National Academic Council (NAC) is steering organ of the Institute and consists of 25-30 prominent scholars and experts to ensure socio-politico-religious representation. NAC is responsible for overseeing that the Institute is generally playing its role in the light of its vision, for approving the annual research program, and reviewing its implementation. NAC meets at least once a year for reviewing the policies and progress of its current projects.
Current National Academic Council was reconstituted in 2014 and shall hold office till 2016.
Dr. Adnan Sarwar is Chairman of International Relations Department in the University of Peshawer, NWFP, Pakistan. Having his doctoral thesis on The Geneva Accord on Afghanistan and Pakistan’s Perspective foreign policy of Pakistan, regional and international politics and regional security issues have been his special areas of interest. He has been contributing extensively on these topics through lectures and research articles.
Ahmer Bilal Soofi is a senior lawyer and Pakistan’s former federal law minister. He did his graduation from Government College, Lahore and his LLM from the University of Cambridge in 1988. He was enrolled as an Advocate of High Court in 1988 and as an Advocate of Supreme Court in 2000. Soofi has appeared in several cases before the Supreme Court of Pakistan having national importance and has frequently advised Government of Pakistan on several important legal issues. He is also the founding President of Research Society of International Law. He was elected as a Member Advisory Council of United Nations Human Rights Council for a period of three years in March 2011. Recently, he was also elected as the president of WWF-Pakistan. He has done extensive work for improving legislation in Pakistan relating to human rights and international humanitarian law.
Major General (r) Akbar Saeed Awan is a veteran professional and academician who has served on key positions in various prestigious technical and academic institutions of Pakistan. A graduate from University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore, he was commissioned in the corps of electrical and mechanical engineers. He then received Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in War Studies from Command and Staff College, Quetta and completed his Master’s degree in Defence and Strategic Studies from Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU), Islamabad.
He has served in a number of higher educational institutions of Pakistan in pivotal positions such as head, Command College of Electrical Engineering, National University of Science and Technology (NUST), Islamabad, principal, Wah Engineering College, University of Wah, chief instructor, College of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, National University of Science and Technology (NUST), Rawalpindi, and director general, National Institute of Management and Pakistan Rural Development Academy, Peshawar.His other notable national level positions include director general, Corps of Mechanical Engineering at GHQ, director general, Inspection of Technical Development (ITD), GHQ, chief scientist and scientific advisor, Ministry of Defence, commandant, 502 Central Workshop, Rawalpindi, and chief biomedical engineer, Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC). He has also carried out several other assignments in different capacities within the country as well as abroad.
His special areas of interest are engineering education management, research and development in defence technology, national security in internal and external domain and different aspects of national development.
Mr. Akram Zaki is former Senator and Chairman of Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and distinguished career diplomat. He served as Pakistan’s ambassador to China, USA, Nigeria and Philippines and rose to the position of secretary general with the rank of Minister of State for Foreign Affairs. He has represented Pakistan at various international organizations and conferences and dialogues including United Nations’ General Assembly, UN Human Rights Commission, Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), Asian Development Bank and UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). He is currently associated with a number of research and social organizations and regularly contributes on regional and international political and security-related debates.
Mr. Amanullah Khan is a seasoned businessman and business analyst. He is ex-President of Rawalpindi Chambers of Commerce and Industries and has held various executive and administrative positions in famous business groups and companies. He has represented Pakistan in international trade fairs and commercial visits.
Professor Dr. Anis Ahmed is a social scientist of international repute. He carries a Ph.D. from the Temple University, Pennsylvania, USA. He has held numerous academic leadership positions both nationally and internationally. Currently he is acting as vice chancellor of Riphah International University Islamabad and has served previously as Vice President of International Islamic University, Islamabad and Dean of Faculty of Human Sciences, International Islamic University, Malaysia. Dr. Anis is editor-in-chief of IPS quarterly Urdu journal Maghrib aur Islam (West and Islam). He has authored/edited a number of books and articles and writes on contemporary social, political and cultural issues.
General (retd) Ehsan-ul-Haq is a former chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee(JCSC) of Pakistan.
