Abbas Husain is a Pakistani scholar who has directed the ‘Teachers' Development Centre’ since 1997. He is one of the founders of the ‘Society of Pakistan English Language Teachers’ (SPELT) and has published in national and international journals. Recently, he has launched the ‘School of Intelligences’, a pre-primary and primary school dedicated to the theory of multiple intelligences. The ‘Teachers' Development Centre’ is a collaborator of the ‘Charter for Compassion’ in Pakistan.
Husain has an MA in English Literature and MEd for teaching English to speakers of other languages from Manchester University.
As director of the ‘Teachers' Development Centre’ he has conducted the Master Teacher's Course since 1997 and has so far contributed 289 teacher trainers to the national pool of trainers. Of them, 62 have achieved leadership positions in their respective institutions. He has been invited by ‘Roots School System’ to their Annual Teacher’s Development Conference, as well as the Sindh Education Foundation for keynotes and Seminar Papers.The ‘Teachers' Development Centre’ has been a significant contributor to a variety of training needs and services. The Aga Khan Foundation, CBORC, Sindh Education Foundation, Notre Dame Institute of Education, The City School Network, The Beaconhouse School System, The Defence Housing Authority School Network, Cadet College Petaro, have all invited the Director for an ongoing dialogue on improved education in Pakistan.
Adeel Hashmi is one of the most popular and well known young director, actor and model in the world of media in Pakistan. He has been writing, acting, anchoring and directing for and on Television for more than a decade. His dramas are not only trend setters in every way but are hugely popular both with Pakistani audiences and abroad. His style of writing is both funny and thought provoking. His comments on social issues are focused without being offensive. Adeel Hashmi is one of the most popular and well known young directors in the world of media in Pakistan.Adeel's sense of humor, his inclination towards literature & reading and family background, all insisted him to be an ambassador of Children's Literature Festival.
Dr. Afshan Huma is working as a specialist in Educational Planning, Policy Studies, and Curriculum for teachers' professional learning. She also provides guidance and counseling in social, professional, organizational and educational settings. Additionally, she offers consultancy in designing research and professional learning programs, projects and courses.
AgyatMitra is an experiential educator working in this field for 15 years and is a Co-founder of ‘Play for Peace’ initiative in India. He is a ‘Play for Peace’ enthusiast sharing it’s process with organizations in India working to ensure child right and inclusive education for marginalized communities by conducting trainings for them.
AgyatMitra is also an Experiential Educator facilitating programs for organizations on a range of topics including team building, leadership, and campus to corporate, understanding conflict, cultural diversity and ownership. Agyat has lead corporate training program for group size ranging from 10 to 200 participants.
He has been the Lead Representative of ‘Play for Peace’ in India for 6 years till 2008 and has also worked in Israel for 8 months as volunteer of Jerusalem International YMCA and Play for Peace (www.pfpisrael.blogspot.com) sharing the process with Arab and Jewish children, youth, adults and Organizations. He has done trainings for Peace Building and Conflict Transformation and Peace Education as member of an International Network ASPBAE (www.aspbae.org). He has conducted trainings in Play for Peace process in Vietnam, Thailand and for Peace education in Nepal for participants from South East Asia. Agyat also worked as Campus Chief for outdoor education programs run by Youreka in 2008-2009 mentoring facilitators and Instructors to run the program for children.
Before starting to play and share cooperative gaming process of for Peace,Agyat has written scripts for Television programs for 3 years and even earlier worked as a site-engineer for turnkey projects for 2 years.
AgyatMitra has done his Masters in Communication in 1997 from Pune University and BE Mechanical from NIT Durgapur in 1991.
Graduated from NCA 1997, Akbar Zia is a professional book illustrator/graphic designer and caricaturist. He has worked with different publishers as well as with multinational projects.
Abdul Hameed Nayyar is a physicist, who retired from ‘Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad’ after serving it for over 30 years. He has also worked at the ‘Lahore University of Management Sciences’ (LUMS) as a visiting professor of physics, ‘Ali Institute of Education Lahore’ as Director, and the ‘Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Islamabad’, as a senior research fellow. His work on education explores problems of access and quality, and of curriculum and textbooks in the public education system.
M. Akram Dost Baloch is one of the founding members of the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Balochistan. He is also the director of ‘Mehrgarh Studio’, and is a member of the Board of Governors, National College of Arts, in Lahore. He developed a keen interest in the history, arts and crafts of his regional homeland, and much of that is incorporated in his work. His bold and reflective paintings are emblematic of Pakistan’s prevalent socio-economic conditions, and frequently have mask like faces and figures. Mr. Baloch has had over 20 solo exhibitions all over Pakistan. His numerous group exhibitions, however, have given him international exposure as well. In 2004, AkramBaloch received the President’s Pride of Performance, the highest art award in Pakistan.
Ali Nasir Khan Afridi, a Pushto storyteller, has a BSc. (Triple Maths) from Peshawer University and MSc. in Statistics from Karachi University. He is an expert in gems and is currently working as Lapidary Incharge - PGJDC (Karachi Project).
Ammar is an anthropologist by training and got his MA from Columbia University, USA, in 2012. He is currently working for ‘The Citizens Archive of Pakistan’ (CAP) where he has been documenting stories of Partition and subsequent events in Pakistan's history. He also works on implementing "Exchange for Change" (a collaboration between CAP and Routes 2 Roots, India) which aims to connect Indian and Pakistani schoolchildren through cross-border correspondences.
Based in Karachi, Amra Alam has authored over eighty storybooks in Urdu for children of all ages. She has also written and translated numerous stories for publications in India, many of which have been further translated into various regional languages. Amra was the Founder and Chief Editor of Suntra, a magazine for children in Urdu, published from 2006 to 2012. She is currently working as Editor of the children’s magazine, UranTashtaree - Flying Saucer. This magazine is published from the platform of Children’s Literature Festival.
Anita Ghulam Ali has been the Chief Executive of the ‘Sindh Education Foundation’ (SEF) since the 4th of October, 1992. This set up undertakes various educational initiatives and consultancies both for local and international organizations. Professor Ali has contributed innumerable exposes on education, development and civil society to many leading national English and Urdu daily newspapers; and several research and analytical assignments. Professor Ali was appointed as Minister for Education, Culture, Science, Technology, Youth and Sports twice. She was later also appointed as the Advisor on Education to the Governor. Prof. Ali is a recipient of the Sitara-e-Imtiaz award for her lifetime contribution to educational and community development issues of the country.
ArfaSayedaZehra has been a Professor for over forty years and has been intimately associated with issues dealing with women’s education and empowerment. She continues to teach as visiting faculty. Dr. Arfa has also served as Chair of the ‘National Commission on the Status of Women, Government of Pakistan’. This puts her at the center of discussions about socio-cultural issues in national and international policies that focus on the empowerment of women. Dr. Zehra got her doctorate in History from the ‘University of Hawaii’ in 1983 and was a fellow at the ‘East-West Center’ between 1978 and 1983. She is a member of the Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan, a Federal Government institution, established under an Ordinance (XIV) of 1979. The Commission is headed by the Chief Justice of Pakistan and comprises 12 other members.
Asad Karim is the CEO of ‘Tele Taleem’. He is a Serial Entrepreneur credited with multiple successful ventures. Asad has a diversified management exposure of leading Product Development companies and Telcos, in Pakistan and abroad. He also has a strong operational background in transforming startups to growth mode companies. He led ‘Wi-tribe's technical operations from its inception to commercial roll-out. Additionally, he is also a contributor to Pakistan's IT Policy.
Asad I. Mian MD, PhD is a pediatrician, ER physician and clinical researcher by profession. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Aga Khan University in Karachi. He developed the ‘Biloongra’ series of bilingual (Urdu-English) books for children, a venture that started in Houston in collaboration with Bookgroup. He is author of ‘An Itinerant Observer’, a book of stories, published by Acacia in the United States. At the CLF, as a resource person since Winter 2013, he has facilitated creative writing/illustration and reading sessions for kids. He writes for newspapers in Houston and Karachi, tweets as @amian74 (twitter.com/amian74) and blogs at biloongra.com.
Asad Umar is currently the Senior Leader and Policy Head at ‘Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’ (PTI). He served as CEO and President of Engro Corporation for 8 years during a 27-year career with the company. He resigned from his post at Engro and joined Imran Khan led political party PTI on April 2012. He received ‘Sitara-i-Imtiaz’ for his business achievements in 2010. Asad did his MBA from the ‘Institute of Business Administration’.
AsmaMundrawala is a visual artist and theatre practitioner with a PhD from the University of Sussex UK. She is Associate Professor in the Department of Fine Art at the ‘Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture’ in Karachi. Asma is the director and sound designer for ‘Zambeel Dramatic Readings’.
Asif Farrukhi is a literary critic, translator, and fiction writer. He has translated widely from English into Urdu and vice versa and has edited and compiled many anthologies of the writings of Pakistani authors. He also writes on literature for Dawn and other newspapers and periodicals. Asif has published six collections of short stories and two collections of literary criticisms. He is currently editing and publishing a literary miscellany in Urdu called ‘Duniyazad’. He has been awarded the ‘Tamgha-e-Imtiaz’ for his literary contributions.
Asif Sinan is a quintessential 'World Musician' seamlessly blending the genres of Eastern Classical, Jazz and Sufi Music. Sinan has gained international recognition for making his guitar sound like a 'Sitar'. In 2012 Sinan toured and performed in the US as a guest of the US State Department. He also performed in London at the ‘World Islamic Economic Summit’ and represented Pakistan in Germany at the ‘DeutschesMusikFest’. Sinan's Eastern Classical rendition of Pakistan's National Anthem has been a viral sensation and endeared him to both the young and old.
AtifBadar is primarily an actor with a wide range of experience. From stage, voice-overs, mini screen to a film, he has worked extensively. He started his career in 1993 as a theatre actor and worked in numerous plays with notable directors. Currently he is working in three reputed schools of Karachi as a theatre and creative movement teacher. He has written, directed, and developed concepts of over 50 short plays, etc. and has also conducted theatre workshops at the ‘Aga Khan Medical University’ enhancing communications skills of medical students with their patients.
AttiyaDawood, a celebrated Sindhi poet, writer, and activist, has been hailed as ‘the most important feminist writer in Sindhi’ by Shaikh Ayaz, the renowned Sindhi poet. Through her writings, Dawood highlights the oppression of women in Pakistani society in the name of tradition. She raises her voice against misogyny and bias and advocates the empowerment of women. Her poems have been translated into German by Annemarie Schimmel, the noted Iranologist and scholar who has written extensively on Islam and Sufism. They have also been translated into English and Urdu. Two of her poems were published in Jan Goodwin’s anthology ‘The Price of Honour’. She has published six books, and her articles on women’s rights, peace, justice, and gender issues have appeared in major national dailies and literary journals. She is a recipient of the ‘Sindh Adeeb Award’ from ‘Akhil Bharat Sindhi BoliAinSahitSabha, India’.
Ayesha Omer is an artist and scholar based in Karachi. At the CLF, she has told stories in English. She trained in Arts Politics at the ‘Tisch School of Art, New York University,’ after receiving a degree in ‘Political Science from Davidson College, U.S.A’. She teaches ‘Cultural Studies and Arts Politics at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture’. Her art practice is collaborative and cross-cultural. Currently, she is working with artist FahadNaveedZahidi on "Love Letters to Karachi" (2012 - present): a community-based letter-writing and performance project, "Where's My Revolution?" (2011 - present) is a response to social movements in Pakistan and around the world that aims to facilitate collaborative, cross-cultural art projects that build solidarity among activists and artists.
Ayesha Tariq graduated with a Bachelors of Communication Design from the ‘Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture’ in 2011. During her tenure at ‘The Citizens Archive of Pakistan’ (CAP), she participated in the 'Play and Learn with Miffy' Workshop with Butterfly Works, where she worked on 'Laddu is Born' with her fellow 'Chum Chum’ members. Her thesis, 'Suppressed Anger of the Pakistani Obedient Daughter', which was written and illustrated by her, encouraged her to participate in a fiction writing workshop with the Open Letter Society. She also designed and illustrated the first two issues of 'UranTashtaree, The Flying Saucer', the official Urdu magazine for the Children's Literature Festival. She has worked with various clients on freelance and part-time basis, and is currently working as a Graphic Designer at Peace Niche, The Second Floor. Her main interests lie in Publication and Illustration. You may find her work at www.behance.net/ayeshatariq'
Ayub Baloch is a Quetta-based scholar working for the promotion of Anthropology in the Balochistan region. In addition to an LLB, he holds a Masters in Sociology/Anthropology from the University of Karachi and a further Masters in Development Studies from Erasmus University, Holland. He founded in 1995, a research institute, ‘The Institute of Balochistan Studies’, dedicated to the study of the region, its people and their culture. Baloch has also served as Secretary to the Government of Balochistan for about a decade and as Member Balochistan Public Service Commission for five years.
Its real life heroes like Master Ayub Khan who make you believe this country has a bright future ahead. For the last 25 years, this selfless school teacher has been teaching underprivileged in a park in Islamabad. Every evening more than 150 children gather to get education at this make-shift school. Does Ayub get paid for his services? Not at all, he does it for the sheer happiness and joy one gets for giving back to the community.
Mr. Aziz Kabani is currently doing his doctorate from Institute of Education from University of London. He has done his Masters of Science in Education Research Methodology from Oxford University, UK and his Post graduate in Islamic studies and Humanities. Mr. Kabani has been working in the Education sector for the past 12 years and is currently designated as Director Programs, Operations and Research at the Sindh Education Foundation.
Azka Khan completed her masters in Linguistics from NUML University and was awarded a gold medal. She currently works at OUP.
Bakhtawar Shah has been a teacher at the ‘KalashDur Private Institute’ of Kalash Cultural & Tradition Centre since 2005. Subjects taught by Bakhtawar include English, Urdu, Science, Kalash language and others. Bakhtawar has also taught at Government schools. He believes that every child should at least be given basic education. He has big dreams for his students at the Institute. Bakhtawar Shah has three daughters.
BasaratKazim is director of Alif Laila Book Bus Society. She is also the author of several storybooks for children. For decades she has been providing meaningful education in Pakistan to children, especially girls, from disadvantaged backgrounds. She is responsible for the growth of the Alif Laila (1001 Nights) Book Bus Society that began as a children's library and has grown into an entire educational ethos. Active in a range of pursuits – from art exhibitions in major cities and learning centers in the North West Frontier Province to children's protest marches when a children’s library was threatened with closure – Basarat has introduced the concept of project-based learning in government schools, developed and produced an Urdu literacy kit and initiated child-to-child teaching programs. She is a National Book Foundation award winner and a presenter of seminars and papers. Basarat represented Pakistan at the IBBY Congress, and at NAMBOOK. She resides in Lahore and continues to share her love of books with her grandchildren – and all the children of Pakistan.
Batool Nasir is currently the Manager Museum and Archives at Oxford University Press and has over 15 years of hands on practical experience in graphic/publishing design, fully conversant with all major design development software including Adobe Creative Suite. She is a highly skilled professional photographer. She is considerably well read in Design for publishing, both in print and on web, and the use of art as a marketing tool. She has excellent communication skills, oral and written in English and Urdu.
Batool has attended various workshops, conferences, seminars, lectures to courses on Design in Publishing, Marketing, Sales, Communication Arts, Photography, and Audio-Visual Materials Production.
Chintan Girish Modi is the founder of ‘Friendships Across Borders’, a social media initiative that builds on the power of personal friendships to transform the long-standing hostility between India and Pakistan. The offline arm of this initiative engages with students in schools, colleges and universities around the idea of cross-border friendships for peace building. He is also part of the ‘Building Peace Project 2014’ run by the ‘Red Elephant Foundation’, wherein young people from India and Pakistan are paired with each other to correspond for a year using various means of communication, and maintain a peace journal during the process. He is actively involved in friendship and peace initiatives between India and Pakistan, and has participated in programmes organized by the ‘Citizens Archive of Pakistan’, ‘Aman Ki Asha’, ‘Pul-e-Jawan’, ‘Idara-e-Taleem-o-Agahi’, ‘Aaghaz-e-Dosti’, and ‘Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace’.
Chintan has received fellowships from ‘Community – The Youth Collective’, ‘The Seagull Foundation for the Arts’, ‘Foundation for Universal Responsibility of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’, ‘Peace and Conflict Studies programme’ run by the Norway-based Kulturstudier in collaboration with the Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, and the Vermont-based SIT Graduate Institute’s Conflict Transformation Across Cultures programme in Kathmandu. In his work, he tries to explore the connections between education, social awareness, the arts and peace building. He has also led the educational outreach programme at the ‘Kabir Project’, developing ideas for using folk music and mystic poetry to facilitate conversations around diversity, harmony and peace building. He has also worked with the ‘Hri Institute of South Asian Research and Exchange’ on projects around the love legends of Punjab and archives in South Asia.
Danish Faruqi graduated from McGill University with a Major in Economics. He now works with ‘Teach for Pakistan’, teaching English at the Gizri Government School. He also creates electronic music and has recently produced the original score for Zambeel’s production ‘SamandarkiChori’ at the multi-tiered art and performance project ‘Pursukoon Karachi’.
FaheemAbbasi is Ph.D in Education having more than 10years of experience in the field of education and development sector with deep understanding about education system in Pakistan. He has excellent knowledge about teacher education programs including vast knowledge about best practices on teacher education programs at national and international level. He has also rich experience in policy, planning, designing, implementation and Monitoring &Evaluation of education programs/ projects in four provinces of Pakistan including AJK and FATA. Dr. Faheem is a thorough professional having work experience with Asian Development Bank (ADB), Education and Literacy Department, National Commission for Human Development (NCHD), Academy for Education Development(AED), Abt Associates Inc., International Relief and Development (IRD), iMMAP and International Rescue Committee (IRC).
His last assignment was GIS mapping under District School Consolidation Program-Sindh Basic Education Project (SBEP) funded by USAID-PAKISTAN where he was working as Education Planner/ Acting Chief of Party in iMMAP Pakistan and currently he is working as Teacher Training Coordinator with IRC in USAID Pakistan Reading Project. In addition, DrFaheem has contributed a lot in research studies and has research papers in his professional career.
Fahd Husain, Ambassador for CLF, is a senior journalist and television anchor. He has assisted ITA on various platforms, most importantly, ensuring right to education for every child between 5-16 years. As our ambassador he has conducted journalist trainings across the country about writing and reporting on Child Education across Pakistan.
Fahd has more than two decades of experience in print and television. Among other assignments, he has served as an Editor and head of the News Divisions for national TV channels like Express News, Dunya TV and Waqt News. He is currently the CEO for a private channel by the name of Capital TV. He hosts a primetime talk show on Capital TV and is a regular columnist for various newspapers.
Fahd has a Masters degree in TV Journalism from Columbia University in New York. He was the first Pakistani to win the prestigious Pulitzer Fellowship for graduating as the top student from the Columbia Journalism School.
Fahmida Riaz is a well-known poet and writer. Her works have been translated into many languages. She has written several poems and stories for children and some of them have been published in textbooks for children. She was given the ‘Himmett-Hellman Award’ for writers by Human Rights Watch, New York, in 1997. The Government of Sindh gave her the ‘Shaikh Ayaz Award’ and the Government of Pakistan gave her the award of ‘Pride of Performance’ in 2011.
DaniyalNoorani is no ordinary talent. The writer, composer, animator and musician is one of the more versatile creative forces in Pakistan today. Noorani is the Founder & CEO of ‘KaroKuch’, a studio specializing in media content that brings to light social issues with the hopes of portraying Pakistan in a positive light. Their highly-acclaimed animated series ‘Quaid se Baatain’ was developed to create encouraging community values among Pakistanis.
