Ms.Tawakkul Karman

Ms.Tawakkul Karman was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 in recognition of her work in non-violent struggle for the expression rights, safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace- building work in Yemen. Upon being awarded the prize, Tawakkol became the first Yemeni, the first Arab woman, and the second Muslim woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize, as well as the youngest Nobel Peace Laureate to date, at the age of 32. Karman is a mother of three as well as a human rights activist, journalist, politician, president of Women Journalists without Chains organization. She is a General Coordinator of peaceful youth revolution council and she is a member of the advisory board for the Transparency International organisation and for several international Human rights NGOs. Bold and outspoken, Karman has been imprisoned on a number of occasions for her pro-democracy, pro-human rights protests. Amongst Yemen’s Youth movement, she is known as “mother of the revolution”, “the iron woman”, and recently (The lady of the Arab spring). Tawakkol was born in 1979 in Taiz, Yemen’s third largest city. She studied an undergraduate degree in Commerce from the University of Science and Technology in Sana’a before completing a graduate degree in Political Science from the University of Sana’a.

Senator Nuzhat Sadiq

Senator Nuzhat Sadiq to the PML-N (Pakistan Muslim League) party and is head of its women’s wing. She is currently is Chairperson, Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Relations. In all her roles, she says the foundation of her success is not only hard work, but also making herself readily available to constituents and colleagues—and effectively bridging divides. As a former member of the National Assembly, Sadiq was a founder of the Women’s Parliamentary Caucus in 2008, serving as Treasurer and later General Secretary of the group. She currently serves on multiple parliamentary committees and uses her posts to drive legislation promoting the role of women in ending violence and conflict in Pakistan. Over the past decade, she has championed bills ranging from an act to combat domestic violence to a law against harassment in the workplace and another aimed at preventing acid attacks. She also pushed successfully for a law creating the National Commission on the Status of Women, an oversight body with counterparts at the provincial level. Senator Sadiq has traveled extensively both domestically and abroad to advocate for democratic stability and women’s political, social, and economic empowerment at all levels. A graduate of CB College for Women in Peshawar, she is proficient in English, Urdu, and Punjabi. Sadiq singles out her 2014 election as National Commissioner of Pakistan’s Girl Guides Association as a particularly meaningful honor, both because of her dedication to supporting the development of young women and because, in taking on that position, she is following in the footsteps of the mother-in-law and mentor who made such a difference in her own life.

Mrs. Fauzia Kasuri

Mrs. Fauzia Kasuri, is a Pakistani politician and is one of the central figures of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. Mrs.Fauzia Kasuri is a founding member of Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf, a movement for justice in Pakistan. Apart from raising funds for the party, she has been President of the Women Wing of the party for 17 years and is responsible for building women chapters of the party in Europe, the Middle East and the US. She has been a member of the Manifesto and Constitution Committees of the party and has played a leading role in nurturing the women and youth wings within the party. Currently, she is Chairperson of the Advisory Council on Women Development with the Poverty Eradication Initiative.( PEI) She is a long-time volunteer for the Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital and Research Center, involved in the international fund raising for the charity. Fauzia Kasuri has a long track record of fund raising for the Imran Khan Foundation as well. Having been affiliated with many social causes like the SOS, the Layton Rahmatullah Benevolent Trust, she is also on the Board of I-Care Foundation in Pakistan and was a leading figure for the relief work with the IDPs from Waziristan.

