Ms Jehan Ara is the President of the Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES (P@SHA). She has been spearheading efforts at P@SHA for the past 14 years during which time she was responsible for developing the P@SHA brand and for creating linkages between P@SHA and local and international partners.
Ms Jehan Ara has vast experience in marketing, communications and interactive new media. She is a motivator, an entrepreneur, a social activist and a strong propagator of extending the power and use of information and communication technologies beyond pure traditional business. She is a regular speaker at seminars and conferences and at colleges and universities across Pakistan and the region. Ms Jehan Ara also writes for various industry publications.
She sits on the advisory boards of the Punjab IT Board, Plan 9 Incubator, LUMS Center for Entrepreneurship incubator “The Foundation” and several universities including Habib University, IBA, IBA Sukkur and NED University. She is also the President of Bolo Bhi, a research-based civil society organisation that focuses on open access. Ms Jehan Ara//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1475998213.jpgPresident, PASHA View Profile
Mr Waqas A Qazi
Dr Waqas Qazi is an expert in the processing and analysis of satellite earth observation imagery to study and understand the land and oceans of the Earth. He holds a doctorate from the University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA. He has been an Assistant Professor for many years at the Institute of Space Technology (IST), Islamabad, Pakistan, where he initiated the Radar Remote Sensing group, and was one of the founders of the Geospatial Research and Education Lab (GREL) (http://grel.ist.edu.pk). He has been affiliated also with Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden as a Visiting Researcher.
Currently, he is the MetOcean R & D Manager at Offshore Monitoring Ltd. (http://www.offshoremonitoring.com), where he leads the technical research and development for cutting-edge solutions and products involving earth observation data for the maritime domain. Waqas has many scientific publications, conference talks, and technical workshops to his credit, and is also a reviewer for some of the leading scientific journals in his field. He is an alumnus of Pakistan National Physics Talent Contest (NPTC), an alumnus of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, a Fulbright alumnus, and has been the Pakistan National Point of Contact for Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC).Mr Waqas A Qazi//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1540798129.jpgSatellite ScientistView Profile
Mr Khalid Ahmad
Head of Dramatic Studies, National Academy of Performing Arts, Karachi
With a Master’s degree from University of California, Davis, Khalid Ahmad was initially trained as an engineer and taught for many years at NED University, Karachi. All this while, his interest in theatre and television continued to grow. In 1981, he finally decided to switch careers and went off to study theatre at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). Upon his return, Khalid devoted himself fully to the performing arts. Since then, his contribution to theatre and television drama has been immense. Khalid also has a long experience of actor training and is presently the Head of Dramatic Studies at the National Academy of Performing Arts, Karachi (NAPA) where he teaches voice and acting.Mr Khalid Ahmad//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1486107643.jpgHead of Dramatic Studies, National Academy of Performing Arts, KarachiView Profile
Ms Salma Ahmed Alam
Salma Ahmed Alam has been working in the public education sector of Sindh since 2008, both at the school level as well as the government level, while consulting with the World Bank. She holds a Master’s degree in Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and recently qualified as a primary school teacher from the National Institute of Education in Singapore. Salma is currently heading a non-profit company, Durbeen that is working to reform teacher education and K-10 schools in the public sector.Ms Salma Ahmed Alam//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1539860512.jpgEducationistView Profile
Dr Sajid Ali
Interim Director Leadership and Policy, Aga Khan University Institute of Educational Development
Sajid Ali is an interim director and associate professor at the Aga Khan University’s Institute for Educational Development, Pakistan. He holds a PhD in Policy Studies from University of Edinburgh, an MEd in Leadership and Policy from Monash University, and a Masters in Sociology from the University of Karachi. Sajid is the recipient of various awards including AR Kiyani Gold Medal – 1997, Australian Development Award – 2003, Commonwealth Youth Leadership Award – 2003, Edinburgh Research Award – 2006, South Asian Visiting Fellowship at Oxford – 2011 and Australian Alumni Excellence Award - 2014. He has taught at Hamdard University, Karachi University and University of Edinburgh. He is the current General Secretary of Pakistan Association for Research in Education (PARE). Sajid’s research interests include globalisation and education policy, new forms of educational governance, policy networks, education reforms, privatisation of education and role of knowledge resources in shaping policy. He is a key member of various policy forums at national and provincial levels and has contributed in the formation of various government policies. Currently, Sajid is researching on early grade reading in Sindh.Dr Sajid Ali//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1540820254.jpgInterim Director Leadership and Policy, Aga Khan University Institute of Educational DevelopmentView Profile
Mr Abbas Ali Khan
MD, Abacus Global
As a global leader of Abacus Consulting, Abbas Ali Khan is a member of the Board of Directors and is the executive leader of Information Technology Solutions (ITS) vertical. Abbas has founded and brought to market five independent business units/specialised service areas in Abacus, all of them now considered market leaders in their own respective space. His areas of focus are Enterprise Solutions, Digital Banking Solutions, Business Process Outsourcing and Public Sector Transformation Solutions. Abbas works across a broad range of industry verticals including Financial Services, Telecom, Public Sector, Consumer Markets, Industrial Goods and the SME Sector. He also serves as a leader in company-wide governance roles such as Monitoring & Evaluation, Industry Specialisation, Access-to-Talent and Corporate Information Systems. Before joining Abacus Consulting in the year 2000, he worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in London and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England. Abbas has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mathematics and Computation from the University of Oxford.Mr Abbas Ali Khan//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1537860134.jpgMD, Abacus GlobalView Profile
Mr Norbert Almeida
Security & Crisis Manager
Mr Norbert Almeida aka NORBALM is a Security and Crisis Manager with over 19 years of experience in the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Pakistan. As a subject expert in Incident and Crisis Management as well as Safety and Security, Mr Almeida has delivered trainings and lectures at numerous local and international forums. His audience has included serving government officials, both in Pakistan and abroad, security professionals, students, parents and the general public.
Mr Almeida is a certified Trainer of Trainers in areas such as Crisis Management, Business Continuity, Detection of Counterfeit Visas, Passports and Currency.
Passionate about volunteer work, he is a qualified First Responder who has worked on disaster management during natural disasters, arson and accidents within Pakistan. He regularly conducts trainings for local communities and interest groups in basic safety.
Mr Almeida writes a security advisory column for Dawn newspaper’s magazine and blogs at www.norbalm.com. He is actively found sharing security updates on his twitter handle @norbalm.
Mr Norbert Almeida//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1477106183.jpgSecurity & Crisis Manager View Profile
Professor Tahir Andrabi is the Stedman-Sumner professor of economics at Pomona College. He was the inaugural Dean of the LUMS School of Education from 2017-2020. He is a Principal Investigator for Research in Systems of Education (RISE) project and of the Learning and Educational Achievement in Pakistan Schools (LEAPS) research programme.Professor Tahir Andrabi//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1594041506.jpgProminent Economist, Researcher, & Educational LeaderView Profile
Mr Farhan Anwar
Farhan Anwar did his Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering. He has extended consulting services to the World Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Japanese International Corporation Agency (JICA), the World Conservation Union (IUCN), WWF Pakistan and several prominent Pakistani consulting firms. He is presently working as an Urban Planning Consultant to the World Bank on the Karachi Transformation Strategy Project, aimed at transforming Karachi into a liveable city. Farhan is a member IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) and sits on the Standing Committee on Environment – Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI). He also serves as a visiting faculty at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi, where he teaches a Bachelor’s course – Sustainable Cities and Communities. Farhan is the lead author of the Sanitation Strategy, Government of Sindh and the author of Pakistan’s National Strategy and Action Plan for the Mangroves of the Future Regional Programme. He has a number of publications to his credit and contributes a weekly column – Elasti-cities focused on urban planning, environment, and development issues of Karachi City in Express Tribune.Mr Farhan Anwar//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1540288461.jpgUrban Planner View Profile
Mr Qasim Aslam
Co-Founder, The History Project
Nominated 30 under 30 changing classrooms globally by International Literacy Association, Qasim Aslam is the founder of Beyond The Classroom Education, an organisation that imparts education through behavioural activities to inspire 21st century leadership amongst school going students. The programme started in fall 2016 and has worked with 1200 teachers and 4200 students across Lahore and Karachi.Mr Qasim Aslam//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1540199710.jpgCo-Founder, The History ProjectView Profile
Mr Arieb Azhar
Sharp eloquence, humanist philosophies and mystic poetries are given a global voice by Arieb Azhar – acclaimed musician, cultural promoter and a pioneer of contemporary Sufi music in Pakistan. With an eclectic mix of his own compositions and arrangements based on Sufi Kalaam and the folk music of multiple cultures, Arieb has performed in all major venues and festivals of Pakistan as well as toured abroad extensively.
Arieb founded the Music Mela Festival of Islamabad which he curated for three years, and is Founder and Director of Art Langar – a festival that connects music and arts with the spirit of charity and community integration.