Noorani hails from Lahore and is an MBA from world-renowned business school INSEAD, specializing in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He is an Acumen Fellow and the main go-to guy at ‘Wakhra Studios’, an up-and-coming digital media agency. He has also established himself as a fine writer with articles published in ‘The Express Tribune’ and ‘The Huffington Post’.
In 2013, Noorani released a song and music video ‘Find Heaven’, which was selected for both the London Independent Film Festival and the Boston International Film Festival. While speaking to ‘Koolmuzone’, he was quoted saying, “The basic objective of ‘Find Heaven’ was to highlight the exploitation and manipulation of the impoverished and confused. It was to show how we as a society have failed to provide for the basic needs of our people, such as justice, education, food, security, etc. and how this leads to the exploitation of people. In the video I tried to put more emphasis on the journey rather than the end result, because unless we address the events and root causes that lead to these sorts of actions, these actions are bound to be repeated”.
Noorani is the jack-of-all-trades and a bright young mind who through his work, wants to encourage Pakistanis to become more open-minded and supportive of breaking down social barriers. Through his music, animation and videos he wants us to think about the bigger picture, look inside ourselves, and decide what makes Pakistan great.
Dr. Faisal Bari, Associate Professor of Economics at LUMS, is currently also Deputy Country Director for Open Society Foundations in Pakistan, and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Development and Economic Alternatives (IDEAS), Lahore. He has been an active researcher in the area of education for the last 10 odd years. His other area of research interest is industrial organization. Faisal holds a B.Sc. from Government College, University of the Punjab, a B.A. (Honours) from University of Oxford and a Ph.D. from McGill University.
Faisal Malik is the Founder of ‘Thespianz Theater’ (established 2005) giving non-profit performing arts services nationally and internationally. Theatre arts is his zeal and managing arts is his goal. He is an arts manager, director, actor, host and TV anchor. He is certified in Performing Arts from National Academy of Performing Arts in Karachi, Pakistan. He is the State Department Fellow at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington and Arthink South Asia from Germany, Italy and Sweden. From Chicago Opera Theatre Company in Chicago to Scsha Waltz & Guests in Berlin, Germany, he worked for performing arts. Mobile Theatre (The Flying Theater) is working under his supervision all over Pakistan to spread social issues and awareness through performing arts. Thespianz Theater has performed 56 professional productions, 34 mime & dance productions, 107 theatre & motivational workshops nationwide and internationally.
Farah Sadia is a Pakistani television actress and presenter, whose career started as a side role in a TV drama serial, ‘Bandhan’. Farah played a minimal role but had a very strong character which left her in the hearts of millions of her fans. The character was named ‘DilBaji’ and for a long time people would call her that.
In recent years Farah has been the host of a morning shows “A Morning with Farah” with a private channel ATV. The show is a mix of different segments, basically inviting a guest for a light interview. Each segment has a live telephone call and features prominent personalities, fitness, self-grooming and fashion tips, jewelry designs, delicious recipes and more.
Farooq Qaiser is a Pakistani artist, columnist, director, puppeteer, script writer and voice actor. He is also an author. Qaiser is well known for his fictional puppet ‘Uncle Sargam’ introduced in 1976 in the television show ‘Kaliyan’. Farooq is also a cartoonist, columnist and writer for the newspaper ‘Daily NaiBaat’ in Lahore and is famous for his pen name ‘MeethayKarelay’ (English: Sweet gourd).
Fatema Naeem, does storytelling in Gujarati language, has a Bachelor’s in Commerce from Maharaja University of Vadodara in Gujarat, India. She enjoys traveling, camping and storytelling.
Fatima Hussain is the Director of ‘Laajverd’ and an Artist-Curator/Theatre Practitioner based in Lahore and Islamabad. She also runs an artist collective ‘Other Asias’ with Hamja Ahsan. Fatima has presented projects at the ‘Shanakht Festival Karachi’, ‘SPILL Festival 2011, London’, ‘Aicon Gallery London’, ‘The Guild NY’ and many others.
Her work over the last few years have addressed multiple issues bringing into it the political, the historical, the everyday, and whether with intention or escape, ‘art’ for her, has fallen within a larger interpretation of the colonized structures, languages and territory.
Fatima is a 2005 graduate of NCA (Lahore campus) where she was trained as a painter. She moved on to Central Saint Martins, UAL for her MA in Fine Arts (2007-2008).
Fauzia Aziz Minallah is an Islamabad based writer/ illustrator of Children's books. She is the creator of cartoon character ‘Amai, the bird of Light’. She is the author “Amai's Wish”, “Sadako's Prayer”, “Children of Light.”
Her book “Sadako's Prayer” is published in Japanese, Dari, Urdu and English and is the winner of ‘Hiroshima Citizen's Award’ as well as the ‘Ron Kovic Peace Prize’. She is founder of ‘Funkor Child Art Centre’ that promotes Children's art and book reading and distributes picture books free of charge among children in crisis.
Dr Hamida Khuhro is an intellectual, a teacher and a woman of action and purpose. She graduates from the University of Karachi, Sindh and Cambridge in England. She did her doctorate from London University. She left University teaching to concentrate on writing and politics. She has twice served as Minister for Education and Literacy, Government of Sindh. She has also served as Member and Chairperson of several political, academic, and government committees. Her publications are as follow; “The Making of Modern Sindh”, “Mohammad AyubKhuhro: Life of Courage in Politics”, “Papers of The Separation of Sind from Bombay Presidency (Institute of History and Culture, Islamabad)”
Among her edited works are “Sindh through the Centuries” (OUP, 1981), and as well as a number of colonial texts. She has contributed numerous articles in learned journals and newspapers and has been founder editor of “Grassroots”, a journal of Pakistan Studies, University of Sindh. She has edited the Arts Journal, University of Sindh, and has revived the “Journal of the Sindh Historical Society”.
Harris Khalique is a critically acclaimed poet in Urdu and English, a widely published writer, and a regular newspaper columnist. He has eight collections of verse and a book of creative non-fiction behind him and his work has been anthologized internationally. Recently, he won the ‘UBL-Jang Literary Excellence Award 2013’ in the category of Urdu poetry for his collection of verse ‘Melay Mein’. His interests straddle South Asian history and culture, politics, human rights, and international development. Currently, he is working on a book of essays.
HaseenaMoin is a Pakistani dramatist, playwright and scriptwriter. She has written several plays for stage, radio and television, some of which have even gained international repute. She is the recipient of the ‘Pride of Performance’ award for her services to the performing arts in Pakistan. She wrote Pakistan's first original script 'KiranKahani' aired in early 70's. Before this, PTV relied on novel-based scripts for dramas. She is considered to be the best playwright and dramatist Pakistan has ever witnessed.
Some of the most popular dramas she wrote that gained international repute include “Ankahi”, “Tanhaiyaan”, “DhoopKinaray”, “Aahat”, “Uncle Urfi”, “Shehzori”, “Kohar”, “Des Pardes”, “Pal Do Pal”, “Aansoo”, “Kasak”, “Parchaiyan” and “Parosi”. Other notable works include “Mere Dardko Jo ZubanMilay”, “KaisaYehJunoon”, “DhundleRaaste”, “ShayadkeBaharAaye”, “MohimJoo”, “Tum Se Mil Kar”, “Bandish” and “ZerZabarPaish”. It appears strange that with such a success following even greater success on the TV screen, Moin didn't branch out into other literary forms like novels or short stories which are such a popular genre among Urdu fiction writers.
Helen Kamal has worked directly with teachers and with governments to design teacher education programmes and to strengthen systems for teacher development and management. Her work has taken her to South Africa, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan and for the last 10 years she has worked in Pakistan. She started her career in the UK as a primary school teacher and she has a particular interest in how teachers learn to teach children to read. Helen is currently a member of a team working with the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to support the implementation of the provincial Education Sector Plan.
Hira Ilyas Bawahab is a wonderfully talented ToffeeTeller who contributes some of her time to being part of ToffeeTV'sKahaani Times for children's theater and fun! She is an architect otherwise.
Huma brings with her rich experience of the education sector having worked in the education sector for 29 years across all sub sectors, including elementary and higher education, teacher education, and youth and adult literacy. As Lead Consultant for a USAID funded project she steered the development of ‘Curriculum Guidelines for Adult and Youth Literacy’ in 2004-5. During the same year she remained associated with the Curriculum Wing, Ministry of Education, where she worked as member of the core team responsible for developing the ‘English curriculum for primary classes’ (2006). Huma served as Long Term Consultant for the ‘Northern Areas Education Project 1999-2003’, she led the quality component that encompassed teacher training, materials development and continuous assessment.
She holds Masters Degrees in English Literature and Teaching of English as a Foreign Language, and professional training from ‘Chester College of Higher Education’, UK. She has extensive experience in teaching and management at leading national institutions such as Oxford University Press and Aga Khan University, Karachi. She is passionate about improving the quality of life for children in Pakistan; outside work, she supports three reading rooms in Lahore and Multan; and a Children’s Activity room at the Punjab Institute of Cardiology in Lahore.
Ilona Yousaf is a poet, printmaker and designer. Her poems have been published as a book titled “Picture This” and thereafter in literary journals, in print and online, in Pakistan and abroad. She has also written essays on Pakistani poetry in English, and worked on editing projects, most recently as a guest editor for a special issue on poets from Pakistan for the Canadian poetry journal,“Valium”. She freelances for several magazines, writing on art and literature. She has recently begun to integrate word and image, making artist’s books.
