2012 Fellows



  • AbdulMajeedAbid
    AbdulMajeedAbid

    Abdul Majeed Abid

    Abdul Majeed is a medical doctor pursuing a residency in Histo-pathology. He divides his time between teaching at a medical college and writing. His work has appeared in all major newspapers of Pakistan (The News, The Nation, Dawn, Pakistan Today) and he has contributed to prestigious magazines including Newsline and The Friday Times. His work focuses on Pakistan’s history, sociopolitical issues, and international relations. He is a regular contributor to “Khabaristan Times,”Pakistan’s version of ‘The Onion.’ Abdul Majeed is passionate about peace between India and Pakistan, education for all, and retracing the alternative history of Pakistan.

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    Abdul Majeed Abid

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  • AhmedShah
    AhmedShah

    Ahmad Shah

    Ahmad hails from the remote valley of Arkari in the Chitral district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and serves as a youth facilitator for the Drug Free Welfare Organization Chitral (DFWOC), which promotes drug use prevention in the community. Ahmad has also participated in a number of international youth initiatives, including the Asian Youth Congress in Bali, Indonesia. He also visited Kabul, at the request of the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, for the Afghan Youth Congress, where he helped deliver skills to the Afghan youth to help curb narcotics use.

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    Ahmad Shah

    Stamping out drug use and delivering alternatives to youth and at-risk communities in Pakistan Read more
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  • Arsalan Kashifi
    Arsalan Kashifi

    Arsalan Kashfi

    Arsalan Kashfi is a development professional with nine years of experience in the nonprofit sector. He holds a master’s degree in Statistics from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan. His core functional and sector expertise include research, evaluations, program coordination and management, proposal writing / resource mobilization, microfinance, enterprise development, and post disaster recovery. He brings hands-on experience of managing donor funded projects for microfinance, enterprise development, livelihood, social mobilization, education, nutrition, and food security. He started his professional career in 2006 with National Rural Support Program (NRSP) when it launched post-earthquake operations in Azad Jammu & Kashmir. In a career spanning over 7 years, Arsalan, established the NRSP Microfinance portfolio and later introduced innovative micro loan products. In 2013, he made a career move to development consulting and joined an international development consulting entity, where he led the projects & partnerships development unit. He is currently serving as an “EGLI – Atlas Corps Fellow” at Disaster Accountability Project (DAP), an independent watchdog of disaster relief and humanitarian aid based in Rockville, MD.Arsalan made a career move to development consulting and is currently works at AAN Associates, an international development consulting entity. He leads the business development unit where his work entails networking, resource mobilization, and nurturing young talent. He has worked as a technical expert in multiple consulting assignments.
    Arsalan has a master’s degree in Statistics from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad and completed his post-graduate diploma in Islamic Banking & Finance from Al Huda – CIBE, Lahore. He has participated in professional development courses on monitoring & evaluation, proposal writing, social mobilization, gender & development, microfinance, enterprise development, financial & risk analysis and management. Mr. Kashfi has also facilitated numerous trainings and workshops.

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    Arsalan Kashfi

    Investing in local community livelihood and development through establishing microfinance opportunities in Pakistan Read more
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  • Esha Iqbal
    Esha Iqbal

    Esha Iqbal

    An avid rock climber from the region of Azad Kashmir, Esha was the first girl in her family to get admission at one of the preeminent universities in Pakistan, the National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST) in Islamabad, where she completed her Bachelors in Business Administration. When not studying and not climbing, Esha works with Pakistan Relief, at their Resource Center, where she teaches basic computer skills to the children of underprivileged communities in Islamabad. She spent this past summer in the Guraize Valley, in the northern areas of the Neelum Valley, where she educated children and women. After completing her studies, she hopes to become a Fellow with Teach For Pakistan. Esha was also recently invited by the Pagosa Springs Rotary Club in Colorado, as the Ambassador of Peaceful Pakistan, to attend meetings and share Pakistan Relief’s humanitarian efforts with their sister community in the US. However, once learning about the Engaging Young Leaders program, Esha chose to forego that opportunity and participate in ELP because she felt that this opportunity would give her the skills to be a leader in her community and country.