Arieb is presently Executive Director of T2f (The Second Floor), cult community space, art gallery and café founded by the late Sabeen Mahmud. He is also part time columnist and regular speaker on the topic of culture and Sufi poetry of Pakistan; and has produced several documentary films on music and musical heritage.Mr Arieb Azhar//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1540798226.jpgDirector, T2FView Profile
Ms Farieha Aziz
Director, Bolo Bhi
Ms Farieha Aziz is a Karachi-based, APNS award winning journalist. She is a co-founder and Director at Bolo Bhi. She has a Master's degree in English Literature. Ms Aziz worked with Newsline from July 2007 to January 2012 and also taught literature. She served as an amicus curiae in a case filed in the Lahore High Court in 2013, challenging the ban on YouTube, and is currently a petitioner on behalf of Bolo Bhi in a case filed in the Islamabad High Court challenging government's censorship on the Internet and the powers of the regulator. When she is not raging over Internet censorship or poor Internet connectivity, Ms Aziz chooses to turn to cricket, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and qawwalis for sanity. Ms Farieha Aziz//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1476168286.jpgDirector, Bolo BhiView Profile
Ms Hirra Babar
Hirra Babar is a fashion entrepreneur working on the crossroads of design, fashion and manufacturing industry. She has a BSc degree in Economics and an MBA from LUMS. She founded her handbags and accessories label, WARP in 2016 with an intent to upgrade the leather fashion industry in Pakistan by fusing modern technology with traditional craftsmanship. In 2016, WARP launched its first collection of leather handbags made using innovative design techniques and local leather craftsmanship. Under WARP, Hirra is also working on making the first fashionable smartbag, SMAG, with built-in technology which will help women on-the-go stay connected at all times.Ms Hirra Babar//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1539774314.jpgCo-Founder, SMAGView Profile
Nausheen Bashir is Deputy Manager Training at Beaconhouse School System. She is mainly responsible for providing professional support and training to teachers and school heads. She is a certified trainer for two of Cambridge international diplomas for teachers and school heads. She has conducted several workshops on assessment for learning, creativity, active learning, inclusion, differentiation and understanding by design. Nausheen holds a master’s degree in her field and is associated with education since last 15 years.Ms Nausheen Bashir//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1540720503.jpgEducationist View Profile
Mr Vladimir Bataev
EU Smart Cities Architect
Vladimir Bataev is an independent expert in smart and circular urban solutions — applications of novel technology in urban environments. He focuses on tight integration of transport, energy and urban infrastructure with the help of ICT. He facilitates strong collaborations between municipalities, urban designers, architects and technologists, with particular emphasis on startups and SMEs.
In 2015, he founded and headed the Smart Urban Solutions Unit at the smart transport and logistics solution provider EsperantoXL (NL). This unit focused on applied research, consulting and project implementation of smart urban solutions at the intersection of information technology, data analysis, urban design, architecture and policy frameworks.
In 2016, Vladimir was nominated for the Global Smart City Leader and Promoter Award by the Smart Cities UK programem.
In 2017, together with Boyd Cohen (the author of the definitive Smart City Wheel model), he developed and taught a people-/innovation-centric smart city induction course to the municipality officials at the Public Administration Academy of Kazakhstan.
Since 2018, he is an international advisor in the Advice for Small Businesses initiative of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.Mr Vladimir Bataev//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1539774212.jpgEU Smart Cities ArchitectView Profile
Dr Asha Bedar
Dr Asha Bedar is a clinical psychologist, trainer, group facilitator and researcher with over 20 years of experience working with women, children, men, families, communities and professionals. Asha began her career in the NGO sector in Islamabad, with a focus on gender, gender-based violence and violence against children. She then went on to complete her PhD from the University of Melbourne in 2004 after which she has been working extensively on mental health issues related to gender, youth, children, journalists and vulnerable (including disaster-affected and displaced/refugee) communities both in Pakistan and Australia. Her current work includes counselling/therapy, capacity building, group-work, research, material development and project development on mental health, with a focus on gender issues, trauma, child abuse, violence against women and children, human rights and women’s leadership, life skills development, resilience and peace-education.Dr Asha Bedar//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1540362478.jpgClinical PsychologistView Profile
Ms Sarah Belal
Sarah Belal is the Founder and Executive Director of Justice Project Pakistan (JPP). Under her leadership, JPP secured the release of 42 Pakistani detainees from Bagram in Afghanistan, the largest repatriation of any one nationality to date. Since the lifting of the moratorium in December 2014, JPP has secured stays of executions of several death row prisoners and as successfully highlighted the issue of Pakistan’s use of the death penalty on the national and international stage.
She is the recipient of the 2016 Franco-German Human Rights Prize, granted to only 16 human rights activists throughout the world. In December 2016, she was also awarded the National Human Rights Prize by the Federal Ministry of Human Rights.
In 2013, Sarah won the prestigious Echoing Green Global Fellowship – making JPP the first Pakistani organisation to be recognised in the fellowship’s 25-year history.
Sarah studied History at Smith College, Northampton. She completed her law degree from Oxford University in 2006. She qualified as a barrister after completing the Bar Vocational Course in 2007. She obtained her licence to practice in Pakistan in 2008 and gained rights of audience in the High Court in 2008.Ms Sarah Belal//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1540285015.jpgLawyerView Profile
Ms Nazish Brohi
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Dr Lawrence Burke
Chief Education Advisor, Beaconhouse Group
Dr Burke has worked across Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Argentina, Kuwait, UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Fiji, along with introducing the OECD'S PISA for Schools project in Pakistan. He holds several awards and has taught various courses in a joint Master's programme with Deakin University and the Higher Colleges of Technology. Dr Lawrence Burke//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1593676113.jpgChief Education Advisor, Beaconhouse GroupView Profile
Ms Zebunnisa Burki
Deputy Editor, Oped pages of The News
Zebunnisa Burki is a Karachi-based journalist, currently working as the deputy editor of the oped pages of the English daily, The News. Trained both as a journalist and a lawyer, she has worked in editorial positions for the past 15 years. Most of her initial years as a journalist were spent working with the South Asian Free Media Association, where she edited a quarterly journal aimed at understanding South Asia as a region. Zebunnisa also teaches Pakistan history, media studies and current affairs to undergraduate students in Karachi. In 2009, she co-founded the largest network of women journalists and media professionals in the SAARC region, South Asian Women in Media (SAWM). Zebunnisa is an alumnus of Kinnaird College Lahore and the London School of Economics.Ms Zebunnisa Burki//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1539940815.jpgDeputy Editor, Oped pages of The News Founder, South Asian Women in MediaView Profile
Ms Saira Mubashir Butt
General Manager, Early Years Education, Beaconhouse School System
Ms Saira Mubashir Butt is an advocate for promoting the integration of education technology in Early Years classrooms and has been instrumental in improving Early Years provision across the country. She has served as a consultant for numerous projects and has attended and presented at numerous international and national conferences.Ms Saira Mubashir Butt//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1447666974.jpgGeneral Manager, Early Years Education, Beaconhouse School SystemView Profile
Mr. Shahjahan Chaudhary
Director, National Incubation Centre Karachi
Shahjahan Chaudhry is a tech entrepreneur and the current Director of National Incubation Centre Karachi, a public-private partnership funded by Ignite and managed by a consortium of LMKT, HBL, PTCL, PPAF and NED University. He has previously been on the board of P@SHA (Pakistan Software Houses Association) and PeachNiche (T2F). He is on the Advisory Board of P@SHA Social Innovation Fund and The Nest I/O, a Google-funded incubator in Karachi. Shahjahan is deeply interested in the interaction of technology, policy and entrepreneurship to lift up the bottom 100 million of Pakistan.Mr. Shahjahan Chaudhary//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1447666296.jpgDirector, National Incubation Centre KarachiView Profile
Mr Fawad Chaudhry
Mr Fawad Chaudhry is a lawyer by profession and politician by passion. He joined the media around three years ago but has emerged as a powerful liberal voice on our television screens. Mr Chaudhry hosts a prime-time show, Khabar Kay Peechay on a private news channel. He belongs to a prominent political family of Punjab. He has been adviser to the prime minister and is now Spokesperson of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).Mr Fawad Chaudhry//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1477135285.jpgView Profile
Ms Kami Chouhdry
Trans Rights Activist
Kami Sid is a social activist known for working for Pakistan’s transgender community. Her powerful debut photo-shoot in the fashion world drew public attention to issue of trans phobia. Kami has also used her participation in several documentary projects (Chuppan Chupai, BBC 3 documentary & ‘How Gay Is Pakistan’) to raise global awareness on trans and LGB issues in Pakistan. Apart from these kind of creative projects, she is also working with the government’s policy-making team that is developing inclusive rights for the transgender community in the National Assembly.
Since 2015, Kami has been engaged with different public and private forums to promote and sensitize mainstream society on transgender issues and the hurdles that the trans community faces in the country. She is currently in the process of establishing Sub Rang Society in Karachi.Ms Kami Chouhdry //beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1539593860.jpgTrans Rights ActivistView Profile
Ms Nighat Dad
Digital Rights Advocate; Member Facebook Oversight Board
Ms Nighat Dad is the Director of Digital Rights Foundation, Pakistan, a research-based not-for-profit organisation focusing on ICTs to support human rights and digital governance. She is also a development consultant, researcher and professional lawyer. She is a Member of the Facebook Oversight Board.Ms Nighat Dad//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1476275918.jpgDigital Rights Advocate; Member Facebook Oversight BoardView Profile
Mr Ali Dayan Hasan
Senior Policy Advisor on Human Rights, UNDP
Ali Dayan Hasan is currently Senior Policy Advisor on Human Rights at the United Nations Development Programme in Pakistan. On behalf of UNDP, Ali has designed and executed a range of human rights training programmes for state institutions tasked with human rights protection. He previously served as Human Rights Watch’s Pakistan director between 2003 and 2014. Previously, he was a senior editor at Pakistan’s premier independent, political news monthly magazine, Herald. Since 2014, Ali has been a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Human Rights. He has been a Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington DC and a Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. Ali has a BA from the London School of Economics and a Master’s degree from St Antony’s College, Oxford.Mr Ali Dayan Hasan//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1540790106.jpgSenior Policy Advisor on Human Rights, UNDPView Profile
Ms Natasha Ejaz
Singer and Song Writer
Singer-songwriter Natasha Humera Ejaz has been infusing folk, jazz and electronica to tailor music that tell the tales of her life since 2010. Known widely for her unique singing tone and eclectic approach towards songwriting, she has indulged in both solo and collaborative projects over her career, most recently playing Mehru in the Pakistani animated blockbuster Allahyar and the Legend of Markhor and lending her voice for the soundtrack to Pakistan’s 2018 Oscar submission, Cake. Previous releases include Lux Style Award nominee for Best Album 2015 ‘Till the end of time’, a hoard of songs with Indian producer and long-time collaborator Rishabh Rajan titled It might get glitchy (their debut release earned them a VIMA for Best Pop Song in 2011). The latest feather in her cap is a live-electronica alter-ego Stupid Happiness Theory that awarded her the prestigious Bordermovement Residency 2018. Ms Natasha Ejaz//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1540872939.jpgSinger and Song WriterView Profile
Ms Sana Farooq
Director, E-Learning Network
Sana Farooq is the founder of The e-Learning Network (ELN), an edutech startup with registrations from 18 countries across Europe and Asia. She is a mompreneur, TedX speaker, mentor for Cherie Blair Programme for Women and startup coach. She was the first Pakistani female entrepreneur to be selected for the Blackbox Connect programme in Silicon Valley. In Pakistan, Sana is working through ELN in the public and private sectors on educational quality frameworks, content digitisation and embedding technology into Pakistan`s teacher education and educational management. As a qualified chartered auditor and lead internal quality assurer, Sana’s passion for accessible quality education is the driving force behind her efforts to ensure that the Pakistani education system can be at par with international standards.Ms Sana Farooq//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1540892137.jpgDirector, E-Learning NetworkView Profile
Ms Amneh Shaikh Farooqui
Founder, Polly & other stories
Amneh Shaikh-Farooqui is a seasoned management-consulting professional and gender specialist with 12 years of experience in economic development, poverty reduction, environment and health initiatives. She holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Karachi and a Master’s degree in Public Policy with a specialisation in Development Administration from the Australian National University in Canberra where she received awards, both for the best graduate research project and for being the most outstanding student of the year.
