Dr. Athar Siddiqui

Associate Professor OB & HR Head of Executive Education

Dr. Athar Siddiqui

Dr. Muhammad Athar Siddiqui is the Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior & Human Resources at KSBL. He has over 10 years of teaching experience at universities in Pakistan, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

He is an expert executive facilitator in the areas of business communication, HR interventions, leadership, and team building.

He has also been involved in consulting and executive developments programs with organizations such as Beaconhouse School System, Fatima Fertilizers, K-Electric, Novartis, Pakistan Naval Shipping Corporation, PARCO, Sharif Group, Sindh Education Foundation and United Energy Pakistan.

Dr. Siddiqui completed his Ph.D. from University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK with his thesis on Equality Theme in Contemporary Human Resource Development Discourse: A Critical and Contextual Case Study of an Education Development Agency in Pakistan.


  • Ph.D. (University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK) – Universities UK ORSAS Scholar Thesis: Equality Theme in Contemporary Human Resource Development Discourse: A Critical and Contextual Case Study of an Education Development Agency in Pakistan.
  • PG Certificate in Business and Management Research Methods (University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK)
  • MS/MPhil (SZABIST, Karachi, Pakistan), CGPA 4.0, Rank 1st
    Specialization: Management and Organisations
  • MBA (SZABIST, Karachi, Pakistan), CGPA 4.0, Rank 1st
    Majors: Management and Marketing
  • BBA – Honours (SZABIST, Karachi, Pakistan), CGPA 3.91, Rank 1st

Trainings Received

  • Case Method of Teaching – Rausing Executive Development Centre, LUMS, Certificate Course, 28 – 30 May 2010
  • Analysing Rich and Messy Qualitative Data – University of Strathclyde Department of Management June 2008
  • NVIVIO Software Training – University of Strathclyde Business School, May 2008
  • Social Marketing and Advocacy, Social Science Research Methods and Project Management – NGO Resource Centre / Sindh Education Foundation Karachi, Certificate Courses, 10 – 12 June 2004

Memberships and Professional Associations

  • National Business Education & Accreditation Council (NBEAC) Trainer For The Case Method & Teaching Methodology Workshops
  • Mphil / Phd External Examiner: LUMS, Lahore School Of Economics, Iobm And Sukkur IBA Active Reviewer: Asian Journal Of Management Cases, 2010 To Present, And Journal Of Business Ethics 2020
  • International School Of Working Lives Alumni 2009
  • Member British Academy Of Management (BAM) 2007-2008
  • Member BAM Special Interest Group For Research Methodology, HRM And Strategy Member British Sociological Association 2005-2006

Awards and Achievements

  • Best Teaching Evaluations in the OB / HR Area at KSBL Graduate & Executive Programs Best Teaching Evaluations in the OB / HR Area at LUMS BSc Program
  • Universities UK ORSAS Award for PhD 2005/06
  • University of Strathclyde International Student Scholarship 2005-2008 SZABIST Teaching Scholarship for MS 2002-2004
  • Excellent Teaching Evaluation (90%) in Courses Taught at SZABIST SZABIST Honour List and Merit Scholarships 1999-2001
  • SZABIST Triple Gold Medallist for BBA (Honours), MBA and MS/Phil Programmes University Debating Champion 1998-2000
  • Third Position in College Board Intermediate Exam 1995

Academic Experience

  • Multiples Roles at KSBL July 2012 – Present Academic Roles Associate Professor of OB & HRM – July 2016 to Present
  • Assistant Professor of OB & HRM – July 2012 to June 2016

Academic Roles
Leadership & Management Area Faculty – July 2012 to Present

  • Directed and delivered multiple open enrolment and customized programs in Leadership & Team Building, People and Organizational Change and, Problem Solving & Decision Making – Teaching Evaluation: above 4.4 / 5.0 in most of the programs
  • Delivered Leadership and Coaching sessions based on Korn Ferry Framework of Individual, Team, Organization & Change Transformation
  • Designed Mentoring Interventions for Training Effectiveness
  • Equipped in Case Method Teaching, Participant Engagement, Experiential Learning and Business Simulations

Assistant Professor of Human Resource Development – Suleman Dawood School of Business (SDSB), Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) 2009 to 2012
Executive Centre Teaching

Teamwork Module in High Performance Work Systems, and Developing Future Leaders

  • Human Resource Management: Tools and Techniques for Performance Excellence (Program Director)
  • Leadership Development Training for Social Sector Managers

Senior Project Supervision
Skills Mismatch in Graduate Employment (BSc Programme)

Administrative Duties
Member of SDSB Research Committee, LUMS Salary and Equity Committee and LUMS Admission and Financial Aid Committee

University of Strathclyde, Glasgow 2005-2008
Department of HRM: Tutoring in People Resourcing, Learning and Development and HRD courses; Responsibilities included Teaching, Developing and Planning Exercises and Case Study Material, Managing Virtual Learning Pages, Grading, Assessments and Feedback

SZABIST, Karachi, 2002 -2004
Adjunct Lecturer in BBA Programme for Total Quality Management and Business Communication Courses; Responsibilities included Developing Course Outlines, Developing Curriculum and Teaching Material, Lecturing, Supervising Term Projects, Examinations and Assessments, and Feedback including Appeals (Six Lecture Hours/Week)

