Sania Nishtar

Dr. Sania Nishtar is the Founding President of Heartfile, a health sector NGO think thank which today is the most powerful health policy voice in Pakistan and recognized as a model for replication in other developing countries. She is also the founder of Pakistan’s Health Policy Forum. Her areas of interest are health systems reform, and cross cutting issues of governance and public-private relationships, reorienting priorities in health and global health. Her pioneering work in the health sector has inspired many new initiatives, and shaped policies on non-communicable diseases and health reform. Within the country, she sits on many boards, is part of many initiatives and provides strategic support to many agencies on a pro-bono basis .

Sania Nishtar’s scope of work has several global dimensions. She is currently a trustee of the Paris-based International Union for Health Promotion, member of the Board of Governors of the Geneva-based Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research and chairs the Pakistan Lancet Series on Health Reform. She is also a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council, the World Health Organization High level task force on Health Systems, WHO’s Global Expert Panel on Health Promotion and the Rockefeller foundation/Brookings institute’s Working Group on Private Sector in Health Systems. She has formerly been on several international Boards, was a member of the Clinton Global Initiative and has chaired several global campaigns and programs.

Sania Nishtar has been an advisor to the World Health Organization on numerous occasions; she has published over 100 journal articles and is an author of 4 books ; she speaks to audiences around the world and has been extensively published in and quoted in the media . She also provides frequent expert commentary on health issues. Dr. Nishtar is the recipient of many national and international awards including Pakistan’s Sitara-e-Imtiaz, one of the highest civil awards, the European Societies Population Science Award and 16 gold medals. She has also been named as the international health professional of the year, 2007 by the Cambridge biographical center. Sania Nishtar graduated from Medical school as the best graduate, setting a college record which remains unbeaten till today and holds a Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of London and the Ph.D from Kings College. She is presently based in Islamabad and comes from the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan.