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Dr Maria Sultan is the Chairperson and the Director General of the South Asian Strategic Stability Institute (SASSI) University. She is an advisor to the Ministry of Defence on Strategic and Military affairs. She is also the founding Vice Chancellor for Muslim Youth University and established programs in Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Sciences, Management Sciences, Social Science including International Relations and Peace & Conflict Studies.
She was the founding co-director of the South Asian Strategic Stability Unit at the Bradford Disarmament Research Centre (BDRC), University of Bradford. She also served as Deputy Director South Asian Strategic Stability Unit at (BDRC). Dr Sultan is a specialist in South Asian nuclear arms control and disarmament issues, weapon systems development and strategic stability. She has published widely in academic journals, news dailies and books.
Earlier, Dr Sultan worked as an assistant editor in the influential English daily ‘The Muslim’. She is a visiting faculty member at the National Defence University (NDU), Pakistan, Foreign Service Academy, Pakistan Naval War College, Pakistan Air War College, NATO Defence College, The Russian Center for Policy Studies, Moscow, China Institute of International Studies (CIIS), the Department of Defence and Strategic Studies, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, the Department of International Relations, University of Peshawar, and the Command and Staff College Quetta.

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Brig Ishaq Ahmed (Retd) is Director Intelligence and International Security Studies at South Asian Strategic Stability Institute (SASSI) University. He possesses three decades of experience in Intelligence, Security, Counter Terrorism, Interrogation, Investigation, Strategic and Project Management, Human Resource Management, Leadership & Motivation, Crisis Management and Diplomacy.

He has served as Director Intelligence and Deputy Director in Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) and was responsible for Security, Intelligence, Counter Terrorism and Intelligence Management.

As Commander of Intelligence Outfits managed information acquisition related to Security and Intelligence matters and incidents along western frontiers.

As Commanding Officer, Deputy Director and Director, selected and managed the work force employed all over the world.

As Instructor in Military Intelligence Institute imparted training to field operators and officers of junior and mid-level Intelligence, Security and Counter Terrorism.

As Intelligence Analyst worked in Military Intelligence Directorate, GHQ for about four years.

Possesses 25 years of experience in Intelligence and Security.

Participated in Round Table Conferences relating Afghanistan and OBL (Osama Bin Ladin), terrorism and security at various think tanks and state arranged forums.

As defense and security analyst, has participated in  TV programs concerning national security, counter terrorism, Afghanistan  and bilateral relations.

Have been contributing opinion and analytical articles in local print media about intelligence, security, terrorism and Afghanistan.

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Dr. Samar Mubarak Mand is a Pakistani nuclear Physicist known for his research in gamma spectroscopy and experimental development of the linear accelerator. He came to public attention as the director of the test teams responsible for the performing the country’s first and successful atomic tests at the Chagai Test Site, located in the Balochistan Province of Pakistan. Prior to that, he was the project director of the integrated missile programme and supervised the development of Shaheen and Babur missile program. Serving the founding chairman of Nescom from 2001 until 2007, he was subsequently appointed by the government to assist the Thar coalfield project.


Dr. Samar Mubarak  Mand is also working with South Asian Strategic Stability Institute (SASSI) as Advisor and Member Board of Governors SASSI University.

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Prof. Dr. Ahmed Shuja Syed is currently the Advisor to the Rector & President (Engineering Programs) & Principal Investigator IDB Funded Laboratories Projects, International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan. He was Executive Director of Centre for Emerging Sciences, Engineering & Technology (CESET), Advisor on the Engineering Programs to the Higher Management of International Islamic University (IIU) and Principal Investigator of Islamic Development Bank’s Funded Advanced Electronics Laboratories. He is also the former Dean of Faculty of Engineering & Technology at IIU. With MS Engineering from Sweden and Ph.D. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from University of Surrey, UK, Dr. Shuja started contributing the world’s most reputed Ion Beams Facility in UK as Facility Liaison Fellow, where he served for four years engaging him with global industrial and academic partners. He conducts research in the broader areas of Nano-scale Semiconductor Process Engineering with a special focus on designing and fabrication of next generation electronic and photonic devices, sensors and micro-systems. Most of Dr. Shuja’s work in public domain deals with the real-time applications of ion beam induced damages for applications in future electronic and photonic industry. As guest scientist, Dr. Shuja maintained very close collaborative linkages with some of the world’s most renowned scientific facilities such as Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA, Bell Labs, USA and Nanoelectronic engineering facilities at MIT, KSU and Michigan, USA. Prof. Shuja also co-founded two companies in 2006 and 2012, which are now having presence in UK, USA and Pakistan with a focus on IT and next-generation electronics. Higher Education Commission has also focused and highlighted Dr. Shuja’s contributions as academic leader of Faculty of Engineering at International Islamic University in its official newsletter in February 2011

