Sania Nishtar

Chair of International Advisory Board

  • Sania NishtarSania Nishtar graduated from medical school with 16 gold medals, a college record which remains unbroken. She left a lucrative career as Pakistan’s first woman cardiologist and set course on a journey to improve the lives of the marginalized, to challenge business-as-usual models and develop innovative solutions that are saving people’s lives. Sania Nishtar is described by the World Health Organization as a widely respected global health expert. She chairs a WHO Commission and is Chair of the UN Secretary General’s Independent Accountability Panel for the Global Strategy on Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health. She is a founder of many institutions in Pakistan, the NGO think tank, Heartfile, and the award winning program, Heartfile Health Financing. In 2013 she served as Pakistan federal minister and became an icon of transparency by publishing her ‘Handover Papers’. Her work in global health, international development, humanitarian assistance and governance reform, both nationally and internationally, span many dimensions, which range from public policy, research, advocacy and implementation. She sits on numerous international boards and advisory groups, has extensively published internationally and is the author of six books. She is a regular keynote speaker at international events and is the recipient of many national and international awards. Dr. Sania Nishtar holds a Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians and a Ph.D., from Kings College, London.

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