Senator Sitara Ayaz

Senator Sitara Ayaz is from District SWABI, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan and has political affiliation with ANP (Awami National Party). She was a development consultant and was remained as Head of Head of APWA (KPK) from 2003 to 2008 and Provincial Minister of KPK for Social Welfare and Women Empowerment 2008-2013. She is member of Senate Standing Committees on Human Rights, Defence Production, Climate Change, States and Frontier Regions and Electoral Reforms Committee and House Committee Senator Sitara Ayaz is from District SWABI, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan and has political affiliation with ANP (Awami National Party). She was a development consultant and was remained as Head of Head of APWA (KPK) from 2003 to 2008 and Provincial Minister of KPK for Social Welfare and Women Empowerment 2008-2013. She is member of Senate Standing Committees on Human Rights, Defence Production, Climate Change, States and Frontier Regions and Electoral Reforms Committee and House Committee is from District SWABI, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan and has political affiliation with ANP (Awami National Party). She was a development consultant and was remained as Head of Head of APWA (KPK) from 2003 to 2008 and Provincial Minister of KPK for Social Welfare and Women Empowerment 2008-2013. She is member of Senate Standing Committees on Human Rights, Defence Production, Climate Change, States and Frontier Regions and Electoral Reforms Committee and House Committee

Dr. Samia Raheel Qazi

Dr. Samia Raheel Qazi is the President of Women and Family Commission and Vice President Political Cell of Jammat e Islami. She is the Only Female member of Council of Islamic Ideology (a constitutional body for legislation according to Islamic Principles). Dr. Samia is also founding Member and Assistant Secretary General International Muslim Women Union (IMWU)Asia, an NGO with ECOSOC status, the largest one of the Muslim women in 70 countries of the globe. She is Trustee, Women Aid trust. WAT is a NGO striving for women’s uplift besides providing legal aid to the imprisoned women. Dr. Samia is also member of foreign affairs committee Jamaat-e-Islami Women wing. She has been Member of the National Assembly (MNA). Dr Samia Holds First Class First Master Degree in Islamic Studies with first position from Balochistan University. She is having a doctorate from University of Punjab, Lahore on “Family System in Islam and contemporary challenges”.

Ms.Shaista Pervaiz Malik

Ms.Shaista Pervaiz Malik is Member National Assembly of Pakistan since May 2013. She is Secretary General of Wmen’s Parliamentary Caucus. She is also Chairperson of SAARC Chambers Women Entrepreneurs Council. Mrs. Shaista is the Chief Organizer of Women’s Wing (Lahore), Pakistan Muslim League (N), the ruling party. She is President, SERVE an NGO working with Community participation in Government High Schools (under adoption scheme of Government of Punjab). Ms.Malik has also been involved in rehabilitation work in the earthquake affected area of Northern Pakistan since 2005. Similar work done for flood affected area of Southern Punjab especially Muzzafargarh including setting up of a Vocational Centre for women empowerment. Ms. Malik has been doing community services including providing assistance/ maintenance of IDPs. Having been members of several important public and private bodies, Ms. Malik is providing ample vision to the organisations for supporting the communities especially those marginalized.

Moneeza Hashmi

While her area of specialization lies in primary and elementary education, Moneeza Hashmi entered the world of television in 1964 as Assistant Producer of Pakistan Television (PTV), Lahore. Her association with the PTV lasted till 2006 when she retired as Director Programmes, the first female to head this position Moneeza Hashmi is the President, Public Media Alliance was the Master Trainer for the workshop series for the Institute of Information and Education, San Francisco, USA, titled ‘Gender, media and reproductive health’; advocacy of strategies for action which were held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia April 2003; and, Johannesburg, South Africa, September 2004.In the recent past she has trained Media professionals not only across Pakistan but in Maldives,Sri Lanka,India and Malaysia in collaboration with Asia Broadcasting Union (ABU) for a project funded by UNESCO. Recipient of various national and international awards, one of the most prestigious one that Ms.Hashmi has received is the President of Pakistan’s Pride of Performance Award 2002 for contribution in portrayal of women in electronic media of Pakistan. At present Moneeza Hashmi is President of Public Media Alliance, a UK based international media organization which was formerly known as Commonwealth Broadcasting Association. She is serving her third term as President, the first female and only Pakistani to reach this prestigious position. She is also General Manager International Relations of HUM TV which is one of the largest and most successful private TV channels of Pakistan. She was also appointed to the coveted Benazir Bhutto Chair for Peace and Reconciliation through Education at Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) in Lahore and is in her 3rd year of the position. LCWU is the largest women university in Asia. She was recently awarded NHK Japan President Award for her outstanding achievements in the field of Educational Television in Pakistan