Amneh supports and helps lead a not-for-profit organisation called the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Institute, which specialises in microenterprise, technical skills development and value chain development programmes focused on women and young people in Pakistan.
She also cofounded and runs a social enterprise called Polly and Other Stories (www.pollyandotherstories.com), an ecommerce initiative that helps develop and bring to market artisanal products, created by small producers or enterprises in their homes or in remote villages. She was a founding curatorial member for the Women of World festival, Karachi.Ms Amneh Shaikh Farooqui//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1538119575.jpgFounder, Polly & other storiesView Profile
Mr George Fulton
TV Host, George ka Pakistan
George Fulton has over 18 years of experience in public relations, television production and broadcasting. He has overseen external communications roles for the British Council, the Qatar Foundation and the Atlantic Partnership acting as an advocate for these organisations to senior politicians and stakeholders in Pakistan, Qatar, US and UK, as well as to the press and media. George has also been the executive producer, writer and presenter of television programmes in Pakistan including Kiran Aur George and George Ka Pakistan. He also has produced HARDtalk Pakistan and Question Time Pakistan for BBC World News.Mr George Fulton//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1538468493.jpgTV Host, George ka PakistanView Profile
Mr Richard Geary
Founder/Executive Director, Family Educational Services Foundation
Richard Geary is the founder and Executive Director of Family Educational Services Foundation (FESF), a non-profit educational foundation operating in Pakistan since 1984. Pakistan has a paucity of educational opportunities available for deaf children, with less than 5% out of over 1 million deaf children attending school countrywide. Under his leadership, FESF has developed the Deaf Reach Programme (http://www.deafreach.com) unique in its holistic approach in providing KG-college academic education and marketable skills training for deaf children. There are six Deaf Reach schools and colleges across Pakistan. Richard’s team has led the way in developing innovative and ground-breaking digital learning resources in Pakistan Sign Language (PSL) which are being used countrywide to improve the quality of deaf education, resulting in FESF being chosen as winner of the global 2018 WISE Award for Education, and the 2018 PASHA Award (http://www.psl.org.pk). Richard has worked in the field of Social Development for the past 45 years, and served as a consultant to the Pakistan government in matters pertaining to assistive services for special needs children. FESF has been honoured with the prestigious appointment of Special Consultative Status to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations. Mr Richard Geary//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1540463578.jpgFounder/Executive Director, Family Educational Services FoundationView Profile
Mr Omar Gilani
Omar Gilani has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering, and was previously engaged in a PhD in Robotics Design in Washington DC. However, his childhood passion to create art became too strong to ignore, so he quit the programme and returned to Pakistan to craft a career more aligned with his true interests. For the next two years, Omar worked as a university professor, technical writer, graphic designer, visual development consultant, illustrator and a multimedia artist, all the while traveling extensively around his homeland. He then engaged in fulltime work as a video game concept artist in Lahore for two years. After that he began freelance illustration, and it was during this time in 2016, that his pet project was conceived.
The project, titled Pakistan+, explores what Pakistan would look like in an alternative Sci-Fi reality. The project has garnered local and international acclaim, being featured by the BBC, Yahoo! News, MSN among others. His work has been exhibited in Islamabad (2014), Lahore (2016), Columbia University, USA (2017), Dubai, UAE (2017), London, U.K. (2018), and Seoul (2018). Omar expanded the work to incorporate new media representations, including animations, virtual reality, projection mapping, and augmented reality. He is currently touring Pakistan and conducting a series of solo exhibitions of the Pakistan+ body of work, sponsored by the Prince Claus Fund and the British Council.Mr Omar Gilani//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1539773808.jpgArtistView Profile
Ms Saba Gul
Saba Gul is an MIT educated engineer turned entrepreneur. Currently she is an entrepreneur in residence at Venture-Dive. She is also Investment Committee Member of i2i ventures, a seed capital fund for early stage startups. Previously Saba was the Founder and CEO of Popinjay.
Saba holds bachelors and masters degree in Computer Science from MIT. Ms Saba Gul//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1537859763.jpgEntrepreneurView Profile
Ms Bee Gul
Bee Gul is a Pakistani screenwriter and director. She wrote some critically acclaimed television plays and television films such as Talkhiyaan, Pehchaan, Kaun Qamar Ara, Firdous ki Dozakh and Dar Si Jaati Hai Sila. An extraordinary sense of the screenplay going beyond mere dialogue writing became the characteristic of her style, which touched tabooed topics in a bold but commendable way. Both her plays Talkhiyaan and Pehchan have been anything but the usual run-of-the mill dramas.
Bee Gul`s stories often deal with themes of reality and identity. While her work resists labels, it is often described as artsy. Among Bee Gul`s favourite writers/directors and influences are Rajinder Singh Bedi, Saadat Hasan Manto, Ismat Chughtai, Gulzar, Sahir Ludhianvi, Arundhati Roy, JK Rowling, Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Jon Elia and Asghar Farhadi.Ms Bee Gul//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1540292542.jpgScreenwriterView Profile
Mr Babur Habib
Co-founder & CEO, Portfolio School New York
Mr Babur is a tech entrepreneur who co-founded Kno Inc, an ed-tech company, reimagining how students consume content. The company was acquired by Intel Corporation, implementing innovative solutions in classrooms globally. Working with schools internationally, Mr Babur reevaluated how to serve each child's creativity, which led to the start of Portfolio School. Mr Babur Habib//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1593615946.jpgCo-founder & CEO, Portfolio School New YorkView Profile
Mr Jon Halligan
Jon Halligan is from Oxford in the United Kingdom where he started his teaching experience. He moved to the Middle East and worked in both, Qatar and Dubai for 18 years. In 2015, he relocated to The Hague and is presently the IB Head of Development and Recognition for the Africa, Europe and Middle East region. His job involves working with schools, governments, ministries, regulators and other influential educational bodies to raise awareness and understanding of IB programmes and their value for national equivalency purposes.Mr Jon Halligan//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1540872425.jpgEducationist (IBO)View Profile
Ms Ghada Hamdan
Marketing Professional & Entrepreneur
Ghada Hamdan is a marketing professional with an experience of over 20 years in various industries. She graduated in 1997 with a Bachelor`s degree in Business Administrations from The University of Alexandria in Egypt. Ghada worked with several multinational companies. In 2010, she gave up the limiting corporate world to become a successful entrepreneur. Today she owns a skincare company that produces three brands specialising in hair and/or body care products and own several shops around the country as well as an online store.
Ghada not just invests in cryptocurrencies but also produces them via what is known as Mining. She believes in this technology and that it will dominate the world in a few years to come. The way she sees it is that digital currencies and cryptocurrencies will do to banking what email did to the post industry.Ms Ghada Hamdan//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1539350544.jpgMarketing Professional & Entrepreneur View Profile
Mr Saad Hamid
Innovation & Community Lead, Invest2innovate
Saad Hamid is a technology entrepreneur and digital ecosystem builder based at the National Incubation Centre Pakistan as an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR). He is the CEO of DEMO which provides consultancy, trainings, services and research in impact-driven verticals such as innovation, entrepreneurship, skills development, technology and communications leading to the wave of the fourth industrial revolution.
Saad is also the founder of SkillsFirst, which is one of fastest growing digital skills development programme in Pakistan and also works as an advisor to national scale digital skill training programmes such as KP Youth Employment Programme in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Chief Minister’s eRozgaar programme in Punjab and DigiSkills Training Programme under the Ministry of IT and Telecom.
Saad is a Global Shaper at World Economic Forum, TED-Ed Innovator and an Acumen Fellow. He also runs the Google Developers Community in Islamabad as Pakistan’s first Google Developer Expert (GDE) and serves as an active mentor to the startups at in the ecosystem. Saad is an alumni of Telenor Youth Forum, State International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), Ashoka Changemakers and has long been affiliated with TED as Senior TEDx Ambassador to the region as licensee and curator of TEDxIslamabad and has also been awarded the Bill & Melinda Gates Fellowship for TEDxChange.
Saad has been recognised by the World Economic Forum as one of the Davos50 Innovators in 2018.Mr Saad Hamid//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1539349019.jpgInnovation & Community Lead, Invest2innovateView Profile
Ms Madiha Hamid
Madiha Hamid is the founder Chefling Tales – a Pakistani food discovery website promoting Pakistan's food heritage. Food is culture and the custodians of Pakistani cuisine are the women home chefs. At the core of Chefling Tales are talented women home chefs from the valley of Hunza to the streets to Sindh. These women are helping document regional recipes, run food tours and sell their home-cooked meals online.