Rumana Husain has written and illustrated over 60 children’s books and developed numerous teachers’ manuals for several publishers including the Oxford University Press. She co-founded the Book Group in 1988 and worked for it in a voluntary capacity for almost a decade, after which she was its Director for four years. She also co-founded NuktaArt - a bi-annual art magazine, published for ten years, of which she was Senior Editor. She is the author of two major books on Karachi: ‘Karachiwala - a subcontinent within a city’ and ‘Street Smart – professionals on the street’.
Rumana Husain’s book ‘Dr Akhtar Hameed Khan’ in the graphic story series (OUP) won the Jang-UBL Award and her book ‘Laal Badaam’ (Pratham Books) won the All India Publishers’ Award.
Rumana was Headmistress of the junior section of The C.A.S School, and later as its senior school’s Vice Principal (1986 to 1996). She has taught art, environmental studies and illustrations at the Karachi Grammar School, The C.A.S School, and the Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture respectively. She worked as Head Activism and Outreach at the Children’s Museum for Peace and Human Rights (2001 to 2008). She is an Honorary Director on the Board of the Children’s Literature Festival (CLF), Honorary General Secretary of the Karachi Conference Foundation, and Founding Member and Member Executive Committee of the ‘I Am Karachi’ Society, championing one of its core projects; the Walls of Peace.
Shahina Alvi has been in the field of special education for the last 25 years. She was one of the first remedial tutors to be trained at ‘READ’. Other than her teaching experiences, she also screens children for dyslexia and is also one of the course leaders for the teacher training course at READ – the six-month Read Diploma Course. She is presently serving as the CEO of READ.
The idea of Toffee TV stems from arduous hours of searching Urdu stories and songs for children similar to that of ‘Cassette Kahani’. As the search continues, a sad realization has set in, that our heritage has simply not been captured in the realm of providing our children with the opportunity of learning the Urdu language through imagination. Therefore, they are uploading these treasures through YouTube, a public resource, to promote the Urdu language. Content on this site is free as their way of sharing our heritage as widely as possible. The stories and songs at Toffee TV are an attempt to help, inspire and change in learning languages. Toffee TV loves listening to stories and even more, sharing them. Most of these stories have been located in ragged books found in old book bazaars of Karachi, interpreted and transformed in digitized mode to share them with the online world. ToffeeTV.com is run by Talea Zafar (Chief Illustrator) and RabiaGarib (Chief Wrapper)
Ismat Riaz is a veteran in the field of education, having served as a teacher, teacher trainer, and academic coordinator. A graduate of Kinnaird College, Lahore, Ismat has an M.A. in Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment from the ‘Institute of Education, University of London’, UK. She has been a consultant for Pakistan Studies with UCIE, and also for Oxford University Press, Pakistan for Pakistan Studies and secondary history. Her articles on education are published in leading national newspapers.
Sania Saeed is acclaimed and respected as one of the most versatile actors of television and theatre in recent times. She has been acting since the age of ten, doing social and community theatre with her parents and made her first television appearance in 1988. Her interest in issues of women and children was obvious from the beginning. Sania is a Psychology graduate and has most effectively utilized her education in all her projects. As an actor, she makes conscious attempts to empathize with her characters. As a host and moderator, she is aware of the power of effectively constructed questions and listening. She believes in what she is doing and only does what she believes in. Her emotional awareness and communication skills stand her apart from all her contemporaries.
Samar is one of the first Pakistani filmmakers who used video to give voices to the marginalized by making socially relevant documentaries. Her first documentary in Pushtu titled “Swara-Da ZhwandMairman” challenged giving of girls as compensation to end disputes. The documentary was a catalyst in pushing a law against the custom of ‘Swara’. The film was used as evidence in the first ever Supreme Court Case highlighting the issue.
She is the winner of several awards for highlighting this culturally sanctioned form of violence through her films.
He is the Executive Director of ‘Idara Baraye Taleem-o-Taraqi’ (IBT) since 2007 in Swat. He is a prolific writer on many issues from education to current affairs, having been published in ‘The News’, ‘Dawn’, ‘The Express Tribune’, ‘The Friday Times’, ‘Daily Times’, ‘The Viewpoint’, ‘The Faultlines’, ‘The Frontier Post’, ‘The Statesman’, etc. He is involved in a number of activities including social activism, human rights protection moves and writing articles on a variety of topics from extremism to politics and current affairs and education. He also has an interest in developmental and organizational issues including trust building, leadership skills, conflict resolution and personality tracks. To this end, he has undertaken online courses on leadership and conflict resolution offered by LEAD Pakistan, and international network working on capacity building environmental sustainability.
Nasreen Iqbal is the Director of “Pesh Raft Foundation”, “Grammar School Rawalpindi” (GSR) and “Centre for Peace and Human Rights Education”.
Active Youth Organization (AYO) is working voluntarily for the betterment with the youth of universities, colleges and schools of Pakistan.
AYO aims to increase the contribution of community leaders towards achieving sustainable development both locally and globally. It also encourages peer-to-peer relations across cultural, geographic and political boundaries via a lively online social network of participants and Conflict Resolution, Non formal education, and youth development.
Adnan Abbasi is Editor-Digital Publishing, Oxford University Press Pakistan.
The Alif Laila Book Bus library is exclusively for children up to 8 years and below. The bus has two decks; the upper deck is for story telling where a female teacher narrates stories to children while the lower deck is stacked with books.Its basic objective is to promote reading culture in Pakistan and evolve solutions to Pakistan's educational problems within the given socio-economic constraints, find strategically effective paths to universal literacy and educational modernization, which would show the quickest results and the most favorable cost-benefit ratios.
Bushra Shahab is working as Academic Coordinator at Oxford University Press Pakistan since 2005. She has also worked in different capacities at prestigious educational institutions of Peshawar and Risalpur. She has conducted more than 900 workshops and trained around 15,000 teachers on different topics like Child Psychology, Effective Teaching, Phonetics, Integrated Approach in Teaching, Remedial Reading etc.
Khaled Anam is a popular Pakistani TV artist as well as a musician and singer. He has an opinion on everything and he doesn’t shy away from speaking his mind. He is passionate about children. In fact, he is passionate about quite a few things: politics, music, parenting, environment, education.
His music album “Ray Say Rail Chali” is geared towards children between the ages of 5 through 10. Abroad, children’s educational music and programming has been popular since the ’80s, just the way it was in Pakistan back in the day. However, after the likes of SohailRana, not much work has been carried out in this genre for a decade or so. Khaled, who has been at the forefront of children’s music and was even involved in the Urdu version of Sesame Street, called Open Sesame, has introduced his album hoping to bridge the gap between then and now. He has been in the Pakistani media industry for over two decades, so it can easily be said that he is one of the experienced heads.
KhursheedHyder is a feature Writer at Dawn Group of Newspapers since the past 6 years.
KishwarNaheed, ‘Sitara-e-Imtiaz’ is an Urdu poet from Pakistan known for her pioneering feminist poetry. KishwarNaheed held administrative roles in various national institutions. She was Director General of Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) before her retirement. She also edited a prestigious literary magazine “Mahenaw” and founded an organisation“Hawwa (Eve)” whose goal is to help women without an independent income become financially independent through cottage industries and selling handicrafts. Kishwar has published six collections of poems between 1969 and 1990. She also writes for children and for the daily Jang, a national newspaper. Her poetry has been translated into English and Spanish and her famous poem “We Sinful Women” gave its title to a ground breaking anthology of contemporary Urdu feminist poetry translated and edited by Rukhsana Ahmad published in London by ‘The Women's Press’ in 1991. She was awarded ‘Adamjee Prize of Literature’ on “Lab-e-goya” (1969), UNESCO Prize for Children's Literature on “Dais Dais Ki Kahanian”, Best Translation award of Columbia University, Mandela Prize (1997) and ‘Sitara-e-Imtiaz’ (2000).
MahvashFaruqi is an educator with a background in theatre for the past eighteen years. She has performed in numerous theatre productions, attended workshops conducted by eminent theatre directors and has toured internationally and within Pakistan. Mahvash is a lead performer and co-founder of Zambeel Dramatic readings.
Mehnaz Aziz is the Founding Director of ‘Children’s Global Network Pakistan’, a leading profit educational institution, implementing education reforms in Pakistan. She has to her credit many innovative interventions and especially creating youth educational entrepreneurs. Her organization introduced child centered methodologies in public schooling systems. She has served as a senior member of the Education Task Force under the Prime Minister of Pakistan and is also the member of Punjab Compulsory Education Commission. She initiated the Early Childhood Care and Development Centre of Excellence at CGN-P and had served on the Board of Directors for ‘Zara Sochiyay’, National Media Campaign on Education. She is also the member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Pakistan. Aziz holds a MSc in Anthropology from ‘Quaid-e-Azam University’, Pakistan and a MA in Gender and Development from the ‘Institute of Development Studies at Sussex University’, UK.
Mr. Zaidi is a leading education campaigner and a political analyst of Pakistan. Mr. Mosharraf has written Op-Ed pieces for various national and international newspapers, including ‘The Wall Street Journal’ and ‘The News’ and he regularly appears in the Pakistani and the international media as an education campaigner and public policy advisor. Mosharraf is a former Advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Pakistan. In his capacity as a political expert, Mosharraf has advised governments and international organizations on topics such as public policy and international aid.
Muhammad Rafique Tahir is the Joint Secretary, Education at Ministry Of Capital Administration and Development, Islamabad. Rafique’s previous services include Director (BS-19), Federal College of Education, Islamabad; Director (BS-19), Federal Directorate of Education, Islamabad; Associate Professor (BS-19, BS-18), Lecturer (BS-17), in F.G. College of Commerce, Islamabad. He has also attended various courses in a number of countries including Nepal, USA, Malaysia etc.
Nadine Murtaza is a teacher, curriculum writer and storyteller. She runs NJ's House, an alternative IB PYP (candidate) school in Islamabad, which employs play-based teaching. She is also an Assistant Director at ‘Headstart School’Islamabad, where she oversees academic programs. Nadine volunteers as a storyteller at KuchKhaas and other children's conventions. She is a mother of two.