Seema Aziz

Seema Aziz (CEO, Care Foundation) is an entrepreneur and social activist who has been working for the cause of education in Pakistan since 1988. She is the Founder and Chairperson of CARE Foundation, the largest non-governmental organization in Pakistan, educating more than 185,000 students through 396 schools. CARE has pioneered a unique public-private partnership model which enables it to reach the maximum number of children and provide them with “quality, marketable education”. In 1985, she started a business, to prove that Pakistan could produce embroidered fabric equal in quality and design to the best in the world. Today, 30 years on, Bareeze is a symbol of pride for Pakistan and the most recognizable Pakistani brand both within the country and abroad. The Bareeze group, which now has 13 brands, sells through over 520 points of sale worldwide and is Pakistan’s largest fashion retailer. Seema has studied from University of Punjab and Harvard Business School. Being actively involved in improving the educational opportunities for the children of Pakistan, she is on the board of multiple government and private bodies working in the sector as well as a global advisor for Harvard Business School.

Masarrat Misbah

Masarrat Misbah (CEO, Smile Again Foundation) a beautician of international repute turned philanthropist is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in Pakistan. She is the pioneer of beauty business in Pakistan. She heads Deilex Beauty Clinic and Institute established over thirty years back, which now has 35 branches and frenchises across Pakistan. Her charismatic and promising personality reflects vividly her love for beauty and more importantly her response and sensitivity for those who have accidentally lost it. In 2005, Masarrat Misbah established Depilex Smileagain Foundation to help acid burn victims, through medical treatment, psycho-social support and skill training for their rehabilitation. The adversity in the lives of many acid burn victims of violence is overcome by educating them in various skills so that they are able to earn a living for themselves. For her valuable contribution in various fields of life, Masarrat Misbah is the recipient of several prestigious awards including the “Pride of Performance”. She is the first women from Pakistan who has been awarded by the Italian Government on Women’s Day for her courage and commitment. Masarrat Misbah is frequently invited as a valued guest to deliver lectures in the field of beauty, philanthropy and social work by leading universities/educational institutes.

Dr. Fouzia Khan

Dr. Fouzia Khan (Head of Curriculum Wing, Education and Literacy Deptt, Government of Sindh) is an avid Developmental activist, whose career and interests are a reflection of her developmental pursuits. A psychologist by qualification, an educationist by profession, and a media personality by interest, she has innumerous contributions to various social issues through her work in each of the aforementioned capacities. Dr. Fouzia began her career in Professional psychology with an inclination towards research. She began her academic endeavors by engaging with the provincial education and literacy department. This was followed by a stint at Szabist where she joined as a professor and eventually became Dean of the social sciences department. After joining another institution as dean, Dr. Fouzia is currently serving as Head of Curriculum wing with the provincial education department and is responsible for spearheading reforms pertaining to the curriculum. Dr. Fouzia’s holistic abilities are a testament to her diverse interests. Apart from her involvement in academia, she has consistently interacted with media as well, periodically featuring on TV, print and radio platforms. As an activist, she has always valued the media’s potency as a platform to propagate social reforms; she has vehemently spoken about gender issues, social taboos and active citizenship. Dr. Fouzia has over 30 research papers which she has presented at various national and international platforms. Being an advocate of academic contributions to social thought, her research focus has also been around burning social issues whereby she has written about the role of women at homes, workplaces, and public spaces in context of the issues of isolation and discrimination they constantly face. Dr. Fouzia remains a vanguard for various social reforms through her active involvement with various associations, as a mentor to the youth, as an active social critic, as a media personality and in her capacity as an educationist.