Madiha has also lead the Global Shaper (part of World Economic Forum) Islamabad Hub and worked on local community uplifting initiatives. She has been mentioned for her work on Share America, Express Tribune and PTV. She represented Pakistan at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Silicon Valley. Madiha was nominated for 70 Heroes of Pakistan by Jang Group. She has received a Women Can Do award. Madiha also speaks at various events to motivate women of Pakistan to follow their passion.Ms Madiha Hamid//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1539678416.jpgArchitectView Profile
Ms Ayesha Tammy Haq
Ayesha Tammy Haq is a barrister-at-law with an LLB degree from the University of Kent, LLM from the London School of Economics. She is also a media personality. Ayesha has practiced law in the UK, Pakistan, the Philippines and the USA and has worked on several international projects particularly in power and telecom sectors. Her area of expertise is project development and finance.
She hosts 24seven, a current affairs talk show on Business Plus, where she has not just interviewed presidents, prime ministers and political leaders but those who advise on and formulate policy. She also writes opinion pieces for several newspapers and publications and hosts a radio show on FM89.
Ayesha currently sits on several boards, advisory committees and task forces and was a member Pakistan’s 5-Year Plan working group in 2004. A civil rights activist, she is involved with human rights and other rights-based organisations in Pakistan. She has been CEO of Fashion Pakistan, the Fashion Design Forum and organised Pakistan’s first-ever fashion week.Ms Ayesha Tammy Haq//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1476168128.jpgBarristerView Profile
Mr Arif Hasan
Arif Hasan is an architect planner in private practice. He has been associated with the Orangi Pilot Project since 1981 and is the founder Chairman of the Urban Resource Centre, Karachi and the Asian Coalition for Housing Rights, Bangkok. He is the author of a large number of books and monographs on urban development and sociology, especially related to the global south. Arif has taught at Pakistani and European universities and received a number of national and international awards for his work. His pro-poor and environmental activism has led not only to greater awareness of these issues but also changes in policies and projects, both at the national and international levels.Mr Arif Hasan//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1539593221.jpgArchitectView Profile
Ms Annisa Hasanah
Founder, Funopoly Games
Annisa Hasannah is a social entrepreneur and the founder of Ecofunopoly, environmental interactive board games. Her social enterprise, Ecofun Indonesia, aims to develop more understanding of environmental issues and science through interactive games. Annisa is also a founder and leader of the Ecofun Community, a voluntary community in Indonesia which has been active since 2009. Aside from developing Ecofunopoloy, Annisa recently authored two books under title 'Student Traveller', a book about her travel experiences to 33 countries with her game.Ms Annisa Hasanah//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1540285358.jpgFounder, Funopoly GamesView Profile
Ms Salima Hashmi
Professor, School Of Visual Arts and Design, BNU
Salima Hashmi is an artist, curator and contemporary art historian. Professor Hashmi was the founding Dean of the Mariam Dawood School of Visual Art and Design at Beaconhouse National University, Lahore. She was Professor of Fine Art at National College of Arts [NCA] Lahore and was also principal of the college.
She has written extensively on the arts. Her book, Unveiling the Visible - Lives and Works of Women Artists of Pakistan, was published in 2002, and Memories, Myths, Mutations – Contemporary Art of India and Pakistan, co-authored with Yashodhara Dalmia for Oxford University Press, India in 2006. She has edited The Eye Still Seeks – Contemporary Art of Pakistan for Penguin Books, India in 2014.
The Government of Pakistan awarded her the president's medal for Pride of Performance for Art Education in 1999.
The Australian Council of Art and Design Schools (ACUADS) nominated her as Inaugural International Fellow, for distinguished service to art and design education in 2011. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Bath Spa University in 2016. She was awarded with title of Professor Emeritus from BOG Beaconhouse National University on the occasion of 12th convocation in 2017. She is council member of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.
Ms Salima Hashmi //beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1477201989.jpgProfessor, School Of Visual Arts and Design, BNUView Profile
Ms Sophia Hasnain
Sophia Hasnain is the founder and CEO of Linked Things, a company that works across the IoT value chain to deliver superior solutions across industries. Sophia has previously been associated with the GSMA, Deutsche Telecom and Telenor Pakistan in different roles such as innovation, strategy and product management. She holds an MS in EE from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.Ms Sophia Hasnain//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1538120737.jpgTechnologistView Profile
Mr Zeeshan Hassan
Zeeshan Hasan is the founder and CEO of Grassroots, an education technology management firm whose purpose is to enable quality education for one million children by 2024.
He has over 20 years professional experience and has worked at C and D management levels in MNC’s in education, telecommunications and financial services industries in Australia, Malaysia, UAE and Pakistan.
Currently, besides providing consultancy services to Beaconhouse School System and Care Foundation, Zeeshan also teaches as an Adjunct Professor at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) where he teaches Business Strategy, Leadership Management and Entrepreneurship. He has an MBA degree from University of Technology Sydney, Australia.Mr Zeeshan Hassan//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1539941334.jpgView Profile
Ms Sidra Iqbal
Journalist/Host, PTV World
A prominent Beaconhouse alumna, Ms Sidra Iqbal is an internationally acclaimed television journalist and development activist. She is the first Pakistani to be presented the GR8 Women Award for Journalism 2014 by the government of UAE and the Indian Television Academy. Ms Iqbal is an accomplished media communications strategist and has also served as vice president public relations at Ogilvy & Mather Pakistan. Her television career highlights include coverage of two national elections of Pakistan (2008 and 2013), special series of financial policy debates of Pakistan Federal Budgets through 2007 to 2014, covering and reporting the US-Pakistan and India-Pakistan strategic dialogues, among many others.
Ms Iqbal is a powerful advocacy voice and a youth icon with keen interest in youth education and women empowerment. Ms Sidra Iqbal//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1479281998.jpgJournalist/Host, PTV WorldView Profile
Mr Shoaib Iqbal
Director / Founder, The Little Art
Shoaib Iqbal is an arts manager who has worked as curator, director and arts educator of arts projects since 2000. He founded The Little Art, a non-profit arts education organisation that uses art to promote positive social values through innovative learning opportunities among children and young adults, especially marginalised. Shoaib also founded the Lahore International Children’s Film Festival which has been organised annually in various cities since 2008. Shoaib post-graduated from DeVos Institute of Arts Management (Kennedy Centre, Washington D.C.), holds a diploma in International Development from East Side Institute NY and 2013 Asia21 fellow with Asia Society, an Acumen 2015 fellow and 2015 ArtThink South Asia fellow. Shoaib worked with British Council as Head of Arts, Pakistan and currently pursuing an MA in Arts and Cultural Management from Leuphana University, Germany.Mr Shoaib Iqbal//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1540284062.jpgDirector / Founder, The Little ArtView Profile
Ms Shameelah Ismail
Shameelah Ismail broke barriers in pioneering social entrepreneurship with her ground-breaking venture GharPar. Through her initiative she continues to empower the underprivileged women by helping them generate business, while educating and grooming them in their respective field of work through educative sessions and vocational training courses. GharPar has empowered more than 100 women from low income communities by helping them achieve financial independence in Lahore alone and recently has started its operations in Islamabad. GharPar has plans to move the model to other territories in the country as well.Ms Shameelah Ismail//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1540384740.jpgEntreprenuerView Profile
Mr Tapu Javeri
Fashion and Art photographer
Mr Tapu Javeri is one of the foremost photographers in Pakistan, both in terms of fashion and art photography. Though he has worked with the country's leading newspapers and magazines for the past decade. Apart from his trademark risque fashion photos, Mr. Tapu's recent foray into the art world has established his penchant for the new and adventerous.
His new photo-art is heading off the dynamic new wave of photography that has hit the country.Mr Tapu Javeri//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1477645667.jpgFashion and Art photographerView Profile
Mr Wajid Jawad
Wajid Jawad is a businessman and publisher and very fond of poetry. He is known in the Karachi literary circles as a respected scholar. He has been involved with various groups in promoting Urdu poetry. Wajid has produced pocketbook versions of the complete poems of Ghalib and Faiz and has spoken widely on Ghalib’s life and poetry.Mr Wajid Jawad//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1491193269.jpgView Profile
Mr Kasim Kasuri
Chief Executive, Beaconhouse School System
Mr Kasim Kasuri is CEO of Beaconhouse, possibly the largest privately owned school network in the world, a position he has occupied since 2005. During this period, Mr Kasuri’s key focus has been the international development of Beaconhouse as well as the consolidation of Beaconhouse Pakistan. He is a believer of change in the educational status quo and was intimately involved in the establishment of TNS Beaconhouse, a school that challenges conventional thinking about teaching and learning. He also chairs the School of Tomorrow(SOT) Events.Mr Kasim Kasuri//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1593616765.jpgChief Executive, Beaconhouse School SystemView Profile
Mr Nassir Mahmud Kasuri
Executive Director, Beaconhouse Group
Mr. Kasuri is a Director at Beaconhouse and is the head of Beaconhouse International College, a new initiative by the group to offer a range of transnational undergraduate programs in the country. He also heads Beacon Energy Limited, a novel renewable energy company set up by the group. With a keen interest in the use of technology in education, he is on the board of Knowledge Platform; a company focused on leveraging AI and Machine learning in Pakistan. As part of the organisation's philanthropic efforts, he sits on the board of Teach for Pakistan which aims to place university graduates in government schools to enhance teaching and learning.Mr Nassir Mahmud Kasuri//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1593072329.jpgExecutive Director, Beaconhouse GroupView Profile
Ms Laila Kasuri
Water Engineer, The World Bank
Laila Kasuri is a water analyst with the Global Green Growth Institute, where she is working on developing low-carbon, sustainable and bankable business models in the water and sanitation sector, that provide social, environmental and economic returns on capital. She has helped mobilise climate finance and private sector impact funding for water and sanitation projects, in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Vietnam, Philippines, Myanmar, Jordan and Senegal. Prior to joining GGGI, Laila was leading research at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) Centre for Water Informatics and Technology, and consulting the World Bank as part of the South Asia Water Initiative (SAWI) on river basin planning and management in Pakistan. She has previously worked on projects focused on flood risk reduction and the “room for the river” concept in the Lower Mississippi River, the Indus River, the Sacramento-San Joaquin River and the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghana Rivers. Laila has also worked previously with the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, the US Army Corps of Engineers, and the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences in California, and as a Harvard Water Fellow.
