Amyn has been associated with IRD for the past 7 years. He joined IRD as a Research Associate in 2010 after completing his MBBS from Aga Khan University to work on Indus Hospital Community Cohort Study. In 2012, he received the Fulbright Master’s Scholarship to complete his Master’s in Public Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
On his return to Pakistan, Amyn was involved in eIMCI implementation where a team lead by him expanded the IMCI algorithm of WHO to include all children under 15 years of age and converted it into an electronic Decision Support System to be used by community health workers on android handheld devices to provide better holistic care. The project was piloted at The Indus Hospital and later scaled to other facilities. Amyn was also involved in Mass screening to combat childhood TB under diagnosis in rural Sindh” project funded by Stop TB Partnership’s TB REACH. Here his team managed to increase the case notification for childhood TB almost 3 folds in the evaluation district through active case finding and contact tracing.
CEO Interactive Health Solutions
Ali Habib is a Fulbright Scholar with a Master of Engineering Management degree from Duke University. He completed his Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from the Lahore University of Management Sciences. Ali previously served as Director of Informatics at IRD and joined the team in 2009. In 2013, Ali became CEO of IRD spin-off IHS in 2013. He has more than 10 years of eHealth and mHealth experience.
A strong proponent of open source software and ICT4D, he has led the assessment, design development, and deployment of open source mobile data collection, and web-based electronic medical record systems in Pakistan, Nepal, Tajikistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea, South Africa, DRC, Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Malawi, Brazil, and Peru. Ali works closely with open source communities like OpenMRS and OpenSRP to help use technology to address gaps in health delivery in resource limited settings.
Ali has been part of the technology leadership teams for endTB, a USD 60 million UNITAID grant to introduce new TB drugs for patients with XDR-TB and complicated MDR-TB, and OpenSRP, an open source initiative to empower front line health workers using mobile technology. He also provides eHealth Technical Assistance to several countries under the USAID funded Challenge TB initiative. Ali enjoys computer games, travel, and nature photography, is an avid reader of fantasy fiction, and has been known to write poetry when the mood takes him.
Naiila Baig Ansari
Naila Baig-Ansari has a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of California, Davis with a designated emphasis in International Nutrition. She has a MSc in Epidemiology from the Aga Khan University and a BBA from the College of William & Mary. Naila has worked at the organization since November 2011, sharing her time responsibilities at IRD and the Indus Hospital. She is a senior epidemiologist and a director of the IRD Institutional Review Board (IRB) at IRD.
Apart from Institutional Review Board responsibilities, Naila is working on Pakistan’s first national soil transmitted helminth prevalence survey which will eventually lead to a national school-based deworming program. As an epidemiologist, she helps in planning and analyzing programmatic research in the area of diabetes and mental health. She is also responsible for teaching certain modules in the Research Associate program.
Previous to joining IRD, Naila worked as a Fogarty Research Fellow: designing, implementing and evaluating the nutrition component of a joint University of Alabama and Aga Khan University research project on Perinatal Infections and Pregnancy Outcome in Pakistan. She has also worked as a National Consultant for DFID, at the Aga Khan University on scaling up evidence-based nutrition interventions and evaluating causes of undernutrition in Sri Lanka, as well as numerous other medium- to large- projects relating to nutrition.
Naila loves the people and the atmosphere at IRD. She thinks IRD is a young organization and she feels like the oldest member in it. She loves quirkiness of IRD and those who choose to work here. Naila believes, in order to flourish, you have to be an individual who is not only dynamic but works well with others. People go the extra mile to help one another achieve the greater goal and unlike some other competitive organizations, she hasn’t seen or encountered any office politics or rivalry.
Shama Mohammad holds a BA in Economics from Wellesley College and a Master’s in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) from Harvard University.
Shama has been working in the development sector since 2000 and has worked in the fields of health, education, gender, community development, early child development, and microfinance. As the Director of Community Outreach at IRD from 2008 to 2012, Shama led large scale studies and programs, including a randomized control trial evaluating the impact of SMS reminders on tuberculosis treatment outcomes, a Photo-voice advocacy project with people affected by TB, a communications campaign on TB and its related services, and a diarrhea treatment center in Sukkur in response to the floods in 2010.
