Sania Nishtar

Founder and President,
Heartfile

Sania Nishtar is the founder of many health institutions in Pakistan, the NGO Heartfile, Pakistan’s Health Policy Forum and Heartfile Health Financing. She served as a federal minister in Pakistan’s 2013 Interim Government, where she held four portfolios. Internationally, she is part of many global health initiatives and a member of the board of several international agencies as well as agencies in Pakistan. She serves as co-chair of the WHO Commission on Childhood Obesity and is widely considered thought leader on health policy. In addition to being a regular plenary speaker or chair at global health meetings, she is also a key voice in health policy and governance reform in Pakistan.

Nishtar is the author of six books, more than 100 peer review articles and around the same number of op-eds. She is the recipient of Pakistan’s Sitara e-Imtiaz, the European Societies Population Science Award, Global Innovation award and many accolades of the International Biographical Centre, Cambridge and the American Biographical Center. Nishtar holds a fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians and a PhD from Kings College, London. She was a college best graduate and received 16 gold medals a record which remains unbroken to date.