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aku booklet - Examination Board
Principals’
Conference
Collaborate. Learn. Excel.
October 1, 2015
Movenpick Hotel, Karachi
Aga Khan University Examination Board
Block C, IED-PDC, 1-5/ B-VII
Federal B Area, Karimabad, P.O. Box: 13688
Karachi 75950, Pakistan
Website: examinationboard.aku.edu
Contents:
About the Conference
2
Director’s Message
3
Programme
4
Speakers’ Profile
6
Notes
15
DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE:
It is with immense delight that I welcome you to the Principals’ Conference 2015
organised by Aga Khan University Examination Board (AKU-EB) in partnership with
Oxford University Press.
ABOUT THE CONFERENCE :
This is a one of a kind conference in Pakistan, which is devoted to topics
that matter the most to principals.
This event features keynote speakers, panel discussions and small group
sessions to deliberate key challenges of middle school, secondary and
higher secondary education. The aim is to explore innovative solutions
and exchange fresh ideas to improve the quality of education and
assessments in schools in Pakistan.
The idea is to bring together principals on a single platform where they
can share expert opinions, debate on conventional teaching and learning
methods and derive best-practices to optimise student’s learning
experiences.
A conference like this is ideal for Principals, Vice-Principals and School
Management including Directors, Owners, Board Members, Head
Teachers, Senior Teachers and Administrators.
I am thrilled to have the opportunity to meet school Principals, Directors, Head
Teachers who have come from across Pakistan. There is so much that we can learn
from each other’s experience. Indeed, this platform is meant to challenge the
conventional patterns while we debate to derive the best practices for some of the
most critical lynchpins of our education system – assessment, curriculum, teaching
and learning practices.
The closest to my interest among these is ‘assessment’. I strongly believe that,
assessment is the driving force for new ways of learning. It gives direction to schools
to improve their education system. It gives motivation to teachers to develop new
pedagogy. It encourages students to learn with greater understanding. Additionally, it
brings confidence among parents that their children’s future is secure. AKU-EB is the
only examination board that is not only involved in the examination, but we also
provide access for development of teachers.
At this conference, you will be inspired, provoked, educated by the excellent line up
of international and nationally recognised speakers and panelists. You will also have
the opportunity to network, ask questions, inspire and learn from each other.
We hope that you will return to your institutions invigorated and brimming with fresh
ideas to add value to the remarkable service that you are doing for this nation.
Enjoy the conference!
Best wishes,
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Dr Shehzad Jeeva - PhD, University of Cambridge
Director, Aga Khan University Examination Board
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DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE:
It is with immense delight that I welcome you to the Principals’ Conference 2015
organised by Aga Khan University Examination Board (AKU-EB) in partnership with
Oxford University Press.
ABOUT THE CONFERENCE :
This is a one of a kind conference in Pakistan, which is devoted to topics
that matter the most to principals.
This event features keynote speakers, panel discussions and small group
sessions to deliberate key challenges of middle school, secondary and
higher secondary education. The aim is to explore innovative solutions
and exchange fresh ideas to improve the quality of education and
assessments in schools in Pakistan.
The idea is to bring together principals on a single platform where they
can share expert opinions, debate on conventional teaching and learning
methods and derive best-practices to optimise student’s learning
experiences.
A conference like this is ideal for Principals, Vice-Principals and School
Management including Directors, Owners, Board Members, Head
Teachers, Senior Teachers and Administrators.
I am thrilled to have the opportunity to meet school Principals, Directors, Head
Teachers who have come from across Pakistan. There is so much that we can learn
from each other’s experience. Indeed, this platform is meant to challenge the
conventional patterns while we debate to derive the best practices for some of the
most critical lynchpins of our education system – assessment, curriculum, teaching
and learning practices.
The closest to my interest among these is ‘assessment’. I strongly believe that,
assessment is the driving force for new ways of learning. It gives direction to schools
to improve their education system. It gives motivation to teachers to develop new
pedagogy. It encourages students to learn with greater understanding. Additionally, it
brings confidence among parents that their children’s future is secure. AKU-EB is the
only examination board that is not only involved in the examination, but we also
provide access for development of teachers.
At this conference, you will be inspired, provoked, educated by the excellent line up
of international and nationally recognised speakers and panelists. You will also have
the opportunity to network, ask questions, inspire and learn from each other.
We hope that you will return to your institutions invigorated and brimming with fresh
ideas to add value to the remarkable service that you are doing for this nation.
