Recognising people at the core of organisational transformation, Dr Akhtar helps his clients to reinvent the employee experience through data-driven thought leadership. He applies his industry experience in guiding organisations and individuals toward success in their people analytics initiatives. Specifically, understanding how leadership is evolving in the digital age, how to better engage workforce throughout the change process, and how worker productivity can be improved through automation, data, and technology. His clients include private sector SMEs, manufacturing firms, universities, and training institutes. He brings over 18 years of industry experience, research scholarship, and client engagement.
He received his PhD in Management from Huazhong University of Science & Technology, China (in 2015). He is a learning facilitator, and research practitioner in academic enterprise. Since 2016, he has been involved in supervising scholarly activities such as PhD, and MS HRM dissertations, research grants, consulting projects, and managing research development. His research interests include high-performance work systems, psychological contracts, attitude and behaviours, performance management, and people analytics.
Dr Akhtar is currently working as the Editor-in-Chief (founding editor) NUST Business Review, and Associate Editor Employee Relations (since August 2021). He has published peer-reviewed articles in well-reputed international journals such as Internet Research, Journal of Environmental Management, Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, Employee Relations, Asian Journal of Social Psychology, Frontiers in Psychology, and Journal of Knowledge Management. He has been invited as a keynote speaker and presented papers at international conferences and visited a number of countries around the world.