The themes for papers and posters include but are not limited to the following:
S.No Theme Track Chair(s)
Strategic HRM, Leadership and Organizational Psychology
• Business Informatics for Competitive Market Advantage
• Knowledge Economy & Knowledge Society
• Modern Trends in Leadership and Strategic HRM
Dr. Noor Ahmed Brohi
Dr. Syed Haider Ali Shah

Dr. Muhammad Asif Qureshi
Digital Marketing, Social Media and Entrepreneurship
• E-commerce and Digital Marketing
• Social Media: Information Sharing, Privacy, Security & Ethics
• Consumer Psychology in Digital Age
• Entrepreneurship and Startups Development
Dr. Atif Aziz
Dr. Sadia Shaikh

Dr. Nauman Zaheer
Dr. Muhammad Saeed Mujahid
Emerging Trends in Banking and Finance
• Emerging Trends in Accounting and Finance
• Islamic Banking and Shariah Compliant Financing
• Fintech and Blockchain Technologies
• Behavioural Finance
Prof. Dr. Muhammad Azam

Dr. S. M. Noaman Ahmed Shah
Dr. Irfan Haider Shakri
Supply Chain and Operations Management
• Emerging Trends in Supply Chain Management
• Quality and Operations Management
Dr. Rab Nawaz Lodhi
Dr. Muhammad Saeed Shahbaz

Dr. Qamar Abbas
Dr. Muhammad Nawaz Tunio
Contemporary Project Management
• Contemporary Trends in Project Management
• Project Management Applications in Healthcare, engineering and IT
Dr. Farhan Mehboob

Dr. Maira Anis
Dr. Muhammad Mutasim
Technology and Innovation Management
• Business Value of Big Data Analytics for Government, Industry and Society
• AI and IoT for Smart Cities, Governments & Societies
• Business & Innovation Management: Digital Learning Trends and Platforms
• Advances In Business Research Methods, Theories and Approaches
Dr. Malak Aoun
Dr. Ghulam Mujtaba

Dr. Ghulam Muhammad
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Socio-economic Development
• Sustainable Business Performance & Socio-economic Growth
• Impact of Foreign Aid and Debt Financing on Developing Economies
• Regional Trade and Geopolitics of CPEC
• Responsible Resource Production & Consumption
Dr. Farhan Ahmed Shaikh
Dr. Nooreen Mujahid

Dr. Abdul Samad Dahri

About Chairs

Affiliation: Begum Nusrat Bhutto University, Sukkur
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Area of Expertise: HRM, OB and Leadership

Dr. Noor Ahmed Brohi received his PhD in Management with a dissertation written on the Impact of Servant Leadership on Employee Psychological Safety, Psychological Capital and Turnover Intention at the Putra Business School, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM-PBS) in July 2019 with distinction (Best PhD Student Award). He received fully funded scholarship for Master leading to PhD from Higher Education Commission of Pakistan under the project “HRDI Faculty Development Program for UETS/UESTPS”. His areas of interest are human resource management, leadership, human resource development, human psychology and organizational behavior. He has authored more than 25 international refereed journal articles, book chapters and international conference papers. Dr. Noor is a trained expert in the usage of various statistical tools such as Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) and Partial Least Squares (PLS-SEM). He has also conducted SEM and Business Research Methods related workshops in Putra Business School, University Putra Malaysia (PBS-UPM), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) and Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University Sanghar Campus.

Affiliation: Bahria University, Islamabad
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Area of Expertise: HR Practices, Talent Management, Leadership & Management.

