Our staff


Co-Directors’ Office


Dr Farhad Daftary

Co-Director & Head of Department of Academic Research and Publications


Rita Bishopp

PA to Dr Aziz Esmail, Governor


Nasim Mohamed

PA to Mr Shams Vellani

Selina K Ramji Project Coordinator and Secretary to the Board   

Ismaili Special Collections Unit


Dr Wafi Momin

Head of Ismaili Special Collections Unit


Dr Nourmamadcho Nourmamadchoev

Research Associate and Projects Coordinator


Dr Karim Javan

Research Associate 

Dr Otambek Mastibekov Manuscript Researcher and Cataloguer  

Sadrudin Hassam

Cataloguing Assistant


Naureen Ali

Cataloguing Assistant  


Quality Assurance and Evaluation Unit

Dr Tullio Lobetti Head of Quality Assurance Unit   
Samantha Chambers Senior Quality Assurance Officer  

Nibras Aldibbiat

Research and Evaluation Advisor


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Department of Academic Research and Publications


Dr Farhad Daftary

Co-Director & Head of Department of Academic Research and Publications


Julia Kolb

PA to Dr Farhad Daftary, Co-Director


 Editorial Team

Tara Woolnough Head of Publications and Operations   

Wendy Robinson

Editorial Project Coordinator


Russell Harris



Lisa Morgan



Eleonor Payton



Patricia Salazar


Dr Isabel Miller Editor  

Marjan Afsharian


Raeesah Akhtar  Development Editor   

Rahim Gholami

Research Assistant  


 Research Faculty


Professor  Hermann Landolt

Senior Research Fellow


Professor  Wilferd Madelung

Senior Research Fellow


Professor  Carmela Baffioni

Senior Research Fellow


Professor  Mohammad Ali Amir-Moezzi

Senior Research Fellow


Dr Reza Shah-Kazemi

Senior Research Associate

Dr Daryoush Mohammad Poor Senior Research Associate  

Dr Arzina R Lalani

Research Associate


Dr Fayaz Alibhai 

Research Associate


Dr Mohammad Rasekh

Research Associate

Dr Najam Abbas Research Associate and Editorial Assistant  

 Central Asian Studies


Dr Hakim Elnazarov



Dr  Amier Saidula

Senior Research Associate


Dr Yahia Baiza

Research Associate


Muzaffar Zoolshoev

Research Assistant

Suhaib Ud Dininfo-icon Research Assistant - Intern   

Qur’anic Studies


Dr Omar Alí-de-Unzaga

Academic Coordinator


Dr Toby Mayer

Senior Research Associate


Dr Stephen Burge

Senior Research Associate


Dr Nuha Al-Sha'ar

Senior Research Associate

Dr Karen Bauer Senior Research Associate  

Dr Alessandro Cancian

Senior Research Associate


Naushin Shariff





Shi'i Studies


Dr Gurdofarid Miskinzoda

Head of Shi'i Studies Unit and Research Associate (currently on maternity leave)

Dr Orkhan Mir-Kasimov Acting Head of Shi'i Studies   
Dr  Maria de-Cillis Senior Research Associate & Shi'i Heritage Series Managing Editor  
Dr Janis Esots Research Associate  
Dr Dagi Dagiev Senior Research Associate  

Dr Fârès Gillon

Research Associate  
Nigina Mirbozkhonova

Research Assistant


Constituency Studies Research


Dr Shainool Jiwa

Head of Constituency Studies Research Unit and Senior Research Fellow 


Hasan Al-Khoee

Research Assistant


Qudsia Shah

Research Officer

Maha Yaziji Education Officer   
Rafiq Ajani 

Research Officer – Ethics

Zarangez Karimova  Research Officer – Ethics  
Dr Yaser Mirdamadi Research Officer – Ethics  
Majid Montazer Mahdiinfo-icon Research Officer – Ethics  

