Faculty & Staff

Syed Fahd Husain

Chairman, Republic College
Dean
School of Digital & Electronic Media


Fahd Husain is the Executive Director News at Express News TV & Executive Editor of Daily The Express Tribune. He began his career as a journalist at The Daily Muslim newspaper in 1991. Since then he has since held senior positions at The Nation and Gulf News Dubai newspapers and served as the Editor of Daily The News. In the 1990s, Fahd worked at PTV as an anchor for several shows. He has also worked at leading American TV channel CBS News in New York. Fahd was also the anchor of Pakistan’s first independent English talk show on Geo TV. He then worked as Director International Affairs at ARY TV.

Starting in 2006, as Director News he designed the entire setup for Express News channel, and established the channel as a leading news network. He also served as Director News of Express 24/7, which was at one point Pakistan’s only 24-hour English news network. Later he also served as Executive Director News at Dunya TV and Chief Operating Officer at Capital TV.

Fahd has spearheaded the launch of three channels in Pakistan: Express News, Express English, and Capital TV.

He has also served as Editor of major English newspapers: The Nation, The News and Executive Editor of The Express Tribune.

He has also hosted prime time talk shows on Express News, ARY, and Waqt News.

His international assignments include covering the US Presidential Elections in 2004 and travelling to Lebanon to cover the Hezbollah-Israel war in 2006.

Fahd did his schooling from Aitchison College Lahore, and his Bachelor’s degree from Ohio Wesleyan University USA. He did his Masters in Television Journalism from Columbia University in New York, USA, where he became the first Pakistani to graduate at the top of his class. He was also elected president of his class, and awarded both the Pulitzer Travelling Fellowship and the Jack R. Howard Scholarship.

He lectures on Media and Politics at various institutions including Navy War College, Command & Staff College Quetta, Pakistan Air Force War College Karachi, National Management College (for senior Civil Services officer), Civil Service Academy as well as various universities and colleges.

Fahd serves on the Advisory Board of IBA’s Centre for Excellence in Journalism (CEJ) and is a member of the Board of Governors of Aitchison College Lahore.


hammad.husain@republic.edu.pk

Hammad Husain

Executive Director, Republic College
Dean
School of Architecture, Design & the Built Environment


Hammad Husain has been practicing architecture in Islamabad since 1994 and has been associated with academia for over ten years. He has served as Head of the Architecture & Design department at Comsats University and has taught at National College of Arts, Rawalpindi campus; SZABIST Islamabad and University of Engineering & Technology, Abbottabad campus. He is the principal architect of Hammad Husain Architects and managing partner at Aleph Architectural Group Practice.

Hammad completed his undergraduate studies in Architecture from Middle East Technical University (METU) in Turkey in 1994, and got his Masters degree in Project Management from Pakistan. He has designed over one million square feet of commercial space and half a million square feet of residential buildings including over 80 private houses & farmhouses all over Pakistan. His notable projects include the farmhouse of former President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf in Islamabad (2005), the Presidency building of Azad Jammu & Kashmir in Muzaffarabad (2012) and restoration of Fort Bala Hisar in Peshawar (2016). His work and interviews have been published in a number of local and international publications.

Hammad spent five months in Japan in 2003 on a Japanese Government fellowship where he briefly worked for Nikken Sekkei, the largest architecture firm in the world. He has the distinction of being the first regular architecture columnist of Pakistan and was Islamabad correspondent for Archi Times from 1999 to 2004. He contributed a chapter on the architecture of Pakistan in the book ‘Atlas: Architectures of the 21st Century’, published in Spain. He was one of the editors of a research study in Geneva, Switzerland, commissioned by Aga Khan Trust for Culture, titled ‘Architectural Education in the Muslim World’. He has served as a juror, panelist, thesis advisor and guest lecturer at several architecture schools of the country; has presented papers at national and international conferences (UIA 2005, Istanbul, ICHH 2008, Mumbai) and is the first TEDx Speaker architect of Pakistan. He has twice served as chairman of the Institute of Architects, Pakistan and is a recipient of the institute’s awards for excellence (1998 & 2010). He has also served as elected member executive committee of Pakistan Council of Architects & Town Planners (2000-2004) and is co-founder and convener of League of Architects Pakistan.


ahmed.mumtaz@republic.edu.pk

Ahmed Mumtaz Mustehsan

Registrar & Controller of Examinations


Ahmed Mumtaz Mustehsan is a scientist and an academician with more than thirty-five (35) years’ experience in IT Research & Development and imparting and managing quality university education in Pakistan. He completed his Masters in Computer Science from Quaid-i-Azam University. Islamabad in 1981. In 1986, he joined SEP in Paris, France where he specialized in Satellite Image Processing.