Dr. Syed Haider Ali Shah is an Associate Professor at Bahria Business School, Bahria University, Pakistan. Dr. Haider Shah Holds a PhD in Human Resource Management from University of Malaya, Malaysia, Malaysia's Top University and its World Ranking is 59. Dr. Syed Haider Ali Shah serving Bahria Business School, Bahria University, Islamabad, Pakistan, Since 2017. Dr. Haider is also a Research Cell Coordinator/Head of Research Cell, and he looks after all the activities of Research Cell (MBA & BBA Thesis, Internships and Projects) in Bahria Business School, Islamabad Campus. Based on his research throughout his graduate and doctoral studies, he has published in several Academic Databases like Impact Factor Journals, Scopus Journals and HEC Recognized Journals. Moreover, he has also participated at various local and international conferences as a KeyNote Speaker, a Session Judge and Participant. His Analytic and Research Skills are Advanced, Developed and Demonstrated throughout his Academic and Professional exposure. In addition to that he also delivers Professional, Motivational and Conference Talks. Dr. Haider has also designed Several Panel Discussions, Round Table Discussions and delivered Different Workshops at the Bahria University Islamabad, Centre for Academic Learning Writing and Support Services (CALWASS) and other Universities. In addition, he has been conducting different workshops at Student and Faculty level related to research particularly. Dr. Syed Haider Ali Shah is a Teacher, Researcher, Author, Motivational Speaker, Trainer, Provide Consultancy and Higher Education Commission (HEC) Approved Supervisor.

Affiliation: Iqra University, Karachi
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Area of Expertise: Strategic Management, Methods in Business Research and Entrepreneurship.

Dr. Atif Aziz is currently serving as Professor and Cluster Head of HRM at Iqra University, Karachi. He holds MBA from Universit Tunk Abdul Razak, Malaysia and a PhD from University Utara Malaysia. His Areas of expertise include: employability and career related outcomes. At present, he is working on Psychometric properties of young professionals.

Affiliation: Benazir School of Business, BBSU, Karachi
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Area of Expertise: Business Management, Entrepreneurship, SME Management and Tourism Marketing.

Dr. Sadia Shaikh is an Assistant Professor Benazir Bhutto Shaheed University, Karachi, Pakistan. She holds a Ph.D. Degree in the discipline of Business Management with a focus on Entrepreneurship and SME Management. Her area of research and expertise includes Micro, Small & Medium Enterprise Management, Enterprise Development, Business Value Chains, as well as Tourism, Sports Sciences & Sustainability studies. Dr. Shaikh has extensive teaching and administrative experience and has been associated with various academic institutions as well as business corporations in Pakistan. She also has vast experience in research writing and publishing. She has published many research articles in reputable national and international journals, as well as serving as an editor for HEC recognized research journals. Dr. Shaikh has co-founded many entrepreneurial ventures and is currently working with two social enterprises ‘Artizan’ and ‘Coral Research & Education Systems’. She also provides consultancy on aspiring entrepreneurial ventures, coaching, and academic supervision to research scholars.

Affiliation: Mohammad Ali Jinnah University, Karachi, Pakistan
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Area of Expertise: Corporate Finance, Behavioral Finance, Security Analysis and Portfolio Management, Financial Econometrics and Business Research Methods.

Dr. Muhammad Azam is a Professor of Finance in the Department of Management Sciences at Mohammad Ali Jinnah University, Karachi. He earned his PhD in Finance from Paris Nanterre University in 2009. His research interests include Corporate Finance, Behavioral Finance, Security Analysis and Portfolio Management, Financial Econometrics and Business Research Methods. He has vast experience in teaching at both graduate and postgraduate level. He has published numerous articles in various high-ranked journals.

Affiliation: University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan
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Area of Expertise: Business Strategy, Information Systems, Business Analytics, Qualitative and Quantitative Data Analysis

