DR. HASAN SOHAIB MURAD
Leader & Innovative Entrepreneur
CEO/ Rector/ Policymaker/ Entrepreneur/ Management Consultant/ Educationist/ Speaker/ Chairperson/ Creative Influencer/ Author
“A leading entrepreneurial figure in Strategic Planning Policy Making and Relationship Management setting up new trends in the world of business by creating a culture of innovation and excellence”
DR. HASAN SOHAIB MURAD
Dr. Hasan Sohaib Murad is the Rector of University of Management and Technology (UMT) since 2004. Pioneering entrepreneur, thinker, scholar, educationist, policymaker, social reformer, and academic leader Murad has been patronizing a number of national and international institutions aimed to leave an impact on global society and economy. Dr. Hasan Sohaib Murad was born in Karachi, Pakistan in 1959. He received Bachelor of (Civil) Engineering from NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi, Pakistan, in 1982 where he secured the first division. He earned MBA from Washington State University, the USA, and Ph.D. in Management Sciences from the University of Wales, United Kingdom. He then held faculty positions at the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Lahore, and subsequently at University of Management and Technology (UMT), Lahore, where he was the Dean, Director General and later on Professor in the School of Business and Economics. While at UMT, he developed and taught various academic courses to MBA and Ph.D. students.
From 2002 – 2006, he served as the President of Association of Management Development Institutions in Pakistan (AMDIP), a network to promote management education in the South Asian region. Dr. Hasan Sohaib Murad and his team pioneered a new academic and research culture at UMT, which is of its unique kind in the history of Pakistan setting an example for other universities to follow. He has built a world-class business support units in the areas of Finance, Sensitive and Defense Technology, Mobile Technology, Leadership, Supply Chain, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Town Planning, Micro and Macro Level Academia. Dr. Murad has inspired a generation across Pakistan and globally.
The vision of UMT is ‘learning’ and its mission is ‘leading’ for which he continues to act as the guiding spirit behind this prestigious institution. The enrollment of youth in their specific degree programs is carried out at the varsity after identifying required skills and their future ambitions. Linking teaching content with research and real life issues motivates the UMT students to take interest in life as entrepreneurs rather than job seekers and lead in their respective fields.
This mechanism introduced by Dr. Hasan Sohaib Murad supports the young generation to set targets for future and achieve them gradually but certainly. He is a member of many organizations and global forums, which include but are not limited to American Economic Association (AEA), American Psychological Association (APA), American Political Science Association (APSA), Association for Talent Development (ATD), International Association of University Presidents (IAUP), Society for Organizational Learning (SOL), North America, and Academy of Management (AOM). Besides, he is the chairman of ILM Group of Colleges and The Knowledge School Projects, Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Trust, Institute of Knowledge and Leadership (IKL), Dubai, Mizab Engineering, I-Ways International, First IBL Modaraba.
In an era of millennialism and knowledge-based economy, Dr. Hasan Sohaib Murad has inspired modern businesses to come up with a clear agenda of economic sustainability putting Pakistan on the road to peace and prosperity. He has shared his research and innovative ideas with the Government to benefit from the project of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, which is believed to be a game changer in the region. Dr. Murad has laid down the foundation of CPEC center at UMT, which is doing research on different dimensions of the project and its future standing. The CPEC center is engaging all stakeholders: government, youth, and faculty. It organizes seminars and research workshops on the current financial trends as well as future inclinations.
Dr. Murad is an executive board member of Association of Management Development Institutions in South Asia (AMDISA), Hyderabad, India and member of the Board of Governors, International Business Forum, Turkey. He is also a member of the Executive Council, Asia Academy of Management, TEVTA, IBF, and Tricastmedia Pvt Ltd. He serves on the governing board of Instituteof Policy Studies (IPS), Islamabad, Association of Management Development Institutions in Pakistan (AMDIP), a network of 120 business schools nationwide and is the chairman Association for Academic Quality (AFAQ). Higher Education Commission Punjab has also appointed Dr. Hasan as a member of its sub-committee to revisit the existing guidelines, norms, and criteria for establishment of private sector degree-awarding institutions in Punjab.
In 1992, Dr. Hasan Sohaib Murad received the Best Faculty Award by Prime Minister of Pakistan due to the quality education and innovation exhibited by the faculty that worked under his leadership. He was elected a member of the Senate of the University of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, Lahore. He was also conferred upon the membership of Beta Sigma Delta, the National Honorary Society of Business and Economics of USA.
