Dr Anjum Halai has a long-standing and international experience in higher education in low-income and middle-income countries like Pakistan and those in East Africa. She obtained her doctoral degree from Oxford University UK. She was an adjunct professor at the University of Alberta Canada (2011-2016) and a research fellow at the Centre for International Education and Development Sussex University UK. Her research interests are in social justice issues in education. She has published widely in the area of gender and education. She led the task force set up at her University to develop a policy on awareness and prevention of gender-based harassment. She is a member of the Advisory Committee on Women’s Leadership Academy at the Aga Khan University (AKU). She is a founding member of the Women’s Leadership Group set up by the National Academy of Higher Education of the Higher Education Commission Pakistan. Anjum Halai plays an active role on several international forums to enable equitable participation in the education of youth, especially young women from disadvantaged contexts. These forums include the International Commission of Mathematical Instruction-Berlin, the Commission of Developing Countries, and the World Academy of Art and Science. As a founding dean (2018-22) Anjum Halai led the development of AKU’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Currently, she is serving as Professor of Education and regional Vice Provost at AKU.