Women Leadership Program


The Women Leadership Program (WLP) is led by the National Academy of Higher Education (NAHE) which is the academic arm of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan. Equity, diversity, and inclusivity lie at the center of progress, and the higher education sector is no exception. Capacity building of women in leadership roles as well as those at the cusp of leadership is one of the ways to ensure equal opportunities for women in the higher education sector.  The present program seeks to address these gaps.


WLP is a 60-hour capacity building program which is spread over five modules of 12 hours each. It will be offered in-person at the NAHE-HEC, Islamabad.

​Ascertaining self, identity and leadership
​Laws, policies, and regulations
​Leadership and strategy
​Financial management
​Procurement rules and regulations


​9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
​1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
​Opening Session
​Module 1 (Session 1)
​Module 1 (Session 2, 3)
​​Module 1 (Session 2, 3)
​​Module 1 (Session 4)
​​Module 2 (Session 1)
​Module 2 (Session 2)
​Module 2 (Session 3)
​Module 2 (Session 4)
​Module 3 (Session 1)
​Module 3 (Session 2)
​Module 3 (Session 3, 4)


  1. Senior and mid-career women leaders working as Deans/HODs/Registrars etc. in public sector HEIs of Pakistan & HEC.
  2. Participants working as senior leaders i.e., equivalent to BPS-19 and above.

Participants may register at:  Registration Form (applications open). 

Interested people for the Batch II of WLP (9th-13th May, 2022) covering all 5 modules may apply at the link mentioned above.



Participation fee is PKR 6000/- module and the whole program fee is PKR 30,000/- participant to be eligible for certification. Please deposit the said amount in favour of Director General Finance, HEC on the Account Number 1742-79001334-01 Habib Bank Ltd. 

No financial liability regarding TA/DA, accommodation etc to rest with NAHE, HEC. Participants may claim that from their host institutions.


Dr Anjum Halai is Vice Provost and Dean, Faculty of Arts and Sciences at theAnjum Halai.png Aga Khan University, Pakistan. Her research interests are in social justice issues in education, especially for learners marginalized on the basis of gender and language. She also has a sustained interest in mathematics teacher education. She holds a Doctorate in Education from Oxford University UK and has a strong undergraduate background in pure and applied mathematics. She was a member of the General Education Advisory Board of the Open Society Foundation New York (2015-2017). She served as an adjunct professor (2011-2016) at the University of Alberta Canada and was a research fellow at the University of Sussex UK.


Dr. Annoosh Khan is currently Professor and Chair at the Department Anoosh Khan.jpgof Gender Studies, University of Peshawar. Dr. Khan did her Masters in English from the University of Peshawar and PhD in Anthropology from the American University, Washington, D.C., USA. Her research primarily focuses on the identity formation of Pakhtun women as influenced by various ideological state apparatuses. Her research interests include discourse analysis, ideology, citizenship and belonging with a broader focus on media studies, linguistic and cultural anthropology, gender and literature, and gender and human rights. She has also served as a member of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Commission on the Status of Women.


Dr. Bushra Ahmed Khurram obtained her PhD in English Language Bushra 1.pngTeaching and Applied Linguistics from the Centre of Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick, United Kingdom. She teaches applied linguistics in the Department of English at University of Karachi, Pakistan. Dr. Bushra has extensive experience of training English language teachers in a variety of settings in Pakistan and the United Kingdom. In Pakistan, she has worked as a trainer for several national and international institutions including USAID, British Council Pakistan, Higher Education Commission Pakistan, Aga Khan University Examination Board, amongst others. Dr. Bushra has published two books and over 60 articles, book chapters and papers.


Dr Fatima Rehan Dar works as Director, Institute for Global CooperationFatima.jpg and Outreach at Iqra University, Karachi. Previously she was Director, Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning Innovation at the same university. Dr Dar holds a PhD in Education from School of Education and Cognitive Sciences, Asia e University, Malaysia, an M.A. in Curriculum and Teaching from Columbia University, USA and an MA in English from Government College University, Lahore (PAK). She has been associated with the education departments of other academic institutions including SZABIST, Beaconhouse National University, Aga Khan University, IOBM, Virtual University and Ali Institute of Education. She also served as Team Lead, Monitoring, Evaluation and Research on the USAID funded Sindh Capacity Development Project and has been adviser and lead consultant with various international agencies including DFID, Mckinsey, Adam Smith International and JICA.

Dr. Fauzia Shamim is Professor and Dean, Faculty of Liberal Fauzia Shamim.jpgArts and Human Sciences at Ziauddin University, Karachi, Pakistan. Earlier she has worked in various leadership positions at the Aga Khan University's Institute of Educational Development, University of Karachi, and Taibah University, KSA. Dr Shamim is an active researcher and has many publications to her credit. She has also presented at numerous conferences as keynote and plenary speaker. She teaches EFL/ESL and Applied Linguistics and has trained teachers in a variety of settings in Pakistan and internationally. Dr Shamim is also a founder member and Vice president of SPELT.


