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Prof. Jeelani was born in Kashmir and came to the UK at age 15 years due to civil unrest at home. Owase’s family was instrumental in establishing further education in Kashmir; his paternal grandfather, Prof. Noor ud Din, was a mathematician and the Vice Chancellor of Kashmir University and his maternal grandfather, Prof. Saif ud Din, a historian, an educationalist and a great promoter of sports. His parents were both engineers with his mother graduating as one of the first female engineers in the Valley of Kashmir. Owase lives in Epping Forest, in Greater London with his wife, an artist, and their three children.


Owase Jeelani was home schooled till age 11, followed by 4 years at Burn Hall School in Kashmir before moving to Batley Grammar School in the UK for his A levels. Two years on, a local newspaper reported on his success at Batley:

“…high flying pupil…celebrating after sweeping the board in the recent A level examinations…after fleeing his war-torn homeland of Kashmir”

Following his A levels, Owase went on to study Medicine at Nottingham University. In 1995, he completed his Bachelor of Medical Sciences with his dissertation, “Mapping of the regulatory regions in the gene of Alpha-1-antichymotrypsin and their importance in a molecule that plays a role in Alzheimer’s Disease”

Owase then obtained his BMBS from Nottingham in 1997 before undertaking his surgical training in Nottingham, Southampton, London and Toronto. He secured his MRCS(Eng.) and MRCS(Edin.) in 2001 and FRCS(NeuroSurg.) in 2007.

In 2002, Owase undertook a full time MBA at INSEAD rotating through France, Singapore and the Wharton Business School in Philadelphia.

Owase obtained a Master of Philosophy in Medical Law from the University of Glasgow in 2005 with his thesis, “The legal dimension of N3, the NHS National Network”.