Dr. Rab Nawaz Lodhi is an Associate Professor at Hailey College of Commerce, University of the Punjab Lahore, Pakistan. He also served UE Business School, University of Education as a Chairman and University of Central Punjab, University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore and COMSATS University on different academic positions. He is also a Visiting Research Scholar at Muma College of Business, University of South Florida, USA. He has vast teaching, training, research experience in Pakistan, Malaysia, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Netherland, Indonesia, Philippines, Brunei, Saudi Arabia, and United States of America (USA). He has more than 66 research publications in HEC recognized journals including impact factor journals of Emerald, Sage, John Wiley and Sons, Springer and Taylor & Francis group. He is also a Guest Editor of the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Technology (SSCI, Scopus Q1 Ranked, Clarivate Analytics Impact Factor 5.576), Emerald, for a special issue on Qualitative Research in Hospitality and Tourism Management. QSR International Pty Ltd Australia certified him in 2013 as trainer and consultant of QSR NVivo 9/10 in Asia Pacific Regions. More than 70 universities and research institutes invited him for the different training programs and funded research projects.

Affiliation: Szabist, Islamabad
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Area of Expertise: Skilled in Supply Chain Management, Risk Management, and Logistics Management.

Currently serving at SZABIST, Islamabad, Dr. Saeed is an experienced Assistant Professor with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. He holds a doctorate in Supply Chain Risk management, Logistics, and Supply Chain Management from Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia.

Affiliation: Bahria University, Karachi
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Area of Expertise: Project Planning & Management, Strategic Business Leadership, Fintech, Econometrics, Business Analytics, Business Research methods.

Dr. Farhan holds a PhD in Business Administration and an MBA from Heriot-Watt University (UK, 2022 QS Rank 270) with emphasis in International Trade & Finance. He completed Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from University of Arizona (USA, AACSB, 2022 QS Rank 268) double majoring in Management Information Systems & Operations Management. He has taught variety of Management Science, IT/MIS courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels in addition to supervising MBA and BBA thesis. His current research interests include corporate governance, fintech, econometrics, business ethics. He has published in peer reviewed Scopus indexed impact factor journals as well as presented at International Research Conferences (Awarded Best Conference Paper-AIMC-2021). He holds professional IT certifications from Cisco, Microsoft, Sun Microsystems (now Oracle) and Symantec (now Broadcom). He has attended numerous professional training courses in networking, network security, routing, and switching by Avaya, Cisco, Network Associates, Nortel Networks, Oracle, Symantec and Microsoft.

Affiliation: University College of Bahrain, Bahrain
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Area of Expertise: Technology Management, Total Quality Management

Dr. Malak Aoun is an Assistant Professor at University College of Bahrain, Bahrain. She holds a PhD in Total Quality Management. She has published her research in internationally reputed journals and conferences. Her research interest includes integrating Quality with other disciplines such as Sustainable development, Project Management, Human Resources Management, International Business Management, Strategic Management, Organizational Behavior, Leadership and Change Management.

Affiliation: University College of Bahrain, Bahrain
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Area of Expertise: Technology Management, Artificial Intelligence, Machine learning, online social networking, Text Mining.

Dr. Ghulam Mujtaba is currently working as a professor at the Department of Computer Science, Sukkur IBA University. He is also working as a director of the center of excellence for Robotic, Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain (CRAIB). He has been associated with Sukkur IBA University since 2006. He received his Doctorate degree in the field of computer science from university of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2018. His field of research includes artificial intelligence, machine learning, online social networking, text mining, text classification, image classification and deep learning. Dr. Mujtaba teaches various courses such as Computer Programming, object Oriented Programing, Data Science, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Deep Learning and Advance Research Methods. He has authored or co-authored several articles in academic journals indexed in well reputed databases, such as Web of Science, IEEEXIpore, Science Direct, Springer, and scopus. Most of his journal publications are published in “W” category journals. He actively reviews the journal articles which are submitted for publication in well-known “W” category journals including, Neurocomputing, IEEE Access, Artificial Intelligence Review, Malaysian journal of Computer Science, Expert Systems with Applications, Knowledge-based systems, and information fusion.

Affiliation: NED University, Karachi
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Area of Expertise: Sustainable finance, climate literacy and development economics, Financial Economics, Environmental Economics, Energy finance, SDGs.

