Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health


Professor Zulfiqar A. Bhutta

Chair, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Aga Khan University Hospital Karachi, Pakistan

Professor Bhutta is Robert Harding Inaugural Chair in Global Child Health at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Co-director of the Sick Kids Center for Global Child Health and Founding Director of the Center of Excellence in Women and Child Health, at Aga Khan University. He heads a research team in Pakistan working on maternal, newborn and child survival and nutrition.

He also holds adjunct professorships at Johns Hopkins, Tufts University, University of Alberta and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is a Distinguished National Professor of the Government of Pakistan.

Professor Bhutta is part of the United Nations Independent Expert Review Group (iERG) for monitoring maternal and child health Millennium Development Goals, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI) Board and is Co-chair of the Maternal and Child Health Oversight Committee of the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean. He is also member of, among others, the WHO Strategic Advisory Committee for Vaccines (SAGE), the Expert Advisory Group for Vaccine Research. He is President-elect of the International Pediatric Association.

Professor Bhutta was educated at the University of Peshawar and obtained his PhD from the Karolinska Institute, Sweden.

He was a member of the Global Advisory Committee for Health Research for WHO and steering committees of the International Zinc and Vitamin A Nutrition Consultative Groups. He was a founding Board member of the Global Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health and is a Board member of the International Center for Diarrhoeal Diseases Research.

Professor Bhutta has published 6 books, 65 book chapters, and over 500 indexed publications.

Professor Bhutta has awards from the President of Pakistan and received the Outstanding Pediatrician of Asia Award from the Asia Pacific Pediatric Association (2006). Dr Bhutta was awarded the inaugural Programme for Global Pediatric Research Award for Outstanding Contributions to Global Child Health (2009) and the Kenneth Warren prize from the Cochrane Collaboration (2011).