Dr Sania Nishtar appointed as Minister IT, Telecom, Science & Technical Education
Dr Sania Nishtar has been appointed as the Minister for MoITT and MSoT as part of the care-taker government. President Asif Ali Zardari administered the oath to the caretaker cabinet members. The ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso and others, including former federal ministers. Dr. Sania Nishtar’s appointment has been highly appraised by local and international community.
Dr. Sania has in-country and international experience. She is a member of many Expert Working Groups and Task Forces of the World Health Organisation, the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council, a member of the board of the International Union for Health Promotion, the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, the Ministerial Leadership Initiative for Global Health, the Clinton Global Initiative and is Chair of GAVI’s Evaluation Advisory Committee. She has previously led many global initiatives and is a regular plenary speaker, chair or moderator at global health meetings and a part of organizing committees.
Dr. Sania is a key health policy voice in Pakistan, the author of Pakistan’s first health reform plan, Pakistan’s first compendium of health statistics, and the country’s first national public health plan for NCDs. She has the unique honour of signing three MoUs with Pakistan’s Ministry of Health committing her time pro bono to write these documents. One of her books, an analysis of Pakistan’s health systems became the blue print for the country’s health policy. She is a member of many boards, advisory groups and task forces and a voice to catalyze change at the broader governance level in Pakistan.
She has authored 6 books, more than 100 peer review articles and around the same number of op-eds. She is the recipient of Pakistan’s Sitara e-‐Imtiaz, a presidential award, the European Societies Population Science Award, the Global Innovation award, and many accolades of the International Biographical Centre, Cambridge and the American Biographical Center. Sania Nishtar holds a Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians and a Ph.D from Kings College, London.
She is the recipient of Pakistan’s Sitara e‐Imtiaz, a presidential award, the European Societies Population Science Award, the Global Innovation award, and many accolades of the International Biographical Centre, Cambridge and the American Biographical Center
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