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    Esha Iqbal

    Harnessing a more peaceful Pakistan through community and humanitarian service Read more
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  • Imran Khan
    Imran Khan

    Imran Khan

    Born and raised in Nawa Killi, Quetta, in Balochistan, Imran remains a leader in his community, leading the creation of the “Youth and Gender Development Network,” a youth led initiative that creates a plate for debates and assesses the gaps in the province in the areas of youth and gender development. As part of this role, he worked with the provincial government of Balochistan to implement a youth policy to further meaningful engagement of youth and youth engagement in the province. Imran then worked for the Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund as the Management Executive-Youth for the organization’s special initiatives unit. Currently, Imran is the Director, Pakistan Programs, for Seeds of Peace, which inspires and cultivates new generations of global leaders in communities divided by conflict.

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    Imran Khan

    Spearheading youth and gender development initiatives in Pakistan Read more
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  • Mehjabeen Zameer
    Mehjabeen Zameer

    Mehjabeen Zameer

    Mehjabeen, who grew up in Karachi and received her Bachelors degree in Computer Science at the prestigious Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), thought she would spend her career as a scientist, only to discover after an internship that it wasn’t her calling and that she was interested in making a tangible impact in her country. She applied and was accepted as a Fellow at Teach For Pakistan (TFP), an internationally recognized, highly selective fellowship of recent college graduates teaching in under-resourced communities. Mehjabeen served as a math teacher for 7th and 8th graders in the Sultanabad area of Karachi, where she taught and motivated 220 female students on a daily basis, and challenged age-old conservative beliefs about girl’s education. In addition to her significant workload as a teacher, Mehjabeen worked within the community to engage other teachers and parents in their children’s education and with her TFP colleagues, created an apprenticeship program for her students in partnership with IBM. After completing her term with TFP, Mehjabeen joined The Citizens Foundation (TCF) as manager for special projects in the CEO Secretariat Department. TCF is the largest non-profit organization working in the education sector with 1,000 school units catering to 145,000 students all over Pakistan. Mehjabeen worked to improve the quality of principals in TCF schools by making the existing mechanism for principal recruitment, training and evaluation more effective. Mehjabeen was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship and completed her Masters in International Education Policy at Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2015. She is currently a Research Associate at the Center for Economic Research in Lahore.

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    Mehjabeen Zameer

    Challenging accepted perspectives for educational equity in Pakistan Read more
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  • Azhar Malik
    Azhar Malik

    Muhammad Azhar Malik

    Azhar is originally from Jhang in the province of Punjab. His education began in a madrassah, but he was pulled out at the insistence of his older sister. (Some of his classmates became jihadists, a number of whom have been killed.) After completing his secondary education, he went on to study at Punjab University and University of Sargodha, focusing on political science and history. He then completed his LLM at Punjab University and is currently a teaching assistant in Islamic Studies at the prestigious Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). In addition to his position at LUMS, Azhar is active in initiatives like Café Bol, a politically active space in Lahore, which invites lectures, discussions, and workshops, by local and international academics, lawyers, activists, and communities. He also took part in the Lawyers’ Movement to protest the removal of the Chief Justice of Pakistan in 2007. Azhar would like to use his legal background to support marginalized and exploited communities and also teach law. He also seeks to enter politics in 10-12 years.

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    Muhammad Azhar Malik

    Leveraging law and politics to create active spaces for discussion and engagement in Pakistan Read more
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  • Muhammad Sabir
    Muhammad Sabir

    Muhammad Sabir

    Muhammad grew up in the slums and educated himself despite severe economic and social pressures not to do so. He read Great Expectations when he was a kid, and was inspired to work toward a better future for himself, his family, and his community. An effective leader is a dreamer who dares to join existing possibilities with his vision while managing the expectations of those around him.

