Sherry RehmanChairman, Board of Governors, JI
Sherry Rehman is ranking member of the National Security Committee of the National Assembly of Pakistan for her second term. She has served as Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pakistan (2008-09). Rehman also held three additional portfolios of Health, Women Development and Culture as Federal Minister, in 2008. Rehman also currently serves as Member on the Azad Kashmir Legislative Council as well as the Gilgit-Baltistan Council.
After her resignation as Federal Minister on the principle of protecting media freedoms, Rehman has authored several legislative bills and resolutions on foreign and security policy, human rights and media protections. She also serves as a member of the Parliamentarians Network for Conflict Prevention at East West Institute in Brussels, and Parliamentarians for Global Action in New York.
Rehman is also an award-winning journalist from Pakistan with 20 years of experience in both the broadcast and print media. Former editor of the "Herald" newsmagazine based in Pakistan, she has studied politics and foreign relations at Smith College, USA, and the University of Sussex, UK. In her capacity as a senior journalist, Rehman has been the first Pakistani media person to be recognized by the UK House of Lords for independent journalism at the Annual British Muslim Ceremony in 2002.
For her services to the restoration of democracy, Sherry Rehman has been awarded the title of 'Democracy's Hero' (2009), by the International Republican Institute. She was also presented 'The Freedom Award' Pakistan in 2009 by the Association of Television Journalists for her work for media independence in Pakistan. In 2008, she was presented the International Peace Award for Democrats by the Human Rights Commission.
Rehman has also been responsible for the formulation and presentation of the only comprehensive briefing on National Security put out by the Government of Pakistan. This in-camera October 2008 briefing, to a joint sitting of parliament, led to the adoption of the Joint Resolution on Terrorism, the first national consensus by public representatives on the issue of terrorism in the country. Rehman has testified to the US Sub-Committee on National Security of Congress, lectured extensively at international and domestic think tanks, and at Pakistan's National Defence University on Pakistan's national security challenges and imperatives.
Jameel Yusuf is Founding Chief, Citizens Police Liaison Committee, Central Reporting Cell, (a Statutory Institution assisting Victims of Crime, irrespective of their caste, creed, status or wealth since its inception i.e. 1st September 1989 – 22nd March 2003.)
He has been Member of the Law & Order Commission of Pakistan, Federal Ministry of Interior & Narcotics Control, and is currently Member, Implementation Watch Committee of the National Commission on the Status of Women, Government of Pakistan from. June, 2010.Jameel Yusuf is Chairman of a Multinational Group, TPL Holdings (Pvt.) Ltd. He is also Chairman, Steering Committee Al-Murtaza – Professional Development Centre, a Charitable Trust affiliated to The Aga Khan University, Institute of Educational Development (AKU–IED) that focuses on teacher-training, and Honorary Secretary, Board of Governors, "Al-Murtaza School Network", Founding Trustee ; PANAH, a shelter for women in Distress in Karachi. He is also Member, Steering Committee, NGO Resource Centre, a project of Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) 2001 - 2007.
At the international level, Jameel Yusuf is Member Director, Asia Crime Prevention Foundation (ACPF), Japan, and Member, Advisory Council Fellowship Fund for Pakistan (FFFP), Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars (WWC). He has been recognized for his services the Government of Pakistan by receiving the Presidential Award for Public Service " Sitara-e-Shujaat" in Pakistan, as well as earning a nomination for the First United Nations Vienna Civil Society Award in 1999.
Ava Ardeshir Cowasjee
Secretary, Board of Governors, JI
Ava Cowasjee is a renowned philanthropist and trustee of the Cowasjee Foundation and Vice Chairman of Sindh SOS Villages, which runs the largest boarding and lodging school program for vulnerable and orphaned children in Pakistan . She is also Honorary Secretary of the Friends of Lady Dufferin FoundationTrust Hospital, which is the largest non-profit health facility for women and children in Pakistan.
Cowasjee is also a partner in Cowasjee Shipping and still holds the honour of being the first woman elected to the office of Chairperson of the Pakistan Shipping Association
Mr. Raza was Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan, from January 2009 until June 2010. Prior to that appointment, between 2006 and 2009, he had been CEO of the Pakistan Business Council – a research and policy group sponsored by 25 of Pakistan's largest business Houses. To advance the institutional framework for business growth and investment, Mr. Raza was responsible for setting up joint committees with the Ministry of Finance, and the core regulatory agencies in Pakistan, SBP and SECP, to work on appropriate policy initiatives.
Syed Salim Raza is an international banker with a Masters from Oxford University and a distinguished career spanning many countries. He was CEO of Citibank in Pakistan in the mid 1980s.
Most recently Raza has been involved with governance metrics, regulatory frameworks and policy development in Pakistan.
Nadeem Hussain is CEO and President of Tameer Bank, Pakistan's first private sector microfinance bank and world leader in branchless banking . Hussain's model bank has impacted over a million people by extending credit and mobile banking to the poor and the unbanked Pakistan, and has introduced the first health insurance program in rural areas to protect poor households from trauma.
Hussain has been on the Board of Governors of Institute of Business Administration, and is currently Vice-Chairman of Pakistan Microfinance Network, Trustee of Indus Foundation, and Member of the Renewable Energy Task Force for the Government of Pakistan. He has been in international banking for 27 years in Citibank/Citigroup in seven different countries and all major financial centers of the world. Mr. Hussain has, during his Citibank Career worked in Corporate Banking, Consumer Banking, Risk Management, Insurance, Transaction Banking and Treasury and member board of the Honk Kong Commodities Exchange.
Hussain has been chair of the United Nation's MDG Session on Financial Inclusion in New York in September 2010, and is a frequent speaker at international forums on branchless banking for the unbanked. He writes and broadcasts frequently in Pakistan's mainstream media on social policy, low-cost housing, and sustainable growth.
Iqbal Ali Lakhani
Iqbal Lakhani is Chairman, Aga Khan Economic Planning Board for Pakistan. Vice President American Business Council of Pakistan , and ranking member of the Pakistan Business Council. Lakhani is also chairman of the Lakson Group of Companies, one of the largest publicly listed manufacturing conglomerates in Pakistan, with high governance benchmarks. The Lakson Group is represented on many trusts and foundations in Pakistan, for their active corporate citizenship and philanthropy.
Iqbal Lakhani is a phi beta kappa from UCLA Berkeley, and lectures widely on capacity -building for business and development organizations.
Aziz Ahmad Khan
Ambassador(rtd) Aziz Ahmad Khan is a career diplomat who is consultant at the National Defence University in Islamabad.
He travels extensively at the international level to lecture at strategic security conferences with particular reference to Pakistan's foreign policy challenges.
He has served as Pakistan's High Commissioner to New Delhi from June 2003-2006, and was Additional Foreign Secretary (June 2000 to June 2002).
Khan joined the Pakistan Foreign Service in 1969 and has distinguished himself in high posts such as Pakistan's High Commissioner to Malaysia(’95-’96) and Pakistan's Ambassador to Afghanistan(Nov 1996 to June 2000).
Khan has also served as Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from November 2001 to June 2003. He
was Director General of the Foreign Service Academy from June 2002 to June 2003.
Apart from his role as Deputy Chief of Mission at New Delhi and Consul General at Los Angeles, he has also served in various capacities in Pakistan Missions in Buenos Aires, Brasilia, Maputo, Vienna and Lisbon.
He is also Executive Advisor to the international relations quarterly, "The Criterion". He has served on Jinnah Institute's Board of Advisors through 2010-2011.