More recently, Shama was a freelance consultant with expertise in various research methodologies such as survey design, monitoring and evaluation, and participatory research methodologies. She currently serves on the Board of Governors for Aahung, an NGO working in the field of sexual health and rights in Pakistan.
Shama will lead efforts to improve the quality of IRD’s programs as experienced by patients and communities.
“Aamir Khan is an epidemiologist and social entrepreneur based in Karachi, Pakistan and Dubai, UAE. He has trained in medicine at the Aga Khan University in Karachi and has a PhD in international health from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
In 2004, Aamir founded Interactive Research and Development (IRD), a social enterprise committed to improving global health and development through process and technology innovations. IRD has global health delivery teams based in offices in Karachi, Dubai, Johannesburg, Dhaka and Jakarta supporting programs in 17 countries. IRD is a principal implementation partner to the Indus Hospital in Karachi, the Aurum Institute in Johannesburg, and the Harvard Medical School Center for Global Health Delivery–Dubai.
He is currently testing social business models for the delivery of affordable lung health and diabetes care in Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Pakistan; scaling routine immunization programs using conditional cash transfers in Pakistan, South Africa and Ethiopia; implementing TB/HIV screening and treatment programs among mining populations in South Africa; and developing sustainable models of free surgical care in Pakistan.
In addition to his own work, he has helped draft Pakistan’s successful USD 173 million Global Fund Round 9 application for scaling up MDR-TB treatment in Pakistan; and has supported its implementation in Sindh and Baluchistan provinces through the Indus Hospital TB Program. Aamir Khan is a member of the leadership team of endTB, a USD 60 million UNITAID grant to introduce new TB drugs for patients with XDR-TB and complicated MDR-TB, and of Challenge TB, a USAID-funded USD 525 million five-year cooperative agreement to accelerate the global fight against TB.
He is very excited to be an inaugural member of the Board of Directors of two leading open-source software consortiums: OpenMRS, an electronic medical records system, and OpenSRP, a smart register for frontline health workers providing integrated health care”
“Lubna Samad is a pediatric surgeon based in Karachi, Pakistan. She graduated from the Aga Khan University, and trained at the National Institute of Child Health in Karachi where she learnt to understand and appreciate the challenges of working in resource-constrained settings. She also trained in the UK, passing her qualifying examinations in 2001 and 2002.
Lubna has been working at the Indus Hospital since its inception in 2007. This has allowed her to help provide the best possible, often complex, care to children whose families just cannot afford to pay for even minor procedures. Her special interests are reconstruction of anorectal malformations and treatment of colorectal conditions, surgery for children with cancers and hematological conditions, and global surgery research and implementation. She chairs the Indus Hospital Research Center, a collaboration between Indus Hospital and IRD.
As a member of the executive board of the G4 Alliance, Lubna works to advocate for the neglected surgical patient at a global level. She is a Lecturer at the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and also coordinate’s IRD’s relationship with the Harvard Medical School’s Center for Global Health Delivery in Dubai.
Lubna is one of the founding team of Indus Hospital’s Pehla Qadam (Club Foot) program in collaboration with the Ponseti Institute based at the University of Iowa. She is actively involved in patient safety programs, with a focus on health care associated infections and surgical safety, and is currently implementing a safe circumcision program.
Having said that, Lubna’s primary focus remains her three children, who continuously challenge both her intellect and her patience! Family anchors her life, as do her horses, dog and books.”
Subhash Chandir is an epidemiologist at Interactive Research & Development. He received his medical degree from Pakistan, and his Masters in Public Health (Infectious Diseases) and doctorate in Global Disease Epidemiology and Control (with certificate in Vaccines Science & Policy) from Johns Hopkins University.
Subhash has more than 13 years of experience in immunization work in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Kenya, Peru, Ecuador and USA. He is working on various mHealth projects including phone based immunization registry, GSM based GIS tracking of health workers, pregnancy registry and reminders for ANC visits, integrated management of childhood illnesses, conditional cash transfers for healthy behaviors, performance based incentives through mobile money transfers for health workers etc.