He has the privilege of establishing two national-level institutions. The Computer Training Center (CTC) in 1983 at Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC), and the Center of Basic Sciences (COBS) for the University Grants Commission in Islamabad. The CTC went on to produce a number of national level academicians, scientists and engineers.

From 1983 to 1985, he worked as System Manager for Jaffarana (Pvt.) Ltd, a company of McGill University, Canada, and developed cryptographic software for the defense agencies of Pakistan under the supervision of professors Dr. Salahuddin Hyder and Dr. Murray of McGill University, Canada.

In 1986, he joined Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO). In 1988 he was tasked to establish the Satellite Ground Station (SGS) for SUPARCO and successfully operated the station for more than ten years as its Manager.

In 1999 he joined University of Lahore (UoL) and served for five years as associate professor, before joining Comsats University Islamabad (CUI), where he served as Head, Department of Computer Science. He has supervised hundreds of research projects of Computer Science students.

In 2007, he was appointed General Manager IT at Comsats University where he established the complete IT infrastructure of CUI, Main Campus in Islamabad. In 2010, he presented a concept paper for establishment of a virtual campus by a university at an education conference at Dhaka, Bangladesh. That paper served the basis for establishing the Virtual Campus of CUI.

In 2015, he became the Additional Registrar Academics at CUI Islamabad Campus, where he supervised the development and documentation of the process for student registration, delivery of quality education and fool-proof evaluation system. In addition, he established the Student Affairs Department, Carrier Development Cell and Automated Admissions system at CUI. In January 2018, he was promoted as General Manager (Academics) in OG-4, a rank equivalent to a Full Professor.

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Dr. Usama Bukhari

Dean
Dr Salahuddin Hyder School of Computer Science


Dr. Usama Bukhari has over 15 years of experience in both academia and industry. In 2003, he started his career in IT industry where he worked in a number of national and international companies. In 2006, he joined COMSATS University Islamabad. He subsequently served in The University of Lahore and Center for Advance Studies in Engineering (CASE). In 2010, he established his own software house. As CEO, he supervised over 20 national level projects for the governments of KPK, Sindh and Azad Kashmir and for the Pakistan Army. He has also worked on various projects for international companies such as LG, Telecom Italia and Continental AG.

He received his under graduate degree in Computer Science from Hamdard University, MSc in Machine learning from COMSATS University Islamabad and PhD in Computer Vision from ULBS, Romania. He acquired various scholarships, laurels and achievement awards throughout his academic studies. He is an ERAMSUS scholar and was funded by European Union for his doctoral thesis.

Gulten Cevikel

Director International Liaison


Gulten Cevikel completed her bachelor’s degree in Communications, Media and Public Relations from Gazi University, Turkey in 1993. She worked at IKA News agency in liaison with the Turkish Prime Minister’s office and at Yatirimler Magazine in Ankara as Public Relations Manager. Later, she served as the Pakistan correspondent for State-run Turkish Anatolian News Agency (Anadolu Ajansi).

Ajay Rao

Senior Instructor
Communication skills, Music & Sports


Ajay Rao is an experienced educationist, academician and a musician par excellence. He has been a mentor to thousands of students in his 30 years at St Mary’s Academy Lalazar in Rawalpindi. His students are now senior military officers, senior government officials, judges, part of top corporate management and practically all over the globe. His students consider him to be the best and the most inspirational English and communication skills teacher who brings the best out of his students. Ajay has his own music band called AJ and the Boyz and the band has been performing at Marriott Hotel Islamabad for the last 16 years. He has been an active sportsman and a sports instructor and has taught field sports to countless students, many of whom have gone on to win top laurels for the organisations. Ajay Rao is now part of our team and is mentoring the students of Republic and teaching them English and music to make them well-rounded individuals ready to face the real world.


ramsha.saleem@republic.edu.pk

Ramsha Saleem

Manager
Communications, Outreach and International Liaison


Ramsha Saleem has a versatile professional experience in the field of research and business development. After graduating in Defence and Diplomatic studies, she started working with Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI) as a researcher. Later on, she got her M.Phil degree in International Relations from SZABIST, Karachi, in 2016. Subsequently, her interests drove her to join Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Secretariat in Lahore as a Research Associate, where she worked on different research projects and developed the Daily News Report.

