Meet Our Team

SoSec manages a global portfolio of work, including planning and organizing technical inputs to our long-term programs and short-term consultancy assignments. Our in-house technical team is supported by a dynamic business development team, together with skilled managers and administrators who oversee our projects and programs around the world. In addition to our technical team, SoSec manages a large database of consultants, always drawing on consultants known for their previous high quality work.

Our Key Staff and Consultants Include:

Dr. Riaz A Malik (Circle)

Dr. Riaz A Malik

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Asphand Malik (circle)

Asphand R Malik

Business Development Director

Dr. Asma Bokhari (circle)

Dr. Asma Bokhari

Senior Public Health Specialist

Dr. Huma (circle)

Dr. Huma Qureshi

Senior Health Management Specialist

Umar Iqtidar (circle)

Umar Iqtidar

Monitoring, Evaluation & Livelihood Specialist

Mansoor Mahmood (circle)

Mansoor Mahmood

Data Management Specialist & Software Programmer

Suhail Asghar (circle)

Suhail Asghar

Finance & Administration Manager

Dr. Riaz A Malik

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Dr. Riaz A Malik founded SoSec Consulting Services in Pakistan in 1995. Dr. Malik serves as the CEO and managing director of SoSec International Pty Limited and is a member of the technical advisory committee.

Professional experience

Dr. Malik served in the Federal Ministry of Health, Government of Pakistan for more than 12 years, including as the Assistant Director General Health from 1991 to 1995. He is a well-respected senior public health specialist with a wide range of experience in designing, managing, and implementing different health and population projects, including nutrition, maternal and child health (MCH), and reproductive health.

Dr. Malik was actively engaged in the development of a uniform Health Management Information System (HMIS) for Pakistan while at the Ministry of Health. He has conducted workshops targeted to train health professionals on different subjects, including use of information, research methodologies, training methodologies, referral systems, emergency handling, and integrated child survival training. To this day, Dr. Malik remains involved in the development of the skill-based curriculum for health professionals.

In addition, Dr. Malik served as a visiting lecturer at various national and international postgraduate medical institutions, including the Harvard School of Public Health, the College of Community Medicine in Pakistan, and the Asfan School of Public Health in Iran.

Educational background

  • Master in Public Health/TM, Tulane University, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
  • B.B.S, King Edwards Medical College, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

Dr. Muhammad Bashirul Haq

Technical Director

Dr. Muhammad Bashirul Haq has served as the director technical of SoSec Consulting Services since 2003 and is a member of the technical advisory committee.

Professional experience

Dr. Haq started his career as an epidemiologist with a focus on malaria control. He did this work for over 7 years. He spent the last 15 years in health planning at the Planning and Development Division, Government of Pakistan. During his tenure, he participated in the planning, analysis, and development of policies for the organization.

Dr. Haq has been involved in the development of medium-term development plans and the appraisal of medium to large size health programs and projects, including major donor funded projects. While working for the Planning and Development Division, he developed expertise in health systems and operations research, carrying out a number of research studies in the primary healthcare sub-sector. These included the evaluation of maternal and child health (MCH) centers, rural health programs, and accessibility of health establishments and their utilization.

Dr. Haq also worked for the World Bank for 12 years as a Senior Public Health Specialist. Since 2003, he has been working with SoSec and his major work is concentrated on the health sector, both within and outside the country.

Dr. Haq’s main areas of interest include evaluative and systems research, policy development and analysis, program development, and monitoring in a wide range of areas, particularly reproductive health and poverty-related diseases, health financing and planning, decentralization of health services, and hospital autonomy.

External appointments

Technical Member, Technical Evaluation and Reference Group (TERG) for the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM).

Educational background

  • Diploma in Public Health (DPH), College of Community Medicine, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Certificate Course in Epidemiology, World Health Organization (WHO)
  • B.B.S, King Edward Medical College, University of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan

Asphand R Malik

Business Development Director

Asphand Malik serves as the director of business development for SoSec International Pty Limited. He joined the organization in 2007 and is a member of the management committee.

Professional experience

Mr. Malik has over 10 years of experience as a business development director and is responsible for developing growth strategies and plans for the organization. He specializes in managing and retaining relationships with existing clients, drafting and reviewing contracts, and reporting on performance and success. Mr. Malik has worked on projects implemented by SoSec in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, Tajikistan, and Australia.