Subhash also serves on the faculty at Department of Community Health Sciences, Aga Khan University, and Department of International Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Saira Khowaja is a program development expert with an interest in developing programs using the integrated health delivery model. She has an MS in Social Development and Planning from the Columbia University School of Social Work and a dual degree BA in Chemistry and Psychology from the University of Rochester.
Saira is currently a core group member of the Global Drug Resistance TB Initiative under the STOP TB partnership. She oversees the implementation for the multi-country TB Xpert and Challenge TB grants for IRD. Saira currently serves as a program expert on the Indus Hospital Management Committee for Susceptible and Drug-Resistant TB. She worked closely with multiple stakeholders to help develop the USD 173 million budget for the Global Fund Round 9 application for scaling up MDR-TB control in Pakistan.
In addition at IRD Saira has been involved in the initiation of the Mental Health, Hepatitis C and HIV programs in Pakistan. She is currently a co-investigator on the grant funded by Grand Challenges Canada for community based screening and counseling for anxiety and depression. She was previously surveillance team leader for the Karachi Invasive Pneumococcal Disease Surveillance Project conducted in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the project coordinator for the 12-city mapping survey of persons at high risk for HIV infection conducted in collaboration with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and funded by DFID.
Dr. Hamidah Hussain is a public health professional with over two decades of experience in running global health delivery programs and epidemiological research. She is currently the Program Director of the flagship TB and drug-resistant TB (DR-TB) program based at the Indus Hospital in Karachi and has been instrumental in scaling DR-TB treatment sites to 10 cities in Sindh and Baluchistan through National TB Programme (NTP) and Global Fund support.
Starting July 2015, Hamidah will lead existing IRD programs in Bangladesh including the introduction of new TB drugs and drug regimens through endTB, a new multi-country consortium initiative led by Partners in Health (PIH), Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and IRD.
Hamidah trained in medicine at the Aga Khan University in Karachi and has an MSc in Health Policy, Planning and Financing from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She is a doctoral candidate in International Health at the University of Bergen. Hamidah remains an Assistant Clinical Professor at the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia and an Associate in International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Uzma Khan is a public health professional based in Dubai, UAE. She trained in medicine at the Dow University of Health Sciences. She has an MS in Epidemiology and completed the Program in Clinical Effectiveness at the Harvard School of Public Health, along with a research fellowship in MDR-TB at Harvard Medical School’s Program in Infectious Disease & Social Change.
Uzma joined IRD in 2009, managing clinical research and program delivery at our flagship TB control program at the Indus Hospital in Karachi, supporting patient care through training and programmatic monitoring. From 2010-2011, she successfully managed the transition of the Indus Hospital MDR-TB program from a pilot funded by private donors to the Global Fund supported program now spanning to Sindh and Baluchistan provinces.
Since 2011, Uzma has provided technical assistance to the governments of Tajikistan and Nepal to scale up community-based management of MDR-TB and internal monitoring and evaluation of IRD grants from UNDP, WHO and the Stop TB Partnership. Similarly, she had provided technical assistance to IRD partner organizations in Kenya, South Africa and monitoring TB REACH grants targeting private sector providers in Karachi, Dhaka and Jakarta.
Uzma is currently the Project Manager on one of IRD’s largest multi-country consortium grants – endTB. This 4-year project is funded by UNITAID and focuses on introducing new TB drugs (bedaquiline and delaminid) to 15 countries including Bangladesh, Indonesia and Pakistan.
Deputy Director Maternal and Child Health Pakistan
Ali is a public health scientist with background in medicine. He received his medical degree from Pakistan and Master of Public Health with a focus on Global Health from the University of Sheffield in the UK
Ali has more than eight years of experience in research (design and implementation) and advocacy for improving newborn survival and nutrition, and reducing childhood infectious diseases. He has led multiple Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition projects in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Eritrea, and Kenya. He has contributed to 25 plus papers in international peer-reviewed journals including ‘The Lancet’ and ‘BMJ.’