Nargis Sultana is currently working with Open Society Foundations (OSF), Pakistan. She has vast experience of working in Education Sector, Economic Sector, other Social Sectors and research on social and economic related issues.
During her academic career, she received several awards and distinctions. She has a number of publications to her credit, some of which have been published in the ‘Pakistan Development Review’, the country's leading journal of economic research. She has also co-authored a book entitled ‘Pakistan's Economic Performance: 1947 to 1993 - A Descriptive Analysis’.
She has worked as Education Specialist at MSU/World Bank, Senior Program Officer (Education) in DFID, Research Manager in IFPRI/USAID, and also worked with FAO/UNDP.
Nasim Zehra is a Pakistani anchor and a columnist. Ms. Zehra, Director Current Affairs at Dunya Television and host of Policy Matters, is trained in international security and business management, writes and lectures internationally and nationally on national and international political and security issues. As an Analyst on Pakistan’s political experiences and international security issues,Nasim has written and lectured widely nationally and internationally. Nasim has written as a Syndicated columnist for ‘Inter-Press Services’ (IPS) and for national dailies and for journals including The News and the Defence Journal. In the Arab world she has written regularly for the two leading dailies, “Gulf News” and Dubai-based “Khaleej Times” and the Jeddah-based “Arab News”. NasimZehra regularly lectures at the ‘National Defense College’, ‘Command and Staff College’, ‘Air War College’, ‘Institute for Strategic Studies Islamabad’ and ‘National Institute for Public Affairs’. She has also lectured abroad in the United States, Germany, India, Egypt, Iran, Britain etc.
As an Expert Commentator, Ms. Zehra is invited by local and foreign television and radio networks including ‘GEO Television Network’, ‘Pakistan Television’, ‘BBC’, ‘Al-Jazeera’, ‘Gulf Television’, ‘Middle East Television’, ‘CNN’, ‘Radio Australia and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’ for expert comments on domestic issues and international security issues.Ms. Zehra has also combined writing with management and development consulting. As a writer she specializes as an analyst and strategist in national and international security. NasimZehra’s employment record includes working with the private sector and CIDA, and consulting assignments for bilateral and multilateral organizations.
NigarNazar is the CEO of ‘Gogi Studios PvtLtf’. A graduate of Punjab University, she went on the Fulbright scholarship for professional up-gradation. Her achievements include, a recent ‘Fellowship in Colorado College USA’, Solo exhibition with ‘PNCA’, ‘Shakir Ali Museum, Lahore’, ‘Karachi Arts Council’, and ‘Abbasin Arts Council Peshawar’. Nigar created ‘Gogi’ comics for national dailies such as ‘Jang’, ‘Dawn’, ‘The News’ and ‘The Muslim’. Bus wrapping with Gogi Cartoons took place in 2004, i.e. 9 buses in Twin Cities and 3 buses in Lahore and 2 coasters. She also prepared cartoon murals for 3 hospitals in Islamabad and Rawalpindi including PIMS, CGH, and DHQ. Nigar authored 7 comic books and illustrated and authored 8 books for different national and international organizations. She has experience in conducting workshops and outreach programs in schools for the underprivileged students, to date 6000 children have been addressed through this program. Nigar was invited to be on the jury in Turkey, China, Malaysia, and Algiers. The Government of Pakistan conferred on her ‘Fatima Jinnah award’ for her contribution in the field of Art.
Pervez Amirali Hoodbhoy is a Pakistani nuclear physicist, essayist and defense analyst. He has also taught as the visiting professor of Physics at ‘Lahore University of Management Sciences’ (LUMS) where he also worked on topics in theoretical applications in the topological insulators, various Hall effects and Graphene. Before joining LUMS, he was the professor of nuclear and high-energy physics, and also the head of the Physics Department at the ‘Quaid-e-Azam University’. Currently, he holds the ‘Zohra and Z. Z. Ahmed’ endowed chair in the departments of Mathematics and Physics at Forman Christian College.
He graduated and also received a PhD from MIT and continues to do research in Particle physics. He received the ‘Baker Award for Electronics’ in 1968 and the ‘Abdus Salam Prize for Mathematics’ in 1984. He has authored various scientific research papers in peer-reviewed journals.
Hoodbhoy is also a prominent environmentalist and social activist and regularly writes on a wide range of social, cultural and environmental issues. He is the chairman of “Mashal”, a non-profit organization which publishes Urdu books on feminism, education, environmental issues, philosophy, and modern thought. Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy is a strong supporter of peaceful use of nuclear technology in Pakistan, nuclear non-proliferation, and nuclear disarmament; he has criticized the United States, Israel, Pakistan's and India's nuclear program in many national and international forums.
Rakae Rehman Jamil is a Lahore-based Sitar-Nawaz, classical musician and musicologist. He spent four years under the tutelage of UstadShujaat Khan, son of the late UstadVilayat Khan, and eight months at the ITC-Sangeet Research Academy in Kolkata, where he learned under the guidance of PanditBuddhadevDasgupta, the legendary Sarod maestro, and PanditUlhasKashalkar, one of India’s leading classical vocalists. He went on to join the Musicology Department at NCA, Lahore, in 2003, where he acquired an understanding of South Asian Musicology. He graduated from NCA with an Honours Degree.
In 2013, Rakae completed his degree in the Master of Arts’ Program in Humanities from the University of Chicago, with a concentration in Ethnomusicology. Currently, he heads the Department of Musicology at the University of the Punjab, and is an adjunct faculty member at the ‘MushtaqGurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences’ at LUMS, where he teaches the course on Evolution of Music in the Sub-continent. He is also conducting research on the folk and classical musical traditions of Punjab, for which he plans to create a short documentary which was completed by July, 2014.
Professor Rashada Fatima is the Director of Federal College of Education since 2011. She has done M.Sc and M.Ed. apart from her administrative responsibilities, she also teaches at the College.
With a major in English Literature, Saeed is currently heading Girls Education Program of Oxfam GB Pakistan since 2010. He has over decade long extensive experience of leading education programmes/projects which are vertically integrated from grassroots activism to district, provincial and national level Advocacy and Policy Change work involving a range of civil society alliances and coalitions. As an educationist, researcher, certified trainer, writer, and development practitioner, he demonstrates passion and proven track record of rights based gender responsive education programming (especially girls’ education) leading to effective governance in education through citizen-led social accountability. Representing regional and global education campaigning networks, his expertise are well-grounded in systematically connecting informed rights holders with duty bearers at all levels. Saeed’s learning & development has been strongly backed by national, international trainings & exposures (United Kingdom, South Africa, Malaysia, Thailand, Senegal and India,). Representing a leading national level NGO, he is the first South Asian winner of ‘Commonwealth Education Good Practice’ “Special Nomination”Award and Govt. of Malaysia CEGPA (2009) and is the Founder and Chair of the first ever Children Parliament of Pakistan.
Sana Mir, born 5 January 1986, is a female Pakistani cricketer of Kashmiri origin and captain of the Pakistan women's team. She was announced ‘Player of the Tournament’ at the 2008 Women's Cricket World Cup Qualifier, and currently ranks 16th in the Women's ODI Bowlers in the ICC Player Rankings. She is also the only Pakistani in the top 20.
By winning the National Championship for the fourth time in a row, Sana Mir has become the most successful captain of Pakistan at domestic level. Her team has yet to lose a game at domestic level in the past four years.Sana Mir also led the Pakistan team to their first ever tournament win in both the T20 and ODI formats when they played in Sri Lanka in 2011. The teams in the quadrangular cup were Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Ireland, and Holland. She was also awarded the ‘Women of the Match’ title in the T20 quadrangular-cup final against Holland.
SaifeHasan initiated his career in the performing arts through theatre in 1997 and has performed in many prestigious theatre festivals internationally and in Pakistan. Saife is also a well-known actor for television and has directed several plays for renowned production houses in Karachi. He now works independently and has recently established his own production house. Saife is a lead performer and co-founder of ‘Zambeel Dramatic Readings’.
SaleemMairaj initiated his career in theatre with the group Katha in the mid-nineties and has also worked with Tehrik e Niswan since 1999. He has participated in several theatre festivals and worked with renowned theatre directors in the course of his career. Saleem is a well-known actor for television and has been commended for his work in films such as “Ram Chand Pakistani” and “Mein HuunShahidAfridi”. Saleem made his debut with ‘Zambeel Dramatic Readings’ with the children’s story “Raaja Kay Do Seeng” for the CLF in Islamabad.
SamanShamsie is an author who specializes in writing books for children. Educated at ‘Karachi Grammar School’, ‘Allegheny College, USA’, and ‘King’s College, London’, she has worked both as a ceramicist and as a physics teacher. She is the author of two children’s books,“The Adventures of Slothful Slough-off” (OUP, Pakistan) and “The Magical Woods” (OUP, Pakistan). She has also written a story titled “The Heartbeat Tree”, published in ‘Magic: Stories for Eight Year Olds’ (Puffin, India).
Saima is an Associate Professor of Physics at the Federal College of Education, Islamabad. She has done M.Sc in Physics and M.Ed.
Sehar Tariq is a development consultant and an English teacher at a private school in Islamabad. She previously worked as Manager Corporate Social Responsibility at Mobilink. She also worked for the Jinnah Institute, a public-policy think-tank based in Islamabad. She has written numerous articles and is also a blogger.
ShafiaHanif is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at ‘Federal College of Education Islamabad’. She has done B.Ed and M.Sc in Mathematics. She studied from ‘Gomal University’,Dera Ismael Khan.