Enjoy the conference!
Best wishes,
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Dr Shehzad Jeeva - PhD, University of Cambridge
Director, Aga Khan University Examination Board
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PROGRAMME :
Time
Session Name
Time
Session Name
09:00 am
Registration
02:15 pm
09:25 am
Tilawat
09:30 am
Welcome Address - Dr Shehzad Jeeva, Director, AKU-EB
09:45 am
Leadership and Management in Schools - Dr Sadrudin Pardhan,
Advisor to Provost, Aga Khan University
Value of Education in Global Context - A Conversation with
Professor Sir Brian Heap, Research Associate at the Centre for
Development Studies, University of Cambridge, UK, Former
Master of St Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge,
Former President of European Academies Science Advisory
Council (5 -10 minutes for Q/A session)
02:45 pm
Small Group Discussions: Best-Practices for Teaching and
Learning Science and Mathematics - Dr Ahsana Dar, Advisor
R&D, Herbion Pakistan, Former Professor at HEJ Research
Institute of Chemistry, University of Karachi and Abid Sohail,
Specialist Mathematics, AKU-EB
03:30 pm
Summary Presentations by Speakers of Small Group
Discussions
04:00 pm
Networking Tea
04:30 pm
Panel Discussion II: The National Curriculum, Global Ideas,
Local Context - Dr Sarfaroz Niyozov, Director of Aga Khan
University - Institute for Education Development, Dr Yu-ling
Liu-Smith, Researcher and Senior Instructor, Aga Khan
University - Institute for Education Development, Dr
Mohammad Idrees Asad, Assistant, Educational Adviser and
Cabinet Secretariat and a Member of the Curriculum Wing,
Government of Pakistan, Dr Mirza Naseer Ahmad, Deputy
Director, Nazarat-e-Taleem
10:15 am
The True Value of Books - Encouraging Teachers and Students
to Use Books as a Powerful Learning Resource - Ameena Saiyid,
Managing Director, Oxford University Press (5 -10 minutes for
Q/A session)
10:45 am
Networking Tea
11:15 am
Panel Discussion I: Impact of Pre-service and In-service
Teacher Training - Shahina Ali Raza, Principal, Aga Khan
Higher Secondary School, Karachi, Hassan Sattar, Managing
Director, Silveroaks School, Nargis Alavi, Principal, Habib
Schools, Lubna Khalid, Director, SZABIST Schools and
Colleges
Moderator: Aamna Pasha, Assistant Director, Teacher
Development, AKU-EB
12:15 pm
Principles of Assessment - A Leaders' Perspective - Dr Naveed
Yusuf, Associate Director, Assessment, AKU-EB (5 -10
minutes for Q/A session)
12:45 pm
Lunch
01:45 pm
Keynote Address - Inspiring Stories from Tough Terrains - Dr
Mola Dad Shafa, Head of Professional Development Centre,
North Pakistan (5 -10 minutes for Q/A session)
Moderator: Raabia Hirani, Interim
Manager Curriculum Development, AKU-EB
05:30 pm
Closing Remarks - Dr Sarfaroz Niyozov, Director of Aga Khan
University - Institute for Education Development
PROGRAMME :
Time
Session Name
Time
Session Name
09:00 am
Registration
02:15 pm
09:25 am
Tilawat
09:30 am
Welcome Address - Dr Shehzad Jeeva, Director, AKU-EB
09:45 am
Leadership and Management in Schools - Dr Sadrudin Pardhan,
Advisor to Provost, Aga Khan University
Value of Education in Global Context - A Conversation with
Professor Sir Brian Heap, Research Associate at the Centre for
Development Studies, University of Cambridge, UK, Former
Master of St Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge,
Former President of European Academies Science Advisory
Council (5 -10 minutes for Q/A session)
02:45 pm
Small Group Discussions: Best-Practices for Teaching and
Learning Science and Mathematics - Dr Ahsana Dar, Advisor
R&D, Herbion Pakistan, Former Professor at HEJ Research
Institute of Chemistry, University of Karachi and Abid Sohail,
Specialist Mathematics, AKU-EB
03:30 pm
Summary Presentations by Speakers of Small Group
Discussions
04:00 pm
Networking Tea
04:30 pm
Panel Discussion II: The National Curriculum, Global Ideas,
Local Context - Dr Sarfaroz Niyozov, Director of Aga Khan
University - Institute for Education Development, Dr Yu-ling
Liu-Smith, Researcher and Senior Instructor, Aga Khan
University - Institute for Education Development, Dr
Mohammad Idrees Asad, Assistant, Educational Adviser and
Cabinet Secretariat and a Member of the Curriculum Wing,