Before joining IRD, Ali worked as Research Faculty in the Department of Pediatrics at the Aga Khan University, Karachi.
Director of Strategy/CEO OF CHS
“Imran Zafar is an MBA and a Clinical Psychologist having worked in a variety of public health and business management positions, as well as working on social enterprise start-ups. He started his career in new business development in the private sector, and his development career with AKRSP working on small and medium enterprise development in the Northern Areas of Pakistan, and a similar assignment with Intermediate Technology Development Group in Sri Lanka. He has since worked on Health Communications and Social Marketing with UNICEF, as CEO of Greenstar and Population Services International, where his last position was as the Regional Representative for Mexico and Central America.
Imran has consulted for a variety of organizations, primarily on strategy development and establishing for-profit, cross subsidy arms for non-profit organizations. He joined IRD in 2014 as Director Strategy and CEO of Community Health Solutions (CHS), the social enterprise arm for large-scale service delivery. Imran believes that the room to experiment and learn, to contribute to IRD’s growth as an international NGO, and the ability to work with a great group of people are what make this his most challenging and exciting assignment. “
Country Director South Africa
Thulani Mbatha is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in the United States of America (USA), where he obtained a Master’s degree in Public Health, with a special focus on Planning and Administration; he also holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Berea College in Kentucky, USA.
Currently, Thulani is responsible for IRD’s Southern Africa health business, and for the implementation of IRD’s innovative healthcare service delivery approaches. His deep public healthcare strategy and operations experience proves valuable in his role of implementing IRD’s innovative health programs in Southern Africa, and in supporting health systems strategy and program design for governments, multilateral funding and assistance agencies.
Before serving as IRD South Africa Country Director, Thulani worked as a Public Private Mix Technical Advisor at University Research Co., LLC (URC), an international organization providing technical assistance services in Southern Africa on TB, HIV and diabetes programs, and was responsible for the overall leadership, management, and delivery of all private sector engagements.
Chief Operating Officer
Captain Habib Khan is a management professional who has worked over 30 years in a healthcare organization and has global experience in diverse nature in strategic and operational planning and management, administration, quality management and biomedical engineering.
He joined IRD-Pakistan as the Chief Operating Officer because of IRD’s vision and the challenging role. In his role as COO, Captain Habib provides leadership and direction to HR, Administration and Finance departments of IRD Pakistan. He hopes to develop and strengthen each of these departments so they can continue to support program teams in implementation.
Prior to IRD, Habib was associated with the Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) and worked on multiple partnership projects. Habib started his career as a Biomedical Engineer and served for 18 years while also participating in institutional activities. In September 2015, Habib he worked at Habib University as the Head of Administration & Campus Services; Before this he served Dolmen Group (Pvt.) Ltd for seven months and held the responsibility of Centre Manager (General Manager), Dolmen City Clifton.
Habib has Master of Science (Computer Science) from NED University of Engineering & Technology, Karachi and Bachelor of Engineering (Electronics) from Dawood College of Engineering & Technology of NED University of Engineering & Technology. Additionally, he is a Certified Risk Analyst from International Academy of Financial Management; Certified Project Management Professional (PMP); Certified Quality Professional and Certified ISO 9000 Lead Auditor. Immediately after his graduation, Habib’s patriotism exhorted him to serve Pakistan Army as a Captain in the Electrical & Mechanical Engineering (EME) Corp. for three years and was posted in the 7 Anti-Aircraft Workshop Company, as Workshop Officer.
He likes to spend his leisure time with his family, listen to talk-shows and watch cricket matches.
Country Director Vietnam
Luan Vo joined IRD as Country Director Vietnam in 2016. Luan is currently exploring opportunities for IRD VN to become engaged in the country’s TB care and control efforts via the Zero TB Initiative and introduction of Delamanid. Over the past four years, Luan has led a community-based TB eradication project in Ho Chi Minh City in collaboration with local implementation partners such as the Public Health Association HCMC, municipal public health and TB control authorities as well as international charities and private sector sponsors.
