Dr Zeenat Sulaiman Khan

IHF Governing Council Member

Aga Khan Health Services

Dr Khan is Regional Chief Executive Officer Aga Khan Health Service, East Africa (AKHS-EA). She also holds the position of Global Head of Quality, Clinical Programs, and Projects for Aga Khan Health Services. Dr Khan is also a Consultant with Joint Commission International (JCIA).

Dr Khan holds a Doctorate from Johns Hopkins University, a Master's in Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota, a Masters in Nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina College of Nursing, and a BSc in Nursing from Aga Khan University, Karachi.

AKHS-EA system encompasses five hospitals (410 beds) and around 50 outreach and specialized health facilities across Kenya and Tanzania. The health system employs over 2,100 staff. Dr Khan provides strategic leadership to a senior leadership team comprising CEOs/ CFOs and other clinical leaders. She also oversees various infrastructure and facility development projects, including developing Kisumu hospital expansion, a comprehensive oncology building in Dar-es-Salaam, and establishing a network of offsite and specialized clinics across the region. She is also the Regional Director of Capital Projects in East Africa, which attracted $150 million in external funding for expanding facilities and care, increased access for low-income patients, and implementing public-private partnerships.

As the Global Head of Quality, Clinical Programs, and Projects for AKHS, Dr Khan provides strategic leadership in developing the roadmap for AKHS hospitals globally (Kenya, Tanzania, Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and Syria) for quality and clinical program initiatives. Under her leadership, AKDN system hospitals have achieved international accreditation, such as JCIA and SafeCare.

Dr Khan has 30 years of healthcare systems experience with expertise in hospital and nursing administration, quality improvement, and patient safety. She has extensive leadership experience working in University /Teaching Hospitals and non-academic hospital environments.

Dr Khan was elected to the IHF Governing Council in November 2022.