Board of Trustees
Mrs. Afshan Qureshi
Rakhshi has formally worked at CEO level in the NHS and is currently working as an Independent Healthcare Consultant.
With over 30 years of service in the NHS, Rakhshi has a deep mix of experience and expertise gained from working at the grass roots up to the strategic level. She has worked on commissioning, contracting, assessment, diagnostic and service development in the NHS and also successfully developing and delivering innovative commercial business ventures. Rakhshi has set up and owned businesses such as boutiques, coffee shop and health food store which she successfully sold on as going concerns.
As well as the trustee and former Chair for the UK Association for Medical Aid to Pakistan (UKMAP) and trustee of Pakistan Institute of Living and Learning (PILL), she is a member of the Women’s Interfaith Network, Women in Public Policy, former Governor of the Furness College for Further Education and founded the Doctors’ Wives Association in 1983 by getting the law changed in 1990 and thus achieving parity on related ancillary staff with unrelated ancillary staff in General Practice. She has been published several times on various clinical pathway and research topics and also on health for workers in the NHS. She is also a regular speaker at conferences on commissioning, clinical pathway redesign and health innovation.
Rakhshi lives in Wimbledon with her husband who is a GP, they have two sons. Her hobbies include bollywood dance workout, horse riding, tennis and yoga.
Dr. Ishrat Husain was raised in the Greater Toronto area and completed his medical degree at St George’s, University of London. He then completed postgraduate speciality training in adult psychiatry at the world-renowned South London and Maudsley training scheme in the UK. In August 2015, he joined the Camden and Islington NHS Foundation trust as Consultant Psychiatrist on the Complex Depression, Anxiety and Trauma service before moving to the University of Toronto as Assistant Professor in January 2018. Dr. Husain works clinically as a staff psychiatrist at the Mood and Anxiety division at CAMH. Dr. Husain also holds a visiting academic post at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London, Europe’s largest centre for research and postgraduate education in psychiatry, psychology, basic and clinical neuroscience and a centre for academic excellence. He is completing a research doctorate here, collaborating with world leading academics in the field of mood disorders to investigate novel treatments for unipolar and bipolar depression. Dr. Husain has established academic links with centres in Canada, the UK, Africa and South Asia. He has a strong interest in Global Mental Health and is involved in capacity building and training of mental health practitioners in low and middle-income countries. He has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals and is actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate training. Dr. Husain has been awarded research grants from organisations including the Stanley Medical Research Institute (SMRI) in the USA.
Mrs. Shaheen has an extensive background in Education and Child Psychology. Over the past 44 years she has been running her own family school. The School mainly caters for children from lower and middle income families. She joined the school as an administrator but her outstanding leadership vision, love for children and understanding of their Psychology led to her becoming the Principal. The awareness of psychological topics such as child abuse, fear, negligence and unusual touch gives the school an additional edge to the welfare of children. Mrs. Shaheen’s kind and humble nature has endeared her to parents and children alike. Her dedication and passion makes the education and welfare of the children her priority.
Her interests are reading books and listening to music.
Mr. Muhammad Tariq Khan has done B.E Electronics from NED University Karachi with distinction. He has corporate business experience of 25 years in diverse areas such as construction, procurement of medical equipment, import of reconditioned cars. Since past 7 years, he has been working in Remedial Hospital as Director Finance. Apart from this role, he has steered various other projects which include up gradation of laboratory, renovation of ER and OT, procurement and installation of CT scan machine and numerous more. Mr. Tariq has strategic and forward-looking vision with good independent judgment, the ability to think creatively in the context of the organization and external environment, leadership skills and experience through periods of change, effective communication and business knowledge and the ability to respect the confidence of colleagues.
Prof Nasim Chaudhry is a consultant psychiatrist and Chief Executive Officer of Pakistan Institute of Living and Learning (PILL). She is Professor of Psychiatry at Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS). She in the United Kingdom is a fellow of Royal College of Psychiatrist and obtained Doctorate in Medicine from University of Manchester. She was a trainer and regional advisor/tutor of Royal College of Psychiatrists for many years. She worked as a consultant Psychiatrist with the National Health Service in the United Kingdom for 15 years. Her main research interests are in women’s mental health, self-harm and suicide prevention in low income countries, cultural psychiatry and Global Health. She is particularly interested in developing culturally appropriate services and improving access to culturally adapted cost-effective psychosocial therapies for severe mental illness. Her research is related to the aspects of cultural psychiatry which are not only contributing to address the huge Mental Health Gap (MH-Gap) in the low and middle income countries (LAMIC) but have become increasingly important for the appropriate development and delivery of psychiatric services in the Pakistan and UK. She is a Chief investigator and co-investigator for a number research projects funded by various grant bodies such as Medical Research Council, Welcome Trust, NIH-R, CIDA and Grand Challenges Canada.