Government of Pakistan, Dr Mirza Naseer Ahmad, Deputy
Director, Nazarat-e-Taleem
10:15 am
The True Value of Books - Encouraging Teachers and Students
to Use Books as a Powerful Learning Resource - Ameena Saiyid,
Managing Director, Oxford University Press (5 -10 minutes for
Q/A session)
10:45 am
Networking Tea
11:15 am
Panel Discussion I: Impact of Pre-service and In-service
Teacher Training - Shahina Ali Raza, Principal, Aga Khan
Higher Secondary School, Karachi, Hassan Sattar, Managing
Director, Silveroaks School, Nargis Alavi, Principal, Habib
Schools, Lubna Khalid, Director, SZABIST Schools and
Colleges
Moderator: Aamna Pasha, Assistant Director, Teacher
Development, AKU-EB
12:15 pm
Principles of Assessment - A Leaders' Perspective - Dr Naveed
Yusuf, Associate Director, Assessment, AKU-EB (5 -10
minutes for Q/A session)
12:45 pm
Lunch
01:45 pm
Keynote Address - Inspiring Stories from Tough Terrains - Dr
Mola Dad Shafa, Head of Professional Development Centre,
North Pakistan (5 -10 minutes for Q/A session)
Moderator: Raabia Hirani, Interim
Manager Curriculum Development, AKU-EB
05:30 pm
Closing Remarks - Dr Sarfaroz Niyozov, Director of Aga Khan
University - Institute for Education Development
SPEAKERS’ PROFILES :
Aamna Pasha
Dr Ahsana Dar
Aamna Pasha is the Assistant Director, Teacher
Development at the Aga Khan University
Examination Board. Aamna completed her
Master of Arts in Development Education from
McGill University, Canada and from the Institute
of Education, University College London (UCL),
UK. At AKU-EB she is responsible for developing
and organising a new and comprehensive
approach to teacher development. She has been
associated with Aga Khan University since 2013,
designing and transforming existing courses’
modality from face-to-face to a blended mode.
Aamna Pasha has extensive experience in teacher
training in Pakistan and in the use of technology
to support teaching.
Dr Dar completed her MS in Biology from the
University of Missouri-St Louis, USA and PhD in
Pharmacology from University of Cambridge,
UK. Presently she is an Advisor R&D, Herbion
Pakistan and has also served as a Former
Professor at HEJ Research Institute of
Chemistry, University of Karachi. Furthermore,
Dr Dar has taught at the University of
Missouri-St Louis, USA in the Department of
Biology. She is an International Research
Coordinator and her main areas of research are
Natural Product Pharmacology and Anti-Cancer
Screening.
Ameena Saiyid
Abid Sohail
Abid Sohail has fifteen years of teaching
experience at various levels. He joined the Aga
Khan University Examination Board as a
Mathematics Specialist in 2006 and is currently a
Specialist in Curriculum and Examination
Development. He is also the Chairperson of the
Mathematics Association of Pakistan. He is a
co-author of the Mathematics textbook for Class
IX, published by the Sindh Textbook Board.
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Ameena Saiyid is the Managing Director of
Oxford University Press, Pakistan. In 2005, she
was awarded the Most Excellent Order of the
British Empire (OBE), for services for the
promotion of Anglo-Pakistani relations,
democracy, education, intellectual property
rights and women’s rights. In 2013, she was
awarded the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres by the
Government of France. She is the founder of the
Karachi Literature Festival and the Islamabad
Literature Festival, as well as a co-founder of the
first travelling Children’s Literature Festival.
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SPEAKERS’ PROFILES :
Aamna Pasha
Dr Ahsana Dar
Aamna Pasha is the Assistant Director, Teacher
Development at the Aga Khan University
Examination Board. Aamna completed her
Master of Arts in Development Education from
McGill University, Canada and from the Institute
of Education, University College London (UCL),
UK. At AKU-EB she is responsible for developing
and organising a new and comprehensive
approach to teacher development. She has been
associated with Aga Khan University since 2013,
designing and transforming existing courses’
modality from face-to-face to a blended mode.
Aamna Pasha has extensive experience in teacher
training in Pakistan and in the use of technology
to support teaching.