Dr. Shahid Siddiqui obtained his Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from ‘University of Toronto’, Canada, M.Ed. TESOL from ‘University of Manchester’, U.K. and M.A. English Language and Literature from ‘Gordon College’. Dr. Siddiqui has worked in prestigious universities such as the ‘Aga Khan University’, ‘GIK Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology’, and ‘Lahore University of Management Sciences’ (LUMS). Currently he is working as a Professor and Head of Department of Social Sciences in ‘Lahore School of Economics’ (LSE). His areas of interest include socio-cultural aspects of language, gender, educational change, and critical pedagogy. His published books include, “Rethinking Educational in Pakistan: Perceptions, Practices, and Possibilities” (2007, 2010); “AdheAdhooreKhawab- An Urdu Novel” (2010), “Education, Inequalities, and Freedom” (2012), and “Language, and Gender, and Power: Politics of Representation and Hegemony in South Asia” (2013). He regularly writes on educational and linguistic issues for the editorial pages of national newspapers. He can be reached at: http://firstname.lastname@example.org
Telenor Pakistan is 100% owned by the Telenor Group, an international provider of high quality voice, data, content and communication services in 12 markets across Europe and Asia. Telenor Group is among the largest mobile operators in the world with 150 million mobile subscriptions and a workforce of approximately 32,000. Telenor Pakistan has invested over US$2.3 billion in the local economy so far. It acquired a GSM license in 2004 and began commercial operations on March 15, 2005.
In October 2012, Telenor Pakistan crossed the active subscriber base of 30 million retaining its position as the country's second largest mobile operator.
Tele Taleem is an interactive eLearning service connecting teachers to learners across all boundaries. T2’s promise is built on freeing up the teacher from geographical dependency, virtually transporting them anywhere … anytime. This is the start of bringing the best learning and information resources to any location in Pakistan.
The TeleTaleem initiative is poised to transform the educational landscape of Pakistan. TeleTaleem (T2) proposes a new paradigm of learning, promising the maximum impact in shortest timeframe.It’s key objectives remain,
• Defines a paradigm shift in mode of learning.
• Leverages ICT drivers, to grow highly scalable and efficient educational network.
• Offers a dynamic environment to create and share rich content.
• Delivers a portal to enable broad based interactions amongst teachers, students, schools and parents.
ToffeeTV.com is a digital initiative that creates songs, stories and activities in Urdu, delivering them through the web and mobile platforms which children are native to. The idea is to create educational programming for young children and get them as excited about learning Urdu, as they are with readily available content for other languages. ToffeeTV was founded by Talea Zafar and RabiaGarib, while HiraIlyasBawahab and Hamza Lari are ToffeeTellers. For more information, please log onto http://toffeetv.com
The World Bank Group has set two goals for the world to achieve by 2030:
⦁ End extreme poverty by decreasing the percentage of people living on less than $1.25 a day to no more than 3%
⦁ Promote shared prosperity by fostering the income growth of the bottom 40% for every country
The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. They are not a bank in the ordinary sense but a unique partnership to reduce poverty and support development. The World Bank Group comprises five institutions managed by their member countries.
Established in 1944, the World Bank Group is headquartered in Washington, D.C. They have more than 10,000 employees in more than 120 offices worldwide.
Zehra Zaidi is a team leader at Ilm ideas.
ImranaMaqsood has taught primary children for 8 years in PAF School and Foundation Public. She has taught Urdu to A Level students for two years.Imrana has written almost 24 books of supplementary reading at OUP and six supplementary reading books at Ferozsons. Out of these, three books have won ‘PresidentBest Book award”.One book,“Karachi HalwaaurBadaunkePayre” for adults has made record sales. Written together with her sister Amra Alam, it is based on childhood memoirs. She has also written many TV serials and long plays.
A prominent artist, the works of KhudaBuxAbro reflects an earnest passion for social issues, and portrays these issues effectively. Born in Hyderabad in 1957, he has dabbled in every form of the visual arts. A prolific artist, photographer, illustrator, graphic designer, calligrapher, cartoonist, and blogger. He has held several exhibitions even before he joined the National College of Arts in Lahore. An activist to the core, his work deals with social themes and issues ranging from human rights to dictatorial regimes. His intent is to get the message out, with little interest in commercial success. His sensitivity to the plight of women, and his desire for regional peace, are all expressed strongly in his work. His eye for vibrant colors is as apparent in his photos as in his paintings. He works with Dawn as an illustrator.
KhudaBuxAbro also designed the poster of Children’s literature Festival Karachi 2014.
Mohammad Ahmed Shah’s interest in literature began at a very early age. When he was in class 7, he had memorized Iqbal’s and Ghalib’s poetry and it has been a journey of love ever since. He has dabbled with many arts and is a writer and a producer. He has written a drama serial which gained much popularity in its time. He is the first elected President of the Arts Council and has been organizing numerous events in that capacity. He created the ‘Annual World Urdu Conference’ in Karachi which has been a successful platform for Urdu writers for five years running. He believes that the youth of the nation is its future, because of which he created the Youth Festivals where they have a chance to showcase their art in different competitions. He is a social and cultural activist and has always been enthusiastic about bringing different forms of theatre and music to the people.
Educationist ShahaJamshed has been a teacher for almost 25 years. She is a Director of the ‘Heritage Foundation’ and Principal of ‘Hampton School’, Karachi. Enthusiastic about writing for children, she has recently written a reading series for the under-privileged schools in Sindh as part of the Heritage Foundation’s ‘Parho Pakistan project’. With a diversified experience in training, coordination and communications, she believes in encouraging people to build libraries at home.
Swati Bhatt is an Experiential Educators working in this field for close to 17 years. She conducts training for youth, children and organizations across India as Co-Founder of ‘Play for Peace’ initiative in India. The trainings are aimed at enabling participants to work for inclusive education by understanding/learning ‘Play for Peace’ process and its application. Swati has been a visiting faculty for Master’s student of Communication Media in SNDT College, Pune.
Play for Peace is now being seen as a process in India in development sector for which Swati has worked for last 12 years when she first led the pilot project of Play for Peace Global in Pune in 2000. This led to play for Peace deciding to set up operations in India in September of 2000 in Hyderabad. During this period she has enabled hundreds of teachers, community facilitators and youth leaders in the use of participatory processes. She has also worked as a campus chief, leading/mentoring a group of program and adventure skill leaders to facilitate summer programs for children in 2009-2010
Swati has worked internationally when she volunteered for Play for Peace in Israel for 6 month conducting numerous workshops and trainings for children, youth, educators and activists from Arab and Jewish communities (2006). She also has made a 22 minute film “Khel se Mel” documenting the cooperative gaming process of Play for Peace and its application in marginalized communities for a project in 2010.
She has also made a 2 part documentary on Experiential Education in 1997 and has worked as a curriculum development Officer for a ‘School AanandNiketan’ in Ahmedabad. She has a Masters in “Communication Media for Children” from SNDT Women's University in Pune.
Thespianz Theater is a ‘performing arts services’ organization that has been operating on a non-profit basis for over eight years now. The organization has performed 56 professional productions, 34 dance productions, 107 theatre & motivational workshops nationwide and internationally. These include plays, dances, mime shows, eastern operas, and flash mobs. The organization performed a play called ‘PappukaPaneer’ at the Children’s Literary Festival 2012 & 2013 in CLF Lahore. The play is an adaptation of “Who Moved My Cheese?”, a book that was originally written by Dr. Spencer Johnson, dealing with the theme of change in one’s life, and is primarily motivational in nature. The Theatre group is devoted to the promotion of cultural activities, performing arts for social issues, Theatre for Development (TFD), workshops, trainings on important subjects, and promotion of primary and secondary education through theatre and working on old traditional string puppetry in Pakistan.
The Sindh Education Foundation, Government of Sindh, is a semi-autonomous organization committed to educating and empowering children and communities towards social change by improving access to educational facilities. Since its establishment in 1992 as a semi-autonomous organization, the SEF endeavors have focused on bringing the light of education for the growth and development of those living in remote and disadvantaged areas of the Sindh province in Pakistan. For More Information Visit: http://www.sef.org.pk/
Nazr ulHasan graduated from the National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA) in 2009. Now associated with NAPA as visiting faculty, he has acted in well-known theatre productions with the Napa Repertory Theatre and has performed in festivals within Pakistan (PNCA 2009) and internationally (NSD 2013, Kolkata Literature Festival 2013). Nazr has recently performed with ‘Zambeel Dramatic Readings’ in January 2014.
Zambeel Dramatic Readings aims to present texts in Urdu and English rendered in their dramatized form, to create a dynamic collusion between literature and performance. Referencing traditions of storytelling and the contemporary form of the radio play, Zambeel’s works traverse time and geographical boundaries to interpret and enliven narratives through sound and recitation. Zambeel Dramatic Readings was founded by MahvashFaruqi, AsmaMundrawala and SaifeHasan in September 2011.
SheemaKermani, the founder of Tehrik-e-Niswan, is a classical dancer, teacher, drama artist and women’s rights activist. For Sheema, dance and theatre is a passion as well as a social cause. She teaches dancing and drama and also acts for the stage and television. She combines this with activism which includes Mobile Theatre in low-income areas. She is Pakistan’s leading performance artist. Tehrik-e-Niswan is a Cultural Action Group using the medium of Theatre and Performing Arts to bring awareness on Right’s issues. It is the oldest theatre group in Pakistan and has been consistently providing quality and meaningful theatre since the last 33 years. Tehrik-e-Niswan has raised the standards of Performance Arts and performed at International Festivals and Conferences. For The Children’s Literature Festival in Lahore, Tehrik-e-Niswan is presenting its musical production “Jungle JungleZindabad”, based on a poem by the well-known writer Vikram Seth. This Urdu version has been translated and adapted by FahmidaRiaz and produced by Tehrik-e-Niswan and directed by SheemaKermani.
Sheherezade Alam studied art and design at the National College of Arts, Lahore. She did her post graduate studies from the ‘West Surrey College of Art and Design’, UK. Her intimacy with clay, beginning in the early 1970’s, made her Pakistan’s first female studio potter; her travel and work can be seen with some of the most acclaimed twentieth century potters in Europe, Asia, USA and Canada.