Ms. Nausheen Ahmad is a barrister at Law with over 30 years ofNausheen Ahmed.jpg law firm and in house counsel experience in various sectors including oil & Gas, FMCG, banking and large-scale manufacturing. She has served as Company Secretary and Legal Counsel in ICI Pakistan Ltd and HBL. She serves on the board of Meezan bank Ltd which is currently the largest Islamic bank in Pakistan International Steel ltd and Jubilee General Insurance co Ltd. She teaches Director certification program at IBA and Pakistan Institute of corporate Governance. She is visiting faculty at the Institute of Business Management (IOBM). Her specialty training areas are governance, conflict resolution, strategic thinking, and communication.


Mr. Safdar Shah (MA, LLB, MBA, PIFA), is a retired Director audit and Finance Safdar Shah.jpgwith more than 15 years of experience in training civil servants/public servants all over Pakistan. He served in ministry of foreign affairs, National Terrif Commission, Pakistan Software Export Board, Allamah Iqbal Open University, PIFRA, Auditor General of Pakistan and Secretariat Training Institute (Establishment Division) as having a leading role in Auditing, accounts, financial management and public procurement. He has also attended more than hundred courses in land and abroad and visited more than thirty countries to carry out audit functions in Pakistan missions abroad. He is also visiting faculty in Foreign Service Academy, Federal Judicial Academy, Information Service Academy, Audit and Accounts Academy, National Police Academy, FIA academy, IB academy, PMI, PPMI, Postal Service academy, NCRD, HRTC, Kashmir Institute of Management (KIM), Muzaffarabad, and Secretariat Training Institute.


Dr. Saima Hamid
 is serving as a Vice-Chancellor, Fatima Jinnah Women UniversitySaima.jpg, Rawalpindi, Pakistan, since October 11, 2019. She has also served as a Vice Chancellor (Additional Charge), Rawalpindi Women University, Rawalpindi from November 20, 2020 – July 15, 2021. As a chief academic officer of the University, she is responsible for the policy making and advancement of the academic and scholarly life of the University. Dr. Hamid completed her PhD from the prestigious Department of Public Health, Karolinska Institute, Sweden. Dr. Hamid is a highly accomplished professional with over 21 years of teaching and research experience. Her areas of interest are Reproductive Health, Adolescent Health, and Implementation Science.

Dr. Saqib Yousaf has earned PhD from Vienna University of Business and Economics, Saqib.jpgAustria. As a consultant and practitioner, he has over 17 years of professional experience in private and public sector organizations. He is well exposed to different cultures and a motivational speaker and corporate trainer conducted training sessions, seminars, and workshops on wide range of topics. He has also worked as consultant in "Citizen Voice Project" $45 million governance and democracy project funded by USAID to strengthen the voice of society in governance and economy. His work is collaborated by internationally based faculty and published research work in well reputed national and international journals. As a seasoned procurement expert and consultant, he contributed in drafting national level policy to reform Public Procurement in Pakistan and developed curriculum/syllabus for MS degree program in Public Procurement and Contract Management in collaboration with NAB to introduce and recognize the procurement profession as a separate discipline. He has also conducted training sessions and on demand interactive workshops on Public Procurement Rules and Regulations in Ministry of Defense Production, PPMI and trained professionals from many other public sector organizations on public procurement. He has also completed World Bank Certificate Program on Public Procurement.

Shaheen Sardar Ali.pngProfessor Dr. Shaheen Sardar Ali is Rector of National Academy of Higher Education (NAHE), Higher Education Commission (HEC). She has held professorial positions at the Universities of Peshawar, Warwick, and Oslo. She was Vice-Chair of the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (2008-2014). Professor Ali served as cabinet Minister for Health, Population Welfare and Women Development, Government of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan, and Chair of Pakistan's first National Commission on the Status of Women (1999-2001). In 2012, she was named one of the 100 most influential women of Pakistan. Professor Ali has published extensively in Islamic law, international human rights law including human rights of women and children and family law. She is the author of 9 books, 41 journal articles and 30 book chapters as well as several reviews and reports for national and international bodies. Her most recent monograph, Modern Challenges to Islamic Law (Cambridge University Press, 2016) has been widely acclaimed as a ground-breaking contribution to Islamic law scholarship.


Wajiha Ali Syed has been working at HEC since 2007, Her Current Position isWajiha Hasan.jpg Deputy Director, National Academy of Higher Education. In her current role, she is responsible for liaison with international counterparts including the US state department, British Council and World Bank. She has contributed significantly to three World Bank Projects, Higher Education Support Program (HESP) (2009), Tertiary Education Support Program (TESP) (2011-15) and Higher Education Development Project (HEDP) (2019). From 2009-18, she was responsible for the quality and research-based rankings of Pakistani HEIs.

Contact Us

All queries related to the program should be directed towards:

Wajiha Ali Syed
Deputy Director
National Academy of Higher Education