Board of Directors
Dr. Hafiz A. Pasha - Chairman
Occupation: Retired Civil servant and Economist
Dr. Pasha is a retired civil servant and a leading economist holding a PhD degree from Stanford University. He has held many public appointments notably: Advisor to the Prime Minister/Federal Minister for Finance and Economic Affairs, Deputy Chairman/Federal Minister, Planning Commission, Government of Pakistan, Federal Minister for Education and Federal Minister for Commerce and Tourism. He has also served as chairperson of the Advisory Panel for Economists, Planning Commission, Economy Advisory Council to Federal Ministry of Finance, Revenue Advisory Council, Federal Board of Revenue and was also Founder Chairman of Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund. His international public appointments include Assistant Administrator, UNDP Regional Director of Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, UNDP, New York, USA (2002-2007) Visiting Scholar, New York University (2004-2007) Visiting Assistant Professor, Stanford University.
He has served as the Dean of the School of Social Sciences at the Beaconhouse National University, Lahore and is currently the Professor Emeritus. Dr. Pasha has served till 2007 as a United Nations Assistant Secretary General and United Nations Development Program Assistant Administrator and as director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific. He is the first Pakistani to hold this distinction.
Earlier, Dr. Pasha was also the Vice Chancellor of the University of Karachi, Dean and director of the Institute of Business Administration, and research professor and director of the Applied Economics Research Centre.
Ms. Rabia Khan - Director
Occupation: Gender Specialist
Ms. Khan is a lawyer by profession and also holds a Master’s Degree in Policy and Management from the Carnegie Mellon University, USA. She has worked in the field of gender and development for many years with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and has also worked with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on sustainable development. Ms. Khan works as a freelance consultant and is based in Karachi. She has also been part of various training programs which include International workshop on Popular Education Methods and Organizing for Women Environment, Women Factory Workers and Goal Oriented Project Planning program conducted both at National and International level.
Ms. Khan is currently also director of Kaarvan Crafts Foundation and also served as a director in Aahung working for the reproductive health for both men and women.
Ms. Fatima Asad Khan - Director
Occupation: Managing Director, Abacus Consulting, Corporate Governance and People Solutions
Fatima Asad-Khan is an integral member of the top leadership at Abacus Consulting, a leading international professional services firm. Her portfolio includes leading the Human Capital Solutions business, and internally the Corporate HR and PMO functions. She is also responsible for strategically managing the alliance partnership with Mercer, a leading global HR consulting firm. She has over seventeen years of change management, organizational structuring and human capital development experience through strategic formulation and project management roles. An MBA from LUMS, she started her career with Coopers & Lybrand International and then PricewaterhouseCoopers. Through her business experience and project leadership, in strategic change, governance, and human capital management, she possesses significant expertise for adding value to clients on the development of organizational strategies
Ms. Asad also holds directorship in Faysal Bank, LUMS, Bata Pakistan and Karvaan Crafts Foundation.
Mr. Arif Masud Mirza - Director
Occupation: Chartered Accountant, Regional Head of Policy for ACCA MENASA (Middle East North Africa and South Asia)
Mr. Arif Masud Mirza is a chartered accountant by profession and the Regional Head of Policy for ACCA MENASA (Middle East North Africa and South Asia) of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants since 2014. Mr. Masud has headed senior positions at various organizations; he was the CEO/Head of ACCA Pakistan of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and Manager Finance & company secretary at International Investment Bank Ltd.
Mr. Mirza has held directorship’s at various finance institutions. He was a nominee director of FINCA Microfinance Bank Ltd till October 2017 and chaired the Audit Committee and member of the HR Committee while his tenure at the bank. He was the nominee non-executive director for the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan and member audit committee. He has a rich experience as a technical advisor with Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) South Asia Advisory, Group and Multi-stakeholder Steering Committee looking at initiating UN SDGs in companies, Technical advisor on the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) Professional Accountancy Organization Development Committee (PAODC), Editorial Board of Accountancy Futures ACCA’s International Journal for Business Leaders, Editor of Policy and Insights Commentary ACCA’s Middle East, North Africa and South Asia MENASA e-journal and Content writer for Oxford University Press-Pakistan publication “The Corporate Governance Landscape of Pakistan” edited by Sadia Khan.