Dr Farhan Ahmed Shaikh is a senior education professional with more than 17 years of hard core national and international experience in academia and the developmental sector. At present, he is an Assistant Professor at the Economics and Management Sciences Dept at NED University, Karachi. His major creative contribution for NED includes the development of Center of Excellence for Socio-Economic Development and Policy (CESDP) and departmental research journal. Previously, he worked as an Assistant Professor of Finance and the Managing Editor of Journal of Independent Studies & Research (JISR-MSSE) with SZABIST, Karachi. At SZABIST, he significantly contributed to devising the strategic plan of the faculty of management sciences. He was responsible for raising the standards and quality of research in the field of management, social sciences and economics, providing research related capacity building trainings. Dr. Shaikh has the privilege of winning three Best Research Awards for the year 2021, 2022 and 2023 awarded by Advanced Studies and Research Board of NED University of Engineering & Technology (NEDUET). He has also been serving as a member of board of studies, board of faculty, board of advanced studies and research (BASR), think tanks and editorial boards. He has also worked in the capacity of Technical, Research and Data Consultant for the development sector that includes organizations like World Bank, School of Leadership, British Council, Sewa-Development Trust, Youth Arena, The NGO World Foundation and Nizamani Foundation. Dr. Shaikh also shares an international profile. He has had the honor of being first ever an Asian nominee for Moskowitz Prize in the field of Sustainable Finance by Kellogg School of Management, Northwest University, US. He has also had the honor of winning the Best Teacher Award 2021.

Affiliation: University of Karachi, Karachi
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Area of Expertise: Knowledge in Development Economics, Labor Economics, Public Policy Issues, Gender Economics.

Dr Nooreen Mujahid is an outstanding Research Professor at the prestigious Applied Economics Research Centre of the University of Karachi. With over two decades of experience in academia, she is a distinguished teacher, professional trainer, and researcher. Dr Mujahid's exceptional research abilities are evident from her impressive portfolio of Twenty-Eight National and International publications and eight Conference Papers. She has also successfully led three major research projects, demonstrating her exceptional leadership and organizational skills. Dr Mujahid's dynamic capabilities in research and training are further highlighted through her creation of several Case Studies, Simulation Exercises, and Reports. Her innovative and practical approach to research and training has earned her a reputation as a leading expert in her field. As an Additional Director Staff at the National Institute of Management (NIM) Karachi from 2008 to 2013, Dr Mujahid has proven her ability to not only excel in academic settings but also to apply her knowledge to real-world situations. Her contribution to academia and society has been invaluable, and she continues to be an inspiration to her peers and students alike.

About Co-chairs

Affiliation: Mohammad Ali Jinnah University, Karachi and Universiti Malaysia Perlis (International Research Fellow)
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Area of Expertise: Human Resource Management, Organisational Behaviour, leadership, CSR, Quantitative and Qualitative Research.

Dr. Muhammad Asif Qureshi is working as an Associate Professor, Faculty of Business Administration at Mohammad Ali Jinnah University and also worked as a Director Research and Projects at MAJU. He earned his Ph.D. degree in Human Resource Management from University Utara Malaysia, which is AMBA and AACSB accredited, Postdoctoral & International Research Fellow at University Malaysia Perlis. Dr. Qureshi has a wide international exposure and almost 14 years of work experience in teaching, research, and Industry level.  He has published in A* Journal, International journal of hospitality management Impact factor 10.427 and earned Emerald Literati Awards from The TQM Journal. He has several Impact Factor publications to his credit in Scopus Q1, ABDC, ABS SSCI, SCI, ESCI and other top-notch research journals. He is a reviewer of several high-ranking research journals. Currently, he is editing a special issue in Frontiers in Psychology having an Impact Factor of 4.232, Scopus Q1, ABS. He has been invited as Session Chair and Keynote Speaker to a number of International Conferences. Dr. Qureshi has deep knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research and has presented in universities such as Oxford, U.K, Harvard and MIT, USA. He nurtures and spearheads many research programs at his university and is a key protagonist of an inspirational research leadership. He has supervised more than 10 MS and PhD Thesis. He is well respected in the international research community and has several research publications in the area of Human Resource Management, CSR, Fintech, and Quantitative & Qualitative Research.