Dr Dar completed her MS in Biology from the
University of Missouri-St Louis, USA and PhD in
Pharmacology from University of Cambridge,
UK. Presently she is an Advisor R&D, Herbion
Pakistan and has also served as a Former
Professor at HEJ Research Institute of
Chemistry, University of Karachi. Furthermore,
Dr Dar has taught at the University of
Missouri-St Louis, USA in the Department of
Biology. She is an International Research
Coordinator and her main areas of research are
Natural Product Pharmacology and Anti-Cancer
Screening.
Ameena Saiyid
Abid Sohail
Abid Sohail has fifteen years of teaching
experience at various levels. He joined the Aga
Khan University Examination Board as a
Mathematics Specialist in 2006 and is currently a
Specialist in Curriculum and Examination
Development. He is also the Chairperson of the
Mathematics Association of Pakistan. He is a
co-author of the Mathematics textbook for Class
IX, published by the Sindh Textbook Board.
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Ameena Saiyid is the Managing Director of
Oxford University Press, Pakistan. In 2005, she
was awarded the Most Excellent Order of the
British Empire (OBE), for services for the
promotion of Anglo-Pakistani relations,
democracy, education, intellectual property
rights and women’s rights. In 2013, she was
awarded the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres by the
Government of France. She is the founder of the
Karachi Literature Festival and the Islamabad
Literature Festival, as well as a co-founder of the
first travelling Children’s Literature Festival.
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Professor Sir Brian Heap
Lubna Khalid
Professor Sir Brian Heap is a Research Associate,
Centre for Development Studies, University of
Cambridge, Honorary Professor University of
Nottingham and Project Leader, Biosciences for
farming in Africa. He was Master of St Edmund’s
College, Cambridge. Sir Heap was also the
elected Fellow of the Royal Society; he held posts
as Foreign Secretary, Vice-President and Editor
of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal
Society, Series B. He was President of the
European Academies Science Advisory Council,
President of the Institute of Biology and President
of the International Society of Science and
Religion. He was the UK Representative on the
European Science Foundation and the NATO
Science Committee. He has been engaged in
public issues of biotechnology, population
growth, sustainability and science policy, working
with the World Health Organisation, the
UK-China Forum and the European Commission.
Lubna Khalid is working as the Director for
SZABIST schools and colleges since 2010,
ensuring that the schools and colleges operate
smoothly and efficiently. She has completed
several diplomas and certificates in various fields
of education and her contribution in the field
focus on teachers’ education, monitoring and
evaluation. She currently focuses on improving
education standards through curriculum design
and modern methodologies. She is currently
completing her PhD from University of Karachi.
Dr Mirza Naseer Ahmad
Dr Ahmad is a PhD from Hokkaido University,
Japan and a Postdoctoral Fellow from
Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. He has over
13 years of petroleum industry experience in
seismic interpretation, reservoir characterisation
and geological and geophysical evaluation
studies. He has an extensive experience as a
trainer and interpretation workflow mentor of
advanced geophysical applications. He is also
experienced in teaching geophysical courses to
MS level students. He has published various
papers in international journals. Currently Dr
Ahmad is the Deputy Director at
Nazarat-e-Taleem.
Hassan Sattar
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Hassan Sattar has experience in a variety of sectors,
including Oil and Gas, Banking and Education. He is
a Britannia Chevening Scholar. He studied
Accountancy, Finance and Economics from
University of Essex and completed his graduate
studies and research in Development Economics
from the University of Oxford. A former CEO of
Barclays Bank, he returned to Pakistan to help make
a difference by developing the enlightened
leadership of tomorrow. Hassan Sattar also sits on
the Advisory Board of the Global Education
Conference, USA.
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Professor Sir Brian Heap
Lubna Khalid
Professor Sir Brian Heap is a Research Associate,
Centre for Development Studies, University of
Cambridge, Honorary Professor University of
Nottingham and Project Leader, Biosciences for
farming in Africa. He was Master of St Edmund’s
College, Cambridge. Sir Heap was also the
elected Fellow of the Royal Society; he held posts
as Foreign Secretary, Vice-President and Editor
of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal
Society, Series B. He was President of the
European Academies Science Advisory Council,
President of the Institute of Biology and President
of the International Society of Science and
Religion. He was the UK Representative on the
European Science Foundation and the NATO
Science Committee. He has been engaged in
public issues of biotechnology, population
growth, sustainability and science policy, working
with the World Health Organisation, the
UK-China Forum and the European Commission.