Mr. Mirza also has been a guest and a visiting faculty at LUMS and Association of Chartered Certified Accountants-Study School and also has the privilege of attending numerous international conferences pertaining to Corporate Governance, Finance, Taxation and Social Sciences.
“Kashf’s Vocational Skills Program is a commendable initiative to equip young girls with the skill set to start their own enterprises, employ other women from the community and make themselves and their communities financially sustainable.”
Dr. Mehjabeen Abidi Habib - Director
Occupation: Consultant, Climate Change Specialist
Dr. Mehjabeen is a social ecologist and scholar of institutional innovations that change society based on social context, leadership, and adaptation in law and policy. In 2011, she completed her PhD on Resilience which was conferred by Government College University Lahore, with a fellowship to the University of Oxford.
She has served on Board of the Lahore Museum, Lahore Waste Management Company, National Steering Committee on REDD+ and Soan Valley Development Program in district Khushab and Advisor to the Pakistan Girl Guides Association. She was a Steering committee member of the LUMS-WWF Research Project on Climate Change and also member of the Lahore Zoo Advisory Committee. Dr. Abidi was also on the board of Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) International, a world-wide network of sustainability professionals. She is presently Advisor to the Heinrich Boll Stiftung Pakistan on Ecology and does international consulting with Emerald Network, a UK based climate change related company. Her professional work experience includes positions in Academia, the UN Civil Service and NGOs over 30 years. She is also director of Himaverte, a sustainable business enterprise that offers solar solutions, environmental consulting and a small recycled handmade paper business. She also holds distinction to be the lead author of ‘Water in the Wilderness’ published in 2016 by Oxford University Press Pakistan.
Dr. Rukhsana David – Director
Occupation: Principal of Kinnaird College for Women
Dr. Rukhsana is currently serving as a principal in Kinnaird College for Women, a well-recognized and prestigious institute. She has been affiliated with the field of education for more than 30 years with her endless efforts and contributions. Apart from her tremendous leadership qualities some of her notable achievements include representing Kinnaird at various forums e.g. the International Conference on Women Empowerment held in Philippines, planning the curriculum for the 4 years Bachelor of Fine Arts program and setting up the Fine Arts Department according to the semester system at Kinnaird College for Women, winning National Cultural Award for Minorities in Art and a Gold Medal for first position in Masters.
She is currently the member of board of governors for internationally recognized educational institutes as Forman Christian College, National College of Arts and a PHD program in Lahore College for women. She has also served as a director in Tourism Development Corporation of Pakistan, Lahore.
Dr. David has attended various leadership certification programs such as Vice Chancellors Leadership Training Program for Higher Education Commission in collaboration with British Council in Glasgow, UK and Certified course in leadership training from Harvard Boston, US.
Dr. Ali Cheema – Director
Occupation: Associate Professor, Economics, LUMS
Dr. Cheema is a PhD holder in Economics from University of Cambridge. He is a leading economist and has been at the forefront in the field of education since 1994. He is currently a part of Lahore University of Management sciences (LUMS) which is an internationally well recognized institute. He is also a part of Center of International Development (CID), Kennedy School of Government, Harvard and South Asia Initiative, Harvard, University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and St. John’s College, Cambridge UK leading and top-ranked institutes of United Kingdom.