After his retirement, in 2007, General (retd) Ehsan has been engaged in number of corporate, intellectual and humanitarian activities. He is also a frequent speaker in international forums, reputed think tanks and universities on geopolitical, defence and security issues.
In recognition of his meritorious services, he was awarded Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military) and Nishan-e-Imtiaz (Military) by the Government of Pakistan.
He is also the recipient of Chevalier de la Legion d’ Honneur from the French Government and the King Abdul Aziz Medal of Excellence from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Dr. Hasan Sohaib Murad is Rector of University of Management and Technology (UMT) and Chairman of Association of Management Development Institutions in Pakistan. He is renowned educationist and has developed and taught courses in the field of management and leadership. He has conducted several workshops and presented several papers in national and international conferences and symposia. His research articles have appeared in journals of national and international repute.
Prof. Dr. Javeid Iqbal is a sitting vice chancellor of the University of Balochistan. Earlier, he has also served as dean, Faculty of Pharmacy, Hamdard University, Karachi after teaching the subjects of pharmacy, clinical pharmacy, pharmacology and microbiology as lecturer, assistant professor, associate professor and professor for almost 20 years.Academically, he possesses a Ph.D and M. Pharmacy degrees awarded by University of the Punjab, Lahore. He has published a number of research articles to date which were based on his extensive studies. He also supervises M.Phil. and Ph.D. scholars in his area of specialization.Prof. Dr. Javeid Iqbal has also been associated with various institutions and organization in different capacities and has participated in a number of seminars and workshops across Pakistan.
Air Commodore (Retd) Khalid Iqbal is a former Assistant Chief of Air Staff of Pakistan Air Force. During his air force stint he commanded two squadrons, a wing and a base. He was member of directing staff at PAF Air War College, Karachi; an instructor and squadron commander at Combat Commanders’ School. He severed as Director Policy, Senior Staff Officer, Deputy Chief Inspector of the PAF and member of National Air Defence Committee. He participated in operational assignments during Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, and has travelled widely in FATA/PATA areas. He has also served in UAE Air Force and Air Defence as a squadron commander for two years. He is a fellow of PAF Air War College and visiting faculty of Pakistan Naval War College, PAF Air War College and School of Army Air Defence.
M. Riyazul Haque is a former civil servant who is credited with over 45 years of experience in Pakistan public service and international financial institutions (IFI). His fields of experience include finance, development, policy, administration, law, and good governance. He remained joint secretary in the Economic Affairs Division, handling ADB, USAID, and World Bank desks; member, National Tariff Commission, joint secretary, in the Prime Minister’s Secretariat, and in the President’s Secretariat; headed five departments as secretary, including finance, services and general administration [S&GAD], industries, information, and local government in Balochistan.
Mirza Hamid Hasan is a distinguished former civil servant. He has served as federal secretary in the ministry of water and power, statistics division, ministry of finance; as additional secretary, establishment division, and cabinet secretariat; and, as joint secretary, ministry of interior, Economic Affairs Division (EAD), ministry of finance and economic affairs; and as member, CDA. Hassan also possesses a rich experience working with international organizations such as World Bank, Asian development Bank and UNICEF.
Professor Dr. Muhammad Said is member of the Senate of Pakistan. He holds a PhD in Geography from Sheffield University UK and is among famous experts of geography in the country. He carries vast academic and administrative experience and has undertaken a number of research projects and professional expeditions. He has also remained Chief Editor of Journal of Science and Technology of the university of Peshawar and research journal Extension Lectures, Peshawar. He has more than thirty publications to his credit.
Professor Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman is the current chairman of Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, Pakistan and is considered among the top religious scholars of the country, He holds Master’s degree in Islamic Studies from Karachi University and in Islamic theology and jurisprudence from Darul Uloom Amjadia. He has held numerous key positions in his professional life including President Tanzeem-ul-Madaris and President Darul-Uloom Naeemia, Karachi. He is also a teaching Professor in Jinnah University for Women, Karachi and serves as a member board of studies, Federal Government Urdu University and Board of Intermediate Education, Karachi. He possesses over 30 years of experience in teaching Tafseer, Hadith, Fiqah, Arabic Literature and other Islamic subjects to graduate and post graduate students in different institutions. As an author, he has a number of books to his credit including Tafheem -ul-Masail, Qanoon-e-Shariat, Usool-e-Fiqah Islam, and many others.