South Asian Studies

Hussain Jasani

Academic Manager, South Asian Studies


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Department of Community Relations


Dr Shiraz Kabani

Head of Department


Nina Lee

Administrative Assistant

Malika Pallaeva Administrative Assistant   
Dr Karim Gulamali Programme Coordinator, International Training Programme   
Nemat Alifbekov   Course Director, Primary Teacher Educators Training Programme  

Educational Programmes



Manager for Educational Programmes


Zulfiqar Khimani

Academic Coordinator

Salman Momnani Programme Coordinator  

STEP International Liaison


Riaz Rhemtulla

STEP International Liaison Manager

Dr Hafeez Merchant  Teacher Educator and Coach Mentor   
Sehrish Ali  STEP Programme Coordinator    

Human Resource Development Programme for Central Asia


Hadi Mirshahi

Manager for HRD Central Asia

Farzad Kadkhoda Academic Coordinator   

Alumni Relations


Sabeen Bashwani  

Alumni Relations Coordinator (maternity leave) 


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Department of Graduate Studies


Dr Laila Halani

Head of Department 

Dr Zamira Dildorbekova  

STEP Programme Leader  

Dr Alex Henley GPISH Programme Leader  

Faheem Hussain 

Teacher Educator 

Dr Maryam Rezaee Lecturer  
Rosa Barugh Academic Support Programmes Advisor (maternity leave)  
Liz Austin Academic Support Programmes Advisor (maternity cover)   
Dr Roy Wilson 

Academic Skills Coordinator 

Farah Manji  Teaching and Learning Tutor (STEP)  
Emma Nixon  Senior Education Programmes Officer   
Nadine Gibson  Academic Administrator   

Zehra Punjwani 

Finance and Department Administrator


Student Services Unit

Kate Holt 

Student Services Manager 

Rakeeza Kanth  Assistant Student Services Manager   
Alan Wake Registry and Student Services Officer   
Olive Osei Registry and Student Services Officer   

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Department of Curriculum Studies


Dr Shiraz Thobani

Head of Department



ECD Curriculum 


Primary Curriculum 


Zuleikha Haji

Education Officer 


Secondary Curriculum

Dr Nazmin Halani Senior Education Officer  
Shameer Ali Prasla Digital Education Officer  


Shamim Salaam Translations Coordinator  

Dr Abdulmamad Iloliev

Research Associate

Dr Dipli Saikia Editor  

Design and Production


Alnoor Nathani

Design and Production Manager


Colin Graham

Senior Design and Production Officer


Naveed Khokhar 

Desktop Publishing Officer 


Project Support


Shola Ajilore

Project Manager


Joy Johnson

Administrative Assistant


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Department of Human Resources


Liz Geary 

Head of Department


Caroline Gomez

Human Resources Advisor


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Department of Communications and Development


Salima Bhatia

Head of Department

Susheel Gokarakonda Marketing and Communications Manager  
Dr Maria Bada Digital Delivery Manager  
Esen Kaya Exhibitions and Tours Manager  
Rehana Virani Communications Officer   

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Department of Finance & Administration


Mira Skura 

Head of Department

Shipa Rahman  Finance Manager   
Norma Graham Office Manager  
Suzee Horsford-Green Finance Officer  
Alijon Alikhonov Finance Officer  

Naznin Jiwa

Events Coordinator


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Department of Information Communication Technology


Gus Ghorayeb 

IT Manager 


Atif Idrees

Senior IT Support Officer


Vahab Ghofrani 

IT Support Officer

Hakam Orabi  IT Service Desk Engineer   

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 The Aga Khaninfo-icon Library 


Dr Walid Ghali

Head of the Aga Khan Library 


Khadija Lalani

Senior Library Assistant


Shah Hussain 



Alex Leach 

Library Assistant


Waseem Farooq 



Pedro Sanchez Rodriguez 


Mariam Zaki Library Trainee (Intern)  

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