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Board of Directors

Mr. S. Meraj Nazar – President & CEO
Mr. Meraj Nazar, now the President and CEO of SIUT North America, has been on the Board for over 14 years. Most recently, he was the CEO & Secretary of the Board. He is an engineer with a master’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and an undergraduate degree from NED University in Karachi. He also holds an Executive MBA from the Golden Gate University in San Francisco. Having worked for Bechtel Corp., a global Engineering, Construction and Project Management organization for over three decades, offers extensive project management and operations experience on mega-projects.
Mr. Anwer Hussain – Secretary

Anwer has held executive management positions in the Oil Industry, is the Managing Director of Accel Ventures LLC and Chaparral Place LLC, is on the Board of Nuricon Union (Pvt.) and is a former Vice-President of Allis-Chalmers.
Anwer is engaged in a variety of volunteer activities, is President of Houston Shifa Services Foundation, is on the Board and Treasurer of MIT South Asian Alumni Association, is a Past President of MIT Club of South Texas and was a Member of the Board of Directors. He has been an Educational Counselor for MIT since 2003.
Anwer was the founding Charter Member of the Houston Chapter of the Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs (OPEN) and also served as the Chapter President.
Anwer earned his BS in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from Stanford University.

Mr. Qaisar Mahdi – Treasurer

Mr. Qaisar Mahdi has extensive finance experience and is a versatile accounting and finance professional. He has been serving as Vice President of Finance & Acquisitions of Camden Holding Inc. and Camden Hospitality Group of Houston, Texas since 2001.
He brings to bear his strategic and financial management competencies to help SIUTNA in its financial planning, budgeting, internal controls & procedures, and developing financial information systems.
He has been working closely with individuals, philanthropic organizations, and faith and community based organizations to help raise funds for SIUT-NA.

Mr. Haroon Shaikh – Member
Mr. Haroon Shaikh is a well-known CPA and founder and Chairman of HRSS, LLP, CPA’s & Advisors, the largest South Asian CPA firm in the country with offices in Houston, Dallas and Atlanta. A graduate of the University of Texas, he started his early career with Deloitte and KPMG. He has been Chairman & CEO of Central Bancorp, Director and Finance Committee chair of Harris County Houston Sports Authority, and director of Houston Business Development. His community services include President of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce USA, President of South Asian Chamber of Commerce, and Trustee for Pakistan Association of Greater Houston, board member SIUT North America, and board member of Pakistani American Volunteers. Currently he anchors a weekly show ‘BizTalk’ on TV One USA
Dr. Barkat Charania – Member
Dr. Barkat Charania is founding member of SIUT-NA. He practiced orthopedic surgery for three decades and managed a 200-bed private hospital for 15 years. He is also a Law Graduate and pursued Masters in History.
He was faculty member with Aga Khan University and is an author and a blogger.
He has served with WHO, UNICEF, Aga Khan Health Services (AKDN) and University of Houston.
Presently he is serving with North American University and Ibn Sina Foundation Advisory Boards and as Trustee of Mahatma Gandhi Library.
Dr. Charania worked with Dr. Adib Rizvi, the founder of SIUT since 1960s, first as his student and then as associate.
Dr. Tariq Shakoor – Member
Dr. Tariq Shakoor is a 1978 Graduate of Dow Medical College. Came to the US in 1979 and finished training in Medicine in Pittsburgh after which he did a gastroenterology fellowship at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. After doing some advanced training in therapeutic endoscopy he spent 9 years on faculty at the Case Western Reserve University and the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine. In 1994 he went into practice with Gastroenterology consultants of Cincinnati till 2012, the practice evolved into the TriHealth Digestive Institute from where he retired at the end of 2017. He has had a long career practicing therapeutic GI endoscopy both in the academic and private practice settings. Dr Shakoor hopes to continue his career in a teaching capacity both within the US and abroad.
Dr. Nasir Rashid – Member
Dr. Nasir Rashid is a 1993 graduate of SMC/JSUMANA in Karachi. He moved to USA in 2002, currently resides in Maryland, and is a practicing neonatologist. His wife is also a practicing physician. They have three brilliant children. Dr. Rashid is passionate about SIUT. He first met Dr. Adib Rizvi in 1994. He remembers SIUT, from his college days, as a beacon of exceptional patient care, serving patients all over Pakistan. SIUT is the Institute where the first Renal Transplant was done in Pakistan. During his recent visit to Pakistan, Dr. Rashid also learnt that his favorite medical college teacher was the third cadaver Renal donor.