Professor Kamal Munir awarded Pakistani state honour

By Laura Kenworthy 1min read

Homerton Professorial Fellow Professor Kamal Munir has been awarded the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, a state honour bestowed by the President of Pakistan on citizens who have achieved global distinction in their fields. 

After studying at the University of Engineering and Technology in Lahore, Kamal went on to earn a PhD from McGill University, Canada. In 2021, McGill University’s Desautel School of Business awarded him their first ever Distinguished Alumnus award.  At Cambridge, he currently juggles roles as Pro-Vice-Chancellor (University Community and Engagement), Professor of Strategy and Policy, and Director of the Centre for Strategic Philanthropy at the Judge Business School. 

In his sabbatical periods Kamal teaches in Pakistan, where he has supervised multiple PhD students who are now teaching at top global universities. In 2015-16, he served as Dean of the Humanities and Social Sciences School at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), where he also founded the Saida Waheed Centre for Gender Studies. He still serves as a Visiting Professor of Economic Sociology and Business at LUMS, and was part of the team that developed the 2010 Industrial Policy of Pakistan.

Responding to the award, which was announced on Monday, the 75th anniversary of Pakistan's independence, Kamal said:

"It has been a privilege for me to be able to contribute to Cambridge and to Pakistani universities. I never expected the government to officially recognise my efforts but it is gratifying that they have. I will continue doing what I have always done – encouraging everyone around me to spend their lives serving those who need our help most."


Last year Kamal featured as Fellow in Focus in the 2021 Homertonian magazine.