Laila has a Bachelor’s degree in engineering sciences from Harvard and a Masters in Water Resources Engineering from University of California, Davis with a minor in agricultural development.Ms Laila Kasuri//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1447666651.jpgWater Engineer, The World BankView Profile
Mr Yousuf Kerai
Lecturer, Mathematics School of Science & Engineering
Yousuf Kerai learnt to sing and play the harmonium under the tutelage of the late Master Babu Khan at the age of eight. At 16, he was accepted as a student of the tabla maestro, Ustad Khurshid Hussain, and has been playing tabla for the last 18 years. Yousuf holds a BA in mathematics and an MAT in teaching mathematics. He has lectured and taught courses on music and mathematics at The Aga Khan University (2011 - 2014), Peaceniche-T2F (2010-2011), School of Leadership’s Young Leaders Conference (2011 & 2012), Tedx Karachi (2014), Loyola University (2015), Habib University (2016) and has held many recitals and orchestra performances with master musicians in the US and Pakistan.
Yousuf currently serves as a faculty member at Habib University where he teaches courses in mathematics, history of mathematics, and music and mathematics. He is also the founder of Tarz Group, an ensemble of classically trained musicians, committed to helping young listeners delight in their South Asian musical heritage. Tarz Group has held many live concerts in Karachi and Lahore and have released an album titled, The Essence of South Asia, which is available internationally on digital music platforms.Mr Yousuf Kerai//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1540959753.jpgLecturer, Mathematics School of Science & EngineeringView Profile
Mr Saad Khalid
Saad Khalid is an information designer based out of Lahore. He has founded Plotree, an information design startup where he also works as a data visualisation engineer. Plotree’s work on visualising results from Pakistan’s national election 2018 was widely shared and appreciated on social media.
Prior to Plotree, Saad worked as a lead analyst for a Punjab-wide health survey. A graduate of Economic and Political Development programme at Columbia School of International and Public Affairs, Saad was also a public school science teacher in Shirin Jinnah Colony, Karachi under the Teach for Pakistan programme from 2012 -14.Mr Saad Khalid//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1539928422.jpgCo-Founder, PlottreeView Profile
Ms Hajra Khan
Captain, Pakistan National Women`s Football Team
Hajra Khan is the captain of Pakistan’s national women’s football team. Growing up, she was a multi-sport athlete and represented Pakistan internationally in other sports as well. Starting her football journey at the age of 14, it took her only two years to move up the ranks from provincial to club to the national team in 2010.
Currently, playing for Balochistan United Women’s Football Club (BUWFC) and SHR Maldives, Hajra is a four-time top scorer at the National Football Championships with a record of 30 goals in six matches and two-time Player of the Tournament.
She is the first female footballer to have been signed by an international club and the only one in South Asia to have a club career record of 103 goals in 45 matches. She is also the only football player from the country to have been invited by and trained with three German clubs.Ms Hajra Khan//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1475928667.jpgCaptain, Pakistan National Women`s Football TeamView Profile
Mr Shahid Khan
CEO, Indus Earth Trust
Shahid Sayeed Khan is the CEO of Indus Earth Trust, which he established with the vision of helping the underprivileged build better lives. Qualified as an environmental architect in the UK, he pursued private practice in Scotland for 18 years. Shahid further studied building techniques in France (CRATerre) and Japan (Tokyo University). He has been a consultant to the World Bank on projects in Afghanistan – Renewable Energies, Ethiopia-Water/land management, and Yemen -Livelihood Options. He has over 40 years of experience in Architecture and Rural Development. Shahid has been working in Pakistan since the early 1990s.Mr Shahid Khan//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1540553182.jpgCEO, Indus Earth TrustView Profile
Mr Sarmad Khoosat
Sarmad Sultan Khoosat is a Pakistani actor, director, producer and screenwriter known for his exceptional work in feature film Manto, which received critical acclaim and commercial success locally and internationally. Sarmad has proved himself on TV as well and has given big hit serials such as Humsafar and Shehr-e-Zaat. He rose to prominence through his sitcom Shashlick in the late 90’s and since then he has contributed a lot to TV and film. He has also been attached to academic teaching and has taught ‘film’ at various institutes including Kinnaird College, Punjab University and National College of Arts. Sarmad has an MSc Psychology degree from Government College University, Lahore.Mr Sarmad Khoosat//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1540792229.jpgActorView Profile
Mr Zarrar Khuhro
Zarrar Khuhro is a Pakistani journalist who has worked in both print and electronic media. He started his career with The News and went on to work at Geo, Express, Dawn newspaper and Dawn News TV. He currently hosts `Zara Hut Kay`, a current affairs show on Dawn News.Mr Zarrar Khuhro//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1539592116.jpgJournalistView Profile
Ms Gelareh Kiazand
Gelareh Kiazand, based between Tehran and Toronto, was born in Iran in 1981, and studied in London and Toronto. She worked in Iran's film industry for six years, initially as a film photographer for Iran's feature films and later as a director of photography for documentaries. During her time in Iran, Gelareh was nominated three times for best film photographer, won best cinematographer at the Basij Film Festival as well as best documentary at the Tehran film festival. She was chosen, alongside others, to have her work in the top 100 photos exhibited at the Museum of Modern Arts in Tehran as well as Arles Photo Festival in 2017. In 2010 she moved to Afghanistan working as a creative director and filmmaker, directing a 130-part documentary series across Afghanistan. In 2013, her freelance career took shape as a camerawoman and producer, working for various outlets such as VICE, Paramount, PBS, ARTE, and academy award winner producers. This led her to become one of Iran's first female Director of Photography for a Cinematic feature film post revolution.Ms Gelareh Kiazand//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1539940683.jpgFreelance Camera/ProducerView Profile
Ms Naila Mahmood
Naila Mahmood is a Karachi based visual artist, writer and documentary photographer. Her work revolves around the complexities of urban spaces and human rights issues. She also does research based photographic projects. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally in USA, India, Dubai, Germany, England and Pakistan. She teaches Communication Design at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture and is the Director of the Vasl Artists' Association.Ms Naila Mahmood//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1540960013.jpgVisual ArtistView Profile
Mr Rishad Mahmood
From being the captain of the baseball team in school to serving as the sports editor for several news outlets, Rishad Mahmood has lived sports every day since he can remember. Beginning his journalism career at The News??? maiden sports desk, Rishad???s innings as Sports Editor has taken him to the Arab News, The News and IndusVision, and continues at Dawn newspaper. He also writes on arts, literature and fashion and has interviewed several cultural icons for the Herald. Rishad is also seen analysing sports on TV and lecturing journalism students at leading universities.Mr Rishad Mahmood//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1540200158.jpgSports EditorView Profile
Mr Adnan Malik
Director, Executive Producer, Actor
Film and TV star Adnan Malik is a multi-faceted, multi-talented media entrepreneur who can turn his hand at acting, directing, creative problem-solving and speaking up for the right causes at the right time. The Sadqay Tumhare and Cake star, also runs AMP, Adnan Malik Productions, an award-winning TV commercial, music video and documentary production house. Alongside this he is also World Wildlife Fund (WWF) goodwill ambassador for Pakistan and an Asia Society Fellow.
Adnan represents the 21st century male who is successful and ambitious but also gender-sensitive, compassionate and dedicated to various social causes. His specific areas of interest are mental health, wellbeing and finding balance and harmony between the demands of contemporary society and self-care. Mr Adnan Malik//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1541663024.jpgDirector, Executive Producer, ActorView Profile
Mr Khalid Malik
Radio Personality and Actor
Trained as an actor from Australia in 1996 and later making his mark in radio from 2004, Khalid Malik moved to Pakistan in 2007. He has revolutionised morning/breakfast radio in Pakistan and has also made a mark in some notable characters for TV and film (with his character Gogi most recently in Baaghi). Khalid recently shared his story and fight with depression and feels that mental health is not talked about enough in Pakistan and that this discussion is crucial and needs to happen now!Mr Khalid Malik//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1554960851.jpgRadio Personality and ActorView Profile
Mr Irfan Malik
Vice President ARY Films & Television
Mr Irfan Malik//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/avatar-male.pngVice President ARY Films & TelevisionView Profile
Mr Taimur Malik
Founder, Courting the Law
Taimur Malik is a partner at a global law firm, Clyde & Co, and represents clients across Pakistan, Middle East and Africa.
He is also the founder of Pakistan’s multi-dimensional law and justice initiative, Courting the Law, and is behind many technology enabled access to justice initiatives such as www.Mohtasib.pk, which enables users to generate and file online complaints to the administrative, banking and insurance Ombudspersons in Pakistan for free.