Affiliation: Mohammad Ali Jinnah University, Karachi, Pakistan
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Area of Expertise: Digital Marketing, Consumer Behavior, Marketing Analytics Mobile Advertising, Technology Acceptance.

Dr. Nauman Zaheer is an Assistant Professor of Marketing and Head of Business School at the Faculty of Business Administration, Mohammad Ali Jinnah University, Karachi. Dr. Nauman completed his PhD in marketing communication from University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Currently, he is teaching various courses on marketing research and consumer behavior.

Affiliation: Mohammad Ali Jinnah University, Karachi, Pakistan
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Area of Expertise: Entrepreneurship, Digital Marketing, Technology & Innovation.

Dr. Muhammad Saeed Mujahid is an Assistant Professor at the department of Management sciences. He has been a faculty member at Mohammad Ali Jinnah university since 2008. Prior to being an academician, he was associated with the manufacturing industry for more than a decade, both, as a manufacturer and an exporter. This varied role has placed him in a superior position to understand the issues being faced by the local industry and, more specifically, the problems faced by a Pakistani entrepreneur. Now, as an academician and a researcher, he is using his hands-on experience in bringing research publications to the world’s most reputable journals, which are mostly concentrated on the entrepreneurial related glitches we have in Pakistan. His Ph.D. thesis, entitled “Start-up Ecosystem”, is also in the domain of entrepreneurship whereby it focuses on the determinants influencing the progression from Start-up orientation to competence.

Affiliation: Mohammad Ali Jinnah University, Karachi, Pakistan
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Area of Expertise: asset valuation, financial markets, corporate finance, capital budgeting, neuro-finance, and applied econometrics.

Dr. Noaman holds a PhD in economics from University of Orleans, France. His academic, research, and banking portfolio enabled him to broaden his horizon to better understand the theoretical and practical functioning of financial markets / financial world. His area of research includes: asset valuation, financial markets, corporate finance, capital budgeting, neuro-finance, and applied econometrics. Currently working as an Associate Professor (Department of Management Science, Faculty of Business Administration, Mohammad Ali Jinnah University, Karachi).

Affiliation:Iqra Universiy, Karachi, Pakistan
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Area of Expertise: Corporate Governance Quality, Capital Structure, Firm Performance.

Dr. Irfan is currently serving as an Assistant Professor at Iqra University, Karachi. He completed his PhD in Accounting and Finance from Edith Cowan University, Western Australia. He also holds an MPhil in Management Sciences and a Master of Business Administration (MBA). He has more than eight years of research and teaching experience and has taught Accounting and Finance courses at graduate and undergraduate levels. He is passionate about working in team environments, building relationships, and willing to try new ideas and enjoy a “Can Do” attitude. He possesses outstanding ability to engage and motivate learners towards achieving their goals.

Affiliation: Mohammad Ali Jinnah University (MAJU) Karachi
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Area of Expertise: Operations Management, Workforce Diversity, Business Research Methods, Research Philosophy, Industry 4.0, Service Quality & excellence.

Dr Qamar Abbas is a researcher, teacher, consultant, coach and a philanthropist. Currently working as Assistant Professor in Department of Management Science, Mohammad Ali Jinnah University (MAJU) Karachi. He holds a PhD degree in Management Sciences with focus on Managing Workforce Diversity in Pakistan. He has 8 years of vast experience in academia in different capacities at both public and private universities. He is a keen researcher who strives to promote innovative research work and has contributed to research through his publication both in national and international reputed journals, supervision of MS & PhD theses, chairing the session of research conferences. Currently he is working in the areas of Inclusive workplace, Industry 4.0, Service excellence.

