Director, SZABIST Center for Information & Research, Karachi
Dr Shaikh served as the first director of the Center for Information and Research (CIR) Karachi, a component of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science & Technology (SZABIST), engaged in research, policy analysis, information dissemination and capacity building of governmental and non-governmental as well as community based organizations. His responsibilities included preparing leading the unit in finding out appropriate areas for the social research projects, supervising the conduct of research through qualitative and quantitative tools as lead-researcher and preparing multi-media presentations for various stakeholders to highlight the results of the studies conducted by the center. He was also responsible for organizing training workshops for various groups as well as preparing the campaigns to create awareness amongst people regarding social issues of national and international significance through organizing conferences and seminars for various stakeholders, delivering lectures as well as publication of reports/ studies. He was also responsible for generating financial resources as to run the center on self-financing basis and conducted training workshops in collaboration with UNOPS and other international organizations in this regard.