Board of Directors

Our Leadership

Our board of directors shares a commitment to independent humanitarian action and collectively governs the foundation following the best principles of corporate governance.

A Leadership Committed to
Eradicating Multi-Dimensional Poverty

We are committed to being open and accountable to our donors, supporters, partners, and most of all, communities.

Dr. Muhammad Khalid Riaz

CEO/Chairperson, Board of Directors
Qualification: MBBS, MD from USA, Fellowships FACC and FCCP

Dr. M. Khalid Riaz is co-founder of the Human Development Foundation, and serves on the Board of Trustees, and as the Chairperson of the Human Development Foundation of Pakistan. He also served as Co-Chair of the Human Development Foundation of North America from 1997 – 2007. HDF has successfully implemented a holistic model of community driven development to achieve millennium development goals for over one million under-privileged people at the very extreme margins of survival in Pakistan. He has spoken around the world about the Human Development Model, including being a keynote speaker at the Word Congress of Philanthropists in Istanbul. He was recently recognized in a Georgetown University Publication as one of the ‘500 Most Influential Muslims in the World’ for his work in developing and nurturing this movement.

Dr. Riaz is a practicing interventional cardiologist by profession, residing in Suburban Chicago area. He has been elected a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, and the American College of Chest Physicians. He has served as the Co-Chair of the Cardiovascular Division at Sherman Hospital, Elgin, Illinois. He was recognized as one of the top cardiovascular physicians for women in a Castle Connolly survey of doctors and hospital medical leaders regarding ‘highly-skilled exceptional doctors’. This achievement was highlighted in the 2011 “Top Doctors” issue of Chicago Magazine.

In 1974, he helped organize the physicians in training at the Cook County Hospital in Chicago, and served as the first Vice President of the then newly formed House Staff Association of Cook County Hospital. This organization played a pioneering role in the struggle for quality healthcare for the indigent population of Cook County, Illinois. Dr. Riaz was recognized for his role, with an award for meritorious services for “making the lives of house staff and patients at Cook County Hospital easier”. He has also served as the President of the Association of Pakistani Physicians of North America (APPNA), and received the APPNA Gold Medal in recognition of “distinguished services and selfless dedication”. He is the recipient of multiple other awards in recognition of his services to the community and his profession.

He has also served as President of the Association of Pakistani Physicians of North America (APPNA), Co-Founder Pakistan Political Action Committee (PakPac) and Member Board of Advisors at the American Pakistan Foundation.

Dr. Riaz has published numerous academic publications and his achievements have been highlighted through multiple awards. In addition to being one of the subjects of the award-winning PBS documentary series “Visionaries”, his work has been covered by, Pakistan Link, Dawn News, Geo, PTV, Dunya TV, Express-News, CBS, PBS, ABC, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald, Time Magazine, the Washington Post, Huffington Post and more.