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Dr. Pervez Butt is a Pakistani nuclear engineer and the former chairman of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) from 2001 to 2006. A nuclear engineer by profession, Parvez Butt played an important role in the development of the Pakistan’s nuclear power and weapons program. As chairman of PAEC, Parvez Butt helped establishing the particle acceleratorsnuclear power plants, and started the research program to the field of Nuclear medicines. Parvez Butt is currently serving as an assistant professor of nuclear engineering at the Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and also serving as a “Science and Technology” member at the Planning Commission of Pakistan.

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Abdullah Ahmed is Director Media at South Asian Strategic Stability Institute (SASSI) Islamabad. He is affiliated with print and electronic media and possesses vast and rich experience in this sector, He regularly organizes programs, talk shows and interviews on wide ranging national and international issues for SASSI experts and researchers.


  • To develop programs and talk shows relating to critical national and international issues
  • To interact with professionals, scholars, parliamentarians, academia, think tanks, youth and other members of civil society to analyze and understand national and international issues on grass route level  and to prepare strategies and policy options for policy makers
  • To conduct seminars, conferences, workshops on national and international issues covering all aspects of national security and economic development
  • To prepare and display documentary film/talk shows and publish articles in print media for guidance of relevant stake holders with focus to project soft image of Pakistan
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Anum Naveed is the Senior Program Coordinator at the South Asian Strategic Stability Institute (SASSI) and she is Maters in Commerce for University of Punjab. She is providing her professional services by managing the office, handling external and internal communication, managing administrative tasks, organizing, arranging, coordinating meetings and events of SASSI.

Joined SASSI: July 2009

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Saira Riaz is a Finance Officer at the South Asian Strategic Stability Institute (SASSI) Islamabad. She is a graduate from Virtual University Islamabad holding Master’s Degree in Business Administration. She is an expert in providing and interpreting financial information, producing accurate financial reports to specific deadlines and managing budgets. She is responsible for the day-to-day financial management of the association’s financial resources.

Joined SASSI: 2013

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Erum Riaz is an Assistant Accountant at South Asian Strategic Stability Institute (SASSI) Islamabad. She is a graduate from Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad holding Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce.

Joined SASSI: 2015

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Tahir Nazir is a research fellow at the South Asian Strategic Stability Institute (SASSI) Islamabad. He is Graduate from Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad holding master degree in Defense and Strategic Studies. He is expert on nuclear safety and security and current trends in non-proliferation. He has written his Seminar paper on “Indo-U.S Nuclear Deal and its Implication for Pakistan”. He has presented a Paper on ‘Negative security assurances: an unfulfilled agenda’ in a three Day International conference organized by SASSI at Serena on FMT Debate: Possibility and Prospects. 20-22nd March 2011.He has also participated in a two week PNRA Workshop in collaboration with SASSI on “Nuclear Security”. (January-10-2011)


  • Nuclear safety and security
  • Non-Proliferation and Disarmament
  • Global War on Terror


  • The Future Of Pakistan – US Relations – Op-Ed, 13 Jul 2011 in Opinion, published by Eurasia review.
  • Negative Security Assurances: A Forgotten Promise – Analysis, 03 May 2011 in Analysis by published by Eurasia review.

Joined SASSI: 2010

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Tanzeela Khalil is a Visiting Research Fellow at the South Asian Strategic Stability Institute. She has done her M Phil in Strategic and Nuclear Studies from the Faculty of Contemporary Studies of the National Defence University. She is a former visiting fellow of Research Society of International Law (RSIL), Lahore.


  • Nuclear Arms Control
  • Non-Proliferation
  • Nuclear delivery means
  • Deterrence and Strategic Stability