From October 1987 to June 1990, Dr. Murad became Executive Assistant to Managing Director at Dawood Hercules Chemicals, one of leading industries in Pakistan in food and energy sector.
As Rector of University of Management and Technology, Dr. Hasan Sohaib Murad has successfully engaged UMT’s all internal and external stakeholders including faculty, students, staff and trustees to develop and execute a 10-year strategic plan focused on innovative research culture, foreign-qualified faculty recruitment; enhancement of graduate and doctoral education; establishment of various centers and institutes; grooming of faculty; setting up modern and most needed degree programs; establishing linkages with universities around the globe; expansion of the university’s School of Health Sciences; and establishing Institute of Knowledge and Leadership in Dubai, UAE and sub-campus in Sialkot, which is one of Pakistan’s leading industrial zones.
He also focused on UMT’s international linkages with the most prominent foreign universities such as Harvard, George Mason, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Friedrich-Alexander University, Germany, York University, Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey, Texas Tech University, USA, Stockholm University, Sweden, University of Bedfordshire, UK, Wuhan University of Technology, China, Charles Sturt University, Australia, CEVRO Institute, Czech Republic, Heidelberg University, Germany and many others. He also broke a new ground by introducing the biggest scholarship programs in private sector institutions. During last few years, UMT has granted the scholarship of worth one billion PKR to talented students who gave a good academic performance in their studies.
A management scholar by profession, Professor Dr. Hasan Sohaib Murad has provided various national and international organizations, government institutions with guidelines and management consultancy to grow up more professionally and respond to emerging challenges in academia, economy, media, political geography, and social structure. He has written widely on topics such as management, leadership, higher education, organizational behavior, motivation, and international trade.
He is a highly motivational and favorite speaker at conferences and seminars. Institutions and organizations around the world invite him to speak on existing trends and share creative ideas on business, economics, science, technology, religion, literature, media, politics, and management topics.
Apart from revolutionizing business education in Pakistan, science, technology, and engineering schooling in his own way, Dr. Murad’s inspiring personality has made it confirmed that he is transforming just one – the leadership industry through UMT. He is a man of Vision, Innovation, Communication, and Inspiration.
Dr. Murad’s efforts for cultivating and promoting business education in Pakistan have been widely appreciated by business organizations, chambers, industry, and the Government of Pakistan as well. He is regarded as the ambassador of catalyst change and pioneer for setting up new trends in business education and bridging up the gap between industry and academia.
The Manager Today Publication in its bestselling book “100 Business Leaders of Pakistan” has included Dr. Hasan Sohaib Murad in the list of the top one hundred and most influential leaders of Pakistan. The ideas shared by Dr. Murad in the interview have been widely appreciated by readers and business magnets around the world.
When it comes to an inspiring leadership, characteristics like vision, wisdom, planning, accomplishment, intelligence, professional communication, integrity, and curiosity go hand in hand. Today, executives and CEOs are working just like machines and they are no longer in luxury offices but always set out on a journey where the intellectual world has turned a space to constantly work on new ideas and get them implemented. Dr. Hasan Sohaib Murad is one of the leaders who hold perfect vision and professionalism needed to reshape the business landscape.
As he describes the quality of ‘leaders who always live in future’ but ‘keep an open eye on spur of the moment and emerging challenges’, Dr. Murad is a visionary personality who sees future through the lenses of his God-gifted wisdom. He is often heard saying that people who hold a grip on matters related to the future shape of an organization can easily achieve their goals and inspire others to succeed in their lives. Change gradually takes place but in order to build a new business world, you’ve to be speedy enough so that not a single moment goes without utilization. Never let your curiosity of trying new ideas fade away. Always take the risk and make new adventures.
Dr. Murad is of the view that every business leader ought to keep an aesthetic sense to figure out ups and downs of professional life because it offers them a deep insight of coming days and ability to make right predictions and the best conclusions. This is the ability, which sharpens the vision and can change the course of history. “If you want to write a new history, make sure you’ve traveled enough in the past and have packed up your luggage to be taken on the journey to future where you’re to meet none other than you.
Now it is up to your discretion how you would like to meet “You” whether with a business realm before you or still holding an empty vision in your mind”, says Dr. Murad and adding that anyone who is still living in the past, cannot make a difference in the future be it his own business or personal life.” Dr. Murad believes that business is the beauty of life and all men and women entrepreneurs must be able to build strong teams to carry their agenda forward while keeping up pace with the latest technology, and laying bare strong business acumen.