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Sherry Rehman

President, Board of Governors, JI

Former Leader of Opposition in Senate, Senator Sherry Rehman, is a third-term Parliamentarian, diplomat, journalist, and civil society activist who has received Pakistan’s highest civil award, the Nishan-e-Imtiaz.

Rehman is the Founding Chair and serving President of the Jinnah Institute, Vice-President of the Pakistan Peoples Party-Parliamentarians, Chair of the Climate Change Caucus in Parliament, Chair of the CPEC Committee in Senate and Chair of Pakistan Peoples Party Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Rehman has served as Pakistan Ambassador to the United States and Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting in the previous government. She has held additional portfolios of Health, Women Development, and Culture as a Federal Minister.

An award-winning journalist in both broadcast and print media, Rehman has been Editor of the Herald news magazine and is recipient of several awards, including the title of Democracy’s Hero; The Freedom Award for her work for media independence; the International Peace Award for Democrats; and the Jeanne Kirkpatrick Award for Women. Identified as one of the Top Global Thinkers of 2011 by Foreign Policy magazine, she was cover-titled by Newsweek Pakistan as “Pakistan’s Most Important Woman”.

Rehman is a prime mover of progressive legislative measures on women and minority rights, RTI and press freedom in Pakistan.

Jameel Yusuf

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 Foundation Trust 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.

Nadeem Hussain

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.

Salim Raza

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.

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.

 

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