Rozina Karmaliani

Senior Technical Advisor (Aga Khan University)

Being the first Pakistani national to obtain a Ph.D. in nursing in 2000, put me in a unique position to provide academic leadership and support for research and higher education in nursing. I have received a Ph.D. in Nursing; Master of Public Health, and Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Minnesota; Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Midwifery from AKU. I am currently the Dean and Professor at the School of Nursing and Midwifery (SONAM) and associate faculty at the Institute of Global Health and Development, Community Health Sciences, and Mind and Brain.

I have been an ardent advocate of women, child, and adolescent health throughout my career with a special focus on women empowerment, prevention of gender-based violence, and promoting mental health from a health systems perspective. I have translated my research interest in receiving grants of US$ 5 million, individually and as a part of various consortiums from agencies such as NIH, World Bank, CIDA/GAC, BMGF, SAMRC funded by (DFID-UKAID), AKFC, Packard Foundation, WHO, and ODI (UK). I have 60 plus peer-reviewed key publications in the journals of international repute. Over the years I have had the honor and privilege to establish and sustain academic and research partnerships with Washington University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of British Colombia, and many others. The theme of most of these research projects has been the prevention and mitigation of gender-based violence and gender equity through women’s economic and social empowerment by engaging men and working with girls and boys using the school and out-of-school platforms. I have been invited as a Keynote speaker at various prestigious forums such as the World Bank, World Health Organization (WHO), the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), and the Department for International Development (DFID-UKAID). My role in Program Management Team would be to contribute to planning interventions to test the integration of violence prevention programs.