Professor Murad Moosa Khan: The First Asian and First Pakistani to Be Appointed President of IASP

In the nearly 60 year history of the International Association for Suicide Prevention, Professor Murad Moosa Khan has become the first Asian and first Pakistani to have been appointed as its President. This was announced at the 29th IASP World Congress.

This however doesn’t come as a surprise as he has been a member of IASP since 1996 and has served as National Representative for Pakistan as well as Chair of the Council of National Representatives. He has been on the Executive Committee, working closely with other professionals from around the world to develop strategies. Furthermore he was previously elected as Vice President twice. So it is clear that he is totally committed to the aspirations of the organization for over two decades, and is indeed worthy of this position.

About Professor Murad Moosa Khan

Professor Murad Moosa Khan has made significant contributions to Psychiatry in the past 4 decades. He did his MBBS from Dow Medical College, Karachi, and his specialist training in General & Old Age Psychiatry from The Maudsley and Kings College Hospitals. He is currently Professor at the Aga Khan University, and was the Chair of the Department of Psychiatry from 2003-13. He is member of the Royal College of Psychiatry and as well as of International Academy of Suicide. He also has a Doctorate in Suicide Prevention from the University of London.

He is the chief researcher of the Karachi Suicide Study (KASS), which is a joint study with the Institute of Psychiatry, London.  He is on the editorial board of various national and international journals, and contributes as well. His areas of inquiry cover socio-cultural and religious factors in suicidal behaviors, psychological wellbeing of the elderly as well as women, bioethics and psychosomatic medicine.