He has a rich policy experience and is presently working as a Technical Member of Government of Punjab’s Working Group on Smart-Testing and Smart-Containment of the COVID-19 outbreak. He has been working in Punjab Provincial Finance Commission, the Statutory Body for Awarding Fiscal Transfers between Province and Local Governments Technical Member since 2015. He also held the position as a Member Chief Minister Punjab’s Economic Advisory Council for 2 years. Mr. Cheema has been an active participant in major projects initiated in Pakistan for economy management and control and also served as a Member Panel of Economists, Government of Pakistan Planning Commission, and as a Member of Economic Advisory Board Sub-Group on Industry, Investment and Privatization, Government of Pakistan.
Dr. Cheema, for his endless efforts has been internationally recognized and honored with Fulbright Scholar Award, The Cambridge Journal of Economics Political Economy Society Fund Award, University of Cambridge, The Ellen McArthur Fund Award, University of Cambridge and has been appointed as Appointed Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Society since 1994.
He currently holds directorship in Mahbub ul Haq, Lahore University of Management Sciences and Centre of Economic Research, Pakistan.
Ms. Maliha Hamid. Hussain – Director
Occupation: Independent Development Consultant
Ms. Maliha Hamid Hussein works as an independent development consultant. She is an economist with a broad range of development experience including agriculture, irrigation, forestry, water, micro-finance, governance, access to justice, prison reform and community participation. Ms. Hussein has extensive experience of working in South Asia, Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Republics. She has consulting experience with all the major multilateral and bilateral agencies. Ms. Hussein has served in the capacity of team leader on many occasions and has considerable experience in leading diverse teams. Ms. Hussein was also a career diplomat with the Pakistan Foreign Service (1978-82) and worked with the Aga Khan Rural Support Program in the high mountain areas of Pakistan for about four years (1983-87). Ms. Hussein co-owned and co-managed a consulting firm (1989-2000) and has been working independently since 2001.
A graduate of Punjab University, Ms. Hussein obtained her M.Sc. in agricultural economics from Michigan State University and a certificate in International law, Economics and Politics from Oxford University, UK
She is currently also the director of Sahil an organization working for the protection of children against violence as well as previously held directorships in Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund and Enterprise & Development Consulting (Pvt.) limited.
Ms. Ameena Saiyid - Director
Occupation: Managing Director, Lightstone Publishers
Ameena Saiyid is the Managing Director of Lightstone Publishers in Pakistan. She headed the Oxford University Press Pakistan for 30 years, becoming the first woman to ever head a multinational company in Pakistan and was also the President of the Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In 2005, she became the first Pakistani woman to be awarded the Order of the British Empire for her services to women’s rights, education, and intellectual property rights in Pakistan, and to Anglo-Pakistan relations. She began the movement of literature festivals in Pakistan and is also the founder of the Karachi Literature Festival. In February 2013, she was conferred the prestigious French award of Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters for her work in promoting literary culture. She attended Karachi Grammar School.
Ms. Saiyid is a member of the Federal Education Minister’s Search Committee for the selection of scholars on Pakistan Chairs abroad, a member of the Foreign Minister’s Committee of Arts and Culture and of the Sindh Government’s subcommittee for Libraries. Ms. Ameena is also the prestigious Trustee of the Vicky Noon Education Foundation, UK, which gives scholarships to Pakistani students to study at Oxford and Cambridge Universities.
Sadia Khan- Director
Occupation: CEO Autosoft Dynamics (Pvt.) Limited
Ms. Khan has Bachelors in computer Science from Rutgers the State University of New Jersey. She has a vast and rich experience in the field of Information Technology and product development for the financial services industry. She has been serving on the Board of Directors of AutoSoft Dynamics since 2005. Ms. Sadia took over as CEO of AutoSoft back in February 2017 leading from the front by providing her guidance to the teams of Development, SQA & Support, Business Development and Digital Banking and played a pivotal role in strategy development for market creation and product development.
She is currently holding directorship in Naseeb Networks Inc. leading employment marketplaces in Pakistan (ROZEE.PK) and Saudi Arabia (Mihnati.com) focused on facilitating the matching between jobseekers and employment opportunities.