Waqās is Executive Director at the Khalili Foundation, where he works alongside The Khalili Collections – one of the most comprehensive and diverse private art collections in the world – to promote cross-cultural exchange worldwide.

He was curator and host of the 2019 Official Opening of the Leonardo da Vinci 500th Anniversary Celebrations at The National Gallery in London and he is also curating the 2023 World Festival of Cultural Diversity in association with UNESCO.

As an artist, his own paintings have been commissioned and acquired by major institutions worldwide. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and on the Steering Panel of Art UK.

His art commentary has been featured on BBC Arts, BBC Click, BBC News at Ten, Europeana and Apollo Magazine and has lectured on Islamic Art to the Azerbaijan Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Prince's School of Traditional Arts.