Dr. Javaid Laghari is an
author and consultant on higher education and scientific research. He has
served in six key positions in the last 35+ years. Previously he was Chairperson
of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan, with the status of
Federal Minister. He has also served as Coordinator General of COMSTECH,
the OIC Ministerial Standing Committee on Scientific and Technology
Cooperation – which is the organization of OIC comprising S&T Ministers
of 57 Islamic Countries. He was an elected Senator in the Pakistan
Parliament, founding President of a leading private university SZABIST, and
tenured full Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at SUNY Buffalo.
He recently served as Commissioner at the Ministry of Education, UAE.
Dr. Laghari’s interest
is in energy storage and pulsed power devices and their application to
space and other futuristic technologies and systems. He has previously
attended the NATO Advanced Study Institute on “The Behavior of Systems in a
Space Environment” in UK in 1991; and the NATO Advanced Study Institute on
“Fast Electrical and Optical Diagnostic Principles and Techniques” in Italy
in 1983. Only top 100 scientists from NATO countries are invited
to attend these Advanced Institutes.
While at SUNY Buffalo, he
acquired over $ 5 million in research funding and established the Space
Power Institute, and performed sponsored research for National Aeronautics
and Space Administration (NASA), the US Air Force Office of Scientific
Research (AFOSR), the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the Naval Research
Lab (NRL), the Defense Nuclear Agency (DNA), the Ballistic Missile Defense
Organization (BMDO), the Strategic Defense Initiatives (SDI), Hughes
Aircraft and the Boeing Aerospace Company.
Dr. Laghari was the
Chairman of the 1992 IEEE International Conference on High Voltage
Engineering, USA, and has organized many International Conferences and
chaired numerous Sessions and Workshops in the United States. He has also
served as the Chairman of the Technical Standards Committee on Radiation
Effects, and as the Representative on the United States Activities Board on
Man and Radiation.
Dr. Laghari has a passion
for writing and speaking. During his tenure at SUNY Buffalo, he published
over 120 research papers and presented over 70 papers at International
Conferences. He is also the author of an IEEE Standard and has published
two Book Chapters and a Monograph.
As Senator and as
Chairperson HEC, he delivered over 37 keynote lectures, including at The
Clinton School of Public Service, The Brookings Institution, Woodrow Wilson
International Center, The School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS),
The European Union Parliamentary Conference and the Conference of the OIC
Ministers of Higher Education & Scientific Research. The lecture at the
Clinton School (out of 1000 lectures so far) has been the 3rd most watched
In addition to the 37
keynote lectures, Dr Laghari has delivered 117 Chief Guest addresses, 61
invited lectures, 47 interviews published and over 88 TV interviews. He has
also published three books on Leadership, and 7 of his articles have
appeared in Newsweek magazine. He has recently written his first
fiction-thriller “Ifrit” which will be out in print in 2018.
Dr Laghari is a Senior
Member of the ACM, Senior Member of the IEEE, and Member of the New York
Academy of Sciences. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Leadership
Award, 1987, the IEEE Award for Leadership and Dedicated Services, 1994,
and the coveted national award 'Tamgha-e-Imtiaz' conferred by the President
of Pakistan in 1998.
Dr. Laghari is listed in
the American Men and Women of Science, Who's Who in Science and Engineering,
Who's Who in the East and Who's Who in the World.
He lives with his wife
and two sons in Houston, TX.
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