE CHAIRMAN, Meinhardt
CCH Entry: 21
Dr Shahzad Nasim graduated with a Master of Civil Engineering degree from the University of Singapore in 1976. He chose the University of Singapore over Cornell University to study engineering at, and thus started his story in Singapore.
In 1978, Dr Nasim joined Bylander Meinhardt (subsequently renamed Meinhardt Singapore Pte Ltd) and rose through the ranks to become the Managing Director of Meinhardt. This was certainly no small feat, especially for someone who was a foreigner at that time. Dr Nasim’s career as a Professional Structural Engineer spans more than three decades. In addition to business and financial management, he is responsible for the overall coordination of multi-disciplinary professional teams, leading conceptual designs and overseeing the detailed design and construction of major and complex projects undertaken by Meinhardt.
Dr Nasim has built a regional reputation for providing highly innovative, buildable and cost-effective solutions for tall buildings and complex infrastructure projects. Projects led by him include some of the landmark commercial offices, residential, retail and entertainment complexes, such as the Marina Bay Financial Centre, The Sail @ Marina Bay, One Raffles Quay and the 63-storey One Raffles Place in Singapore, as well as The Dubai Mall and the 82-storey Ocean Heights in Dubai.
In 2010, Dr Nasim undertook a buyout of the entire Meinhardt Group from its Australian owners, and moved the global headquarters from Melbourne to Singapore. Today, Dr Nasim provides leadership as Executive Chairman of the Meinhardt International Group, with responsibility for the Group’s strategic direction, global business expansion, key clients and major projects, including the Group’s programme for mergers and acquisitions with a view towards possible IPO listing. He spearheaded the strategic expansion of Meinhardt in China, South East Asia and the Middle East. Presently, the Meinhardt Group has 42 offices worldwide, employs 4,000 staff and is the largest global engineering company owned and headquartered in Singapore.
Serving the Community
The infrastructure, educational, healthcare and building projects undertaken by Dr Nasim has impacted the lives of many people. Through Meinhardt’s 42 global offices, Dr Nasim has contributed to flying Singapore flag internationally.
Dr Nasim is actively involved in and has given of his time and services to professional and statutory boards related to the construction industry. He was a member of the Professional Engineers Board, Singapore, from 2006 to 2008, a Board of Architects member from 2006 to 2008, Board member of the Building and Construction Authority from 2001 to 2005 and a member of the Economic Strategies Committee (Land Use Sub-Committee), Ministry of National Development, from 2009 to 2010.
Dr Nasim has also served on the advisory committee of educational institutions through his membership of the Management Board of the NUS Institute of South Asian Studies, the Advisory Committee for the NTU School of Civil & Environmental Engineering from 2000 to 2004 and NTU’s School of Civil & Structural Engineering’s Academic Audit Visiting Committee in 1999.
Dr. Tahir Raza Andrabi
PROF. ECONOMICS POMONA COLLEGE
CCH Entry: 21st Entry Wing: Liaqat
Dr. Tahir Andrabi is a Professor of Economics at Pomona College where he teaches courses in economic development, game theory, international economics and empirical microeconomics. He is the co-founder and Director, Social Policy and Public Goods Program of Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (Lahore). He has also been a visiting scholar at MIT, a research associate at LSE and a consultant for the World Bank. From 1999-2000, he served as a member of the tax and macroeconomic committees of the economic advisory board of the government of Pakistan.
Dr. Andrabi is the principal investigator on the four year longitudinal study on quality of primary education in rural Punjab funded by the World Bank and the National Science Foundation. He is also the principal investigator, in a National Academy of Sciences/Higher Education Commission Pakistan grant, on evaluating recovery from the October 2005 earthquake in northern Pakistan. He co-founded the website, risepak.com, to help coordinate relief in the aftermath of the October 2005 earthquake which was awarded the Stockholm Challenge Award (2006) for the best ICT project in the public administration category.
He has published extensively in major economics and education journals. In 2007, his work on religious education in Pakistan received the George Bereday Award for the best paper published in Comparative Education Review in 2006 from the Comparative and International Education Society. His research has been covered by The Financial Times, Toronto Globe and Mail, USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, Newsweek, The Economist, Foreign Policy and news media around the world.
Dr. Andrabi holds a Doctorate in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a graduate of Swarthmore College.
Dr. Yasar Ayaz
HOD ROBOTICS & AI SMME NUST
CCH Entry: 41st
Dr. Yasar is currently working at SMME as the Head of the Department of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence. He has developed Pakistan’s first MS and Ph.D. programs in the area of Robotics and Intelligent Machine Engineering, which are currently offered at SMME, NUST. Dr. Yasar Ayaz’s research work on Humanoid Robot Footstep Planning, Navigation and Control has been cited by leading universities in more than eleven countries, including USA, Japan, France, Germany, Hungary, South Korea, China, Iran, Croatia, Singapore, and Pakistan. It is also worth mentioning here, that in January 2013, the biography of Dr. Yasar Ayaz has also been published in the Pearl Edition of “Who’s Who in the World 2013” in recognition of his extraordinary international contribution to research and academics in the field of Robotics.
Author of more than 80 International Publications in International Journals, Invited Book Chapters, and International Conferences. Dr Yasar Ayaz also holds 2 x National Records for Maximum International Research Publications and Maximum Impact Factor Journal Publications from any Undergraduate Final Project in the Field of Engineering in Pakistan.
Sikandar Sultan Raja
CHIEF ELECTION COMMISSIONER
CCH Entry: 20th
Sikandar Sultan Raja is a Pakistani civil servant who serves as the Chief Election Commissioner of Pakistan, in office since January 2020. He belongs to the Pakistan Administrative Service and is batchmate with Rizwan Ahmed, Hussain Asghar, Fawad Hasan Fawad and Jawad Rafique Malik.
Raja retired from civil service in BPS-22 grade. He has the honour of having served at top bureaucratic positions such as the Railways Secretary, Petroleum Secretary, SAFFRON Secretary, Federal Secretary Aviation and Chief Secretary of both Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. Raja is the son-in-law of Saeed Mehdi, the former Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister of Pakistan and Chief Secretary Sindh. Sikandar was appointed Chief election commissioner by the bipartisan parliamentary committee unanimously in January 2020.
Omar T. Atiq MD FACP
DIRECTOR ARKANAS CANCER INSTITUTE
CCH Entry: 19th
Dr. Omar T. Atiq, M.D., is a professor of medicine and otolaryngology-head and neck in the UAMS College of Medicine. He is the founding director of the Arkansas Cancer Institute in Pine Bluff and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians.
Dr. Atiq received his medical degree from the Khyber Medical College, University of Peshawar, Pakistan, and did his residency and chief residency in internal medicine at the Edward Hines Jr. Veterans Administration Hospital and Foster G. McGaw Hospital of the Loyola University in Chicago.
Dr. Atiq did his fellowship training in medical oncology and hematology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York and is board certified in medical oncology, hematology and internal medicine.
He is the chair of the board of governors of the American College of Physicians (ACP), former governor of the ACP Arkansas Chapter, and past president, speaker of the house and chairman of the board of the Arkansas Medical Society. Dr. Atiq also sits on the Arkansas State Medical Board. He is commissioner emeritus of the Arkansas Tobacco Settlement Commission, where he served as inaugural vice chair, and he has also served on the Pulaski Academy board.