Misbah Azam was born in Karachi, Pakistan. He completed his primary and secondary education from a small town in Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa, Haripur Hazara. After completing his 10th grade he went to DJ Science College Karachi and then he went to NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi from where he completed his Bachelor of Engineering (BE) in Electrical Engineering.
After completing the BE, he started working for the Telegraph and Telephone (T&T) Department, Pakistan, where he was posted to the Satellite Earth Station in Malach (near Islamabad). He worked there for 8 months as Assistant Divisional Engineer then he resigned T&T and went to United States and joined University of Nevada, Las Vegas to do his Master of Science (MS) in Electrical Engineering. Once he completed the degree he joined the Drexel University at Philadelphia, PA, where he worked as a Research Associate for the Neural Net Based Flight Control project, which was funded by Navel-Air Development Centre (NADC). He worked there towards his Ph.D. for two years then due to the loss of funding of the project he had to move out from the Drexel University and went to Arizona State University (ASU), Tempe AZ where he completed his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering. After graduating from ASU, he joined the Research & Development (R&D) group at Motorola Inc. in Mesa AZ. He was also involved in teaching advance level post graduate course in semiconductor devices at Arizona State University, as a visiting faculty. In 2010, he moved to Silicon Valley and he is now working for a high tech. semiconductor company as a Senior Staff Scientist/Designer in the R&D group.
During his years in DJ Science College, where he lived in the New Mitha Ram Hostel near Pakistan Chowk, Karachi, he was exposed to some experiences which gave him the reason to start thinking about the realities around him. He started to write short articles which he used to read on Radio Pakistan Karachi for which he used to get Rs. 20.00 per article. In 1980s, when he was in NED University and living in NED hostels, time and again he was influenced and directly affected by the volatile political situation of Pakistan. That period gave him the understanding of Pakistani grass root culture and their grievances. When he moved to the Drexel University, he joined the team which was running the University News Paper and formally start writing about the local and national issues. There he also joined a small debate group which talks and discuss the problem of Bosnian war which was at its peak.
After the terrorist attacks of 9/11, he started reading and understanding Pakistan, its history, the socio-cultural and political red lines and he started to realize the deep rooted problems Pakistan was facing. To learn more, he made contacts with some Pakistani newly born private media’s voices. A famous media anchor person, who was running a political Forum on the internet, offered him to write and be a part of the Forum. He was writing there for two years but the coordinator accepted some position in the Middle East and he closed down the Forum.
Before moving to Silicon Valley, he wrote regularly in the Pakistan Link and time to time his letters and short articles were published in The Daily Dawn, The Daily Times, Frontier Post, Khaleej Times and some other websites. Now-a-days, he has his own website “politicsinpakistan.com” and he writes political blogs regularly on “saach.tv”. He is a member of the think tank iKolachi and a regular panelist in the iKolachi/WBT-TV weekly presentation Viewpoint From Overseas. He has a website politicsinpakistan.com
Misbah’s wife is Mechanical Engineer and she works in a multi-national company in the San Francisco Bay Area. They have two children, one boy and one girl.