Educational background

  • Bachelors in Finance, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Minnesota, USA

Dr. Asma Bokhari

Senior Public Health Specialist

Dr. Asma Bokhari serves as the senior public health specialist for SoSec International Pty Limited. She joined the organization in 2008 and is a member of the management advisory committee.

Professional experience

Dr. Asma Bokhari is a public health specialist with more than 28 years of health sector experience in Pakistan. This includes 15 years of working in the areas of public health policy, management, and implementation of programs within public and private sectors. Working with the National Institute of Health, Government of Pakistan, she was involved in extensive policy dialogue and management, especially with the implementation of public health programs. She provided key leadership in policy and program development for enhancing Pakistan’s response to HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Bokari has served as a consultant on over 50 health projects across Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, and numerous African countries on behalf of DFID, USAID, UNICEF, AusAID and UNFPA.

Educational background

  • Master of Public Health, University of Tulane, New Orleans, USA
  • MBBS, Rawalpindi Medical College, University of Punjab, Pakistan

Dr. Huma Qureshi

Senior Health Management Specialist

Dr. Huma Qureshi serves as the senior health management specialist for SoSec International Pty Limited. She has been with the organization since 2008 and is a member of the management committee.

Professional experience

Dr. Qureshi has 28 years of experience in the fields of clinical, preventive/public, and reproductive health. She has specialized skills in integrating health interventions, planning and conducting courses, evaluating multi-disciplinary programs, extending training and post-training support, qualitative monitoring of projects, and strategic planning initiatives for health programs.

Dr. Qureshi takes a result-focused approach and partners with organizations to produce impactful programs. She manages complexities based on partners’ unique needs and requirements. Dr. Qureshi has exposure in managing public health projects in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Uganda, and the USA.

External appointments

  • Chair, Rotary International District 3272 (Pakistan and Afghanistan)
  • Member Executive Committee, National Commission on Status of Women in Pakistan

Educational background

  • Master of Social Sciences in Health Management, The University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • Doctor of Medicine (MD), Emilio Aginaldo School of Medicine, DeLasalle University, Philippines

Dr. Sharif Ahmed Khan

Epidemiologist

Dr. Sharif Ahmed Khan serves as the epidemiologist for SoSec International Pty Limited. He joined the organization in 2014 and is a member of the research committee.

Professional experience

Dr. Khan has over 35 years of health sector experience within public and private international organizations. He has worked on quantitative assessments and epidemiologic research methods, causal analysis and econometrics, statistical analysis, health information systems, capacity development, social and behavior change communication, and public health preparedness and response. Dr. Khan served as the director of General Health Services, Department of Health, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.

Educational background

  • Master of Science in Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom
  • Master of Public Health (MPH), University of Leeds, United Kingdom
  • MBBS, Khyber Medical College, Peshawar, Pakistan

Muhammad Ramzan Khan

Statistician

Mr. Muhammad Ramzan Khan serves as the senior statistician for SoSec International Pty Ltd. He joined the organization in 2011 and is a member of the research committee.

Professional experience

Mr. Ramzan Khan is a senior survey specialist and statistician with over 35 years of experience in sample design and selection, sample calculations, frames development, and weighting, including non-response adjustment, imputation, and variance estimation. Mr. Khan holds a Master’s of Science in Mathematics and Statistics from Punjab University Lahore.

Recently, Mr. Khan retired as the director of the Sample Design Directorate at the Federal Bureau of Statistics (FBS). Before this, he worked as a statistical officer and then as the Chief Statistical Officer for the FBS.

Mr. Khan has extensive experience in the sample design of various surveys, including Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) and other household sample surveys conducted by the federal, provincial, and state governments. He has collaborated with UNICEF, ILO, WHO, and other international agencies.

Educational background

  • Master of Science in Math and Statistics, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Bachelor of Science, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

Shahida Fazil

Economist

Mrs. Shahida Fazil serves as the senior economist for SoSec International Pty Ltd. She joined the organization in 2008 and is a member of the technical advisory committee.