Taimur was called to the Bar from the Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn and has studied for an MBA at Oxford University with a focus on social entrepreneurship and use of technology for delivering accessible and cost effective legal services.Mr Taimur Malik//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1539944314.jpgFounder, Courting the LawView Profile
Ms Javeria Masood
Javeria Masood is a social development specialist with over nine years of experience (private/public sector) in the fields of urban/city planning, social innovation, academia, and design thinking. Currently, Javeria is the Innovation Lead at Code for Pakistan (CFP), empowering citizens to solve civic problems using technology. Javeria's focus is on defining, implementing and iterating on disruptive localised solutions challenging the status-quo by ensuring community participation, capacity building, and responsive leadership. Javeria has been a part of the core team (put together by the Law Commission of Pakistan) behind a first-of-its-kind policy to neutralise the growing urban housing crisis of the country. Javeria is a published researcher and teaches design, strategy, and ethnographic research at college level. She has been recognised as a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum.Ms Javeria Masood//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1539679415.jpgArchitectView Profile
Ms Marvi Mazhar
Founder and Principal Architect, Marvi Mazhar & Associates
Marvi Mazhar is an architect and heritage consultant based out of Karachi, Pakistan. Her work focuses on the changing footprint of Karachi’s inner city through archives and constant visual ethnography of purana shehr (old town) versus naya shehr (new / reclaimed town). Her most recent work is to understand the legalities of public heritage properties, amenity plots and urban parks of Karachi, and to understand the gated community from a socio-analytical perspective. Through her practice, she examines how the cities grow in an isolated architectural practice versus those in a mohalla / neighborhood based design practice. Apart from leading her design and research studio, Mazhar currently serves on several government boards and actively participates in numerous city rehabilitation politics and urban interventions. She is currently on an academic sabbatical as Chevening Scholar at Goldsmith University of London, MA in Research Architecture. Ms Marvi Mazhar//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1605759411.jpgFounder and Principal Architect, Marvi Mazhar & AssociatesView Profile
Mr Imran Moinuddin
Imran Moinuddin is the founder and CEO of NexDegree. His company focuses on building data analytics and AI systems for customers around the globe. Imran holds a degree in computer science from Stanford University and is the founding president of the Stanford Club of Pakistan. While in the US, Imran worked as a research analyst and consultant for a biometrics consulting firm in New York City where his clients included both private and government institutions such as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), White House Office of Science & Technology Policy and Honeywell. He has co-founded startups in cleantech, computer vision, health and fintech with a clear focus on generation of IP, drawing recognition from the likes of the United Nations and Cleantech Open Silicon Valley. He has a patent pending on granular signals analysis with the USPTO and serves as an adviser on government technology policy and was the recipient of the Development Leader award by the government of Pakistan.Mr Imran Moinuddin//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1540910676.jpgCEO NexdegreeView Profile
Mr Momin Munshi
Founder, Galaxy Lollywood
Momin Ali Munshi, an Economics graduate with distinction from LUMS, is the founder of Galaxy Lollywood, Pakistan’s first and only film blog dedicated to local cinema. The blog has been running for eight years and has been an active contributor in the revival of Pakistani Cinema movement. Moreover, Momin is the creator and host of ‘One Take’, one of Pakistan’s first web-shows on YouTube where he has interviewed some of the biggest names of the film industry. Currently, Momin is working full time on his blog Galaxy Lollywood.Mr Momin Munshi//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1540284206.jpgFounder, Galaxy LollywoodView Profile
Mr Jibran Nasir
Lawyer and Activist
Mr Jibran Nasir is a lawyer, civil rights activist, blogger, and an independent politician. He is involved in relief work through Elaj Trust, regularly speaks at universities on extremism, and advocacy for marginalised communities through Pakistan For All and is working to counter the extreme narrative through Never Forget Pakistan.Mr Jibran Nasir//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1476168870.jpgLawyer and ActivistView Profile
Mr Abid Omar
Founder, Pak Air Quality Initative
Abid Omar has a social mission: how can I help improve the environment of Pakistan? He sees the air pollution emergency in Pakistan as a silver lining — an opportunity to drive environmental awareness and change that will clean up Pakistan for good. A key indicator of environmental issues is pollution that affects our daily lives, specifically air pollution. He founded the Pakistan Air Quality Initiative (PAQI) to monitor air quality across major urban areas of Pakistan and to provide awareness for air quality and air pollution issues, and therefore provide impetus for change.
PAQI provides crowd-sourced air quality data for Pakistan. PAQI is a community-driven initiative to set up low-cost, real-time monitors to capture air quality data and thereby increase social awareness. It provides tools and information people need to thrive in polluted environments.Mr Abid Omar//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1539348770.jpgFounder, Pak Air Quality InitativeView Profile
Mr Reza Pakravan
Reza Pakravan is a filmmaker, adventurer and author. He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and listed amongst the world’s top 20 most seasoned travellers. He has presented and produced prime time TV series aired worldwide on networks such as the BBC, Channel 4, Fox, Aljazeera, CBC and SRF.
Reza’s constant thirst for adventure has earned him the Guinness World Record for crossing the Sahara Desert by bicycle. Pushing his ultra-endurance limits further, he cycled the 11,000-mile length of the planet from north to south in the record time of 102 days.
Much of Reza’s recent work has focused on the issues faced by remote, indigenous peoples: revealed in his recent TV series “Transamazonica” and his upcoming project about the tribes of Chad. He is currently a featured contributor to The Outdoor Journal and Adventure.com.Mr Reza Pakravan//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1539348678.jpgAdventurer, FilmmakerView Profile
Mr Deepak Perwani
Winner of a record six Lux Style Awards, two MTV Style Guru Awards, a standing ovation at Milan fashion week, best International Designer Award at Miami Fashion Week, sixth Innovative Design House in the World Award by The European Fashion Council, Deepak Perwani is a design house to reckon with.
Deepak’s work for poverty alleviation and working with SMEDA for the rural women of Pakistan and numerous charities that he supports makes him an icon in Pakistan and an inspiration to both Pakistanis living home and abroad. He is also considered as one of the originators of Islamic Fashion Week in Malaysia. Recently, the house of Deepak Perwani has been awarded the brand of the year award by the world branding council held at the Kensington palace.Mr Deepak Perwani//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1540786235.jpgFashion DesignerView Profile
Mr Tariq Alexander Qaiser
TAQ is the Principal Architect at TAQ Associates. His focus has been on the design of schools and hospitals, they have also undertaken office buildings, commercial interiors and residences.
In addition to his Architectural practice, Tariq designs boats - Dhows, mobile libraries, kitchens and retail outlets on vehicles.
He is a photographer & paints. He writes poetry and prose. And is the author of two books, the first “Baltistan, Apricot Bloom”, and the latest “Samandar Par”. Several are currently in progress.
He is associated with the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, (IVSAA) and periodically teaches design there. TAQ has been a faculty member at the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, (2008 to 2016), For the summer course “Building Design and Engineering Approaches to Airborne Infection Control”
TAQ’s interests in science, art, craft & prose have taken him towards sculptural symbolic works in architecture, its allied arts and the written word.Mr Tariq Alexander Qaiser//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1540960220.jpgArchitectView Profile
Mr Nabeel Qureshi
Nabeel Qureshi is one of the most acclaimed Pakistani film directors and writers. He made is directorial debut with Na Maloom Afraad (2014) which had been both directed and co-written by him. He then went on to direct Actor in Law and Na Maloom Afraad 2. In 2018, Nabeel ventured into the genre of family drama and romance with Load Wedding.
He received the Best Director awards at Lux Style Award 2015 and 2016. He also won the Best Director award at Bold Men Awards 2018.Mr Nabeel Qureshi//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1540716228.jpgFilm DirectorView Profile
Mr Saad Rabbani
Founder, Cafe Commune and CVE Activist
Saad Rabbani was born and raised in Karachi. This city’s first few lessons were taught to him while he was doing his master’s degree in Mass Communication from KU where he met people from different class systems, professions and societal contexts. One thing, he noticed was how these variables influence people’s worldly opinions and their art, making it distinct. Resultantly, Saad decided to create a public space where everyone could create a ground for diverse-minded people meanwhile providing a space for them to correlate. According to him, his aim has always been to create acceptance for differences.Mr Saad Rabbani//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1540198972.jpgFounder, Cafe Commune and CVE Activist View Profile
Mr Jamal Rahman
Jamal Rahman is a graduate of the prestigious Chelsea College of Arts & Design and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. A self-taught musician, Jamal`s vision to create a platform where musicians could craft and create melodies of their own unique interpretation led him to conceptualise True Brew Records in September 2009, a dream which ?nally became a reality in December 2010. Jamal has more than 15 years of accumulated knowledge in musical theory and commands extensive production and sound engineering experience. He has also been involved in the administration and execution of numerous concerts, shows and musical performances of varying scale and scope. His music in?uences range diversely from contemporary western pop, jazz and soul to eastern classical, semi-classical and qawali. In his capacity as a producer at True Brew Records, Jamal has worked with acclaimed Pakistani artists such as Zeb & Haniya, Jimmy Khan, Atif Aslam, Laal, Aima Baig, Ali Sethi, Meesha Sha?, Javed Bashir. He has worked with Mira Nair as the Pakistan recording arm for the ?lm A Reluctant Fundamentalist, based on the book by Mohsin Hamid and has also worked with the renowned Pakistani author on the audiobooks of the critically acclaimed novel, How to get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, Discontent and its Civilizations and most recently, Exit West. In 2016, Jamal was awarded the Best Sound award at the Jaipur Film Festival for his work on the original musical score, original songs and sound design for Sarmad Khoosat’s feature ?lm Manto. By November 2017, his studio True Brew Records launched an online music channel for YouTube called True Brew TV which features performances and features on emerging music talent from around the country. In the last one year alone, True Brew TV has released 32 videos of new original music and introduced a handful of new and exciting artists.Mr Jamal Rahman//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1539678774.jpgProducerView Profile
Mr Taimur Rahman
Mr Taimur Rahman is an academic, musician and socialist political activist from Pakistan. He teaches various courses of Political Science at the Lahore University of Management Sciences. He is the band leader and spokesperson for the music band, ‘Laal’- known for singing socialist and progressive political songs, especially on the poetry written by leftist Urdu poets such as Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Habib Jalib. Mr Rahman uses ‘Laal’ as a medium to advance causes which he feels strongly about, such as socialism. He graduated from Grinnell College, obtained a Master’s degree from Sussex University and holds a PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies. He has also taught Economics at The Lahore School of Economics. Mr Rehman is the author of the book ‘The Class Structure of Pakistan’ published by Oxford University Press. Mr Taimur Rahman//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1476278310.jpgAcademic, Musician Assistant Professor, Lahore University of Management Sciences View Profile
Ms Tamara Robeer
CEO, Play Create Celebrate
Tamara Robeer creates sustainable impact and tangible results as a mentor, life coach, photographer, speaker, communication expert and creative strategist. She has a career reaching far over a decade within the international videogame industry, working for developers as well as publishers in leading positions ranging from international public relations, (corporate) communications, product development, creative concept development, event management, age ratings and localisation processes. She has been involved in the successful launch of more than 25 games on a worldwide basis and continues to work with videogame professionals as a coach and mentor in expanding creativity, authentic communication, and branding and digital marketing tactics.
