Dr Sohail Naqvi
Co-founder & CEO KnowlEDGE Streams, Fmr. VC LUMS
Prof Dr. Sohail H. Naqvi is the co-founder and CEO of KnowlEDGE Streams (Private) Ltd., an enterprise dedicated to training professionals for the IT industry. He recently concluded his term as the founding Rector of the University of Central Asia, joining in August 2018 after a successful five-year tenure as Vice Chancellor of the Lahore University of Management Sciences. During this period, he played a pivotal role in elevating the undergraduate programme's role in making LUMS one of the top-ranked research universities in the country. Previously, he served as the Executive Director of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) for eight years. Under his leadership, he implemented a series of ambitious programmess, transforming the higher education sector of Pakistan and elevating many local universities to global rankings. Dr Naqvi possesses extensive experience in teaching, research, consulting, and entrepreneurship. In recognition of his significant contributions to higher education, he was awarded the Sitar-e-Imtiaz by the Government of Pakistan in 2016. In 2022, the Ministry of Education and Science of the Kyrgyz Republic honored him with the "Best of Education" award, and he also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pakistan Engineering Council.