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Rozina Karmaliani is Professor and Dean of the School of Nursing and Midwifery (SONAM) at Aga Khan University (AKU). She is also associate faculty at the Institute of Global Health and Development, Community Health Sciences, and Mind and Brain. Throughout her career, Dr. Karmaliani has been an ardent advocate for women, child, and adolescent health with a special focus on women empowerment, prevention of gender-based violence, and promoting mental health from a health systems perspective. She translated her research interest in receiving grants totalling $5 million, individually and as a part of various consortiums from agencies such as NIH, World Bank, CIDA/GAC, BMGF, SAMRC funded by (DFID-UKAID), AKFC, Packard Foundation, WHO, and ODI (UK). She has 60 plus peer-reviewed key publications in journals of international repute. Over the years she has sustained academic and research partnerships with Washington State University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of British Columbia, and many others. The theme of most of these research projects have been the prevention and mitigation of gender-based violence and gender equity through women’s economic and social empowerment by engaging men and working with girls and boys using the school and out-of-school platforms.

Dr. Karmaliani holds a PhD in Nursing; Master of Public Health, and Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Minnesota, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Midwifery from AKU. Being the first Pakistani national to obtain a PhD in nursing in 2000, put her in a unique position to provide academic leadership and support for research and higher education in nursing in Pakistan.


Rozina Karmaliani


Professor and Dean

Aga Khan University


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