Industry Experience

  • Sindh Education Foundation (SEF), Karachi
    Research Consultant (Support to Private Education Institutes Programmes – SPEIP) Programme Coordinator (Quality Assurance and Resource Centre – QARC
  • Corporate Consulting Group (CCGroup), Karachi
    2002 -2004
    Associate Consultant (Management and Research Services)

Refereed Articles and Proceedings

  • With Ahmed, U. et al. (Forthcoming), ‘Developing Faithful Stewardship for Environment through Green HRM’, International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Vol. xx, No. xx, pp: xx, SSCI Impact Factor 6.22, ABDC Rank A
  • Butt. I. and Siddiqui, M. A. (2016), ‘Informational and Functional Export Barriers Faced by Small and Medium Enterprises in Emerging Economy’, Global Journal of Business Research, Vol. 10, No. 3, pp: 93-103
  • Alvi, S., Butt, A. N., Khurshid, A. and Siddiqui, M. A. (2013), ‘Engro Zarkhez Challenge 2011’,
  • Asian Journal of Management Cases, Vol. 10, No. 1, pp: 15-34
  • Mumtaz, K. and Siddiqui, M. A. (2010), ‘Looking Out and Beyond: A Clarity Perspective Model of Career Success’, Refereed Paper Presented at the Academy of Human Resource Development, 9th International Conference of the Asia Chapter, East Asia Normal University, Shanghai, 11-14 Nov 2010
  • Siddiqui, M. A. and Gibb, S. J. (2008), ‘‘Critical’ Attention to Equality Discourse in HRD Practice – Taking Context Seriously and the Need for Evidence-base in Theory’, Refereed Paper Presented at the 9th International Conference on Human Resource Development Research and Practice Across Europe, IÉSEG School of Management, Lille, 21-23 May 2008, ISBN: 2-9516606-9-3
  • Siddiqui, M. A. (2007), ‘Participatory Equalities in Learning: In Search of Evidence’, Refereed Paper Presented at the 21st British Academy of Management Conference, Warwick Business School, Coventry, 11-13 September 2007
  • Siddiqui, M. A. and Fariduddin, S. (2004), ‘Sindh Education Foundation as a Learning Organisation’, Journal of Independent Study and Research, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp: 38-41
  • Siddiqui, M.A. and Baig, M. A. (2004), ‘Improving Patient Satisfaction through Training and Development Interventions’, Journal of Independent Study and Research, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp: 37-39

Conference Presentations

  • Siddiqui, M. A. (2021), ‘Talent Acquisition Competencies for the Future’, Key Note Speaker, 3rd Pakistan Sourcing Summit – The Recruiters, KSBL, 21 January 2021
  • Siddiqui, M. A. (2019), ‘Creating a Future Ready Workforce’, Panel Discussion at the Talent Forum 2019 – The Learning Minds, KSBL, 25 November 2019
  • Siddiqui M. A. (2018), ‘Romanticizing with Disruption: Are we Missing Something?’, Presentation at the Disrupt HR Conference 1.0 – Optimizhr, KSBL, 5 September 2018
  • Siddiqui, M. A. (2016), ‘Differentiating the Pedagogy: Classroom vs. Experiential Learning Approaches’, Panel Discussion at the International Conference on Experiential Learning, Institute of Business Management, Karachi, 9-10 April 2016
  • Siddiqui, M. A. (2016), ‘Academic Conversations in Human Thinking in HR’, Presentation at the KSBL HR Society Seminar – Finding Human Spaces in HR, Karachi, 29 January 2016
  • Butt, I and Siddiqui, M. A. (2014), ‘Informational and Functional Barriers Faced by SMEs: An Emerging Market Context’, Presentation at the Global Academic Network Conference, Ottawa, March 2014
  • Siddiqui, M. A. (2013), ‘To Give and To Care: Rethinking the Leadership Vision’, Presentation at the 3rd Seminar in the Global and Pakistani Perspectives Series – Communicating the Vision and Building the Leadership Team’, KSBL, Karachi, 28 May 2013
  • Siddiqui, M. A. and others (2009), ‘Role of Organisations and Research in Current Global Financial Crisis’, Presentation at the International School of Working Lives Colloquium Annual Event, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, 20-22 May 2009
  • Siddiqui, M. A. and Gibb, S. J. (2007), ‘Emotional Aspects of Learning Partnerships: An Analytical Framework’, Paper Presented at the European Mentoring and Coaching Council UK Conference, Ashridge Business School, 3-4 April 2007
  • Siddiqui, M. A. (2006), ‘Equality Theme in HRD Practice – Evidence in the Field? Case Study of Education Development Agency in Sindh Province of Pakistan’, (Doctoral Paper), Presented at the 8th International Conference on Human Resource Development Research and Practice Across Europe, Oxford Brookes University, 27-29 June 2006
  • Siddiqui, M. A. (2004), ‘Sindh Education Foundation (SEF) as a Learning Organisation’, Paper Presented at the 3rd Research Conference on Management Science, SZABIST, Karachi, 8 May 2004
  • Siddiqui, M. A. (2003), ‘Improving Patient Satisfaction through Training and Development Interventions: Case Study of Liaquat National Hospital, Karachi’, Paper Presented at the 2nd Research Conference on Management Science, SZABIST, Karachi, 13 December 2003
  • Invited / Press Articles
  • Establishing Right Connection between Information Society and Sustainable Development – Paper Written for Project of International Institute of Sustainable Development (IISD) Canada, 2004
  • Dimensions of Human Resources Development, Dawn Folio September 17, 2002