Hamza Habib, PMP

Head of OR Operations 


Hamza Habib, a trailblazing member of the Office of Research at LUMS, holds the esteemed position of Head of OR Operations, serving the institution since 2010. Renowned for his visionary leadership and analytical acumen, Hamza has a track record of remarkable achievements. He excels in managing donor-funded programs, elevating fund volumes, and consistently surpassing sponsors’ expectations. 

As a resilient change agent, Hamza possesses a unique ability to dissect complex data and issues, leading to the development of continuous process enhancements. He spearheads transformative initiatives aimed at optimizing research funding management effectively. His adeptness in stakeholder engagement has been pivotal in cultivating enduring relationships with local and global sponsors, further fortifying the institution's partnerships. 

Hamza's educational background is marked by a Bachelor's degree in Software Engineering from the University of the Punjab (PUCIT) and a Masters in Management and Marketing from Nottingham Trent University, UK. His professional credentials include certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP), underlining his proficiency in leading international standard projects and teams. 

Hamza's impactful contributions extend to his involvement in the end-to-end implementation of the SAP Grants Management Grantee (GM-GTE) module at LUMS. Additionally, he pioneered the development of GAMES, a web-based solution revolutionizing grant management practices within the institution. Hamza Habib stands as a beacon of innovation and excellence, driving significant advancements in research operations at LUMS. 

Phone:+9242 3560 8207


Muhammad Faisal

Lead - Research Grants Administration  


One of the pioneer Office of Research members, Muhammad Faisal has been serving LUMS since 2010. He holds an MBA from Superior Group of Colleges and provides valuable support in carrying out Office of Research operations and management of internal and external funding of research projects. His main responsibility is to manage internal and external communication, liaison with donors for proposal submission, award and closure of the project. Furthermore, he is responsible for technical and financial monitoring of LUMS funded programmes for faculty and students.

Phone: +9242 3560 8336


Sohaib Iftikhar

Lead - Research Grant Financials 


Sohaib is working as Lead Research Grant Financials; has been serving LUMS since 2014. He is a certified accountant with profound experience streamlining accounts, reconciling ledgers, budgeting, auditing, financial planning & reporting. He is a dedicated leader, a critical thinker, and an analytical executive. He manages a portfolio of 5 billion receipts with 500+ active projects. He is a highly motivated professional with a proven track record of delivering accurate financial reports and high-quality service to global sponsors. Sohaib is an ACCA Member and an expert in the European Union and the US State-funded grants. He manages the SAP Grants Management Grantee (GM-GTE) Module and leads the entire financial domain. He has also transformed financial reporting services through Power BI, Power Automate, and Visual Basic Programming (VBA).

Email: sohaib.iftikhar@lums.edu.pk
Phone: +9242 3560 8042


Muhammad Najam Ul Ain

Lead - SAP (GM) & Financial Reporting 


Muhammad Najam Ul Ain is an FCCA and ACA (UK) finalist. He has completed his ICAEW articles from BERGER Paints Pakistan Limited. After completion of his articles, he joined LUMS, Office of Research team in September 2017. His core responsibilities include preparation of financial reports for internal and external reporting, allocation of grant budgets in SAP as per donor’s guidelines, creation of new grants and derivations in SAP GM-GTE module. His area of expertise include financial management and SAP related matters.

Email: muhammad.najam@lums.edu.pk
Phone: +9242 3560 8375


Aonia Masood

Lead - Legal & Commercialization 


Aonia Masood, leading Legal & Commercialization at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), is an esteemed legal professional driving transformative strides in technology transfer, intellectual property (IP), and legal governance. Drawing from a robust foundation in corporate law, technology transfer, and policy development, Aonia brings a wealth of expertise and experience to her role.

As LUMS' Technology Transfer Lead, Aonia shapes pivotal policies, oversees tech licensing agreements, and nurtures relationships with industry partners and government bodies, locally and globally. She adeptly manages legal intricacies, ensuring compliance and steering requirements for Faculty-owned companies.

Beyond her role at LUMS, Aonia actively involves in projects aimed at enhancing women's participation in innovation and entrepreneurship. Notably, she plays a key role in training TISC members and related professionals for intellectual property and commercialization, showcasing her dedication to fostering inclusive innovation ecosystems. 

Starting as In-house Counsel, Aonia's career trajectory at LUMS is notable for her contributions. Her engagement with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) as a Legal Advisor and experiences with prestigious entities like Nestle Pakistan Ltd and ZAFAR & ASSOCIATES - LLP highlight her diverse skill set and industry acumen.

