"I am humbled and thrilled to join the Global Teacher Prize Academy. Growing up in Pakistan, my three older sisters, all teachers, taught me how to excel in school. Through their inspiration, I became the first person in our family to attend medical school. Many girls in Pakistan and around the world are not as fortunate to have access to a great school or great teachers. Also, many college graduates are not encouraged to enter the teaching profession because it's not considered highly respectable or financially rewarding. But with 100+ million children out of school, 62 million of them girls, it's more important than ever to invest in and reward teachers who can help children stay in school and succeed. I am so pleased to see the Varkey Foundation honoring successful teachers and I fully support their mission."
Dr. Sumera Haque currently serves as the Senior Director of Clinical Operations at the George Washington University Medical Faculty and consultant at Johns Hopkins Medicine. A senior executive with 25 years of experience in the healthcare field, she has also been a consultant to the World Bank on HIV-AIDS, affiliate of the GW Global Women’s Institute and liaison to the The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, an initiative of the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation.
A physician from Pakistan with a master’s degree from the GW Milken Institute School of Public Health, Dr. Haque is also a GBV survivor and social and women’s rights activist. She personally understands the gender discrimination issues faced by women in developing countries and has dedicated her life to helping women with similar experiences. She has volunteered with several organizations working on women’s issues, including Tahiri Justice, Mirecs, Cair Coalition and Catholic Charities. For her work she received the Shero Award for community service from Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Maryland). Dr. Haque was also nominated to attend ‘The United State of Women’ White House Summit in June 2016.
A passionate advocate for education, especially for women and girls, Dr. Haque is committed to making a difference. She is a Producer/Ambassador for the Girl Rising Pakistan campaign, a global movement supporting girls’ education and empowerment. She also mentors and coaches high school and undergraduate students interested in careers in medicine and public health and provides guidance to foreign medical doctors who are pursuing licensing exams and Public Health/Healthcare Administration degrees in the United States. Her commitment to education also includes serving as a GW Alumni Ambassador, on the GW Parent Advisory Council and as Liaison for the GW International Medicine Program.
Dr. Haque lives with her two sons, Sohrab and Zaryab, in Rockville, MD.