Lubna Khalid is working as the Director for
SZABIST schools and colleges since 2010,
ensuring that the schools and colleges operate
smoothly and efficiently. She has completed
several diplomas and certificates in various fields
of education and her contribution in the field
focus on teachers’ education, monitoring and
evaluation. She currently focuses on improving
education standards through curriculum design
and modern methodologies. She is currently
completing her PhD from University of Karachi.
Dr Mirza Naseer Ahmad
Dr Ahmad is a PhD from Hokkaido University,
Japan and a Postdoctoral Fellow from
Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. He has over
13 years of petroleum industry experience in
seismic interpretation, reservoir characterisation
and geological and geophysical evaluation
studies. He has an extensive experience as a
trainer and interpretation workflow mentor of
advanced geophysical applications. He is also
experienced in teaching geophysical courses to
MS level students. He has published various
papers in international journals. Currently Dr
Ahmad is the Deputy Director at
Nazarat-e-Taleem.
Hassan Sattar
8
Hassan Sattar has experience in a variety of sectors,
including Oil and Gas, Banking and Education. He is
a Britannia Chevening Scholar. He studied
Accountancy, Finance and Economics from
University of Essex and completed his graduate
studies and research in Development Economics
from the University of Oxford. A former CEO of
Barclays Bank, he returned to Pakistan to help make
a difference by developing the enlightened
leadership of tomorrow. Hassan Sattar also sits on
the Advisory Board of the Global Education
Conference, USA.
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Dr Mohammad Idrees Asad
Nargis Alavi
Dr Idrees is working as an Assistant Education
Advisor in the Curriculum Wing, Government of
Pakistan. He completed his PhD in the area of
Curriculum Assessment and Evaluation from the
University of Leicester, UK. He has served at the
Federal Curriculum Wing for the last seven years
and is involved with curriculum development and
revision, textbook development and revision, test
item development and other trainings. His
research work has been published in various
international research journals and he is serving
as a resource person in many institutions that
focus on curriculum, research, testing and
assessment.
Nargis Alavi is the Principal of Habib Schools and
the Director of Education at the Habib
Education Trust. Formerly, she has served as
Director Human Resource, International Union
for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Pakistan and
Deputy Director, Education Programme at
IUCN. She has a Masters in Genetics and has
conducted lectures and research on the subject.
She has conducted many workshops and has been
a speaker at the Sindh Education Foundation and
at the conference organised by the Shah Waliyat
Education Trust.
Dr Naveed Yousuf
Dr Mola Dad Shafa
Dr Shafa is the Head of Professional
Development Centre, North, Pakistan and an
Associate Professor at the Aga Khan University Institute for Educational Development. A PhD
from Ontario Institute of Studies in Education
(OISE), University of Toronto, Canada. He has
always been heavily involved with teaching and
training. He is a recipient of the Quaid-e-Azam
Award of Performance for his work in education
and women’s empowerment in Gilgit-Baltistan.
He is a noteworthy author of many publications
regarding schools, teaching and innovation in the
education sector.
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Dr Yousuf holds a joint appointment as the
Associate Director, Assessment at the Aga Khan
University Examination Board and Assistant
Professor of Educational Development in the
Faculty of Health Sciences at the Aga Khan
University. He is a PhD in Medical Education from
University Ambrosiana, Italy. His PhD thesis
focused on psychometrics and standard setting in
assessment. He has also done a Fellowship from
the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA which
focused on assessment, test development and
generalisability theory. Currently, he is also an
International Editorial Board Member of the
Education in Medicine Journal. Dr Yousuf has
previously served as the Director of Advanced
Diploma in Health Professions Education
Programme and as a Senior Instructor in
Education Development, both at the Aga Khan
University. He was also the recipient of the
Outstanding Teacher Award in 2012.
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Dr Mohammad Idrees Asad
Nargis Alavi
Dr Idrees is working as an Assistant Education
Advisor in the Curriculum Wing, Government of
Pakistan. He completed his PhD in the area of
Curriculum Assessment and Evaluation from the
University of Leicester, UK. He has served at the
Federal Curriculum Wing for the last seven years
and is involved with curriculum development and
revision, textbook development and revision, test
item development and other trainings. His
research work has been published in various
international research journals and he is serving
as a resource person in many institutions that
focus on curriculum, research, testing and
assessment.