Ms.Zubaida Jalal Khan

Zubaida Jalal the Former Minister for Education, Women development, Social Welfare and Special Education of Pakistan was born in August 1959 at Kuwait. She received her early education at Quetta and later on obtained her masters degree in English literature from the University of Balochistan. She is a native of Mand in Merkan district which is one of the most deprived and desolate areas of Pakistan. Moved by the underdevelopment of the area Jalal established a Girls' Primary School in Mand on Self-help basis in the year 1982. The school performed outstandingly well in the first year of its operation. Based on its excellent performance it was handed over to the Government of Balochistan. Zubaida moved on to become a volunteer with the Family Planning Association of Pakistan. She participated in the Fourth World Women Conference at China in 1995 as an official delegate. She is the first woman from Balochistan to go for a General Seat in the National Assembly in Balochistan in 2002 and winning taking her in the Pakistan Federal Cabinet as Minister of Education based on her services as an activist educator. She widely travelled abroad to study the primary education system prevalent in other countries. While teaching at school, she completed her MA in English Literature from Balochistan University. In 1993, her services were recognized by the Government of Pakistan and honoured her with Pride of Performance Award for Education by the President of Pakistan. She has authored many publications include Papers on Baloch Embroidery and Poverty. Zobaida Jalal is also on the Board of Children’s Literature Festival Pakistan.

Ms. Shahnaz Wazir Ali

Ms. Shahnaz Wazir Ali (Former Federal Minister of Pakistan) is a social activist and holds Master's Degree in Education from the University of Arkansas, USA and in Education Administration from Trenton College, New Jersey. She has participated in numerous trainings, one such significant is Principal's Certification from Harvard University, Cambridge, USA. She was the Executive Director of the Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy (PCP), in Islamabad, Pakistan before becoming member of national assembly of Pakistan on a reserve seat for women. Ms. Ali has served as Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Pakistan of the Social Sector. She has also served on the boards of the National Commission for Human Development, the Economic Advisory Council of Pakistan, UNESCO and the Fund for Inclusion of Disabled Persons, amongst others. Ms. Ali’s career spans 37 years of experience in policy and practice in the education sector in government and the private sector. In particular, her significant contributions are in the health and education sector, which include the concept, design, planning and implementation of Pakistan’s largest primary health care initiative more commonly known as the Lady Health Workers Program which delivers preventive and promotive health services to women and children through the village based LHWs. The establishment of the Prime Minister’s Literacy Commission, the National and Provincial Education Foundations, the National Education Assessment System and priority actions on EFA are also among her major contributions in the Education Sector. As the Co-chair of the 21 member Pakistan Education Task Force, Ms. Wazir Ali is leading a strategically focused national effort for implementations of the National Education Policy. During 2009 she has also held the charge of the Higher Education Commission, which regulates the tertiary sector and is the standard setting authority for all 124 universities of Pakistan. She has been an active member of the National Commission for Human Development leading the restructuring effort to provide greater focus on EFA through Primary school enrolments

