Dr. Zaheer Ahmad (late) was a visionary, social entrepreneur and philanthropist whose work in the healthcare and education sector had a compounding impact on our society. After studying and acquiring expertise abroad, Dr. Zaheer returned to Pakistan to “repay his debt” to his homeland. Transforming his visions into “actions”, he founded both Shifa International Hospitals, Ltd. (SIH) and Tameer-e-Millat Foundation (TMF) in 1987.
SIH: Operational since 1993, under Dr. Zaheer’s leadership, Shifa grew to be a leading reputable state-of-the-art tertiary healthcare facility.
TMF: He named the foundation Tameer-e-Millat, meaning Building a Nation – borne of the strongly held belief that education was the only solution for all problems plaguing our country. By investing in education, he believed Pakistan would one day be amongst the top nations of the world. Under his guidance and expertise, TMF grew from a single pilot school in Khewra to over 68 educational institutions all across Pakistan.
In recognition of Dr. Zaheer Ahmad’s legacy, the Government of Pakistan awarded him posthumous Sitara-e-Imtiaz. Other awards include Overseas Pakistanis Institute Award, Expatriate Achievement Award, Cosmo Gold Medallion Award by Rotary Club of Islamabad, and a Gold Medal Award by Nazriya-e-Pakistan.
He will be remembered for his passion, kindness and a vision that continues to inspire us all.