Dr. Qibla Ayaz is the Dean of Faculty of Islamic and Oriental Studies, University of Peshawar. He has held several top academic positions in the past as well, including Acting Vice Chancellor, University of Peshawar, Dean, Faculty of Islamic Studies & Arabic, University of Peshawar, Director, Institute of Islamic and Arabic Studies, University of Peshawar, Director, ShaykhZayed Islamic Centre, University of Peshawar and Chairman, Department of Seerat Studies/Prophetology/Prophet Studies, University of Peshawar. He is also a member of various statutory bodies, committees and academic societies.A doctorate from the Edinburgh University, U.K, his major achievements include establishment of Department of Seerat Studies/Prophetology/Prophet Studies at the University of Peshawar, Pakistan Council of World Religions, Al-Farabi Council for Citizen Diplomacy and Academic for Knowledge and Review (AFKAR). He is also a recipient of the US Gold Star Alumni (2011) and Presidential Award (MA Islamic Studies, 1975).To date, Dr. Qibla Ayaz has participated in number of national and international conferences and seminars. He also frequently delivers lectures and conducts training workshops majorly on the subjects of Islam and education. His other areas of interest include religious diversity, conflict resolution and religion, peace and dialogue, interfaith dialogue and citizen diplomacy. He is also an author of numerous books and articles.
Professor Dr. Rafique Ahmad is former Vice Chancellor of the Universities of Punjab and Bahawlapur. He is a celebrated economist and carries over thirty five years experience of postgraduate teaching and research in Pakistan and abroad. He received his D.Phil Degree from University of Oxford, England. Dr. Ahmad has authored or co-authored seven books on economy of Pakistan and Islamic economics. He has also contributed more than fifty research articles in various national and international journals. He is Chief Editor of Economic Insight and Vice Chairman of Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust. He is member of Boards of Governors of several universities and research institutions and member of professional bodies including American Economic Association and Royal Economic Society London.
Allama Riaz Hussain Najafi is one of the most prominent Muslim scholars and researchers. He is principal of famous alma mater of Shia sect Jamia-tul-Muntazir Lahore and has been teaching at the highest level of Islamic studies. He is also President of Federation of Shia Seminaries (Wifaq-ul-Madaris Al-Shia). He has authored many books and participated in a number of national and international conferences. His persistent efforts for the promotion of unity and harmony among Muslims have received acclaim from all sections of Pakistani society.
Rustam Shah Mohmand is specialist of Afghanistan and Central Asian affairs and a renowned security analyst. He has served as High Commissioner of Pakistan to Afghanistan and has held position of Chief Commissioner Refugees for around ten years.
Mr. S.M. Zafar is a human rights activist, noted lawyer, politician and member of the Senate of Pakistan. He has served as a judge of the high court and as Pakistan’s minister for law and parliamentary affairs. He is chancellor of Hamdard University and Chairman of Human Rights Society of Pakistan. His efforts for recognition and promotion of human rights and fair practices have attained him acclaim and acknowledgment on national and international levels. In his capacity as an attorney, Mr. Zafar has been involved in some of the most important cases of country’s legal history. He is considered an authority on legal and constitutional issues and his opinions are quoted in national and international press. He is also the chairman of Cultural Association of Pakistan.
Saeed Ahmad Qureshi retired as vice chairman, Planning Commission of Pakistan in 1994. Earlier he also served in several key government positions including secretary general, Finance and Revenue of Pakistan, federal secretary for Finance Division of Pakistan, Ministry of Commerce, Economic Affairs Division, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Food and Agriculture, managing director, Tourism Development Corporation, chief secretary, Govt of Sind and joint secretary, Ministry of Commerce, Govt. of Pakistan.
Post his retirement, the senior bureaucrat, who is also an author of seven publications on the topics of development planning, agriculture growth, educational development, privatization and economic policy, rural finance and poverty alleviation, has been constantly engaged in various national and international assignments with renowned organizations like World Bank, UNDP, UNFP, and Asian Development Bank.
