Saturday, June 6, 2020

Dr Tahir Shamsi

Prof. Dr. Tahir Shamsi has over 43 research publications in international journals, 07 books written or edited, published and circulated internationally. He is also the Editor of many haematology journals. His research interests include stem cell biology, haemostasis and novel therapeutics in haematology and oncology. He is the fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists, UK. He is the medical director, consultant haematologist & transplant physician at the National Institute of Blood Diseases & Bone Marrow Transplantation (NIBD & BMT). He is also the director of stem cell programme at NIBD & BMT. He is the Adjunct Professor at Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences, Jamshoro and Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi.

Monday, April 13, 2020

Arif Usmani



The Federal Government announced the appointment of Arif Usmani as the President and Chief Executive Officer of National Bank of Pakistan for a term of three years with immediate effect. Mr. Usmani joined NBP on the 12th of February, 2019.

Mr. Usmani started his career with Citi Pakistan in 1981 in the Corporate Banking Group and since then held a number of positions with the company. He has over 38 years of experience across several geographies and markets in various banking disciplines.  From 1989 to 1994, he was on deputation from Citi with Saudi Arabia’s second largest bank SAMBA in Riyadh within the Corporate Banking business. In 1994, Mr. Usmani relocated to the Asia Pacific region, where for five years he held a number of critical positions in different countries including Hong Kong and Singapore. Later, he moved as Citi Country Officer to Slovakia where he is credited with greatly developing the business before taking over as Country Head Citi Nigeria and Regional Head West Africa. The latter role involved management of the Citi Franchises in Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Gabon, the Republic of Congo as well as Senegal. In 2003, Mr. Usmani moved back to Samba  Financial Group as the Chief Risk Officer and  in 2008 re-joined the Citi franchise in Pakistan as CEO.

In 2012 Mr. Usmani left Citi and was appointed as Group Head for Wholesale Banking at Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank in Abu Dhabi where he spent 5 years establishing the bank as a premier player in the corporate finance space. In 2017, Mr. Usmani joined Mashreq Bank in Dubai as Chief Risk Officer which was his last assignment before moving to NBP.

Mr. Usmani holds a First Class BSc (Hons) degree from Imperial College, University of London and is also an Associate of the Royal College of Science (ARCS).

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Dr Najma Patel

Prof. Najma Patel is a remarkable cardiologist who specializes in the field of Paediatric Cardiology. After completing her MBBS, she received her fellowship (FCPS) from CPSP. She is also fellow of Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (FSCAI), which is a mark of her excellence among interventional cardiologists and also fellow of American College of Cardiology. Her exceptional journey with NICVD dates back to 1994 when she joined this institution as a fellow and is now serving as Head of Paediatric Cardiology. She also has specialized in adult congenital heart diseases, congenital and structural heart defects intervention. She has performed more than 1200 percutaneous interventions including complex procedures. She is currently serving as Convenor of the committee member of College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (Equivalent to Dean of Faculty) and also as a supervisor of FCPS Paediatric Cardiology.
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Dr Syed Taimur Asif Ali

Dr. Syed Taimur Asif Ali is an FCPS qualified Cardiac Surgeon and accredited for Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery. He qualified his MBBS from the University of Karachi and after his 1-year of House Job completed his core General Surgery from Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center. He undertook training in Cardiothoracic Surgery from Aga Khan University Hospital. He joined NICVD in 2015 and is actively involved in clinical and surgical practice and academic teaching of undergraduates and postgraduates. He is also a keen researcher having 8 articles published.

Qari waheed Zafar Qasmi

Qari waheed Zafar starts reciting Quran-e Majeed from the age of 6 or 7. At the same time he started reciting Naat and Hifz of the Holy Quran as well. By the age of 9, he had learned Quran-e-Majeed by heart and had also learned Qirat.

The honor for Durood-o-Salam inside the Roza-e-Rasool (PBUH) in 1987 is the most cherished event of His life.
Qari waheed zafar participated in many international competitions. By the grace of Allah He won the first competition in 1969 in Malaysia for Pakistan and thereafter in Libya in 1979. In 1980, he won a competition of Tilawat-e-Quran-e-Majeed in Saudi Arabia. Then again in 1981 he won a competition in Syria.

He started Radio programs in 1970 and the first program that he did was “Sar Chashma-e- Hidayat”. This program provided him the various opportunities to proceed further in this field and helped bringing him to the limelight. After that he did many programs on television as well although radio gave him the greatest exposure.

In 1972, He read his first Naat, which is ''Arba-e- Qaseeda'' (Allah Hu Allah Hu) on television, which got very popular all over the world. Some of his other popular Naats are Fasloon Ko takaluf hai hum say agar, Zahe Muqadar and Qaseeda-Burda Shareef.

Many Naats Khawans have got training from him including Umm-e-Habiba, Roshan Ara Samad, Javed Akhtar and Khalid Hussain. They are renowned Naat Khawans of today.
The honor for Durood-o-Salam inside the Roza-e-Rasool (PBUH) in 1987 is the most cherished event of His life.


Qari waheed zafar participated in many international competitions. By the grace of Allah He won the first competition in 1969 in Malaysia for Pakistan and thereafter in Libya in 1979. In 1980, he won a competition of Tilawat-e-Quran-e-Majeed in Saudi Arabia. Then again in 1981 he won a competition in Syria.


He started Radio programs in 1970 and the first program that he did was “Sar Chashma-e- Hidayat”. This program provided him the various opportunities to proceed further in this field and helped bringing him to the limelight. After that he did many programs on television as well although radio gave him the greatest exposure.


In 1972, He read his first Naat, which is ''Arba-e- Qaseeda'' (Allah Hu Allah Hu) on television, which got very popular all over the world. Some of his other popular Naats are Fasloon Ko takaluf hai hum say agar, Zahe Muqadar and Qaseeda-Burda Shareef.


Many Naats Khawans have got training from him including Umm-e-Habiba, Roshan Ara Samad, Javed Akhtar and Khalid Hussain. They are renowned Naat Khawans of today.


Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Tasneem Ahmed Siddiqui


Mr. Tasneem Ahmed Siddiqui, a retired civil servant (CSP of 1965 batch), holds an M.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in English Literature from Sindh University. He also holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Kennedy School of Government, Harvard (USA). During his career in the civil service, Mr. Tasneem Siddiqui held some key positions including Director General (DG) Excise & Taxation and DG Sindh Katchi Abadis Authority, Secretary Industries, Secretary Public Health Engineering, Additional Chief Secretary (Local Govt.) and Chief Secretary Sindh. In addition to being a senior board member of PPHI, Mr. Tasneem Siddiqui is currently Chairman Saiban-Action Research for Shelter which has developed housing projects for low-income groups popularly known as Khuda-ki-Basti. He also works for ‘Orangi Charitable Trust’ and other notable NGOs.

Dr Nighat Shah


Dr. Nighat Shah holds an MBBS, MCPS, FCPS and MRCOG (UK). She is currently working as a consultant gynecologist at Agha Khan University Hospital where she teaches and trains undergraduate and postgraduate students. She is also a senior consultant at the Sindh Institute of Reproductive Medicine and visiting faculty at Ziauddin Hospital. Dr. Nighat Shah has more than twenty years of clinical experience of saving mothers/ neonates and improving mothers’ health. She also worked in Murshid Hospital, located in an underprivileged area of Karachi, where she helped in saving lives of high risk pregnant women.