Dr. Asim Hussain, SI, HI is active in the field of health and education, and Pakistani politics as well. He is chairman of Ziauddin Group of Hospitals in Karachi, and former Advisor of Prime Minister for Ministry of Oil and Natural Resources, Pakistan. He currently serves as the Chairman of Higher Commission of Pakistan, Sindh and Chairman of Petroleum Institute of Pakistan. Dr. Asim Hussain belongs to the influential family of Sir Dr. Ziauddin Ahmed, who was one of the key political figures at the time of Independence of Pakistan and a close ally of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan. In recognition of his services to the nation in the fields of education and health care he has been conferred with the Sitara-e-Imtiaaz and Hilaal-e-Imtiaaz.
Hussain was born in Karachi, Pakistan on 28 November 1953. He is the grandson of Sir Dr.Ziauddin Ahmed, who was a famous mathematician, the longest serving Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University , and a key educationist prior to independence of Pakistan.
Hussain was born to Ms. Ejaz Fatima and Mr. Tajammul Hussain, the founding members of the Dr. Ziauddin Group of Hospitals.
Dr. Asim Hussain received his early education from the Karachi Grammar School and later enrolled in the Cadet College, Petaro. After serving a brief period in the Army, Dr. Asim Hussain retired as a Lieutenant and chose to pursue the degree of MBBS. He graduated from Dow Medical College (now, Dow University of Health Sciences) Karachi in 1978 and went to Europe for further studies. He successfully cleared M.C.P.S in 1981 and continued his studies in Vienne, Austria. After returning to Pakistan, he entered in politics.
Early Professional Career
Having been brought up in a family that placed a lot of importance on education, Dr. Asim Hussain continued his family’s mission and laid the foundation of the Ziauddin Medical University, an hence forming the Ziauddin Group of Companies. He is also the Chairman of the Dr. Ziauddin Group of Hospitals which now stands proud with four tertiary care hospitals under its umbrella. In 1995, Dr. Asim Hussain established the Ziauddin University, a chartered institution of the Provincial Assembly of Sindh and accredited by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan, which has now evolved into an institution providing education and training in nine different faculties producing graduates of outstanding quality. Graduates of the Ziauddin University’s College of Medicine, a quarter of whom are provided scholarships, are trained in Problem Based Learning (PBL) methodology and encouraged to serve in rural areas of the Province. The Hospitals provide cost effective health care to patients without comprising on quality of patient care. Ziauddin Group of Hospitals operates under Dr. Ziauddin Trust and caters to the latest medical treatment and patient care on affordable rates. Other Positions Held
Contribution to Community
Hussain has spearheaded initiatives geared towards uplifting impoverished communities in the Province and increasing access to health care.
As a former member of the Executive Committee of the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council, he has played an important role in revising the curriculum of undergraduate and postgraduate medical students. He is a strong proponent of cooperation between the public and the private sectors and has undertaken initiatives that promote service provision through forging these alliances. Hussain has also served as the President of the Private Medical Universities Association of Pakistan.
In rendering services in the health care and education sectors of Pakistan, he has been conferred with the Sitara-e-Imtiaaz and Hilaal-e-Imtiaaz awards.
Member, Economic Coordination Committee of Cabinet (ECC) of Government of Pakistan
Member, National Economic Council (NEC)
Member, Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC)
Member, Cabinet Committee on Privatization (CCOP)
Member, Cabinet Committee on Investment (CCOI)
Member, Cabinet Committee on Energy (CCE)
Member, Cabinet Committee on Regulator Bodies (CCRB)
President, Pakistan Nursing Council.
Ex-President, Pakistan Association of Private Medical and Dental Institutions
Ex-President, Association of Private Universities & Institutions
Chairman, Board of Governor, Ziauddin Medical University.
Member Syndicate, Dow University of Health Sciences (Governor’s Nominee)
Member, Task Force Committee, Sindh Blood
Ex-General Secretary, Chamber of Health and Allied Services
Counsellor, Pakistan Medical & Dental Council
Member, Executive Committee, Pakistan Medical & Dental Council