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1Sherry Rehman

President, Board of Governors, JI

Sherry Rehman is the founding Chair of the Jinnah Institute, a non-partisan public policy think tank committed to the strengthening of democracy, governance and an independent national security project in Pakistan. She co-chairs several track-two strategic dialogues with India, and is convener of a similar institutionalized dialogue process between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Sherry Rehman has served as Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States (Nov 2011- May 2013); Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pakistan (2008-09) and ranking member of the National Security Committee in the Parliament. Rehman is also an award-winning journalist from Pakistan with 20 years of experience in both the broadcast and the print media. 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. Foreign Policy magazine has identified Rehman as one of 2011’s Top Global Thinkers.

She is also the architect of the first parliamentary charter and bill for women empowerment, mover of the Hudood Ordinances RepealBill, mover of the Anti-Honour Killings Bill, as well as the Freedom of Information Act 2004. As Minister, she moved the first government bill of the 2008 National Assembly for the repeal of martial law-led anti-media clauses in the Electronic Media Regulatory Ordinance. In August 2008, Rehman’s move to repeal similar amendments in the Print and Publication Ordinance paved the way for constitutional protection for the print media (RTI bill).

Rehman remains the only legislator in Pakistan who has ever moved parliament for amending laws that mis-use the Pakistan’s Blasphemy provisions.
In civil society, Sherry Rehman has been an active proponent for the provision of better access to health and educational resources, particularly for women and children from the lower-income sections of Pakistani society. In this respect, Rehman is Chair of the Lady Dufferin Foundation Trust, the largest non-profit provider of women and children’s subsidized healthcare in the province of Sindh. Rehman is also one of the founding members of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, and on the Syndicate of the Quaid-e-Azam University.
Before her designation as Pakistan’s Ambassador to United States Sherry Rehman was Member of Parliament in the National Assembly of Pakistan from the Pakistan Peoples Party for her second term. For her services to Pakistan, she has been awarded the state’s highest civil award, the Nishan-i-Imtiaz in March 2013.

2Jameel 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.


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.

4Nadeem 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.


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.

5Aziz 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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