Fauzia Aziz Minallah is an Islamabad-based artist and author of children’s books. She is also an activist for issues related to heritage conservation, environmental protection, peace and social justice. A graduate of the Pratt Institute, New York, she has created a number of well known cartoon characters in her books, such as Amai, The Bird of Light. Her picture book Sadako’s Prayer (winner of the Hiroshmia Citizen’s Award for Peace Education) and Amai and the Banyan Tree won the Khaliqya award at the Children’s Literature Festival in Peshawar in 2012. Chitarkari and Banyans: The Pursuit of Identity documents aspects of Pakistan’s cultural past. Fauzia is the winner of the Junior Global Challenge in Rome 2012 and the Ron Koivc Peace Prize 2010. She is also the female editorial cartoonist of Pakistan to have won the All Pakistan Newspapers Award for Best Cartoonist.