Dr. Javaid R. Laghari is Chairperson of the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan . Previously, he was a Senator in the Pakistan Senate from 2006 to 2009. He was elected in March 2006 for a six year term and belongs to the Pakistan Peoples Party chaired by Ms. Benazir Bhutto. Dr. Laghari officiated as Acting Chairman Senate in April 2009, and resigned from the Senate in July 2009.
Dr. Laghari was also the President of SZABIST (listed among the best Science & Technology and Business Schools of the World by Business Week, Asia Inc, Asia Week and CNN Executive Education) from 1995 to 2009. He specializes in Energy & Power, Higher Education, Information Technology, Space Power Technology and Leadership.
Prior to joining SZABIST, Dr. Laghari was the Director of Graduate Studies and Tenured Full Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, USA. SUNY is the largest public research university in the northeastern United States. During his tenure at SUNY, Dr. Laghari published over 120 research papers and presented over 70 papers at International Conferences.