Ms. Saadia Abbasi is Barrister at Law and Member Senate of Pakistan. Having received her education from world renowned educational institutions of United States and United Kingdom in Law and Political Science, she is a fervent advocate of all-round political, economic and social reform. She is member of Policy Planning Wing of Government of Pakistan and frequently expresses her conviction and vision on intellectual forums and press with the diversity and depth of her knowledge.
Prof. Dr. Sarah Safdar is a member of Public Service Commission of Pakistan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. In the past, she has served in several key academic positions including professor and dean, Faculty of Management and Social Sciences, Iqra National University, Peshawar, professor and dean, Department of Social Sciences, University of Peshawar and acting dean, Department of Arts and Humanities, University of Peshawar.Dr. Sarah Safdar has also been involved in various other important roles in various institutions around the world such as senator, University of Peshawar, member of finance committee, University of Peshawar, member of the ‘Committee for Development of Social Sciences and Humanities in Pakistan’, Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan, member of the Syndicate, Women University, Peshawar, research fellow, Department of Anthropology, Durham University, UK, member of national group of experts on aging, Federal Ministry of Women Development, Social Welfare and Spacial Education, Islamabad, member of the syndicate, Agriculture University, Peshawar, member of the board of studies, Faculty of Seerat and Islamic Studies, member of the South Asian Research Network (SARN), member of board of governors, Edwards College, Peshawar Cantt., member of the Syndicate, University of Malakand, Chakdara, Dir, member of National Commission for Minorities, Government of Pakistan, member of research board of advisors, American Biographical Institute, North Carolina, visiting professor series on ‘Community Development in Pakistan’, Department of Social Work Education in South Asia Pacific Region and visiting professor, School of Social Work and Department of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA.Academically, she holds a Ph.D. degree in sociology and a Master’s in social work. She is also an HEC approved supervisor for Ph.D. and M.Phil. dissertations and her supervision and co-supervision in this capacity has produced 5 Ph.D. and 5 M.Phil. scholars alongside over 350 postgraduates.She is the author of four publications on the topics pertaining to social work and has also penned down a number of articles majorly on the similar subjects.
The long list of national and international awards she has received as an acknowledgment of her work is a testament of her intellectuality, professional excellence and accomplishment.
Maulana Zahid-ur-Rashdi is a leading scholar of Islam and principal of a major religious education institution in Gujranwala, Punjab. He is widely known and greatly respected for his undaunted efforts for promoting human rights and reforming social trends through his columns, articles, lectures and dialogue. He is Editor of Monthly Al-Shariah and Director General of Al-Shariah Academy, which conducts research and analyses contemporary national, international and social issues in Islamic context. He has attended a number of seminars, roundtables and conferences in Pakistan and abroad.
Mr. Shamshad Ahmad Khan is former ambassador and foreign secretary of Pakistan. He carries a distinguished public service experience in bilateral and multilateral diplomacy, regional cooperation, conflict resolution, preventive diplomacy and public affairs. He has held various diplomatic assignments in Pakistan Missions in Tehran, Dakar, Paris, Washington and New York. He served as ambassador of Pakistan to South Korea and Iran and held responsibilities as Secretary General of Economic Cooperation Organization and as Pakistan’s ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN. He has also served as Senior Consultant to the UN on economic and social matters.
Zahid Malik retired as a Joint Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of Pakistan. Having done Masters in Mass Communications in 1960 and on the back of a rich experience he gained during his civil services, he launched his own publication house in 1978. At present, he is the editor-in-chief and publisher of the prestigious English newspaper, Pakistan Observer – mainly published from Islamabad. Malik has authored over a dozen books and written over 2000 articles and comments. He has also delivered over 100 lectures abroad on varied subjects to a wide range of audience. His publication on Public Relations was awarded with Writers Guild first prize in 1979 and is being taught in Mass Communication Departments of various universities in Pakistan. He serves as a chairman of Nazariya Pakistan Council (NPC) and International Seerat Center, a forum for the projection of teachings of the last prophet (PBUH). In recognition of his journalistic practices and his monumental work promoting the ideology of Pakistan’s, he was conferred for the prestigious Sitara-e-Imtiaz.