Nargis Alavi is the Principal of Habib Schools and
the Director of Education at the Habib
Education Trust. Formerly, she has served as
Director Human Resource, International Union
for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Pakistan and
Deputy Director, Education Programme at
IUCN. She has a Masters in Genetics and has
conducted lectures and research on the subject.
She has conducted many workshops and has been
a speaker at the Sindh Education Foundation and
at the conference organised by the Shah Waliyat
Education Trust.
Dr Naveed Yousuf
Dr Mola Dad Shafa
Dr Shafa is the Head of Professional
Development Centre, North, Pakistan and an
Associate Professor at the Aga Khan University Institute for Educational Development. A PhD
from Ontario Institute of Studies in Education
(OISE), University of Toronto, Canada. He has
always been heavily involved with teaching and
training. He is a recipient of the Quaid-e-Azam
Award of Performance for his work in education
and women’s empowerment in Gilgit-Baltistan.
He is a noteworthy author of many publications
regarding schools, teaching and innovation in the
education sector.
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Dr Yousuf holds a joint appointment as the
Associate Director, Assessment at the Aga Khan
University Examination Board and Assistant
Professor of Educational Development in the
Faculty of Health Sciences at the Aga Khan
University. He is a PhD in Medical Education from
University Ambrosiana, Italy. His PhD thesis
focused on psychometrics and standard setting in
assessment. He has also done a Fellowship from
the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA which
focused on assessment, test development and
generalisability theory. Currently, he is also an
International Editorial Board Member of the
Education in Medicine Journal. Dr Yousuf has
previously served as the Director of Advanced
Diploma in Health Professions Education
Programme and as a Senior Instructor in
Education Development, both at the Aga Khan
University. He was also the recipient of the
Outstanding Teacher Award in 2012.
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Raabia Hirani
Dr Sarfaroz Niyozov
Raabia Hirani obtained her Masters degree in
Comparative Literature from the Queen Mary
University of London, where her research dealt
with the effects of local literature and formal and
informal education on communal and national
identity. She has worked as a teacher of English
Literature and Language and currently works for
the Aga Khan University Examination Board as a
Specialist for English Language and is also
overseeing the revision of the syllabi for the same
institution.
Dr Niyozov is the Director and Professor at the
Aga Khan University - Institute for Educational
Development, Pakistan. He has taught at both
the Dushanbe and Khorog Universities before
relocating to Pakistan. His PhD research at the
University of Toronto, Canada received the best
dissertation awards from the Comparative and
International Education Society and the
American Education Research Association. He
also founded and led the Central Asian Studies
Unit at the Institute of Ismaili Studies, London,
UK. He has recently served as Co-Director of the
Comparative, International and Development
Centre and as an Editor for the Journal of
Curriculum Inquiry, Ontario Institute of Studies
in Education (OISE), University of Toronto.
Dr Sadrudin Pardhan
Dr Pardhan is a Special Advisor to the Provost of the
Aga Khan University. After completing his
undergraduate, Master’s and Doctoral degrees from
Uppsala University, Sweden, he also completed his
teacher education studies. Starting his career as a
Chemistry Lecturer at Kenyan Science Teachers
College, Nairobi, Kenya, he moved on to assume
various leadership roles as a professional in various
institutions particularly in the education sector in
East Africa, Canada and Pakistan. He has served on
the governing bodies of several educational
institutions and was a member of the task force that
established the Aga Khan University - Institute for
Educational Development. He has gone on to hold
senior faculty and management positions for over
eighteen years. In recognition of his outstanding
contribution to Aga Khan University, he was presented
with the Professor Emeritus Award in 2012.
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Shahina Ali Raza
Shahina Ali Raza holds a Master’s degree in
Literature from the Punjab University and has done
an Advanced Diploma in School Management from
Aga Khan University - Institute for Education
Development. With over twenty-one years of
experience in the education sector, she is currently
the Principal of the Aga Khan Higher Secondary
School, Karachi. She has been one of the Master
Trainers of the International Education and Research
Network, which promotes cross-cultural
understanding and international youth leadership.
She has been a guest speaker at various sessions.
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Raabia Hirani
Dr Sarfaroz Niyozov
Raabia Hirani obtained her Masters degree in
Comparative Literature from the Queen Mary
University of London, where her research dealt
with the effects of local literature and formal and
informal education on communal and national
identity. She has worked as a teacher of English
Literature and Language and currently works for
the Aga Khan University Examination Board as a
Specialist for English Language and is also
overseeing the revision of the syllabi for the same
institution.