Tayyeba Kiran is a Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Director Research and Development at Pakistan Institute of Living and Learning. She is managing large clinical trials for last 5 years. Currently she is Trial Manager of a multisite study for prevention of self harm in Pakistan. She is a master trainer for psychiatric assessment instrument like Positive and Negative Syndrome for Schizophrenia (PANSS), Comprehensive Assessment of At Risk Mental State (CAARMS), Suicide Attempt Self Injury Interview (SASII), and psychosocial interventions like parenting interventions, problem solving training and culturally adapted Cognitive Behavior Therapy. She is research coordinator for Global Mental Health and organizing global mental health training since last 3 years. She is co-investigator on large multicenter studies funded by Medical Research Council and Grand Challenges Canada.
Mr. Ameer Bux is Psychologist and Assistant Director at Pakistan Institute of Living and Learning. He is Honorary Research Fellow at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust and Project Manager of a large multicounty GCRF-MRC funded South Asia Self Harm Initiative-SASHI project. He is managing clinical trials at PILL as a trial manager/Project coordinator for last 5 years. He has a good experience in the field of research and has been published as well. His clinical and research interests are severe mental illnesses including At Risk Mental State, psychosis, mood disorders and self-harm and suicide prevention. He has strong interest in Global Mental Health and is member of global mental health research group Pakistan and involved in research capacity and capability building in low and middle income countries. He has facilitated a variety of training workshops including academic writing in health and social sciences, systematic review & meta-analysis, EndNote, protocol & grant writing, Comprehensive Assessment for At Risk Mental State (CAARMS), Schizophrenia proneness instrument (SPI-A), Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale, EndNote reference manager, Research Ethics and Governance and Clinical Trial management.
Sameen Ali is Communication Lead and E-Health Manager. She has been involved in project management of various ongoing projects at Pakistan Institute of Living and Learning. She provides confidential coordination and administrative support for the various research projects within PILL. She is the first point of contact for enquiries. Being part of the Senior Management Team at PILL she plays a vital role in drafting policy matters and setting SOPs across Pakistan Institute of Living and Learning. Sameen handles financial management/budget reporting of all externally funded projects at PILL. She manages day to day administrative tasks of all the branch offices of PILL in Northern region. In capacity of an HR coordinator she is responsible for all contracts with consultants and hiring of employees across Pakistan and abroad in PILL. Sameen is Software engineer by profession thus she is part of Text Mining and Text Editing department at PILL. She intends on continually develop better understanding of the concept and its techniques. She is also responsible for marketing and media.
|Our Research and Development Team|
|Sehrish Tofique||Uzma Omer||Amna Noureen||Ansar-ul-Haq||Shafaq Ejaz||Sanaullah Kakar||Majid Sain Bux|
|Sehrish Irshad||Ayesha Abdul Khaliq||Anam Naz||Uzma Khan||Zainab Bibi||Imrana Imdad||Kainat Leghari|
|Sana Farooque||Muqaddas Asif||Samia Shahid||Ghulam Qadir||Umair Ahsan|
|Muhammad Bilal Arif||Farhat-ul-Ain||Humaira Khalid||Faster Aslam|
|Sami Ul Haq Ansari||Maham Rasheed||Farooq Ahmed||Baby Kumari|
|Mohsin Hassan Alvi||Naeema Sarfraz||Kamran Mushtaque|
|Maria Usman||Sadaf Saleem||Javed Soomro|
|Maryum Tahir||Suleman Shakoor|
|Marvi S Channah||Sana Azam|
|Akhtar Zaman||Rabia Amjad|
|Nawaz Khan||Usman Arshad|
|Rab Dino||Rabia Sattar|
|Raja Muhammad Talha|
|Muhammad Ali Khan|
|Madeha Omer Niaz|
|Our Administration Team|
|Rubina Tariq||Adeeba Naz||Mahnoor Saleem|
|Muhammad Imran Shah||Farhad Jalali||Samavia Saleem|
|Tausif Jamil||Faruq Mirza|
|Syed Noor Ali|
|Haider Ali Naqvi|