Email: aonia.masood@lums.edu.pk 
Phone: +9242 3560 8529



Audit & Reporting Specialist 


Aurangzaib is a CA (Finalist) with 6 years of professional experience. His core responsibilities include making budget utilization reports, and assistance in financial reporting. He began his professional career as a senior associate in the external audit department with A.H.W &CO Chartered Accountants. He performed his duties as assistant manager internal audit at The University of Lahore. Furthermore, he has been a part of Isbah Hassan and Associates as Manager Accounts and Finance.

Email: aurangzaib.alamgir@lums.edu.pk 
Phone: +9242 3560 8101



Financial Reporting & SAP Specialist 


Komal is an ACCA Member, currently working at LUMS as Financial Reporting & SAP Specialist at Office of Research. Apart from ACCA, she holds a FIA (Foundations in Accountancy) as a relevant certification in the field of Accountancy. Her core responsibilities include making budget utilization reports, processing approvals for Purchase Requisitions, and assistance in financial reporting of grants. Her area of expertise includes financial reporting. Prior to joining LUMS, she worked at Orient Electronics as Senior taxation officer and in Kale Pakistan as Assistant Manager Accounts & Finance, where she acquired relevant and valuable experience in Accountancy and Financial Reporting. 

Email: komal.laeeq@lums.edu.pk  
Phone: +9242 3560 8373



Grants Development & Compliance Specialist 


Zain, M.Phil. in Management Sciences from Punjab University, Lahore, has a considerable experience in project management, grant management, contract management, content management and teaching in management subjects. She joined Office of Research in October 2023, and her core responsibilities include sharing calls for proposal, reviewing grant application and budgets in compliance with the donor's guidelines and submitting them to the relevant donor. 

Prior to Joining LUMS, she was employed at the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA), Government of Pakistan. In this role, she oversaw the management of grants earmarked for Small and Medium Enterprises within the framework of the National Business Development Program for SMEs for 2 years. Additionally, she served as a lecturer at Punjab University, teaching both graduate and postgraduate students for 4 years. 

Email: zain.arshad@lums.edu.pk  
Phone: +9242 3560 8531


Position Vacant

Grants & Budget Specialist 



Grants Reporting & Claims Associate


Pernia brings a warm, down-to-earth personality to their role as Grants Financial Reporting Officer. With over 13 years of experience in accounting and operations, she has honed her skills while maintaining a genuine approach to working with colleagues and clients alike. As an ACCA member, Pernia combines expertise and enthusiasm to ensure accurate and timely preparation of budget utilization reports of LUMS funded grants and unrestricted grants. She also provides reimbursements of funded program's claims. Her friendly demeanor and passion for work makes her a valuable and approachable asset to the team.

Email: pernia.zaidi@lums.edu.pk    
Phone: +9242 3560 8380



Grants Operations Associate


Sheza holds an MPhil degree in Mass Communication (Research Track) with Roll of Honour and has notable experience in content writing. She has received two awards for story writing on a national level. Additionally, she holds a certification in Content Marketing and Advertising. Her core responsibilities include all communication-based tasks i.e., preparing the OR bi-annual newsletter, annual report and managing the OR website and social media handles. Moreover, she is managing internal and external research grants for the LUMS faculty in their pre and post award management phases. Prior to joining LUMS, she worked at Beaconhouse and developed innovative strategies and content for English lessons. 

Email: sheza.mustasim@lums.edu.pk      
Phone: +9242 3560 5113



Research Assistant - Legal


Iqra earned her LLB (Hons.) from the University of London through an external degree program in 2022. She has interned at esteemed law firms in Islamabad, including Afzal and Afzal and HHT and Co. During these internships, she honed her skills in diverse legal domains, specializing in family law, corporate law, and civil law. Iqra Khan's passion for the law extends beyond her professional pursuits; she is deeply interested in academic research, particularly in the reformation of laws. In her final year dissertation, she delved into the critical topic of reformation of rape laws in Pakistan, showcasing her dedication to addressing pertinent societal issues through legal scholarship. She has recently co-authored a book chapter on ‘Women cyclists in Pakistan and public spaces.’ Beyond her focus on traditional legal realms, Iqra has demonstrated a keen interest in innovative educational methodologies. Her professional journey includes valuable experiences at alternative education institutes such as Edopia, where she engaged with pedagogies like Reggio Emilia. She continuously gains knowledge about educational paradigms and implements them through workshops.

Email: iqra.khan@lums.edu.pk 
Phone: +9242 3560 8530