Dr. Aliya Sikandar


Aliya Sikandar holds a Master’s degree in TESOL from the Institute of Education, University of London, UK, and a Master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Karachi. Currently, she is a PhD scholar, and her area of specialization is Academic literacies, and Critical Discourse analysis. She also has an RSA certificate in Teaching of English (COTE) from University of Cambridge. She has worked for the Aga Khan University for almost 24 years before joining the Institute full time in September, 2013. Currently, Ms Sikandar is engaged in teaching Business Communication courses. Her areas of interest are Business Writing and Speech, Critical Discourse Analysis, Scholarly Writing and Spoken Discourse.

Ms Sikandar has had an extensive and 30 years of varied experience of teaching, research, and administration. She has delivered variously and intensively by offering quality programmers, courses and workshops for her students and clients from business and education sector. As an administrator she has contributed substantially in her career in various positions, from a coordinator to the Head of her department, at the Aga Khan University. She been a part of problem based learning workshops, communication skills courses, and task based learning. She guided her students to resources effectively. Her main focus has always been to inspire her learners towards research and publications. Some of the examples are her nursing and MEd. students of AKU & IED.

Ms Sikandar contributes effectively in the enhancement of knowledge and skills of IoBM’s Business and Media Studies learners through use of the most effective and latest strategies. Her academic and professional career is evident of intellectual contribution to teaching, research, and scholarship, in the form of intensive and extensive nation-wide research studies, classroom research, and qualitative exploratory research that are directly related to her academic and professional pursuits. In recognition of her research and professional pursuits she has been awarded with various distinction awards. The impact of these scholarly endeavors is evident in her teaching, writing and research, and is aligned with IoBM’s mission to enhance research and scholarship.


2015 Enrolled in PhD (Education) Program, IoBM.
2006 MA (TESOL), Institute of Education, University of London U.K.
1991 Certificate of Teaching English, Royal Society of Art Cambridge University, U.K.
1986 MA (English Literature), University of Karachi, Pakistan.
1985 B.A. (Honors) in English, Philosophy and Psychology, University of Karachi.


Assistant Professor: Communication Department, Institute of Business Management (September 2013-to date)
Interim Director: Center of English Language, Institute for Educational Development
Apr 2012-Aug 2013: Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan
Directing and managing the teaching and research activities of the English Language Center, consisting of 15 faculty members
Assistant Professor: Center of English Language, Institute for Educational Development
Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan (1990-2013)
Teaching English as a Second Language; Teaching English for Academic/Specific Purposes)
Vice Principal: Leader’s High School, Karachi, Pakistan (1988-1990)
Principal: Ladybird Grammar High School, Karachi, Pakistan (1986-1988)







Dr. Aliya Sikandar

Head of Communication Department Assistant Professor
Institute of Business Management