Dr. Javaid R. Laghari


Science Administrator

Designation: Chairperson of the Higher Education Commission
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Pakistan People''s Party

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Javaid Laghari, TI, IEEE Award, Ph.D, is a Pakistani electrical engineer and science administrator who is currently serving as the chairperson of the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. He is an academic and an aerospace scientist, Laghari is a staunch supporter of technocracratic democracy in the country. He was previously Senator of Pakistan from the Pakistan Peoples Party. Dr Laghari has been a member of the Pakistan Peoples Party, a socialist democratic party. Having started his career as Science Advisor to the Benazir Bhutto during her second and last Prime ministerial term, and has been associated with Bhutto long before becoming Science Advisor to Bhutto. After this post, Benazir Bhutto appointed him as the President of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST) and prior to joining SZABIST, he was the Director of Graduate Studies, and Chairman of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the State University of New York at Buffalo where he served as the senior professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering there.

He served as the Senator to the Senate Secretariat in 2006 for a six year term and resigned in July 2009. During his Senate term, he also officiated as Acting Chairman Senate. He specializes in Energy and Power, Higher Education, Information Technology, Space Power Technology and Leadership and has published over 120 research papers in refereed journals and presented over 70 papers at International Conferences. He is also the author of three books, "Reflections on Benazir Bhutto", "Leaders of Pakistan" and "Creative Leadership". Laghari gained a national and international reputation during the "fake degree" saga of the parliamentarians in Pakistan in summer of 2010, when he took a principled stand and had HEC verify the degrees of all parliamentarians. As a reesult, a large number of parliamentarians were disqualified from the parliament. During the process, he received multiple threats, including to his life, and his younger brother, Farooq Laghari, a bureaucrat, was arrested by the Sindh government.

Early life

Laghari was born in Hyderabad in 1950. In 1967, he attended the Sindh University where he enrolled in the Department of Electrical Engineering. In 1971, Leghari received his B.Eng. in Electrical Engineering. In 1972, Laghari then traveled to Ankara, Turkey and completed his post graduate studies at the Middle East Technical University and received his M.S. in electrical engineering in 1975. He then traveled to United States and joined University at Buffalo, The State University of New York where he received his Ph.D in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1980.

US research work

Laghari worked in the United States as a researcher at NASA, the Air Force Research Laboratory of AFOSR, the Office of Naval Research, the Naval Research Lab, the Defense Nuclear Agency, the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization, the Strategic Defense Initiative, Hughes Aircraft and the Boeing Aerospace Company. He was Chairman of the 1992 IEEE International Conference on High Voltage Engineering and has organized numerous International Conferences and chaired a large number of Sessions and Workshops in the United States.

Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission

Laghari was the chairman of the Technical Standards Committee on Radiation Effects at the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission. He led the Pakistani delegation on nuclear safety at the United Nations. He was the representative on the United States Activities Board on Man and Radiation. He attended the NATO Advanced Study Institute on Space Systems and the NATO Advanced Study Institute on Fast Electrical and Optical Diagnostics Laghari was also the Chairman of the National Conference on Emerging Technologies 2004 (NCET2004) held in Pakistan in December 2004.

Public service

Laghari has been a Member of the Ministry of Science and Technology Human Resource Development Committee, the Private Export Software Board, the Pakistan Council for Science and Technology and The Sindh Information Technology Board. He is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery, a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a member of the New York Academy of Sciences and sites on the Executive Committee of the Asia University Federation and the Executive Committee of the Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World.

He is the recipient of the 1994 IEEE Award for Leadership and dedicated Services and the 1999 "Tamgha-e-Imtiaz" award conferred by the President of Pakistan.

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