Board of Directors
Dr Attiya Inayatullah – Chairperson
International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and the Chairperson, Family Planning Association of Pakistan
Dr Inayatullah is acknowledged in the fields of international relations, human rights, women’s empowerment, population and Social development at both the global level and in Pakistan. She has served as Federal Minister for Women’s Development, Population Planning and Social Welfare three times. As the longest serving woman parliamentarian she has a record of initiating women and child related legislation. She has also served as the as Chairperson/President of International Planned Parenthood Federation for a decade.
“Kashf has been the ray of light for thousands of low-income women and their households and has replaced their fear with confidence and hope which stands as the single most powerful step towards success and empowerment.”
Mr. Syed Asim Zafar – Director
Profession: Financial Management
Mr Zafar served as the Chairman of South Asian Federation of Exchanges (SAFE), Chairman of the Lahore Stock Exchange and as a member of the board of Directors of the Lahore Stock Exchange (LSE), Zafar Securities, National Commodity Exchange and World Call Multi Media. Mr Zafar has been pivotal in professionalizing and improving the performance of the LSE in his three terms as its Chair. Mr Zafar holds a degree in Nuclear Engineering from Purdue University, USA and an MBA from Virtual University Pakistan.
“Kashf’s responsible financing complemented by the suite of non-financial services it provides, distinguishes it from others in the microfinance sector and makes it the leader in providing client-centric products and services to low-income women.”
Mr. Tajammal Hussain - Director
Profession: Chartered Accountant
Mr Hussain is a Chartered Accountant with extensive experience and in depth knowledge of business processes in a wide range of sectors including information technology, manufacturing, financial services, education and charities. Mr Hussain is a partner of his own Accounting firm, Fakhruddin Yousafali and Company since 1991. He is a graduate of Cambridge University, London School of Economics and trained to be a Chartered Accountant with Arther Andersen & Co., London.
“The reason Kashf has managed to come so far in 2 decades is its across the board transparency and the multiple checks and balances it has put in place to ensure compliance and proper implementation.”
Mr. Syed Hassan Iqbal - Director
Profession: Member of Lahore Stock Exchange
Mr. Hassan Iqbal has a Bachelor Degree of Chemical Engineering from Punjab University Lahore. He has worked with the ZELIN (PVT) Limited as an Assistant Manager Sales and has worked with the Mian Ghulam Mohiuddin (Individual Member, Lahore Stock Exchange) as a Managing Partner. Currently he is working in MGM Securities as a Nominee Director.
“The phenomenal recognition Kashf Foundation and its clients have acquired across the globe is a source of pride for us. The N-Peace award won by the Kashf client Rizwana Baji from Haripur is an endorsement of the successful client-centered empowerment programs run by Kashf to promote women’s entrepreneurship.”
Mr. Arif Masud Mirza - Director
Profession: Chartered Accountant
Mr. Arif Masud Mirza is 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.
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.
“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.”
Ms. Rabia Khan - Director
Profession: Gender Specialist
Ms. Khan is a lawyer by profession and also holds a Masters 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. Currently, Ms. Khan works as a freelance consultant and is based in Karachi.
“What makes me proud about being on the board of Kashf Foundation is the gender inclusiveness I see deeply rooted in the organization; be it in their product development, their social advocacy programs, their organizational culture or their human resource policies,.”
Ms. Fatima Asad-Said – Director
Profession: Human Resource Specialist
Ms. Asad 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, CEO of AbacusELS (a subsidiary of AC) offering HR outsourcing solutions, and responsible for strategically managing the alliance partnership with Mercer, a leading global HR consulting firm. She has over twenty 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 moved to PricewaterhouseCoopers. She also is a board member of various organizations such as LUMS, Kashf Foundation and Kaarvan Crafts and serves as advisor to various boards, international associations, and entrepreneurial ventures like i2i (Invest to Innovate), PHCF and SHRM Pakistan. She is also currently the President for the SDSB Luminites Association 2015-17.
“The 50% female staff ratio at the organizational level and less than 8% female employee turnover at Kashf is an outstanding achievement made possible due to Kashf’s gender inclusive HR policies, the accommodating work environment and the motivational culture which keeps every female passionate to come to work every day.”
Mr. Amjad Ali Arbab
Profession: Senior Advisor to World Bank
Mr. Arbab has been working in the development and commercial banking sectors for the past 30 years, with a focus on financial inclusion, SME, Agriculture and digital finance. He has demonstrable experience and success in institution building and management. Until recently he served as Senior Advisor, South Asia with CGAP/World Bank, where his main focus was the creation of a $200 million SPV to support SMEs in Pakistan through provision of growth and equity capital. Prior to this, he served as Regional Director at Enclude, a global consulting and advisory firm that is supporting financial inclusion through bank downscaling, institutional capacity building, digital and capital advisory services,. Before joining Enclude, Mr. Arbab was CEO of the Microfinance Investment Support Facility for Afghanistan (MISFA), a World Bank sponsored Apex institution that has set the global standard for best-practice in developing an effective “capital plus” wholesale and technical assistance facility in the microfinance and SME arenas for post-conflict reconstruction. He was also a founding member of the management team of the Bank of Khyber in Pakistan’s Khyber-Paktunkhwa Province, where he served in several executive roles, including strategic architect and Head of BOK’s small and microfinance division in the mid to late 1990s. In addition, he has served in senior positions with the Aga Khan Rural Support Program and the Agricultural Development Bank of Pakistan.
“The contribution Kashf Foundation is making at the grass root level is highly commendable. The penetration Kashf has in low-income communities and the impact its programs are making on the lives of millions of low-income people in the country is what keeps my hopes alive about the well-being of this nation.”
Dr. Mehjabeen Abidi Habib
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; its research was awarded the international 2007 Science and Society Award by the Resilience Alliance.
Currently she is a Board Director of the Lahore Museum; she has been a Board member of the Lahore Waste Management Company, National Steering Committee on REDD+, a Board member of the Lahore Zoo Advisory Committee, a Board member of the Soan Valley Development Programme 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.
Her international governance positions include currently Member of the Panel of Critical Friends for Sustainability of the L’Oreal Corporation in Paris. She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Panel of Project Drawdown, a US based Research initiative to draw public attention to the100 most substantive solutions to global warming and a Regional Board Member of Action for Climate Today, a South Asia wide climate adaptation initiative of the British Government.
For nine years she was a Board Member of Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) International, a world-wide network of sustainability professionals. For the final three years of this tenure uptil 2011, she led the Board as Chair and initiated a change management process.
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 Director of Himaverte, a sustainable business enterprise that offers solar solutions, environmental consulting and a small recycled handmade paper business.
She is lead author of ‘Water in the Wilderness’ published in 2016 by Oxford University Press Pakistan. The book is a wide visual and scholarly survey of cultures and ecologies that merit conservation effort in Pakistan with a focus on extant desert, coastal and mountainous traditional ecological knowledge systems. Her first edited book ‘Green Pioneers’ was published in 2002, and is about 20 exceptional people who have impacted Pakistan’s natural and social environment.