Over the last 10 years, she has been creating social media, branding and communication materials for Ubisoft Entertainment Paris/HQ by photographing their presence at the world’s biggest videogame exhibitions in the world E3 (Los Angeles) and GamesCom (Cologne), covering high-end media briefings, press conferences, business booths and consumer booths.
She is the Founder and CEO of Play Create Celebrate, an online coaching platform based on conscious legacy, vision and mission development.
Tamara has a BA degree in International Business, graduated as a documentary photographer with a Bachelor of Design from the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague and extensively trained as a consciousness (life) coach.Ms Tamara Robeer//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1540786418.jpgCEO, Play Create CelebrateView Profile
Ms Greta Rossi
CEO, Recipes for Wellbeing
Greta Rossi (FRSA) is a changemaker and youth coach involved in multiple not-for-profit initiatives. She is the co-founder of Recipes for Wellbeing and Ākāśa Innovation. She is also an Ashoka changemaker and a facilitator for ChangemakerXchange. Additionally, Greta writes and speaks for changemakers. She spoke at TEDxBologna2016, TEDxPwCMilan2017, and the Women Power Summit 2018. Currently, she is an active contributor to The Wellbeing Project’s SHIFT media channel, writing about wellbeing and sharing tips and practices to boost individual and collective wellbeing. Greta holds a BA (Hons) in International Relations from Hult International Business School and graduated Valedictorian in August 2011.Ms Greta Rossi//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1537783827.jpgCEO, Recipes for WellbeingView Profile
Cris Rowan is a paediatric occupational therapist, biologist, renowned author of the book, Virtual Child, and international speaker passionate about changing the ways in which children use technology. Cris’s concept, Balanced Technology Management, urges more engagement in four critical factors for development and learning: movement, touch, human connection and nature.
Citing over 300 research studies showing technology’s detrimental impact on children in four domains – physical, mental, social, and cognitive, Cris poses the question, “Are the ways in which we are raising and educating children with technology sustainable”?
Cris is CEO of Zone’in Programs Inc. offering workshops, programmes, training, and consultation services to parents, health professionals and educators worldwide.Ms Cris Rowan//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1541662740.jpg Paediatric occupational therapist, biologist & AuthorView Profile
Ms Sanam Saeed
Actress & Model
Starting out at age 17 with a popular local music channel as their VJ, Sanam Saeed is now coveted for her ability to enthral television/film audiences, fashion critics and theatre aficionados alike, with her electrifying work as a Pakistani actress.
As an actor, Sanam stormed the theatre with her incredible performances in some of the biggest theatrical productions seen in Pakistan to date including Blackfish, Grease, Mamma Mia, Chicago and The 39 Steps. Several of the performances being musicals also brought out Sanam's vocal talents as a singer and she was made a part of the group of backing vocalists in Coke Studio’s Season 3, 2010. She also went on to receive much appreciation for her performances in some of the biggest TV dramas in recent years, such as Zindagi Gulzar Hai, Diyar e Dil and recently Aakhri Station.
The year 2016 was a great year for Sanam as she dove into the movie industry with five films released that year and received awards for all three. This year she completed her 5th film, Cake which was also critically acclaimed worldwide.
Sanam has also had a long standing relationship with Shaukat Khanam as one of the ambassadors for their breast cancer awareness campaigns. She is also an ambassador for the British Asian Trust.Ms Sanam Saeed//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1541662923.jpgActress & ModelView Profile
Mr Ghazi Salahuddin
Ghazi Salahuddin is a senior journalist who writes a weekly column for The News (English) and Jang (Urdu). Before he became the launch editor of The News in Karachi in February 1991, he served Dawn in many important positions. During the Martial Law of Gen Zia-ul-Haq, his column ‘Karachi Diary’ was a leading voice of dissent. He has also been associated with the electronic media and for some time was on the panel of PTV’s ‘Kasauti’ quiz show. In recent years, he hosted a programme on books on Geo. In his youth, he wrote Urdu fiction that was well-received. Ghazi Salahuddin is also a social activist and human rights defender. He is a recipient of President’s Pride of Performance Award in journalism and was presented with the Bibliophile of the Year Award 2011 by the National Book Foundation.Mr Ghazi Salahuddin//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1476168493.jpgSenior JournalistView Profile
Ms Afia Salam
Afia Salam is a freelance journalist, media development and environment practitioner and a social activist. She contributes to Dawn, Express Tribune, Newsline, Aurora, The News on Sunday Pique and ThirdPole. She has a Master’s degree in Geography from the University of Karachi but ventured into journalism and became Pakistan's first female cricket journalist.
She is also a visiting faculty at the IoBM, taught a course on Media Laws and Ethics, and is currently teaching Environmental Journalism.
Afia is also a development communications specialist and undertakes journalism trainings in the fields of Environment, Climate Change, Gender Issues and Media ethics, and also trains corporates and social enterprises in media management.
Currently, she is working as the Communications Lead for an alternative education initiative called Badal Do, which focusing on a school enrichment programme to bring in values of critical thinking, cultural engagement, reflective thinking and civic responsibility.Ms Afia Salam//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1539679154.jpgJournalistView Profile
Ms Tina Sani
Tina Sani began her journey with music in 1979. Over three decades later, she may be appreciated amongst the leading ghazal singers of the day. A purist by temperament, Tina initiated formal training in Indian classical music with Ustad Nizamuddin Khan Sahib and later with Ustad Chand Amrohvi.
Over time, she merged her commitment to the classical discipline with a native love for Urdu poetry. Her performances are considered emotively rich, full of vocal nuance and lyrical feeling. Tina's repertoire includes poets such as Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Ahmad Faraz,Perveen Shakir, Daagh, Mir, Mirza Ghalib, Firaq Gorakhpuri, Allama Iqbal and Rumi amongst others.
She has performed at a wide range of international forums, bearing the firm belief that music crosses all borders. Performing not only all over Pakistan but in many parts of the world like Ireland, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Dubai, Croatia, India, Turkey, North and South Korea, Philippines, Malaysia, Germany, US and UK and recently in September 2016 at the Oslo Mela Festival where she collaborated with a jazz ensemble. Most prestigious amongst the numerous awards she has received are Pakistan's highest civil award, President's Pride of Performance in 2004 and Outstanding Contribution to Music award from the President of India, Smt Pratibha Patil in 2011.Tina is currently researching for a book she plans to write on Pakistan and its rich musical heritage.Ms Tina Sani//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1477230191.jpgMusicianView Profile
Ms Mehmal Sarfraz
Mehmal Sarfraz is co-founder of The Current, a digital news and lifestyle platform that makes information easy to understand and more interesting for the younger generation. She has been working as a journalist since 2005 and has worked in both print and electronic media. Ms Mehmal Sarfraz//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1605696551.jpgJournalistView Profile
Ms Anoosha Shaigan
Vice President, CourtingTheLaw
Anoosha Shaigan is an Advocate of the Lahore High Court and a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum. She serves as the Vice President at Courting The Law, Pakistan's first legal news and analysis portal that leverages various technologies to innovate access to justice, and as the CEO of Advoguette, Pakistan's premier legal lifestyle e-zine.Ms Anoosha Shaigan//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1539855222.jpg Vice President, CourtingTheLawView Profile
Ms Noreena Shams
Noorena Shams, born in Lower Dir, is one of the most successful Pakistani female athletes. At the age of 15, Noorena disguised herself as a boy to play cricket, and played for a whole year in the national junior team before her identity was revealed. She played cricket for a short while before moving onto squash.
Noorena has been a sportsperson since 2008. She was the first-ever cyclist to win a silver medal for Pakistan in the Junior Olympics 2008. She has played different sports and has won 63 gold medals, 24 silver medals and 5 bronze medals. As a squash player, Noorena has been among the top 40 Asian junior squash players, and is currently ranked 120 in the world.
Noorena was on the list of 50 influential ladies of Pakistan in 2016 and was listed among the 24 inspirational figures of Pakistan in 2016 by the UNDP. She also featured in the “BEAT ME” video by UNWOMEN Pakistan, and was awarded with a Government Pendent of Recognition in 2016. Noorena works against harassment in sports and against harassment of female Muslim athletes around the world.
Noorena received the Gul Jee Art Award several times. She is a 3-time all Pakistan debating champion. She was also invited by Malala Fund to address the UN Commission on the Status of Women in 2017. She runs Noorena Shams Foundation.Ms Noreena Shams//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1540200878.jpgAthlete View Profile
Dr Soufia Siddiqi
Education Policy and Implementation Strategist
Dr Soufia Siddiqi is currently Technical Consultant with the Government of Punjab. She has expertise in Pakistani political economy, education sector, and youth markets with research interests that include the politics of education reform, assessment, and secondary school identity formation. Dr Siddiqi has worked on key policy initiatives with the government, including developing a 5-year roadmap for the province’s most urgent reform needs. As a member of the Punjab Examination Commission, Dr Siddiqi led the Technical Committee for the province’s 2019 Assessment Policy Framework. Dr Siddiqi is Pakistan’s 2010 Rhodes Scholar to the University of Oxford, where she read for a DPhil Education (2017) and MSc Comparative and International Education (2011) at St. Anne’s College. Dr Soufia Siddiqi//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1605166026.jpgEducation Policy and Implementation StrategistView Profile
Mr Shafaat Ali Syed
Comedian/TV Host, GEO News
Mr Syed Shafaat Ali is an artist known for mimicking public figures. He was born in Peshawar and is an engineering student. In 2006, Mr Ali co-hosted The 4 Man Show, in which he would make calls impersonating political leaders. Fast forward to 2007, he made it big and appeared as journalist Shahid Masood on the series, where he continued working for three and half years. Then he stepped up his game in 2011, as he co-hosted Banana News Network. In 2016, videos of Mr Ali went viral on social media in which he impersonated some important political figures and he became an overnight sensation. He is exceptional when it comes to acting or singing ability. Mr Ali has started his own production, Mere Aziz Hum Watno.Mr Shafaat Ali Syed//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1479287941.jpgComedian/TV Host, GEO NewsView Profile
Mr Afzal Syed
Contemporary Urdu Poet
Afzal Ahmed Syed is a contemporary Urdu poet and translator. He is the author of the modern nazm collections, An Arrogated Past, 1984, Death Sentence in Two Languages, 1990, and Rococo and Other Worlds, 2000. His collected work has been published under the title The Clay Mine, 2009.
