Sanober Institute

Leadership with a Vision

Our Board of Directors comprises individuals whose diverse expertise and experiences bring a wealth of knowledge to SI.

Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry

Chairman, Sanober Institute, Islamabad

Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry has served as a member of the Foreign Service of Pakistan for 37 years, rising to the rank of the Foreign Secretary of Pakistan for over three years from December 2013 to March 2017.

Mr. Chaudhry’s last diplomatic assignment was as Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States of America.

He also served as Ambassador of Pakistan to the Netherlands, Foreign Office Spokesman, and deputy permanent representative of Pakistan to the United Nations in New York.

As Director General for relations with South Asia, he remained closely associated with India-Pakistan peace process.

After his retirement from the Foreign Service, Ambassador Chaudhry served as the Director General of Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad for over four years.

He has authored two books and numerous research articles. His recent book is a memoir ‘Diplomatic Footprints’ that discusses the intricacies of foreign policy making in Pakistan.

Ambassador Chaudhry holds Masters in International Relations from Tufts University, Massachusetts, and a First Class First Bachelor of Science from Punjab University, Lahore.

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Dr. Qamar Cheema

Executive Director, Sanober Institute, Islamabad

Dr. Qamar Cheema is working as Executive Director at Sanober Institute. Previously he has been a faculty member for 14 years from 2010 to 2023 at the Department of International Relations in the National University of Modern Languages, Islamabad.

He Has been a visiting faculty member at the School of Politics and International Relations at Quaid e Azam University, Islamabad, International Islamic University, National University of Science and Technology ( NUST ) and SZABIST Islamabad.

He regularly appears on national and international media Including DW, Aljazeera, India Today, CNN News 18, Times Radio UK, CBC Canada, and other TV stations as Strategic and Political Analyst, and writes articles for newspapers.

He Travels extensively for lectures and conferences in Europe, the United States, and other parts of the world.

His area of interest is Islamist Parties of Pakistan, Indo-Pacific Region and South Asian Politics.

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Engr. Muhammad Khalid Bashir


He is an engineering graduate in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore in the year 1978. One year on-job training with Mitsubishi Group company in Japan.

Engr. Khalid has a vast experience in engineering, implementation, application and management.
Currently working as:
Chief Executive Officer, Zirva (Pvt.) Limited, an engineering and contracting company.
Director, Kasmy Pack (Pvt) Limited, a packaging industry.
Director, Sanober Institute, a rising Think Tank of renowned and eminent opinion makers.

Also worked as:
Director (Member BoD), Heavy Mechanical Complex, HMC for 03 years
President, Society of Mechanical Engineers of Pakistan for 06 years

Had been a visiting faculty member at:
Poly-Technique Institute for Women, Islamabad.
Comsats, Islamabad.

Contributing his professional social responsibility as:
Member of Pakistan Engineering Council – Pakistan Standard Bidding Documents Committee and member of a four-member sub-committee which is preparing this document.

Member of Pakistan Engineering Council – Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) Committee.

Vice Admiral (Retired) Khan Hasham Bin Saddique HI(M)

Managing Director, Bahria Foundation

Spanning nearly four decades, Vice Admiral (Retired) Khan Hasham Bin Saddique HI(M) served on several key command and staff appointments during his career in Pakistan Navy. He belongs to the Surface Warfare Arm of Navy and has commanded ships, Squadrons, and the Pakistan Navy Fleet. He also has the distinction of commanding the Combined Task Force 150 at HQ NAVCENT Bahrain, comprising naval units of more than 30 countries, deployed for combating terrorism at sea and ensuring maritime security of North Indian Ocean. During his tenures at Naval Headquarters, he has been the Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff of Operations, Projects and Administration. In 2017, he retired as the Vice Chief of the Naval Staff, the second highest post in Pakistan Navy. The Admiral has also commanded the Pakistan Naval Academy and Pakistan Navy War College; and served as Commandant of National Defence College at National Defence University, Islamabad. In recognition of his meritorious services, Government of Pakistan has awarded him Sitara e Imtiaz (Military) and Hilal e Imtiaz (Military). He is also the recipient of coveted Sword of Honour at his graduation.

He is a specialist in Naval Communications and Surface Warfare Operations. The Admiral holds a Masters degree in Operations Research from Monterey, California, USA. The Admiral is an alumnus of National Defence University, Islamabad, where he attained M Phil in Public Policy and Strategic Security Management. He holds MSc degrees in Joint Warfare and War Studies from Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad.

After his retirement from the Navy in 2017 he assumed the charge as Pakistan’s Ambassador to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Permanent Representative at OIC. On his return he became President of a Think Tank; Islamabad Policy Research Institute from Feb 2019 to May 2020. He joined Bahria Foundation in February 2021 as Managing Director. Under his dynamic leadership the Foundation has already attained new heights and continues to progress at a great pace. The Admiral has a keen interest in sports and is an avid golfer now.

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