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  • Ayesha Siddiqa (Urdu: عائِشہ صِدّیقہ ‬‎), (born April 7, 1966), is a Pakistani military scientist, a political commentator and an author who serves as a research associate at the SOAS South Asia Institute.[1][2] She previously served as the inaugural Pakistan Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center between 2004 and 2005.[3][4]

    Born in Lahore, Siddiqa studied at Kinnaird College and went on to join the Civil Service of Pakistan. As a civil servant, Siddiqa served as the director of naval research with the Pakistan Navy, making her the first civilian and the first woman to work at that position in Pakistan's defence establishment. She also worked in military accounts and as deputy director Defense Services Audit. Siddiqa moved to London, where she received her doctorate from King's College London in war studies.[5][6] After leaving the civil service, she served as the senior research fellow at the Sandia National Laboratories and went on to teach at the University of Penns