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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 program online.


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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