Before joining Republic College, she was working as a Relationship Manager at Faysal Bank Limited where she gained experience in Business Development.

Her research interests range from theory to research design to implementation.

Jabran Safdar

Assistant Controller of Examinations
Senior Lecturer
Dr Salahuddin Hyder School of Computer Science


Jabran Safdar graduated from University of Lahore (UoL) with a BS in Electrical Engineering. He then proceeded to earn his M.Phil in Electronics from University Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. His Research project was ADC design for Electrocardiogram (ECG), Electro-encephalogram (EEG) and underwater communication, a technology currently in use across the world.

Since he entered the industry of engineering, Jabran has been pushing forth new and innovative ideas. With over two years of experience in communication and biomedical field, Jabran has been a part of many important breakthroughs in communication and medical science. He specialized in integrated circuits design and possesses a strong engineering background for understanding technical problems and their solutions.

Jabran is a prolific teacher of Mathematics and Electronics.

maryam.hashmi@republic.edu.pk

Maryam Hashmi

Senior Lecturer
School of Architecture, Design & the Built Environment


Maryam Hashmi has been independently practicing architecture and interior design since 2014 after graduating from Department of Architecture, Comsats University, Islamabad. Prior to that Maryam did a diploma in Interior Design and in her practice as an architect, merged the two together in her commercial and residential projects. Being an avid reader of history, especially cultural and architectural history of different regions, her designs are inspired and influenced by bygone references. Her interest in history and architecture lead to a collaborative publication as a co-author titled Influence of Buddhism and Greek philosophy on Modern Architecture which gave an insight into how subconsciously the historic influences have been deeply imbedded into modern architecture and other disciplines.

Other than the philanthropic work by Maryam after the 2008 earthquake and the 2010 floods in Nowshera, she has been a student representative for Institute of Architects Pakistan on several occasions and ran an informal virtual campaign on the importance of national anthem of Pakistan.

She is a member of League of Architects Pakistan.

Before joining republic University College as Senior Lecturer she was working as an architectural and interior design consultant in Islamabad.


maham.ithar@republic.edu.pk

Maham Ithar

Senior Lecturer
School of Architecture, Design & the Built Environment


Maham Ithar acquired her bachelors degree of Architecture from Comsats Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad in year 2015. After completing her bachelors, she worked at M/S ACES as a junior Architect. In 2017 she got her Masters degree in Urban Design from The University of Sheffield, where she was working as a student and faculty representative.University of Sheffield belongs to the Russell Group i.e the leading universities of UK.

Syed Danial Kazmi

Senior Lecturer
School of Business & Social Sciences


Danial Kazmi enjoys a well decorated educational career. His alma- mater is one of Australia’s leading business school; QUT Business School. Having graduated with distinction in BBA (Hon.) degree majoring in Human Resource Management, in recognition of his consistent high performance in educational career and extracurricular achievements, he was awarded with the prestigious Triple Crown Scholarship by Queensland University of Technology, Australia for the program of Master of Business – Human Resource Management where he later travelled for higher education. He completed his Master of Business- HRM degree In recognition of his achievements during his stay in Australia, he was awarded with QUT Triple Crown Scholarship, QUT College of Excellence membership followed by induction in QUT’s Honorary Dean’s list for 2016, QUT Debating Society, QUT CEO and member of QUT Student Guild and Lord Mayor’s Friends of Brisbane society.

He also holds the privilege to be the first student of Pakistani origin at QUT Business School to qualify from a pool of numerous Australian and Foreign students to represent an Australian university at the prestigious Carlson School of Management International HRM Case Study Competition hosted by University of Minnesota.

He continued his high performance standards after his transition to the industry and quickly progressed to become the Head HR department in an Australian firm before joining Republic University College as Lecturer and Manager Extraordinaire. His areas of specialization are leadership development and coaching, talent management and strategic human resource management and have a diverse portfolio subsuming professional and philanthropy projects.

