Mrs. Shahima Rehman
Founding President – FMS

Mrs. Shahima Rehman is the Chairperson of Fatima Memorial System, and Chairperson, Board of Directors, Nur Foundation. She has served as a Board member at several funds, government task forces, and councils. Currently, she serves as a member of the Punjab Vocational and Training Council. Under her leadership, the Fatima Memorial Hospital has grown into the Nur- Fatima Memorial System. She holds a Masters’s degree in Public Administration from Punjab University, and a Global Master of Arts Degree from the Fletcher School, Tufts University, USA.

Ms. Maha Rehman
Co-Founder and Senior Technical Advisor

Ms. Rehman has 18 years of experience in Monitoring & Evaluation, Research, Strategy and Organizational Development. She has worked across the social sectors in Pakistan as well as Canada.  As a co-founder of the Nur Center for Research and Policy, founded in 2008, Ms. Rehman is also an experienced entrepreneur. She holds an M.Sc. in NGO Management from the London School of Economics, UK , a Bachelors in Economics & Political Science from Bryn Mawr College, USA, along with a certification in Entrepreneurship for Women Entrepreneurs, from the Rotman School of Business at the  University of Toronto.  She also holds several Board positions in reputable organisations.

Prof. Dr Tayyab Abbas
Principal – FMH College of Medicine and Dentistry


Prof. Tayyab Abbas, Principal of FMH College of Medicine & Dentistry is a well renowned Surgical Specialist who has more than 30 years of experience in his field as well as medical education, curriculum development, administration, management and clinical training of under and postgraduate medical students. Prof. Tayyab remained on prominent positions in various govt. organizations, hospitals and institutes during the tenure of his long journey of excellence. He is also an author of a Text Book of Surgery and various research articles published in national and international journals.

Dr. Seema Hasnain
Program Director

Dr. Seema is working as a Professor/HOD in the Department of Community Health Sciences in Fatima Memorial College of Medicine and Dentistry. She has 19 years of experience in Public Health and has been the Provisional Master Trainer for various programs of Punjab Health Department e.g. Health Management Information System, National Program for Family Planning and Integrated Management of Neonatal and  Childhood illness. She has conducted international research projects with WHO and RAF besides local research projects. She has 16 national & international publications to her credit. She is currently working in NCRP as Program Director.

Dr. Tasleem Akhtar
Senior Technical Advisor

Dr. Tasleem Akhtar was a Research Director at the provincial level and Executive Director at the national level, for Pakistan Medical Research Council. She initiated and facilitated the establishment of Pakistan’s National Bioethics Committee. She has been a reviewer, and author of several publications. For her efforts in health research, she was awarded Tamgha-e- Imtiaz by the President of Pakistan and Life Patron Nomination award by Al-Shifa Trust, Pakistan. Internationally she has received the American Public Health Association Award for out-standing International Collaboration. She has been providing leadership and technical expertise for several projects at NCRP.

Ms. Saman Tahir
Technical Advisor

Ms. Saman Tahir has been on NCRP’s research and technical team since 2014. She has also served as a Research Specialist at Aga Khan University.  She brings experience in technical writing and managing internationally funded projects including those funded by DFID, MRC Wellcome Trust and World Food Program/UN.  She holds an MS in Human Nutrition from Michigan State University, and a BSc in Nutritional Sciences from UAE University. She leads, supports and provides strategic direction to research and evaluation projects in the areas of Maternal, New-born and Child Health using evidence based research to inform policy and reform practice, particularly with respect to public health issues.

Ms. Maha Younis
Project Manager

Ms. Maha Younis holds a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition from Kinnaird College for Women, Lahore. She serves NCRP in the capacity of Research, Monitoring & Evaluation Analyst, working on the seamless management of the projects being undertaken by NCRP. Ms. Younis’s research interests include diet modifications to prevent and control diseases.

Mr. Khizer Hayat
Manager Finance

Khizer is a seasoned Accounting & Finance personnel having over 10 years of enriching professional experience. He worked with both National & International NGOs in the areas including but not limited to financial planning, budgeting, corporate finance, taxation, and corporate laws. He got a good taste of work collaboratively with different NGOs and donor-funded projects of USAID, UNICEF, World Bank, JICA, KNCU, etc. He manages and oversees projects worth millions and has direct liaisons with project teams from scratch till the completion of the project. Moreover, Mr. Khizer is a university graduate and currently perusing Chartered Accountancy (The final stage is in progress).

Muhammad Awais
Senior Finance & Admin Officer

Mr. Muhammad Awais is an experienced Finance and Admin Officer with strong background in project financial working and day to day office admin works. He has more than four years of experience in the provision of Finance and Admin support. He has worked on a number of projects with NCRP such as USAID, NAS, Amplify Change, SHF and GWU etc. providing financial and admin assistance.

Mr. Muhammad Umar Shahbaz
Program Associate

Muhammad Umar Shahbaz joined Nur Center for Research and Policy as a program associate. He is a post graduate student at COMSATS University Islamabad, Lahore. Before, joining the Nur Center for Research and Policy he was working in a HEC recognized institute.