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    Vice Chairperson, Board of Directors
    Qualification: MSC Defense & Strategic Studies
    Lt. Gen (r) Abbasi is Vice-Chairman of the Board and Chair of HDF’s Executive Committee. He enjoyed a 36-year distinguished military career holding multiple senior appointments including Chief of Logistics Staff (CLS) and Commander XXX Corps.
    He was awarded Hilal-i-Imtiaz Military (HiM) – the highest honor awarded to military officers by the Government of Pakistan. He served as Chief Executive and Managing Director of Fauji Fertilizer Bin Qasim Limited (FFBL), a publicly listed major agri-business conglomerate producing more than 45% of DAP Fertilizer demand in the entire nation.
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    Dr. Atiya Khan – Director
    Member, Board of Directors
    Qualification: MBBS, MD and FAAP (Fellow of the American College of Pediatrics)
    Dr. Atiya Khan is a Fellow of the American College of Pediatrics (MD-FAAP). DABP (Diplomat of the American Board of Pediatrics) awarded her as one of the top pediatricians from 2012 every year till 2018. She is a practicing pediatrician in Columbia, Maryland. She serves as a faculty member at John Hopkins Hospital, Department of Pediatric Oncology. She is a founding member of HDF, Pakistan. She was involved with HDF Pakistan and HDF USA Boards at different positions since their inceptions. She stayed chair of HDF USA Board from 2010 to 2017. She has also been rendering her services as Member of Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America (APPNA).
    She got many awards for HDF’s work from many organizations in USA. She got a total of 16 awards so far, the most important among them are “APPNA Gold Medal” and “Life Time Achievement Award”. She recently received another award from Governor of Maryland Larry Hogan for her Community Services. She completed many professional courses like business, psychology, interior decoration, calligraphy, and some language courses.
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    Air Marshal (r) Riazuddin Shaikh Director
    Member, Board of Directors
    Qualification: Graduate of PAF Air War College & MSc War Studies from Ecole Militaire Paris, France.  Diploma from UCLA and AZU USA in Accidents investigation & HR.
    Air Marshal (r) Riazuddin Shaikh was Chairman of Sindh Technical Education & Vocational Training Authority (STEVTA), and Chairman of Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Human Resource & Skill Development Board (BBSHRSDB). He was also member of Steering Committee, Benazir Housing Scheme, Government of Sindh and Ex-member BOD, Pakistan Chemical and Energy Sector Skills Development Corporation (PCESSDC) Daharki – Aegis Engro Pakistan. Member board of Directors SOS Village Jamshoro Sindh. His career achievements include his services as PAF Deputy Chief of Air Staff, Air Officer Commanding, Inspector and Deputy Inspector General & Base Commander.
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    Maj Gen (r) Dr. Farrukh Seir – Director
    Member, Board of Directors
    Qualification: MBBS, MSc in Health Administration, MBA (Project Management) and MS (HRM)
    Dr. Farrukh Seir has a long rich experience in health care, education and institutional development. He served Pakistan army in various positions and retired as Deputy Surgeon General. He was national focal person for health in earthquake 2005.
    He has served as principal Wah Medical College, Director of Academics Khyber Medical University. He has the honor of serving as care taker health minister of health and higher education of KPK.
    He has been Director of Academics and Admissions and Dean of Faculty at Khyber Medical University Peshawar, as well as director of postgraduate studies in Medical Institute Rawalpindi. He has remained Chief Executive of tertiary care teaching hospitals of Pakistan Army and member of Board of Studies Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. He also served as member of Executive Commission HEC, National University of Science and Technology (NUST) and member of Board of Governor of Sir Syed Academy for Special Education, Rawalpindi. Dr. Seir has number of publications on credit and he is member of several consultative bodies and boards.
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    Mr. Faisal Riaz – Director
    Member, Board of Directors
    Qualification: Masters in Industrial Psychology
    Mr. Faisal Riaz is Managing Director, October Holdings Limited (2018 – Present), Director, NileCo Global Limited (2007 – Present) and Director Shifa Development Services (Pvt) Limited (2019 – Present). He is a consultant and strategist with 17 + years’ experience supporting government, international development and commercial client operations in the United States, Middle East, and Central Asia, South Asia and East Africa.
    Mr. Riaz has diversified experience of working with numerous global 1000 companies, financial institutions, family funds, non-profits, as well as the US Department of Defense in the areas of Strategy, Business Development, Program Management, and Project Development across 4 continents in environments ranging from cosmopolitan business hubs to some of the more remote and austere regions of the world.