Nadia Aleem Ud Din

Senior Lecturer
School of Digital & Electronic Media


Nadia Aleem Ud Din acquired her BS (Hons) Media Studies and MS in Media Studies from Riphah International University, Islamabad. She worked with Capital TV news channel as a producer with several senior analysts and anchorpersons such as Murtaza Solangi, Owais Tohid, Ejaz Haider and Ghulam Murtaza before joining Republic College.

She has been writing articles for several online and print newspapers including Fair Observer USA, Pakistan Today and Democracy News Live India. Her interests revolve around media myths, yellow journalism and censorship in media. Her areas of research include international news of the peripheries, mobile journalism, multimedia reporting and data journalism. She has conducted research on e-waste (Electronic waste) with Technology Times, a web channel and newspaper on technology. Currently she is doing research on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its link with communication.

Hadia Bilal

Senior Lecturer
School of Architecture, Design & the Built Environment


Hadia Bilal is an independent practicing Architect and an interior designer based in Islamabad since 2012. She acquired her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Punjab University, College of Art and Design, Lahore. She practiced in Lahore for three years before shifting to Islamabad in 2015. Having done various residential and commercial projects, she diversified towards public art. Her most prominent public art project is the 180 ft wide ceramic tile mosaic Mural on Utopian Dream at the Garrison Fitness Club, Kohat. She was also a part of Gachrang Institute & participated in the National Monument of Pakistan project in 2006-7.

Her designs are mostly inspired by nature with contrast of hi-tech elements. Her empathy for the less privileged leads to her honorary membership in an NGO named Munis which worksfor special people.

Ayesha Hassan

Senior Lecturer
School of Architecture, Design & the Built Environment


Ayesha Hassan is a visual artist and an illustrator. She graduated from NCA Rawalpindi, in 2013, as a miniature major, with distinction. Her work revolves around building narratives, old and new. She works with various mediums with extraordinary attention to detail. Her work has been exhibited internationally.
Ayesha has been teaching creative arts as a visiting faculty in various institutes in the twin cities. Her method of instruction is very hands-on and intuitive.
She also works as a creative consultant for multiple advertising agencies. She has been involved in this area for a few years, working for major brands and on government projects.

Ayesha Qayyum

Senior Lecturer
School of Digital & Electronic Media


Ayesha Qayyum Toor is an academician. She is M.PHIL in Mass Communication and started her career as a senior lecturer from National University of Modern Languages Islamabad. Later on she joined Hamdard University. She is an expert in Research methodology, communication strategies and social media management. She has travelled extensively to South East Asia and United States of America. Currently she is working in Republic University as a senior lecturer.

Ammad Khaliq

Visiting Faculty
School of Digital & Electronic Media


Ammad Khaliq is currently working as multimedia and broadcast World Service. Previously, he served as senior producer current affairs in Dawn News TV & Public News TV. His journalism career brings a rich experience as a professional journalist for over 12 years. He has also worked for development sector and as a journalist, worked for English press including “The post”,before moving to broadcast media where he held editorial positions at express news, Dunya TV, Capital TV, Dawn News and later, at Public News TV. He holds an Mphil degree in communication studies from Punjab university Lahore, besides a certification of Film and TV from National College of Arts (NCA), Lahore. He is also a certified trainer and conducts trainings on mass media, radio journalism, development support communication, media engagement and social media tools & utilizations and media ethics.

Azar Raza Khan

Visiting Faculty
School of Architecture, Design & the Built Environment


Azar Raza completed his bachelors degree in Architecture from National College of Arts, Lahore in 2001. He is principal architect of Azar Raza Architects, a successful Islamabad-based practice, and managing partner at Aleph Architectural Group Practice. He taught at National College of Arts, Rawalpindi campus for five years and has been a regular thesis advisor and juror at several architecture schools of the region.

He is co-founder of League of Architects Pakistan (LEAP) and has served as Honorary Treasurer of Institute of Architects Pakistan (IAP), Rawalpindi-Islamabad chapter. He is currently an elected member of Pakistan Council of Architects & Town Planners (PCATP).