Professional experience

Mrs. Fazil has over 35 years of experience working as a development practitioner. In the past, she has held a leadership role as the head of the UNFPA Program Unit, overseeing 10-12 professional staff in the country office. From 1998-2002, Mrs. Fazil served as the head of the Afghanistan Unit within the Country Office for Pakistan. In this position, she oversaw the development of an emergency program of assistance for Maternal and Reproductive Health services, both inside Afghanistan and for Afghan refugee settlements in Pakistan.

Apart from these responsibilities, she has remained involved in establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with counterparts in government, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donor agencies, and civil society to address emerging issues and facilitate program delivery.

Educational background

  • Master of Science in Economics, Bucharest, Romania
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Economic Development, McGill University, Montreal Canada
  • Master of Arts in Economics, University of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Kinnaird College for Women, Lahore, Pakistan

Muhammad Usman Khan

Health Policy Specialist

Muhammad Usman Khan serves as the Health Policy Specialist for SoSec International Pty Ltd. He joined the organization in 2012 and is a member of the technical advisory committee. 

Professional experience

Mr. Khan is a Fulbright scholar and a TEDMED frontline scholar. As a public health expert, his key competencies lie within health policy and health economics. He has served as a policy analyst with American Urological Association (US), Impact Health (UK) and a Senior Technical Advisor with the government of Punjab (Pakistan). Additionally, he has served as a consultant to various INGOs.

Educational background

  • Master of Public Health in Health Policy, School of Public Health, The George Washington University, Washington DC, USA
  • Bachelor of Science in Economics and Mathematics, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore- Pakistan

Umar Iqtidar

Monitoring, Evaluation & Livelihood Specialist

Umar Iqtidar serves as a monitoring and evaluation Specialist for SoSec International Pty Ltd. He joined the organization in 2015.

Professional experience

Umar Iqtidar has over 10 years of experience in Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E). He has worked extensively in complex emergency situations and with communities prone to chronic disasters that live in extreme poverty. He has worked in various organizations where he helped develop, implement and enhance M&E systems. Mr. Iqtidar has been deployed for humanitarian disasters in multiple countries as part of emergency response teams. His experience includes implementation in over 15 countries in Africa, Asia and Europe. He has worked closely with government bodies, donor organizations, national and international development NGOs, academia, and in the private sector. 

Educational background

  • Master of Arts in Poverty and Development, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom
  • Bachelor of Science in Economics, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan

Mansoor Mahmood

Data Management Specialist & Software Programmer

Mr. Mansoor Mahmood serves as the data management specialist for SoSec International Pty Ltd. He joined the organization in 2011.

Professional experience

Mr. Mahmood is a software programmer and data management specialist with over 18 years of experience. He specializes in data management of evaluative studies, survey instruments review, data analysis, and development of project-based Management Information Systems (MIS).

Mr. Mahmood has extensive experience in database management. He has developed and implemented strategic policies for data generation and management, user access, and user security. He has also designed and established several multi-user computer networks, coordinated the development of specialized database systems, and established and monitored help desk operations for user and systems support. Additionally, he has experience in developing data entry programs (both android and computer based) for large-scale quantitative surveys.

Educational background

  • Master of Science in Information Technology, Preston University, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Preston University, Islamabad, Pakistan

Suhail Asghar

Finance & Administration Manager

Suhail Asghar is the finance and administration manager for SoSec International Pty Ltd. He joined the organization in 2009.

Professional experience

Mr. Asghar has over 25 years of extensive experience in the development sector. He has 10 years of experience in evaluating SoSec’s annual budget, implementing and overseeing accounting, training and supervising administrative and finance clerks, supervising financial management of projects and accounts, overseeing salaries and employee benefits, and maintaining correct logistic and information system adaptation.

Educational background

  • Bachelor in Management, Government College University, Lahore, Pakistan

Imran Latif

Administrator

Imran Latif serves as the administrator for SoSec International Pty Limited. He joined the organization in 2004.

Professional experience

Mr. Latif is responsible for working with field teams, handling external and internal communication systems, managing clerical and administrative staff, and overseeing the day-to-day administrative operations within SoSec.  His role is extremely demanding and is integral to the success of SoSec.

Educational background

  • Bachelor in Administration, Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad, Pakistan