Mir Shah has recently completed his PhD at the School of Education, RMIT University. His Ph.D. research project entitled, Educational Leadership and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Postcolonial Pakistan explored the experiences of educational leaders working in the Aga Khan Schools of Chitral district of Pakistan in delivering on the promise of inclusive and equitable quality education for all (SDG 4).

Mir Shah has extensive work experience with the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) specifically with the Aga Khan Education Service, Pakistan (AKESP), and the Aga Khan University, Institute for Educational Development (AKU-IED) in Pakistan. He started his career as a science teacher with AKESP, Pakistan. He was also involved in developing and conducting teacher professional development programs in the public and private school systems in the Chitral District, Pakistan.

He pursued an M.Ed.(Teacher Education) from the AKU-IED in 2004. He then worked with the Aga Khan University for two years in its teacher development programs for Afghan teachers, school leaders, and the faculty of teacher training colleges. For this purpose, he worked with a team in designing, conducting, monitoring, and evaluating these programs in different provinces of Afghanistan.

Mir Shah completed his second M.Ed. (Educational Leadership & Management) from RMIT in 2008, where his Master’s thesis focused on teacher motivation and job satisfaction in Pakistan. Upon his return to Pakistan, he took up senior academic leadership roles with AKESP, including the role of Manager Academics and General Manager of 45 schools at the district Chitral and Senior Manager (School Development) for 160 schools at the national level. He thus brings diverse experiences in teaching, teacher education, school leadership and governance, organisational leadership, community development, and research.

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