Syed Shakir Hussain

Visiting Faculty
School of Architecture, Design & the Built Environment


Dr Shehzad Ashraf Chaudhry

Visiting Faculty
Dr Salahuddin Hyder School of Computer Science


Dr Syed Husnain Abbas Naqvi

Visiting Faculty
Dr Salahuddin Hyder School of Computer Science


Sarmed Ijaz

Visiting Faculty
School of Business & Social Sciences


Sarmed is Senior Vice President (SVP) and Regional Business Head (Retail Banking Group) at Bank AlFalah Ltd, Islamabad. He received his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degree from University of Arkansas at Little Rock in USA in 2001 with Concentration in Finance and MIS (Double Majors) and Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Economics from Middle East Technical University, Turkey in 1997.

He has worked at Standard Chartered Bank, Islamabad as Regional Head Distribution North (Consumer Bank) and JS Bank Limited (Formerly American Express Bank) as Senior Vice President and Regional Head North-1. He has also worked at Faysal Bank Limited as Resident Vice President and Branch / Cluster Manager and at Institute of Economic Advancement, Arkansas, USA as Research Assistant in Economic Forecasting and Financial Analysis

Sarmed has taught Marketing of Financial Instruments to Banking and Finance majors at Capital University of Science & Technology (CUST) formerly Muhammad Ali Jinnah University as visiting faculty.

He is an Honorary Member of Beta Gamma Sigma and Top Business Graduates Society of USA and is fluent in English, Turkish and Urdu.

Pervaiz Akhtar

Visiting Faculty
School of Business & Social Sciences


Pervaiz Akhtar is President of German Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Islamabad region He has been heading METRO Cash & Carry’s Corporate Affairs since 2007. Being part of the senior management team, he has contributed towards successfully establishing the METRO Cash & Carry’s business in Pakistan. Prior to joining METRO, he served as General Manager Corporate Affairs for a Dutch Multinational Company (SHV Energy) for over 9 years. Mr Akhtar has a versatile experience of more than 30 years of working with local and multinational companies in Pakistan. During this period, he served in senior management positions in the field of Finance, Human Resources, Procurement and Corporate Affairs.

He is Director of German Pakistan Trade & Investment Ltd and a member of chambers of commerce and industry of Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and Faisalabad.

Pervaiz graduated in 1976 from University of Punjab with majors in Economics. He later attended an MBA program at School of Business and Commerce Islamabad and secured distinction in Business Policy & Strategy and Human Resource Management. He completed his professional training with Klynveld Peat Marwick Goerdeler (KPMG) and passed Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (Inter) examination in 1981. In 1989 Mr. Akhtar was awarded a USAID scholarship and he completed Petroleum Management Program at Arthur D. Little Inc Boston, U.S.A.

Mustafa Siddiqui

Visiting Faculty
School of Business & Social Sciences


Mustafa Siddiqui is an Oil and Gas professional with extensive experience in the upstream oil and gas industry across various regions in Africa, Asia, Americas, Europe and the Middle East. He has worked for Royal Dutch Shell since 2004. He worked at the Shell head quarters in The Netherlands where he was responsible for providing evaluations for new business development opportunities. He worked in Canada in Egypt leading well engineering teams responsible for delivering top oil and gas development projects.

Prior to that he worked for Schlumberger as a petroleum engineer in Pakistan and USA. He was a Research Associate at the Texas A&M University in USA.

Mustafa Siddiqui has an MBA from University of Chicago Booth School of Business and an MS in Petroleum Engineering with a minor in Management from Texas A & M University. He competed his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Middle East Technical University in Turkey.


jaffar.hussain@republic.edu.pk

Jaffar Hussain

Coordinator Administration & Examination


Jaffar Hussain is a versatile, dedicated and success driven professional. His go-getting attitude helps his line managers perform and achieve the set targets efficiently. At Republic University College, he not only supervises the lower managerial and operational staff but also utilizes his decade-long student dealing experience to guide our students in the best direction and provide them with relevant information and counsel.

Graduate with Bachelors in Mass Communication, before joining Republic University College, Jaffar Hussain worked for over a decade in Comsats University Islamabad as Administration Assistant in the Department of Architecture and Design.

Junaid Memon

Coordinator Information Technology


Having established his own business at an early age, Junaid enjoys unique skill set of having contemporary computer science knowledge acquired with graduation in BSc Computer Science field, blended with entrepreneurial experience. His practical and industry-oriented approach helps students gain the much-needed industry insight in the discipline of Computer Science.