Dr. Zulfiqar A. Bhutta


Dr. Zeba Sathar

Dr Zulfiqar A. Bhutta is the Distinguished University Professor and Founding Director of the Institute for Global Health and Development and the Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health at the Aga Khan University. He also holds the Robert Harding Inaugural Chair in Global Child Health at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, and is Co-Director of the SickKids Centre for Global Child Health. He holds adjunct professorships at the Schools of Public Health at Johns Hopkins (Baltimore), Tufts University (Boston), Boston University School of Public Health, University of Alberta as well as the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. He is a designated Distinguished National Professor of the Government of Pakistan and was the Founding Chair of the National Research Ethics Committee of the Government of Pakistan from 2003-2014. Dr. Bhutta was a member of the Independent Expert Review Group (iERG) appointed by the UN Secretary General for monitoring global progress in maternal and child health MDGs (2011-2015). Professor Bhutta was educated at the University of Peshawar (MBBS) and obtained his PhD from the Karolinska Institute, Sweden. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh & London), the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (London), American Academy of Pediatrics and the Pakistan Academy of Sciences. He heads a large research team in Pakistan working on issues of maternal, newborn and child survival and nutrition globally and regionally. As the past-President of the Commonwealth Association of Paediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition (CAPGAN) and the Federation of Asia-Oceania Perinatal Societies (FAOPS) and the International Pediatrics Association, he has been a leading voice for health professionals supporting integrated maternal, newborn and child health globally. Dr. Bhutta is the first dual recipient of the Aga Khan University Distinguished Faculty Award for Research (2005) and AKU Award of Distinction (2012). Dr Bhutta was awarded the inaugural Programme for Global Pediatric Research Award for Outstanding Contributions to Global Child Health (2009), the American Academy of Pediatrics' Sam Fomon Award for lifetime contributions to Nutrition Research (2014), the WHO Ihsan Dogramaci Family Health award (2014), the inaugural TUBA Academy of Sciences Award for global contributions to Health and Life Sciences (2015), University of Toledo Medical Missions Hall of Fame Award (2016), the McKinsey Geneva Forum for Health award for contributions to maternal and child health globally (2016) and the World Academy of Sciences (Trieste) TWAS Prize in Medical Sciences in 2017. He was recognized by the Senate of Canada with its Canada 150 Medal for contributions to Global Child Health and given the BMJ Award for Outstanding contributions to South Asia. Dr Bhutta was admitted to the National Academy of Medicine in October 2018, the highest academic and scientific platform in North America and was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society, the oldest science body in the UK in 2020.