Mrs. Mahtab Akbar Rashdi

Mrs. Mahtab Akbar Rashdi (Distinguished Civil Servant, Scholar, Writer and Broadcaster) hails from a prominent family of Larkana. She started her career as an educationist and thereafter joined International relations Department University of Sindh in 1973, later on went to university of Massachusetts USA on full bright scholarship to pursue Masters in International Relations, her decision to travel abroad for advanced studies was her determination to rise above ordinary. After completing her 2nd Masters she joined as Chairperson of International Relations Department, University of Sindh at Jamshoro. Her administrative career has been outstanding she also served as Director Institute of Sindhology and Regional Director, University Grants Commission, at Jamshoro. Sindh Government acquired her services in 1988, it is significant to note that she has not only worked on many important position with the Sindh Government but also has the honor of being the first ever woman Secretary in the history of the Sindh Secretariat. Where she served as Secretary Culture & Tourism, Youth affairs & sports Director General Environmental Protection Agency, Secretary Social Welfare and Women Development, Secretary Education, Director General Provincial Ombudsmen Secretariat, Secretary Information and secretary inter provincial coordination. Presently she is working as Executive Director of HUM Television Network Ltd. Her role as bureaucrat in these important positions has been pivotal in bringing about positive and progressive changes in the respective departments, which were highly appreciated in the government circles as well as by the general public. She is also actively associated with various learned bodies, forums and social organizations through which she took number of initiatives in bringing awareness to educate women about their rights and also helped them to identify business opportunities because she strongly believes that economic empowerment of women is going to have significant socio economic ramifications for both society as well as the economy. She contributes articles to various leading journals and weeklies of Sindhi, English, and Urdu on Social issues, Environment, International relation and culture. Her book on “Indo-Pak Relations” was published in 1989. She has also presented various talk shows on TV, which acclaimed tremendous popularity among the viewers. One of the very noticeable qualities of Mahtab Rashdi is her genuine endeavor to give her best in whatever she does. This indomitable woman has proven her leadership qualities by her commitments to accept all assignments as a challenge and has set precedents for others to follow. She has the energy and optimism that she shares with all those who come into her life. A fighter and an achiever, this remarkable personality is a true woman of today. In recognition of her outstanding contributions she has been conferred with number of awards including “Pride of Performance” the national award by the President of Pakistan. She is the president of RAHNUMA – family planning association of Pakistan (FPAP). She is member Sindh Provincial Assembly representing of Muslim League (Functional).

Azra Nafees Yousafzai

Azra Nafees Yousafzai (Social and Peace Activist)is a committed Educationist, Poet, Writer, Social and Peace activist, and Entrepreneur, who has been actively engaged in helping the under-privileged children and women of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and particularly the militancy prone FATA region. Hailing from the troubled Dir district of Malakand, Ms Yousafzai has been raising her voice for women and children rights social justice, gender equality, and against persecution of minorities for the past many years. She has been active on various platforms in pursuit of her objectives including: She undertook philanthropic work in the earthquake and flood affected areas of KPK during 2008 and 2010 mostly providing relief to widows and children. In 2014, she was engaged in delivering support to the females/widows IDPs of Waziristan through her volunteer group “SAHAR Group of Volunteers” and paid several visits to IDP Camps/host localities in Bannu and surrounding areas. Azra has participated in discussions on various media channels and radio programs and organizing a number of events on women/social issues and raised awareness about need for tolerance, peace and women rights. Her recent work has been on “Electoral reforms – Women Perspective” in which she has been part of a panel of prominent women participating in several seminars organised by the United Nation Development Project (UNDP) to develop recommendations on improving women participation in decision making and political participation. She is currently working on writing a chapter “Impact of War & Violence on Young Minds” for the book “Women & Children: The Politics of Conflict in South Asia” edited by Professor Dr. Bina D’Costa of the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. The book is currently under publication by the Cambridge University Press (CUP). Azra has been speaking on several literary forums. As a writer and poet her area of interest is the promotion and preservation of indigenous culture and spreading. Azra Nafees has won many awards for her literary and social work which includes a National Award for “Best Social Worker for bringing Social Change” by Innovative Youth Forum.