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    Muhammad Sabir

    Changing the fate of communities in Pakistan from counter-terrorism campaigns to slum children education Read more
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  • Nasreen Samad
    Nasreen Samad

    Nasreen Samad

    Nasreen, born in Chitral, a district in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and raised in Karachi, returned to her place of birth to serve as the operations manager for MOGH Ltd, the first publicly traded company in Chitral, set up by the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme. (Shareholders in MOGH Ltd are the Chitrali women who embroider, the Chitrali men who weave, local artisans and craftspeople, including those who work in the honey production, set up and supported by the Hashoo Foundation.) As Operations Manager, Nasreen oversees 32 village based centers across Chitral town, engaging over 2000 female artisans. While she has received offers to work with other companies elsewhere, she remains committed to the community in Chitral, where she believes there is a lot to be done. She is passionate about empowering women and an advocate for the equal participation of women in economic activities in her community. She recently completed her Masters in Development Studies from the University of Melbourne, as an awardee of Australia AID’s development scholarship.

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    Nasreen Samad

    Weaving a strong community of actively engaged and economically equal women Read more
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  • SabaSheikh
    SabaSheikh

    Saba Shaikh

    Saba is currently working as Director Advocacy and Networking of Dastak, a charitable trust running a shelter for women in Lahore, Pakistan. She is extensively involved in expanding the network base of Dastak and advocating for the protection needs of women suffering from gender based violence in the country. Previously she worked as the coordinator for a child rights project at AGHS Legal Aid Cell, a human rights and legal aid organization operating in Pakistan since 1980 – the first established in the country. The major focus of the organization has been the rights of women, children and minorities in Pakistan. She joined the organization at a time when the child rights project was in need of organizational restructuring and helped build and develop the project towards a wider institutional base, ensuring timely execution of the project, both independently and in collaboration with other team members. Saba has also worked as a research associate at Lahore University of Management Sciences where she undertook research on international law issues. She started her career as an apprentice at a corporate law firm in Lahore. She has also been undertaking independent consultations/projects. More recently she was part of the team conducting Child Protection Mapping and Assessment Exercise (a UNICEF project) in Punjab. She regularly writes the child rights chapter of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan’s Annual Report on the State of Human Rights in Pakistan. Saba is also a member of South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR), a regional human rights organization, and has conducted two research studies for the organization on minority rights and emergency laws of Pakistan. Saba has a University of London LLB degree (international program) and Masters in Public Policy from Forman Christian College, Pakistan.

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    Saba Shaikh

    Safeguarding the rights of women, children, and minorities through organizational and grassroots initiatives Read more
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  • Sadiqa Sultan
    Sadiqa Sultan

    Sadiqa Sultan

    A female activist from Quetta, Balochistan, Sadiqa is part of the Hazara Shiite community, a persecuted minority group in Pakistan. As a student at the University of Balochistan, Sadiqa was active in promoting inter-community harmony and founded a welfare organization called Hazara Tameerians. After receiving her Masters in Journalism degree, she helped launch a community channel named Mechid TV to help bring awareness to issues being faced by the Hazaras. She is also currently serving as an Assistant Program Manager in the Baluchistan Boy Scouts Association. Her long term goals involve being an active journalist and continuing her activism on behalf of her community.

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    Sadiqa Sultan

    Championing minority rights and inter-community harmony in Pakistan Read more
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  • Said Nazir Afridi
    Said Nazir Afridi

    Said Nazir Afridi

    A journalist from the Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA) of Pakistan, Said Nazir Afridi serves as the Station Manager for Radio Khyber, the first ever news channel in FATA, based in the tribal region of Jamrud in the Khyber Agency, a high risk area known to be a hot-bed for militant activity. Through Khyber Radio, Said has brought awareness and a first-hand perspective of the people from that fragile region. In 2008, he introduced female reporters to Khyber Radio, and despite threats to his life, has continued to cover sensitive issues such as militancy and the war on terror. He is currently working on developing the Tribal News Network, which will focus on the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and FATA, and bring forward, to other Pakistanis, the untold stories of life and people in that region through radio stations and a magazine, and internet technology.