In 2000, she established LAAL, an artist’s collective, whose mission is to bring cultural and heritage education to young children. The ‘Jahan-e-Jahanara Center for Traditional Arts’ is an attempt to contribute/share this passion to/with the children of Lahore.
Popular Pakistani musician Shehzad Roy is something of a protean personality. He is a singer, a song writer, a social worker and humanitarian. As a musician, he has recorded five albums, including the 2008 ‘QismatApneyHaath Mein’ (‘Fate Lies in One’s Own Hands’). Roy is the president and founder of ‘Zindagi Trust’, a non-profit charitable organization that seeks to educate the underprivileged children of Pakistan.
Swaleha Alam Shahzada has been involved with ‘The Citizens Archive of Pakistan’ (CAP) since May 2008. She launched CAP’s flagship program ‘The Oral History Project’ in June 2008. Currently she holds the position of the General Secretary on the Governing Board while in June 2012, she was appointed the Executive Director.
Swaleha has had extensive experience in the field of Finance and Education. She graduated from Greenwich University, Karachi, and worked as a banker and foreign currency trader before realizing her calling was the education sector. She taught Accounting, Economics and Business Management courses to CIE Ordinary and Advanced Level Students for 17 years and held the position of Head of Business Studies Department. Before heading CAP, she worked as the Academic Head at a private school in Karachi.
Syed Meesam Naqvi graduated from the National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA) with a diploma in Theatre Arts. Since his graduation he has acted in and directed well-known productions by NAPA as well as its Repertory Company, and has also acted in and directed plays for television.Meesam is a regular performer for Zambeel Dramatic Readings.
Tahira Abdullah is a Researcher & Economic Development Worker, Peace Activist & Human Rights Defender. She does volunteer work with:
• PehliKiran School System in KatchiAbaadis (PKSS), operated by the JAQ Education Trust
• Women’s Action Forum (WAF)
• Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP)
• Pakistan-India People's Forum for Peace & Democracy (PIPFPD)
• InsaaniHuqooqIttehad Network (IHI)
• Ending Violence Against Women & Girls Alliance (EVAWG)
• Pakistan Reproductive Health & Rights Network (PRHN)
and several other organizations working for peace with justice, equality, tolerance, pluralism, human security, rights-based & sustainable development, democracy and the rule of law.
A Civil Servant by profession, Tajdar fell in love with Urdu prose and poetry during his studies at Government College Lahore and has never looked back. This love combined with his passion for classical Pakistani music, including qawwali, makes him one of the driving forces in the theatre group known as ‘Theatre Wallay’ for the revival of Urdu and classical literature on the stage. He is not only the organizer and presenter at several reading events but also has shown his talent for acting in both English and Urdu with plays as diverse as the absurd “Godotkayintezaar mien” and hilarious “The Good Doctor”.
Tajdar also has an infectious laugh and sharp sense of humor so Theatre Wallay gatherings with Tajdar usually end with roars of laughter and everyone rolling on the floor, directly propositional to how late in the night the evening ends.
Talea Zafar heads the strategy and Creative Works at Toffee Tv as the Chief Illustrator for the channel. An artist by profession, Talea plans storyboards and executes the animation for simultaneous productions. Whether a cartoon production or a video, Talea’s keen eye is what ensures how much fun the team will have with a content piece.
After completing her Masters in English Literature she joined NAPA for Direction. She has worked as a lighting designer for some esteemed directors. She has directed plays for the Academy and commercially as well. She has received ‘Pakistan Media Award 2013’ for Best Theatre Category.She has done certification in Lighting Design and Pre-visualization from SILV, USA and earned a ‘Seal of Qualification’ from the same institute. Currently she is actively involved with NAPA in teaching and management capacities.
YahyaFaruqui is the founder and CEO of eLearning and EdTech firm 3i Logic. 3i Logic specializes in digital content development, open source learning technologies, mobile applications and games for education and learning. 3i Logic is launching a comprehensive educational model called ‘Jugnu TV’ to promote primary and basic education through eLearning, mLearning and Blended Learning. Prior to establishing 3i Logic in 2006, Yahya worked in banking in Pakistan and the Middle East for nearly a decade. He holds an MBA from IBA, Karachi and MSc in Finance from ‘Cass Business School’, London.
Yaminay is the founder of Tentative Collective. The ‘Tentative Collective’ is a group of people who share resources to create interdisciplinary works of art in public places. These works hope to excite local imaginations and create new, inclusive, spaces for social engagement—ininherently ephemeral or tentative ways. Their projects strive to be collaborative, site sensitive, and open to a diverse range of participants. They tend to choose everyday and left-over sites in urban settings, from dividing boundary walls to neglected inner city streets—they ask how one could re-invent makeshift, tentative andmundane opportunities in everyday urban life. In the process of marking these collective sites with conviviality, they leave behind additional layers of memory, and take away interdisciplinary learning about the way large cosmopolitan cities are lived.
YousufKerai has been a student of tabla for fourteen years, learning from the great maestro, UstadKhurshidHussain. His formal education includes a B.A. in Mathematics and a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) from ‘Bennington College’, Vermont, USA. He has taught mathematics for a number of years in the U.S.A and currently serves as Academic Supervisor at Haque Academy while simultaneously managing and performing for ‘Tarz Group’, an ensemble of classically trained musicians presenting the richness of South Asian music in new and exciting formats, helping young listeners to reconnect with their musical heritage. He has performed in private and public performances in both Pakistan and U.S.A. He has lectured at Aga Khan University, Peaceniche-T2F and Textile Institute of Pakistan, and was a keynote speaker for School of Leadership’s Young Leaders Conference (2011). He has held five successful orchestra performances through the platform of Tarz Group./p>
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Zainab Omar is Chief Executive Officer of My Art World www.myartworld.com.pk / www, myartworld.org, an online art gallery for contemporary Pakistani art. ‘My Art World’ is Pakistan's leading online art portal providing a platform for artists to display their portfolios, and art collectors globally to browse and purchase online.
Zainab's journalistic work includes diverse publications e.g, in 2004, Zainab played an integral role in launching Pakistan’s leading business magazine, ‘Blue Chip’. As Editor-at-Large her monthly back page column ‘High Life Low Life!’ has been widely read. She has written for The Friday Times (Contributing Editor), Libas and Zameen. As a communications consultant, her clients have included IAL Saatchi and Saatchi, The Asia Foundation, CIDA, PPAF, and UNIC. She has been published in the Alhamra Literary Review, and she is currently writing a series of short stories.
Zainab has deployed her PR skills as a moderator at select corporate and literary events and she volunteers time to fundraising activities, including LRBT and SKMT. She has participated in plays, conducted readings and recitals to raise funds for good causes.
In 2006 she co-produced/hosted a successful prime-time cookery/chat show, *Zainab Can’t Cook*, for Aaj TV, with leading personalities. Due to its popularity the show also broadcast on Asian media channels in UK, Europe (Prime TV and Venus).
Children’s author, Zara Mumtaz, had her first piece published in the daily DAWN, when she herself was a twelve-year-old. It was a tragic-comical poem about the Punjab floods, raging beneath the railway carriage in which she was going home for the holidays. Now she is the author of four books, each book accompanied with an audio-recording, published by OUP, Pakistan. Zara Mumtaz is also a well-known children’s playwright. She wrote her first children’s play on the environment for WWF, Pakistan in 1992. This was followed by a number of plays for the stage as well as an award-winning television serial, “PeeliKothi”. In 1992, she launched the ‘Agahi Awareness Children’s Theatre’ (ACT) under the aegis of which summer theatre workshops were held for the next 10 years that brought together privileged and under-privileged children, most times in the environs of the Children’s Library Complex. In 2010, ACT was revived in Karachi and currently works with a number of
educational institutions and NGOs in the staging of original children’s plays. In 2011, OUP launched Zara Mumtaz’s collection of ten folk-stories, passed down to us through the oral tradition, entitled “Anna BuakiKahaniyan”. These stories have made Mumtaz quite popular in Karachi schools and literary festivals as a story–teller.
Zeerak Ahmed is a mixed media artist and singer. She started training with UstaadRauf Sami eight years ago. After graduating in Studio Art from Hiram College, OH, she moved back to Karachi where she currently works on art and music.
Zehra Arshad worked as the‘National Coordinator of Pakistan Coalition for Education’ (PCE). She has been working on development issues related to Women, Peace, Health and Education in various national and international professional organizations, networks and forums for last 17 years. She is human right activist and strong believer of inclusive and pluralistic approach for development.
Zehra is member various national and international networks and alliances working for promotion of Education,Human Rights, Women and Child rights, Peace etc. She is quiet vocal and assertive about rights based approach, active citizenship and social accountability . She is on board of various networks and organizations.
Recently, she is worked as the ‘National coordinator of Pakistan Coalition for Education’ (PCE), a national network of civil society stakeholders. Under her leadership the coalition undertakes research- based public policy advocacy/ lobbying on different aspects of education through public policy review and reforms and well-placed advocacy initiatives and engagements with relevant stakeholder including parliamentarians, policy makers at national, provincial and district level. She is representative/ member of various international forums. She has conducted several researches and author of reports, and articles related to her area of work including education, Women rights etc
ZehraNigah is one of the foremost Urdu poets of Pakistan. She was one of two female poets to gain prominence in the 1950s, when the scene was dominated by men. Coming from a well-known literary and intellectual family, she counts the writer, artist, and TV personality
Anwar Maqsood and play writer Fatima SuraiyaBajia among her siblings. Nigah has three collections of poetry to her credit and recently a collected edition of her poems is published in Lahore. Her poetry is remarkable for its lyricism and engagement with social issues. She has received various awards at home and abroad in recognition of her work. She is also a scriptwriter of several popular television serials and films.