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    Mr. Rizwan Shoukat – Director
    Member, Board of Directors
    Qualification: B Sc. Electrical Engineering
    A senior executive with strong leadership experience in strategy development and implementation, Mr. Shoukat brings a keen understanding of the corporate and the development world to the HDF BOD. He is a certified six sigma practitioner with over 20 years of experience. He possesses senior level knowledge in steering/directing large-scale projects, human resource development, project management and knowledge management processes. Risk mitigation and delivering best-fit business solutions is his forte. He has a proven track record in improving efficiencies, reducing costs, increasing revenues, and strategic initiation of new ventures. He has created telecom consulting practice for the emerging markets while winning business with world renowned network operators and creating clients for life. Mr. Rizwan Shoukat is a member of the BOD and also serves on its Executive Committee.
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    Dr. Tariq Khan – Director
    Member, Board of Directors
    Qualification: MBBS King Edward Medical College Lahore Pakistan, B.Sc.  from University of Karachi, Board certified in General Surgery and Emergency Medicine (USA)
    Dr. Tariq Khan has a vast experience of more than 35 years in the medical profession. He served as a General Surgeon at Buffalo General Hospital New York. He done Surgical Oncology fellowship at University of Maryland and Roswell Park institute in Buffalo New York. He served as a Assistant professor at Howard university Washington D.C. He was an attending physician at various hospitals in USA (Virginia and District of Columbia and Maryland). He was a treasurer, General Secretary and President of King Edward College Alumni Association USA. Dr. Tariq also served as Member of the BOD HDFNA and member of the BOD HDF Pakistan Board.
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    Dr. Sohaila Javed – Director
    Member, Board of Directors
    Qualification: PhD, University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada, November 2004, Doctoral dissertation: Transforming through education-in-Literature: A
    Hermeneutics of human Be(com)ing, Postgraduate Diploma in the Teaching of English as International Language, (conducted by University Grants Commission), Allama Iqbal University, Islamabad, Pakistan, 1996, M. A. English, University of Punjab, Pakistan, 1977, B. A. (Hons. English), University of Punjab, Pakistan, 1974, Senior Cambridge, Convent of Jesus & Mary, Lahore, 197
    Dr. Sohaila Javed is an eminent academician and an expert on quality assurance and enhancement. Quality education and holistic quality enhancement; empowerment of students; interdisciplinary knowledge and research, qualitative research methodologies; transformational pedagogy; Critical theories of language and literature; Critical Discourse Studies; Cognitive linguistics; Multiculturalism, Education and critical pedagogy; Eastern and western philosophies; Praxis of Spirituality in Education have been her areas of research, interests and specialization.
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    Mr. Rashid Ibrahim – Director
    Member, Board of Directors
    Qualification: The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan Chartered Accountancy, Chartered Accountancy (1979 – 1984), Hailey College of Commerce, University of the Punjab, Bachelor’s degree in Business and Commerce, (1975 – 1978), Gordon College Rawalpindi Intermediate (1973-75).
    Mr. Rashid Ibrahim established a firm and is a senior partner of Septentrio Global Consulting, after serving PwC for 24 years with its affiliated firms In Pakistan Coopers & Lybrand (5 years) A.F Ferguson & Co (19 years). He was the Country Tax Leader of A.F. Ferguson & Co for Pakistan. He qualified chartered accountancy in 1984 from Taseer Hadi Khalid & Co. Remained Manager accounts head office and hotels and motels of PTDC from 1983 to1985, Partner Khalid Majeed & Co from 1987 to 1989, Partner Jawaid Qadeer Rashid & Co from 1989 to 1995, shareholder of Abacus Consulting from 1996 to 2000 and founding partner of College of Financial Management Sciences till 2000.
    He remained Vice President and Council member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and chairman and member of various committees of ICAP. He is at present President of Rotary Club of Islamabad Cosmopolitan, President of Rawalpindi Islamabad Tax bar Association, Director Saif Textile Limited, Chairman Audit Committee of Saif Textile Limited, Director SPARC, Founding Trustee of Bright Star Mobile Library, Managing Trustee of AIR Trust, Secretary Cosmo Community Health Care Trust etc. Member of Benevolent Fund, Education and Training Committee, Quality Assurance Board of ICAP. Remained member of the Management Committee of Islamabad Golf Club. Played golf, cricket, badminton, basketball, table tennis etc.