Afzal’s poetry was anthologised in An Evening of Caged Beasts: Seven Postmodernist Urdu Poets (New York: OUP, 1999). The Wesleyan University Press Poetry Series has published a selection of his poetry in translation, titled Rococo and Other Worlds in 2010. A Hindi translation of some of his poems was published in 2018. Afzal is the author of the acclaimed first ever Urdu translation of Mir Taqi Mir’s Persian divan.
He is currently working on a representative selection of Persian master Abdul Qadir Bedil. Afzal has received the ‘Struggle for Democracy’ Literary Award from Benazir Bhutto in 1989.Mr Afzal Syed//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1540624929.jpgContemporary Urdu PoetView Profile
Ms Aqsa Tariq
Editorial Head - Content, Communications & Conferences, IDG Pakistan
Aqsa Tariq is both, a keen social scientist and journalist. One of the co-founders of Orange Tree Foundation, she is the Chief Agility & Learning Officer at Rasala Publications Group, where she serves as Editorial Head for the IDG franchise for the last seven years.
Under her work sphere is engineering local content care for IDG's international brands such as Computerworld, CSO, CIO, PC World and MacWorld. She also looks after content for the conferences and events which IDG produces in Pakistan year long. Her part time initiatives include social undertakings and an interest in how society at large can benefit from technology.
Aqsa has also represented Pakistan's swimming team both at local and international meets having won several trophies for the same. Holding a degree in Social Sciences, she is currently pursuing a post graduate degree in Education and Leadership Management.Ms Aqsa Tariq//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1540787431.jpg Editorial Head - Content, Communications & Conferences, IDG PakistanView Profile
Ms Solonia Teodros
Co-Founder, The Change School
American-born-Taiwanese-Ethiopian, with life chapters spanning the US and Asia, Solonia Teodros identifies as a global citizen, humanist, entrepreneur and change catalyst – challenging conventional notions of identity and purpose, and evangelising life + work by design.
Through her work, she empowers individuals and organisations to create meaningful change and sustainable impact by building on shared values, inspired visions and bold actions.
As co-founder of The Change School, Solonia designs and facilitates transformational learning for harnessing self-awareness, entrepreneurial grit, and creative confidence. She is a storyteller, learning designer, and career strategist.
Solonia has been recognised as Asia's 50 Women Leaders for Leadership Excellence by CMO Asia, awarded for Global Training & Development Leadership by the World Training & Development Congress, and shared the stage with her co-founder Grace Clapham at TEDxAuckland to speak on the future of Global Citizenship.Ms Solonia Teodros//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1539781624.jpgCo-Founder, The Change SchoolView Profile
Mr Abrar Ul Hassan
Abrar-ul-Hassan holds a distinguishing professional edge in the media sector. He is the founder and festival director of the 60 seconds intl. film festival that aims to build the capacity of youth. Abrar is a contact fellow of the ‘Conflict Transformation and Peace Building Program’ at the World Learning SIT institute in Vermont, USA. He is instrumental in bringing about positive media reforms by creating responsible content on conflict transformation and peace building.Mr Abrar Ul Hassan//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1538125788.jpgFounder, Morango View Profile
Ms. Lynette Viccaji
Lynette Viccaji was born in 1955 in Karachi. She has an MA in English from Karachi University and B.Ed
from Notre Dame Institute of Education.
Lynette has been in the field of education for over 30 years. She has taught O Level Language and
Literature, A Level Literature, serving as coordinator and head of department, and English Curriculum
Studies at B.Ed level. Currently she is head of department at Cedar College.
Lynette served on the jury for the fiction prize for the Karachi Literature Festival, has taken part in
various conferences and seminars organized by the British council, Oxford university press and SPELT.
She has been a consultant for English textbooks for OUP. Her interests include music and drama and she
has directed over 20 school plays. She published her memoir, Made in Pakistan, in December 2017.Ms. Lynette Viccaji//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1540905356.jpgView Profile
Ms Zoe Viccaji
Singer and Song Writer
In her life, Zoe Viccaji has always been surrounded by and drawn to music and performance. Her journey so far has been one of constant learning which has grown her interest in music into a passion and now an art.
After 5 years abroad, she returned to Pakistan to start making music and performing professionally. She worked in Coke Studio as a backing vocalist and then a featured artist; with Strings for Levi’s collaborating on a reinterpretation of their well-loved song Mera Bichra Yaar; in commercial campaigns for Warid, Aquafina, Clear Shampoo; on original soundtracks for Tanhaiyaan, Josh the Film and Seedlings and as brand ambassador for Sana Safinaz. She has performed at close to 100 concerts nationwide and her live performances have also been enjoyed in musical theatre productions; Chicago and Mamma Mia.Ms Zoe Viccaji//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1540821921.jpgSinger and Song WriterView Profile
Ms Jessica White
Senior Consultant at EDUvation, EdTech/AI Speaker
Jessica is a Senior Consultant at EDUvation. Formerly she was a Research Mentor at UCL for Educate, the 4.5 million EU backed initiative with Nesta, Besa and F6S, that supports EdTech Startups in efficacy led improved services and products by combining research expertise with innovation. In addition to her wealth of experience as an EdTech Consultant, in this capacity she identified renewed strategies and improved AI and adaptive learning products & services at McGraw Hill Education. She spear-headed beta testing, education strategies and media exposure with EdTech startups in Germany as well as founding Thinc, a charity in Austria, managing several EU projects reforming education with technology and creativity. With her charity she collaborated with Google Arts and Cultural Institute empowering women in India through Arts, Education and Technology. In Germany she founded Te(a)chology, a series of events that are facilitating discussions on Education, Technology and society. She speaks publicly on how EdTech, creativity and AI impacts learning environments and society.Ms Jessica White//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1539928645.jpgSenior Consultant at EDUvation, EdTech/AI SpeakerView Profile
Mr Benje Williams
Cofounder, CEO of Amal Academy
Benje Williams is the Co-founder, CEO of Amal Academy, an education venture that helps Pakistani youth reach their professional potential. In 2014, Amal launched the Career-Prep Fellowship, an intense three-month programme that develops the business skills, learning abilities and mindsets of university students entering the job market. Through support from Stanford University, Acumen and Echoing Green, they have worked with over 700 Amal Fellows – 85 percent of whom have gotten jobs within three months of graduating – and plan to reach 10,000 by 2020.
Before Amal, Benje was an Acumen Global Fellow in Lahore. He has also supported entrepreneurs through various roles at Acumen in Kenya and India, has launched an education centre (and a failed energy venture) in Nairobi, and has worked as a management consultant at PwC in New York, at Dalberg in South Africa and at TechnoServe in Kenya.
Benje holds an MBA from Stanford University and a BS from UC Berkeley.Mr Benje Williams//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1479282320.jpgCofounder, CEO of Amal AcademyView Profile
Ms Olga Yurkova
AI Expert, Journalist
Olga Yurkova is a journalist and cofounder of StopFake.org, an independent Ukrainian organisation that trains an international cohort of fact-checkers in an effort to curb propaganda and misinformation in the media. Olga teaches different audiences how propaganda works and how to identify fake news, consulting a range of organisations and public structures and collaborating with mainstream media as a journalist.
Olga has 15 years of experience in journalism. For fighting propaganda, she was included into the list of New Europe 100 and was named a TED Fellow in 2018.Ms Olga Yurkova//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1539348382.jpgAI Expert, JournalistView Profile
Mr Naeem Zamindar
Former Minister of State and Chairman Board of Investment - Pakistan
Naeem Zamindar is passionate about leveraging innovation and entrepreneurship to enable lives, so that all people can achieve their human potential for happiness. He is currently the CEO of Zamindar Capital, a member of the Global Advisory Council of Acumen and Board member of Ufone. Naeem also volunteers his time to teach yoga and mindfulness for self-mastery.
He was most recently appointed the Minister of State and Chairman, Pakistan Board of Investment. He is a results-driven leader with 25 years of experience in venture capital in Silicon Valley and Pakistan and building businesses in public and private sector companies.Mr Naeem Zamindar//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1540285306.jpgFormer Minister of State and Chairman Board of Investment - PakistanView Profile
Ms Vera de Pont
Founder, Fashion of Future
Vera de Pont is researching on-demand fashion (items), based on her overarching vision to prevent waste materials immediately at the start of the production line. She aims for modular and locally produced footwear and garments that incorporate the consumer as a maker. Her projects investigate the role of technology within local fashion production and co-creation in order to analyse the benefits this may offer to create a more collaborative and environmentally, socially and economically sustainable fashion system. Vera graduated Cum Laude from the Design Academy Eindhoven, followed by a master’s degree in Sustainable Fashion at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam.Ms Vera de Pont//beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1539347675.jpgFounder, Fashion of FutureView Profile
Ms Nida Mushtaq
Founder, Fearless Collective
Nida Mushtaq is a feminist-activist and co-founder of the Fearless Collective. The collective uses storytelling and public art to create spaces to move from fear to love in our narratives of social justice. Before transitioning full-time to Fearless Collective, Nida worked with the United Nations in three countries - Lebanon, Sri Lanka and Pakistan - designing and implementing social innovations programmes. Nida grounds her work in the experience of growing up in a conservative Pashtun society that has given her pain and poetry both. She channels her deep experiences of culture, traditions and religion into her vision for the collective as well as into her life and work in public spaces in Pakistan.Ms Nida Mushtaq //beams.beaconhouse.edu.pk/admin/events/photo/1540199070.jpgFounder, Fearless CollectiveView Profile