Board of Directors

Dr. Hafiz A. Pasha - Chairperson
Occupation: Retired Civil servant and Economist

Dr. Hafiz A. Pasha is a retired civil servant and a leading economist with a PhD in Economics from Stanford University, and an M.A in Economics from University of Cambridge, U.K. He has held many notable national and international appointments including Advisor to the Prime Minister, Federal Minister for Finance and Economic Affairs, Founder Chairman of the Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund, Vice Chancellor/President of University of Karachi, Director of the Institute of Business Administration, Assistant Administrator at the UNDP, Regional Director of Bureau for Asia and the Pacific for the UNDP, Member Board of Governors for the World Bank, and Managing Director at the Institute of Public Policy (IPP).

Ms. Rabia Khan - Director
Occupation: Gender Specialist

Ms. Rabia Khan is a lawyer by profession and also holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy and Management from the Carnegie Mellon University, USA. Ms. Khan 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 is based in Karachi, she retired from Development Consulting in 2018 and currently co-manages an organic farm which includes production, marketing, and sales of organic produce. Since 2004 Ms. Khan has served as Director of Kaarvan Crafts Foundation, Lahore.

Ms. Fatima Asad Khan - Director
Occupation: Chief Executive Officer Abacus Consulting

Ms. Fatima Asad Khan is an integral member of the top leadership at Abacus Consulting. Ms. Khan’s professional experience of over 24 years embodies thought leadership and delivering progressive solutions in Corporate Governance, Digital Transformation, Strategic Change, Human Capital Management, Enterprise Technology Solutions, and project leadership across multiple sectors and industries. An MBA graduate from LUMS, she started her career with Coopers & Lybrand International and then PricewaterhouseCoopers. Her leadership journey includes serving on various Boards as an independent director such as Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Faysal Bank, Kashf Foundation, Bata Pakistan, Abacus Consulting Technology (Private) Limited, Abacus ELS Pvt limited, Abacus Consulting (Private) Limited, Kaarvan Crafts Foundation and is also a member of YPO International and YPO Indus Chapter. She holds a Corporate Director Certification from Harvard Business School and is a member of the Harvard Corporate Directors, Diversity and Inclusion Hub Leadership Council, and Women Executives on Boards Ms. Fatima Asad Khan forums.

Mr. Arif Masud Mirza - Director
Occupation: Chartered Accountant

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 Country Head of ACCA Pakistan of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and Manager Finance & company secretary at First International Investment Bank Ltd. He has 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 the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia MENASA e-journal.

“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.”

Ali Hassan Habib - Director
Occupation: Sustainability Expert

Ai Hassan Habib, a leading environmental professional and entrepreneur, holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Sciences from Punjab University, Pakistan, and a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA.Currently, Mr. Habib serves as CEO of SAMA^Verte and Managing Partner of HIMA^Verte, renowned sustainability consulting firms in Pakistan. His impactful initiatives include spearheading the CLASP Pakistan Project and Bridge ESG, dedicated to sustainability and energy efficiency. Notably, he served as CEO of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) from 1995 to 2014 and contributed significantly to multiple sustainability-focused organizations like the Adventure Foundation and Aziz Jehan Begum Trust for the Blind. His affiliations with government bodies and ministries, such as the Prime Minister’s Tourism Board and Punjab Chief Minister’s Climate Change and Environmental Task Force, signify his dedication to sustainability causes.
Mr. Habib’s commendable efforts in sustainability have been acknowledged through prestigious awards like the UNIDO Project Finance Advisory Network (PFAN) award in 2018 and the World Bank global award for his work on energy efficiency for the Punjab Government in 2018.

Dr. Rumina Syeda Hasan - Director
Occupation: Infectious Diseases Expert

Dr. Rumina Hasan (MBBS, PhD, FRCPath), a distinguished professional, completed her medical and postgraduate education at London University, UK. She currently holds the Abdulaziz Hussainali Shariff Professorship at Aga Khan University, Karachi, focusing on infectious diseases, tuberculosis, and antimicrobial resistance.Her tenure as Chairperson of the Department of Pathology and Microbiology at AKU (2004-2010) saw her lead numerous Biosafety Workshops and Seminars, demonstrating her commitment to enhancing healthcare worker and researcher awareness in Pakistan.
Dr. Hasan’s influence extends to national and international committees, including the New Diagnostic Working Group and the Global Laboratory Initiative under Stop-TB Partnership and WHO, and the Regional Green Light Committee for Management of Multidrug-resistant TB in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region. She is a founding member and former president of the Pakistan Biological Safety Association (PBSA).

Dr. Ali Cheema – Director
Occupation: Associate Professor, Economics, LUMS

Dr. Cheema holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Cambridge, U.K. He has remained associated with the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) as Associate Professor in Economics and Political Science since 2008. In addition, some of Dr. Cheema’s notable professional affiliations include his positions as Director at the Mahbub ul Haq Resource Center, Member of the Board of Trustees at the Institute of Development Studies Sussex U.K., Member of the Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee, Member of the Board at the Punjab Population Innovation Fund and Member of the Board at the International Growth Centre (IGC). He has also served as a technical member of the Government of Punjab’s Working Group on Smart-Testing and Smart-Containment of the COVID-19 outbreak. Dr. Cheema has been awarded with numerous honors, awards, and fellowships including Harvard South Asia Initiative Fellow, the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Bursary, and The Cambridge Journal of Dr. Ali Cheema Economics Political Economy Society Fund Award. He is also a serving director of the State Bank of Pakistan.

Ms. Navid Shahzad - Director
Occupation: Media Figure and Educationist

Navid Shahzad, a prominent figure in Pakistani media, holds a Master’s in English Literature from Government College, Lahore, and a Bachelor’s in English Literature, Philosophy, and Psychology from Kinnaird College for Women, Lahore. Beyond her media contributions, Ms. Shahzad actively engages in social causes and education, collaborating with various NGOs focused on women’s rights and education. Her involvement as the Dean of the School of Liberal Arts at Beaconhouse National University Lahore and as a visiting faculty member at LUMS and Lahore College for Women showcases her commitment to education.
Presently, she serves as the Director of the Resource Centre at Lahore Grammar School. Her remarkable contributions to the Pakistan Media Industry have been honored with several prestigious awards, including The Fatima Jinnah Award for Performing Arts awarded by the Government of Punjab in 2014, the Pride of Performance bestowed by the President of Pakistan in 2003, a Gold Medal for contribution to Performing Arts by the Ministry of Information Pakistan in 1989, and a Silver Medal for Contribution to the Performing Arts awarded by Pakistan Television, Ministry of Information Pakistan in 1977. These accolades underscore her significant impact on the performing arts landscape and her enduring commitment to the media industry in Pakistan.

Ms. Ameena Saiyid - Director
Occupation: Managing Director, Lightstone Publishers Pvt Limited

Ms. Ameena Saiyid is the Founder and Director of the Adab Festival and Founder and Managing Director of Lightstone Publishers (Pvt) Ltd in Pakistan. She served as the Managing Director of the Oxford University Press for 30 years, becoming the first woman in Pakistan to do so. 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. In 2018, she was awarded Sitara-e-Imtiaz by the President of Pakistan. She has held many notable positions including Secretary General of the Jinnah Society, Board Member of Habib University Foundation, Board Member of the Institute of Art and Culture, Lahore, President of the Overseas Investors’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Member of the federal education minister’s Search Committee for the selection of scholars on Pakistan. Ms. Saiyid is also Trustee of the Vicky Noon Education Foundation, UK.