Dr Niyozov is the Director and Professor at the
Aga Khan University - Institute for Educational
Development, Pakistan. He has taught at both
the Dushanbe and Khorog Universities before
relocating to Pakistan. His PhD research at the
University of Toronto, Canada received the best
dissertation awards from the Comparative and
International Education Society and the
American Education Research Association. He
also founded and led the Central Asian Studies
Unit at the Institute of Ismaili Studies, London,
UK. He has recently served as Co-Director of the
Comparative, International and Development
Centre and as an Editor for the Journal of
Curriculum Inquiry, Ontario Institute of Studies
in Education (OISE), University of Toronto.
Dr Sadrudin Pardhan
Dr Pardhan is a Special Advisor to the Provost of the
Aga Khan University. After completing his
undergraduate, Master’s and Doctoral degrees from
Uppsala University, Sweden, he also completed his
teacher education studies. Starting his career as a
Chemistry Lecturer at Kenyan Science Teachers
College, Nairobi, Kenya, he moved on to assume
various leadership roles as a professional in various
institutions particularly in the education sector in
East Africa, Canada and Pakistan. He has served on
the governing bodies of several educational
institutions and was a member of the task force that
established the Aga Khan University - Institute for
Educational Development. He has gone on to hold
senior faculty and management positions for over
eighteen years. In recognition of his outstanding
contribution to Aga Khan University, he was presented
with the Professor Emeritus Award in 2012.
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Shahina Ali Raza
Shahina Ali Raza holds a Master’s degree in
Literature from the Punjab University and has done
an Advanced Diploma in School Management from
Aga Khan University - Institute for Education
Development. With over twenty-one years of
experience in the education sector, she is currently
the Principal of the Aga Khan Higher Secondary
School, Karachi. She has been one of the Master
Trainers of the International Education and Research
Network, which promotes cross-cultural
understanding and international youth leadership.
She has been a guest speaker at various sessions.
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Dr Shehzad Jeeva
NOTES:
Dr Jeeva is Director of the Aga Khan University
Examination Board and an Assistant Professor at
the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Aga Khan
University. He obtained his Bachelor of Science
in Chemistry (with honors) and MS in Organic
Chemistry from the University of Karachi and was
awarded the Best Young Chemist Award. Dr
Jeeva completed his PhD in Polymer Chemistry
from the University of Cambridge, UK and
received the Toby Jackman Prize for an
outstanding thesis. He completed Post-Doctoral
Research Fellowships from the University of
York, UK and McGill University, Canada.
Dr Yu-ling Liu-Smith
Dr Liu Smith obtained her Bachelor’s degree
from Tunghai University, Taiwan and her
Masters and PhD from the University of
Nottingham, UK. She has worked with the local
governments of Bristol and Nottingham for over
ten years as a Researcher and Analyst. She is
currently working on a joint appointment as
Senior Instructor at the Aga Khan University Institute for Educational Development and
Assistant Director of Research at the Aga Khan
University Examination Board.
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Dr Shehzad Jeeva
NOTES:
Dr Jeeva is Director of the Aga Khan University
Examination Board and an Assistant Professor at
the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Aga Khan
University. He obtained his Bachelor of Science
in Chemistry (with honors) and MS in Organic
Chemistry from the University of Karachi and was
awarded the Best Young Chemist Award. Dr
Jeeva completed his PhD in Polymer Chemistry
from the University of Cambridge, UK and
received the Toby Jackman Prize for an
outstanding thesis. He completed Post-Doctoral
Research Fellowships from the University of
York, UK and McGill University, Canada.
Dr Yu-ling Liu-Smith
Dr Liu Smith obtained her Bachelor’s degree
from Tunghai University, Taiwan and her
Masters and PhD from the University of
Nottingham, UK. She has worked with the local
governments of Bristol and Nottingham for over
ten years as a Researcher and Analyst. She is
currently working on a joint appointment as
Senior Instructor at the Aga Khan University Institute for Educational Development and
Assistant Director of Research at the Aga Khan
University Examination Board.
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October 1, 2015
Movenpick Hotel, Karachi
Aga Khan University Examination Board
Block C, IED-PDC, 1-5/ B-VII
Federal B Area, Karimabad, P.O. Box: 13688
Karachi 75950, Pakistan
Website: examinationboard.aku.edu

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