Zobaida Jalal is a Pakistani teacher, libertarian, social activist, and politician. After successfully contesting in general elections held in 2002 on a PML(Q) platform, she came in national prominence and public fame as a leading woman minister in the cabinet of Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz. From 2002–07, she was the minister of Minister of Education (MoEd) and unsuccessfully contested for general elections held in 2008 on a PML(Q) platform.
After a five-year brief break from the national politics, she joined the Pakistan Muslim League but stepped down in favor of KiranHaider who successfully retained her seat in 2013 general elections, although she retains herself as a woman leader of the Pakistan Muslim League.
Internationally Awarded CLF Ambassador ZubeidaMustafa haswritten many articles for CLF and participated in many Plenaries and Sessions, illustrative of her commitment to Children and Learning. In Los Angeles and in New York, Zubeida Mustafa was honored by the International Women's Media Foundation and the U.S. media elite with the ‘Courage in Journalism Lifetime Achievement Award’.
Chaudhry Faisal Mushtaq,‘Tamgha-i-Imtiaz’, is one of the 500 most influential Muslims of the world, a YPO and Education Chair of world's leading ‘Young Presidents Organization’, ‘Prime Minister of Pakistan’s initiative Vision 2025 youth coordinator’, national student 'counselor’, Turkey 'academician', 'school practitioner' and a 'social entrepreneur'. He is the Founder & CEO of ‘Roots Millennium Schools’,
Pakistan and is the Executive Director and member of Board of Roots School System, Pakistan. He is also the founder and CEO of a non-profit organization 'Change - in Education' working in support of 'Public Private Partnerships' across education and thus scaling 'Millennium Development Goals' MDGs' and today he has successfully reformed more than 200 government schools across various districts, provinces and rural communities in Pakistan. He has been conferred with the most prestigious National Civil Award of 'Tamgha-i-Imtiaz, TI' by the President of Pakistan H.E. Asif Ali Zardari on Pakistan Day Ceremony held at the Presidency on 23 March 2013 in recognition of his outstanding services in the field of education, youth and promotion of Chinese Language across Pakistan as the national academic icon, educational change sponsor and globally recognized School and Education Management Practitioner.
‘Faisal Mushtaq' has recently been nominated as the member of the Prime Minister's Youth committee on Vision 2025 with the Ministry of Planning, Development & Reforms, Pakistan.
SameenaImtiaz is working on human rights, democracy and peacebuilding programs in Pakistan, and is the Founder and Executive Director of the ‘Peace Education and Development’ (PEAD) Foundation. An avid proponent of democratic development, human rights and peacebuilding Ms. Imtiaz has developed and implemented various programmes to lobby and advocate around these issues.
She has to her credit several training manuals on human rights, civic education, leadership development, peace & conflict resolution, etc. She has done an extensive review of the textbooks of KPK in year 2010 titled “Need for Change”. She has actively been advocating on the issue of curriculum reforms in KPK since 2010. She was also a member of the curriculum review committee on Ethics in 2003-2004 at the Federal level.
Ms. Imtiaz is an active member of Women’s Democracy Network (WDN). She has been instrumental in establishing the Pak-Afghan Women’s Forum – a Track II women’s initiative to build peace and democracy in the region. She is also a member of the Women Waging Peace Network. She currently is the National Coordinator of the “Coalition for the Rights of Minorities Pakistan” (CRMP). She is also a member of “Amn-O-Nisa” (Women for Peace Coalition) besides serving as convener of the Women’s Action Forum (WAF) Islamabad, Pakistan.
AamirRiaz Toto has a very versatile background with specialization in Political science. He is a researcher, editor and columnist. He has worked with “AwamiJamhuri Forum”. He started working at Reading (Book Store) as a GM. As a writer he has also worked with ‘Pakistan Today’ and ‘Dawn’.
Barbara June Toye-Welsh is the Chief of Party of the ‘Pakistan Reading Project’ which supports regional and district departments of education throughout Pakistan to strengthen reading in grades one and two. She is a highly regarded leader, author, and educator who has contributed to considerable development in mother tongue reading in the primary grades. Her works include the Tsimshian series of stories from northwestern British Columbia in Canada. Barbara has worked in over 20 countries contributing to the development of reading resources for students and teachers. She worked in Pakistan from 1998-2001 and returned in April 2015 to lead Pakistan Reading Project.
Dr. HaroonaJatoi is a famous educationist who got her degree from Harvard University. She is advisor to Ministry of Education and was in charge of Pakistan’s public school of curriculum. She worked as a Director at Academy for Education Planning.
An educator for over three decades, Sitwat has worked as a mainstream teacher, school Principal, teacher trainer and Peace and Sustainable Development Education teacher. She has been involved in preparing materials for more effective teaching, for developing teachers’ and students’ knowledge, skills, attitudes and values, in particular a Teachers Resource Kit for UNESCO for a Heritage Education Project.
She has designed and conducted multiple training workshops on a variety of educational issues for teachers of Grammar School Rawalpindi, several schools in the public and private sectors, schools in a number of under-served areas, a public school in the UK, etc.
At present, she is serving as Deputy Director at the Grammar School Rawalpindi, co-ordinating with its branches, dealing with Heads, with academic, co-curricular and administrative issues, mentoring Heads and teachers, and designing and conducting workshops for development of Heads and teachers.
Amber Shamsi is an award-winning and multi-media journalist currently working as a bilingual correspondent with the BBC World Service in Islamabad. She has worked in the media for over fifteen years in print, online, radio and television. Through her career she performed many roles - as a desk editor, reporter, producer and presenter and interviewed
celebrities, politicians and government officials for both local and international media outlets. As a reporter, she focuses on youth, human rights and social affairs.
Rabia Pasha is a teacher and a theater enthusiast who has been associated with ‘TheatreWalay’ since 2005. She has been part of several productions and she loves to challenge herself and considers each project a lesson in acting.
Laila Zuberi is a Pakistani TV Actress. She has been the center of attraction of TV audience for the last 22 years. She is a very talented and versatile actress. Laila Zuberi started production and launched her production house in 1999. She proved her skills in production and is also known as a social activist.
Imran Azhar is the creator of ‘Team Muhafiz’ comic series and aspires to create a media company focused on developing meaningful content for kids, teens and young adults. After a successful hospitality profession, Imran moved back to Pakistan to try his luck in constructive storytelling.
Fouzia Saeed was named by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as the Executive Director of ‘LokVirsa, the Pakistan National Institute for Folk and Traditional Heritage’ in February 2015. She is a social activist, gender expert, trainer/facilitator, development manager, folk culture promoter, television commentator and author. She is the author of two well-regarded books. Saeed is well known in the activist circles of Pakistan's social movement, having worked for decades on women's issues, especially those linked to violence against women, prostitution, women in the entertainment business, women’s mobility and sexual harassment. Her work on violence against women spans over 20 years and includes founding ‘Bedari’, the first women’s crisis center in Pakistan in 1991. For the past several years, she has been working to reduce the level of sexual harassmentand in the country and has most recently focused her attention on the ways terrorists establish themselves in fragile communities. Saeed was awarded the 2012 ‘Battle of Crete Award’ by the Oxi Day Foundation for 'courageous action for freedom and democracy' based on her decade-long struggle for the criminalization of sexual harassment in Pakistan.
Hamid Mir is a Pakistani journalist and news anchor. Mir initially worked as a journalist with numerous mainsteam Pakistani newspapers, and currently hosts the political talk show Capital Talk on Geo News. He writes columns for Urdu as well English newspapers, both national and international.
Mir became internationally known due to his interviews with Osama bin Laden after September 11 attacks. During the journalist career, Mir also interviewed various world leaders such as John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, Tony Blair, Colin Powell, Nelson Mandela andShimon Peres.
For his valuable journalist work, he was awarded with Pakistan's second highest civil award, ‘Hilal-i-Imtiaz’. In 2015, Mir was described by The Washington Post as "the most famous television journalist in Pakistan who lives like a fugitive".
Multi-talented Haroon, the famous Asian pop star, is a singer, composer, musician, producer, recording engineer, and exhilarating live performer. His fan following is in the millions.
Multi award winning Pakistan animated series ‘Burka Avengers’ is also created and directed by him. Haroon is campaign ambassador for ‘Save the Children's Everyone Campaign’ that focuses on child health and nutrition.
Mira Hashmi is Assistant Professor in Film Studies at the Lahore School of Economics. She has a BFA (with distinction), Major in film production from the ‘Concordia University’, Canada.
She has worked on a number of television projects, theater and freelance work. Prior to joining the Lahore School, she taught Film Studies at BNU.
Peter Jacob is a human rights activist, trainer, freelance journalist and researcher. He has been associated with several national and international human rights organizations in his career as NGO professional since 1988. He was involved in coordinating campaigns for abolition of column for religion in the National Identity Card (1992) and the Separate Electorate (1999-2001).
He researched and coauthored “Working Conditions of Agricultural Labour in Punjab” (2001) and “Life On The Margins”, a research study on situation of minority women in Punjab and Sindh Provinces. He published several fact-finding reports and books in Urdu including, “InsaniHaqooqKeIrteqa” and “InsaniHaqooqKaBainulaqwamiNizam” (Sanjh Publications).
Peter Jacob studied Political Science, Rural Development and Law in Pakistan and earned an LLM degree from University of Notre Dame (US) in International Human Rights Law (2014). He is currently working as the Executive Director of Centre for Social Justice, a Lahore based research and advocacy organization.
Pakistan puppet is a group of people which demonstrate the current problems of society through puppet and create awareness in people. So that people may understand their complicated problems. Pakistan Puppet Group is professionally working along with different institutions in all areas of Pakistan. Pakistan Puppet Group has organized programs in different languages as Urdu, Punjabi, Saraiki and Sindhi. Pakistan Puppet Group has 21 members who are concerned with Stage TV.
Sheikh Shoaib Ahmed is the very first voice of Radio Bahawalpur and launched the first on air transmission from radio. He has also served as a Drama artist, News caster, and Documentary voice. He has also done various projects on different heritage sites.