Prior to Vietnam Luan spent two years with Operation ASHA in India strengthening accounting and HR capabilities, and developing standardized operating procedures and reporting. Prior to his public health engagement, Luan worked for five years in financial advisory, operational consulting and due diligence services mergers and acquisition at KPMG Frankfurt and New York. Major projects included Ford Motor Company’s divestiture of Jaguar, Land Rover and Volvo and a large-scale cost optimization by Nationwide Building Society in the UK. Prior to that Luan worked with TargetRx near Philadelphia to provide market research and consulting services to major pharmaceutical companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Bristol Myers Squibb and Pfizer.
Luan holds a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering and mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania during which he contributed to research on neurodegenerative diseases and on the biomaterial properties of temporomandibular joint cartilage. He is candidate for a master’s in public health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Director TB and HIV
Liesl Page-Shipp is a public health professional based in Johannesburg, South Africa. She has worked for 24 years in TB, Drug-Resistant TB (DR-TB), TB/HIV and HIV/AIDS covering clinical care, programme management and evaluation and has been involved in and operational research and clinical trials.
Previous experience includes 10 years in the NGO sector in South Africa, initially as a programme director and then as Managing Director. She has also worked in the government and mining sectors and as an independent consultant.
Liesl qualified as a medical doctor in South Africa and has a Masters in Public Health from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
As Director, TB and HIV, she provides technical oversight on over USD 50m of grants including GF-TIMS (TB in Mines in Southern Africa), UNITAID EndTB, GF-TB PK, and Challenge TB, and collaborates with IRD country teams to develop and supporting new and existing TB and HIV initiatives in Africa and Asia.
Director of Youth Engagement Program
Qadeer Baig is the Director of the Youth Engagement Program at IRD Pakistan.
He is overseeing the roll out of programs that provide services to youth and simultaneously leverage their social networks to improve health access. He is working to adapt and expand upon Rutgers’ Kiran Program to integrate with IRD and Indus Health Network health services. In Karachi, 10,000 Kiran Sitaras are being added to IRD programs to help improve access to a wider range of health programs for women of all ages, but specially those targeting young girls. The program is also being piloted this year in other large urban centers in Pakistan, and among special populations including prison inmates and transgenders.
Qadeer is a seasoned senior management professional who has dedicated over 25 years to strengthening the calibre and capacity of civil society organizations, with a special focus on engaging youth and promoting gender equality. Between 2007 and 2016, Qadeer served as the Country Representative of Rutgers (formerly known as World Population Foundation). He was previously the National Manager for the Pakistan National AIDS Convention (2005-6) and Director and founding member of the NGO Resource Centre, Aga Khan Foundation, Pakistan (1999-2005).
Qadeer has actively contributed to research and the national discourse on NGO governance and management, sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) for youth, and gender violence. He has represented civil society at the UN Commission on Population & Development, MDGs and SDGs. He has served on the Board of the Hashoo Foundation.
In his free time, Qadeer serves as Chair of the Board of Family Education Services Foundation, Pakistan, and CEO of the re-established and rejuvenated NGO Resource Centre, Karachi.
Qadeer has a Masters of Science in Management of NGOs from the London School of Economics, and a Masters in Economics and Statistics from the University of Sindh.
Atif Izhar Siddiqui
Director of Finance
Atif Izhar Siddiqui is a Chartered Accountant, with a diverse experience in finance and audit internationally. For the past 8 years, he has worked with Eli Lilly, most recently as regional Finance Director for Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei and Malaysia. He has been based in Jakarta for several years, and has relocated to Dubai with his family to take over the position of CFO IRD Global.
Atif is responsible for oversight of all finance related matters for IRD Global and all affiliate companies. He works closely with Country Directors and finance teams to strengthen financial processes and their implementation. Additionally, he collaborates with team leads and PIs for development and management of project budgets, interacting directly with donors as needed. He plays a key part in the organization’s Finance Committee, working with senior management on strategic and business plans for the organization.