EVENT | February 8 | Banking on Youth: Pakistan’s Changemakers

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The Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center invites you to attend “Banking on Youth: Pakistan’s Changemakers,” a panel discussion and networking reception with its 2013 Emerging Leaders of Pakistan (ELP) Fellows in Islamabad, Pakistan.


Faryal Ahmed
Research Assistant
Pakistan Strategy Support Program

Huda Ahmed
Senior Facilitator
Reading Room Project

Nadeh Ali Mir
Peshawar Youth Organization

Pakistan is a young and increasingly urban society, which lends tremendous opportunity for progress through its demographic dividend. The youth, who account for nearly 60 percent of Pakistan’s population, will ultimately determine Pakistan’s future course. To help empower these young people in Pakistan, the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center launched the Emerging Leaders of Pakistan fellowship program, which seeks to identify and support the country’s next generation of civil society leaders through the creation of a collaborative and proactive network.

Fifteen Pakistan-based fellows from diverse backgrounds are serving as the second ELP fellowship class. Recently returned from the United States, where they met with policymakers, entrepreneurs, and civil society leaders, the ELP fellows will share their experiences with the Islamabad community. They will highlight their ongoing work and vision for the engagement of Pakistan’s youth, while addressing issues such as education, entrepreneurship, and national development.

DATE: Saturday, February 8, 2014

TIME: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (panel discussion followed by reception)

LOCATION: Islamabad Marriott Hotel



Faryal_updatedFaryal Ahmed is an activist connecting youth to productive channels of change. She has worked in several capacities to address socio-economic issues, poverty, development, and vulnerability tied to Pakistan’s youth. Most recently, she graduated from Lahore University of Management Sciences with a master’s in economics and joined the Pakistan Strategy Support Program, a country-wide policy analysis and capacity-strengthening program that was launched at the request of the Government of Pakistan. Previously, she was a consultant at a joint initiative of the United Nations Development Program and the Planning Commission of Pakistan, where she helped frame youth and community engagement, a core pillar of the New Growth Framework of Pakistan. Under this umbrella, she initiated the first ever nationwide youth documentary competition to bring youth voices to policymakers.

Huda AhmedHuda Ahmed, born and raised in Karachi, studied dentistry at one of the best institutes of dental medicine in Pakistan. A few months before her graduation, Pakistan witnessed the devastating floods of 2010. Determined to help the victims, Ahmed initiated a flood relief drive that ultimately changed the trajectory of her own life. Realizing that education is the key to empowering individuals, she decided to work towards eradicating educational inequity. She was selected as a part of the inaugural cohort of Fellows at Teach for Pakistan, and taught for two years in an under-resourced girls’ school in Sultanabad, a volatile area of Karachi. During the two years, she worked on multiple school and community development initiatives aimed to create awareness about various socio-economic problems and change community mindsets. Watching her students evolve into confident, self-motivated, and responsible individuals reinforced Ahmed’s belief that quality education is the key to solving many of the country’s problems. After her fellowship ended in June 2013, she joined Alif Ailaan, an alliance for education reform led by a communications campaign, and advocates for the right to education for every child in Pakistan. Currently, she is a senior facilitator at the Reading Room Project, an educational technology venture that aims to give low-income Pakistani students access to excellent online learning resources in a supportive environment.

Nadeh AleeNadeh Ali Mir is a community organizer and visionary from Peshawar. After graduating from the Institute of Management Sciences with a finance degree, he concentrated his efforts on the youth of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Using his interpersonal and public relations skills, he launched Peshawar Youth Organization (PYO), which works for the betterment of the youth of his city and province. The organization champions social causes, while harnessing the potential and development of the province’s youth. In only two years, PYO has arranged more than 100 social events promoting different causes such as peace building, post-flood activities, environmental advocacy, and relief efforts for internally displaced persons. Mir received the Provincial Youth Award (2009) from Governor Awais Ahmed Ghani, Active Youth Citizen Award (2011) from the US Consul General, and the Azm Award (2012) from Shaukat Tarin, former finance minister of Pakistan; and Mujeeb-Ur-Rehman Shami, a renowned Pakistani journalist.

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