The Aga Khan University

Professor Junaid Razzak, Country lead

Dr. Razzak is the Vice-Chair of Research in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine. As part of his global work, Dr. Razzak also serves as the Center of Excellence for Trauma and Emergencies Director at Aga Khan University. Before his current role, Dr. Razzak served as the founding Director of the Center for Global Emergency Care and Professor of Emergency Medicine and International Health at Johns Hopkins University. In addition, he has worked in a wide variety of roles and settings, including as the Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Emergency Medicine and Trauma; the CEO of a Not-for-Profit EMS; and chair of NIH’s Collaborative on Enhancing Emergency Care Research in LMICs (CLEER). Dr. Razzak has received numerous awards, including the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award by the Global Emergency Medicine Academy, the Award for Outstanding Contribution by the International Section of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and the Mentorship and Teaching Awards from his residents. Dr. Razzak did his MBBS from Aga Khan University in Pakistan, completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Yale University, and Ph.D. in Public Health from Karolinska Institute. Dr. Razzak has published over 150 manuscripts and monographs and has mentored several Emergency Medicine and Public Health trainees and students.

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Junaid Razzak


Professor Sameen Siddiqi

Deputy country lead & Shirin & Abdullah Allidina Family Endowed Chair

Professor Department of Community Health Sciences Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan.

 Dr Sameen Siddiqi is the Professor and Chair, Department of Community Health Sciences, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan since January 2018. Earlier, he worked for the World Health Organization for 16 years where he served as Director, Health System Development covering the Eastern Mediterranean Region. He spearheaded the work on universal health coverage. He has also served as WHO’s Representative to Lebanon and Iran. Prior to joining WHO, Dr Siddiqi was associated with the Health Services Academy, Ministry of Health, Pakistan where he was instrumental in developing its educational and research programs and later served as a Senior Health Specialist at the World Bank in Islamabad. Dr Siddiqi has a fellowship in internal medicine, and a master’s degree, fellowship, and doctoral degree in public health. He has worked for over two decades advising lower- and middle-income countries on strengthening health systems. He has special interest in health system governance, private health sector, public private partnership and quality and safety of care. Dr Siddiqi has multiple publications and book chapters, is a reviewer for several international journals and research funding agencies and is on the editorial board of peer reviewed journals. He is also the lead editor of a forthcoming textbook on Making Health Systems Work in Low and Middle Income Countries, which will be published by the Cambridge University Press. Among others, Dr Siddiqi is also a member of the Senate of Health Services Academy, Islamabad, and the Quality Committee of the WHO’s Global Health Academy.

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