Affiliation: University of Sufism and Modern Sciences, Bhitshah, Pakistan
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Area of Expertise: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Youth Development, Career.

Dr. Muhammad Nawaz Tunio is Assistant Professor at Department of Business Administration, University of Sufism and Modern Sciences, Bhitshah, Pakistan. Dr. Tunio is Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Economic Development, Alpen Adria University, Klagenfurt, Austria. He was awarded government scholarship by Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. He was awarded a young scientist research fellowship for Kent State University, Ohio. His fields of research interest are entrepreneurship, CSR, Careers, Youth Development, and Self-employment. He has publications in top-notch research journals, and he has presented papers at international conferences and conducted research workshops. Dr. Tunio has edited several books, contributed chapters in the different books published by reputable publishers, and edited special issues of the impact factor, and Scopus indexed journals in the field of entrepreneurship. He has conducted several sessions, and workshops. His research publications can be accessed at:

Affiliation: Bahria University, Karachi
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Area of Expertise: Decision Sciences, Knowledge Management, Imbalance Datasets and Project Management.

Dr Maira Anis is serving as an Assistant Professor at Bahria Business School, Bahria University since last 2.5 years. She obtained her doctoral degree in Engineering Management from School of Management and Economics, University of Electronic Science and Technology, China in 2018. Prior to that, she completed her M.Phil. and Master degree at Quaid e Azam University, Islamabad in 2008 and 2005 respectively. Dr Maira has teaching experience of around 15 years at graduate and undergraduate level in different universities including NUST, IIUI, CASE, MAJU etc. She is actively involved in research and is also a member of different academic and administrative committees. She has been vigorously involved in many industrial projects and has supervised several MS theses. She has published several impact factor international journal articles and served as a reviewer in a number of high-ranked international journals.

Affiliation: Bahria University, Karachi
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Area of Expertise: Project Management, Supply chain Management, Risk Management, Operations Research, Production Management, Mathematical modeling, Design Science Research and system dynamics.

Dr. Mutasim is currently working as Senior Assistant Professor at Bahria University, Karachi. He is a highly motivated individual with over 10 years of teaching and industrial experience. He possesses excellent administrative, verbal communication, and written skills along with an effective teaching delivery skill that help him promote a stimulating learning environment.

Affiliation: Mohammad Ali Jinnah University, Karachi
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Area of Expertise: Innovation Management, HR Service Delivery, HR Audit & Analytics and Motivation

Dr. Ghulam Muhammad has more than 18 years of experience working as Head of Human Resource Department, Conducted Training for Industry Professionals, Teaching to Ph.D, MS, MBA and BBA level students. He has a Ph.D. in HR Auditing and HR Technology Management, secured Gold Medal in MS (HR) and won numerous Government Research Grants. He has international exposure by visiting different countries like Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Spain, France, Switzerland, Italy and others. He has conducted different training for HR Professionals on HR related topics such as Certified HR Professionals, HR Service Delivery, HR Audit & Analytics and Motivation. He has given consultancy on educational and HR related issues. He has written a book and published more than 45 research papers in internationally renowned journals and conferences. He also organized different seminars, training and international conferences. He has worked as an HR Head, Director Business Research Center and Deputy Director ORIC. He has been involved in social work since 2004. Currently he is Working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Management Science at Mohammad Ali Jinnah University, Karachi.

Affiliation: Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University, Nawabshah, Sindh
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Area of Expertise: Leadership, Organizational Behaviour, Green HRM, Business Research Methods

Dr. Abdul Samad is currently working as Assistant Professor and Head of ORIC at Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University, Nawabshah, Sindh. He holds PhD degree in Human Resource Management from Universiti Utara Malaysia, Malaysia. He has published in many national and international research journals and conferences. Dr. Abdul Samad has more than 9 years of collective experience in academia and industry. His career in academia involves a unique mix of teaching, admin and research supervisory experience which includes research projects, research thesis of undergraduate and postgraduate students.