Ms.Kishwar (Director, Insan Foundation Trust) is a peace activist, trainer, researcher, artist, advisor and founder of several bodies working on women’s rights, improved governance, peace and security. In her professional career of 17 years she has directed several projects and programs. She is currently working as Director of Insan Foundation Trust, an NGO focusing on women’s empowerment and youth leadership in peace building. During 2010 to 2015 Insan has reached to 58,000 youths (boys and girls) across Pakistan (AJK, Balochistan, Gilgit Baltistan, FATA, Punjab and Sindh) through its Peace & Democracy Initiative - Act for Change. Kishwar is founding member of the Women’s Regional Network (WRN) on Peace & Security - a network of women peace activists from Pakistan, India and Afghanistan; Women Waging Peace Network; Afghanistan/Pakistan Peace Dialogue Forum, Provincial Board of Governors (BoG), Local Councils Association of the Punjab (LCAP), Asia Pacific Women’s Alliance on Peace & Security (APWAPS), Regional Women’s Mediators Network and Ending Violence Against Women and Girls Alliance (EVAWGA), Islamabad. She has served as member of International Working Group on Women, Peace and Security during 2011-2012. She is also a Core Member of South Asian Feminists Network (SANGAT) Kishwar has trained thousands of women and men, boys and girls from Pakistani and Afghan Urban and Rural Communities, Universities and Schools, CBOs, NGOs, INGOs, Media, Donor Projects, Political Parties, Government and Public Institutions on Gender, Governance, Peace, Security, Development, Education, Communication and Rights. Kishwar has authored numerous booklets and illustrated children’s books. She holds master’s degree in geography from University of the Punjab. She was the first female of her family to obtain a college education and then work professionally.

Ms. Farhana Faruqi-Stocker

Farhana Faruqi (International Consultant) Stocker holds a Master’s degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Sussex, UK, with specialisation in Third World Development. She is a development and humanitarian practitioner and has served in strategic leadership positions in international aid sector. She also worked as a Visiting Faculty at Department of Anthropology of Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad Pakistan where she developed and taught two new courses during 1992-94: ‘Social Change and Development’ and ‘Women and Development’. She specialises in the region of South and Central Asia, and has been associated with numerous leading global organisations. Much of her professional life is spent living and working in contexts of complex political emergency, natural disasters, and acute and endemic poverty characterized with weak governance and fragile institutional set-ups. Stocker’s areas of expertise and interests include accountable local government, inclusive development, and transformative peacebuilding. She feels passionately about putting vulnerable and politically marginalised and voiceless people, particularly women, youth and children, at the centre of development and humanitarian effort. She believes that risks and crisis offer strategic opportunities to civil society, aid community, and to the governments to create enabling conditions for building social harmony and addressing historical sense of injustices through smart investment and sustained engagement. She also believes that with more competent women in leadership roles at all levels and in all spheres of life, the wounds and pain of our world will lessen, making it more tolerant place, and will see inclusive growth, less conflicts and more harmony. In 2012, One World Action listed Stocker among the 100 unseen powerful women leaders, who changed the world through public service.

Ms.Manizeh Bano

Ms.Manizeh (Executive Director, Sahil) has a PhD in Special Education from University of Punjab Lahore and an M. Phil Special Education from University of Oslo, Norway. She was the first Chairman of Board of Directors of Sahil and have been working as the Executive Director of Sahil since 2002 to date. Ms. Manizeh brings along experience in the field of Special Education since 1972 and has been doing voluntary social work for 35 years. Ms. Manizeh has worked with many institutes for the disabled and other organizations as an advisor, consultant and volunteer. Her expertise includes; developing curriculum for hearing impaired children, teachers training on quality education, situational analysis of communities’ special needs, training of health workers on identification and prevention of disabilities. Ms. Manizeh has the honor of developing the First Sign Language Dictionary in Pakistan.

Ms.Farah Naveed Warraich

Ms. Farah Warraich (Editor Jahan Pakistan) is having 29 years of experience of journalism as regular working journalist with Daily JANG, Lahore and Daily JEHANPAKISTAN. Having an MA in Journalism, Ms. Farah is also a visiting faculty member of Institute of Communication Studies of Punjab University Lahore. Ms.Faraha was the first women News Editor and the first Women Chief News Editor of Pakistan in Urdu Journalism. Ms.Farah has also received 4th Estate Award for her outstanding contribution and work. She has also represented Pakistan in various international conferences.

