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Shaukat Ali Khan

Global Chief Information Officer, Aga Khan University


Shaukat Ali Khan is the Global Chief Information Officer at the Aga Khan University and Hospitals (AKU), Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), the first internationally chartered University founded in Pakistan. In his role as Global CIO, Shaukat is responsible for 20,000 users, all ICT systems and services across AKU’s global portfolio of Hospitals, Medical Centers and University locations in Asia, Africa and United Kingdom.


Shaukat joined AKU from the University of Central Asia (UCA), where he also held the position of CIO. A member of UCA’s Executive Management team, he led the University’s IT functions spread across 15 sites in four countries. During this time, he organized the inaugural “Digital Transformation in Central Asia Conference” in 2019 where the President of the Kyrgyz Republic delivered a keynote speech on the Digital Strategy of the Country – this marked the inception of the region’s digitization initiatives.


Prior to his engagement in the Higher Education sector, Shaukat was Head of IT Production Infrastructure at Novo Nordisk’s corporate headquarters in Denmark and Global Senior IT Infrastructure Architect for a network infrastructure that now serves more than 48,000 employees in over 80 countries worldwide. Novo Nordisk is one of Scandinavia’s largest companies with a market capitalization of over 200 USD billion.


Over the years, Shaukat has been highly recognized for his work. He has received more than 40 national and international awards, including the DXInspire Award in 2022 (The DXInspire Award represents the highest accolade that a CIO can receive) and World CIO 200 Legend Award in 2022 and 2021 by the Global CIO Forum.

He has been awarded the "Thought Leader's Excellence Award" by the President of Pakistan, Dr Arif Alvi, at the closing ceremony of the Global Digital Summit. In addition, Innovator of the year award at Novo Nordisk. He also published a book entitled “Technological and social issues in the development and deployment of facial recognition biometric systems”. Shaukat has the honor of being the nominee of Pakistan for the United Nations highest technology position, Chief Information Technology Officer- Assistant Secretary General.


Additionally, Shaukat has conducted online public lectures with over 50 global technology leaders, including ‘Vint Cerf’ who is considered the ‘father of the internet’ and Toomas Ilves who is the former President of Estonia. The media often requests his presence to discuss global and national technology trends.


Shaukat completed his Master of Science in Computer Science (MSc-CS) with an emphasis on IT management and strategic change from the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Karlskrona, Sweden. He is also a Harvard Business School Certified Dynamic Manager and Leader, equipped with the tools and best practices to lead strategic change and innovation.

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