Ms. Sultana Siddiqui

Ms. Sultana Siddiqui (CEO, HUM TV, Network) is the founder and President of HUM Network Ltd., Pakistan’s largest and fastest- growing entertainment broadcast station and recognized as one of the top 25 Companies listed on the Karachi Stock Exchange. Ms. Siddiqui started her career as a producer at PTV Karachi studios in 1974. During her tenure she produced numerous programs on music, children, serials and special programs. She has received national and international awards including: PTV’s Silver Jubilee Award (for children’s programming), Best Producer award for music, 10 Years Best Producer 1987-1997; Woman of Vision Award ((Media Women Journalists And Publisher’s Organization) Hazrat Khadijat ul Kubra award (Federation of Business and Professional Women, Pakistan ); and Nigar Award (the most popular Film and media Awards in Pakistan). In recognition of her dedicated and outstanding services in the field of Art (TV production) the President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, conferred the Presidential Award of “Pride of Performance” to her in 2008. Ms. Siddiqui has represented Pakistan in various workshops and seminars abroad. She has served with distinction on the boards of many organizations. Supporting and encouraging women has been her passion and mission. She has been associated with reputable NGOs that are working for women’s issues. Through her work she has projected the soft image of Pakistan by making women the central theme of her plays and shows. She is contributing with passion towards women’s causes, including running schools in the rural area of Sindh, Pakistan, which focus on girls’ education. In 1996, she founded a production house by the name of “Moomal Productions” through which high quality plays are being produced to date and which has received numerous awards. Ms. Siddiqui became the first woman in South Asia to launch a television network which she has run successfully, as President, since its inception. In 2004 she established “Eye Television Network Ltd”, now HUM Network, Ltd., the first TV broadcast station to be listed on the Karachi Stock Exchange. Many of the key positions in HUM are occupied by women. The HUM Network has brought new programming to Pakistan and the world during Ms. Siddiqui leadership, including: • HUM, the first purely entertainment channel in the county has become Pakistan’s most sought after entertainment channel. It is now being viewed in 30 countries around the world. It’s programming is being dubbed for viewing in other languages; • Masala, South Asia’s first 24-hour food channel; • Style 360, Pakistan’s first fashion & style channel. Today Style 360 hosts the largest live fashion shows in Pakistan, promoting the work of 100’s of Pakistani designers throughout the world; and, more recently, • HUM Sitaray, an entertainment channel revolving around sit-coms, reality shows, fashion shows and game shows. Ms Siddiqui was ranked as one of the top 100 business leaders of Pakistan in 2012 and 2013 by CEO Summit Asia. A woman with outstanding leadership qualities, she is determined, resilient and hardworking, a role model for entrepreneurs, young and old.

Ms.Tasneem Ahmar

Ms. Tasneem Ahmar (Executive Director, Uks Media Research Centre) holds Masters degrees in Communication (1989 University of Hawaii, USA and Mass Communication (1978 University of Karachi, Pakistan. Currently heading Uks Research Centre- a media advocacy and monitoring organization, she is also Executive producer for Meri Awaz Sunno (hear my voice), a rights-based radio programme with a predominantly female technical and editorial team. Ms. Ahmar started her career as a desk journalist from The Muslim, an English language daily in Pakistan. She has worked at the Dawn Group of newspapers and has held posts of Research Associate-Women’s Study Centre, Quaid-e-Azam University, Pakistan and Assistant Professor, Mass Communication department, Karachi University, Pakistan. She was also the Country Director of Overseas Research Centre, Pakistan office of AIPS (American Institute of Pakistan Studies). Ms. Ahmar has been a free-lance journalist since 1986 and her cover story on violence against women titled “Trial by Fire” published in an English language monthly The Herald (September 1995) was presented at the 1995 Beijing Conference. Ms. Ahmar has authored many research papers, participated in many international and regional seminars and workshops and conferences on issues around women, development and media. She has edited many media studies and media guides on issues ranging from violence against women, HIV and AIDS to gender sensitivity in the media. In 1998, she received Mary Morgan Hewett Award on Excellence in Feature Writing. In June 2009, she received the prestigious International Media Leadership Award from Internews-USA.