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    Said Nazir Afridi

    Connecting Pakistan through radio, magazine, and internet technology Read more
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  • SamreenShahbaz
    SamreenShahbaz

    Samreen Shahbaz

    Samreen Shahbaz is a Lahore-based activist serving as the project manager of the Schools and Colleges Outreach Program at Citizens Archive of Pakistan. Several years ago, she and her friends, through their concern about the radicalization of the middle class, started using social media to reach to these communities and to promote alternative, progressive discourses about various social, religious and political issues. Previously, Samreen served as a project coordinator and software quality assurance analyst in a software development company. She has also worked as deputy editor at Mashal Books – a non-profit publishing house which publishes books that focus on human rights, education policy, social justice, history, modern thought, and politics. Samreen is an advocate for internet freedom and is very interested in the use of social media as a tool for activism. She recently participated in WISCOMP’s (Women in Security, Conflict Management, and Peace) annual conflict transformation workshop in New Delhi, India.

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    Samreen Shahbaz

    Illuminating alternative discourses through online media regarding social, political, and religious issues in Pakistan Read more
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  • Shahid Rehmat
    Shahid Rehmat

    Shahid Rehmat

    Shahid Rehmat belongs to a minority Christian community in Lahore, and works as an advocate for the rights of religious minorities; inter and intra-faith harmony, peace, and tolerance; and countering religious violent extremism. For the past eight years, he has served several NGOs and IGNOs as a volunteer activist, including but not limited to, The Catholic Youth Commission of Pakistan, National Commission for Inter-religious Dialogues and Ecumenism (NCIDE), National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP), Ecumenical Youth Parliament, Youth Development Foundation, Pax Romana IMCS, Pax Romana ICMICA, and World Faith. Having faced discrimination for being Christian, he helped found Interfaith Youth in Action (IYA) in 2008, an organization committed to building bridges among youth of diverse faiths, cultures, and communities through alternative and community service activities. Through his short but meaningful journey, he has learned to analyze the challenges confronted by Pakistan’s young generation today, particularly minority youth. His organization has completed 10,000 service hours, trained more than 1,500 youth, including 535 young female leaders mostly in post conflict communities in Punjab and Sindh, about conflict resolution, negotiation, conflict mapping, interfaith harmony, religious tolerance, and peace building skills through practical social action and community service projects. In addition to his extracurricular activities, he was recognized in 2013 as a Human Rights Defender in Pakistan by Front Line Defender, Ireland; presented an Intervention at the United Nations Forum on Minority Issues in Geneva, Switzerland; and runs different peace advocacy campaigns for interfaith harmony and minority rights in Pakistan. Shahid is also an Acumen Pakistan Regional Fellow, part of the inaugural class in 2013.

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    Shahid Rehmat

    Battling discrimination & building bridges between faith groups in Pakistan Read more
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  • Younas Chowdhry
    Younas Chowdhry

    Younas Chowdhry

    Younas most recently served as an Atlas Corps Fellow in Washington, DC. As a Training Manager, he helped Atlas Corps in the implementation, evaluation, and expansion of the Global Leadership Lab. He was previously a student life coordinator at the Salamat International Campus for Advanced Studies in Lahore, and a Teaching Assistant at the School for Social Science & Humanities at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). In 2009, while he was in college, Younas came up with an idea to start a street theater for underprivileged children, where he would teach the children of factory workers how to act and produce plays, as a means of creating cost effective entertainment for average laborers in the community. The plays he selected highlighted the problems and plight of the poor and other societal issues. The project is still in existence – called Laal Theatre. Since its inception, Laal Theatre has delivered 80 performances and reached more than 3000 people. Some of the actors, many of whom come from low-income communities, have been given the opportunity to perform at different platforms and have also been invited to other countries.

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    Younas Chowdhry

    Creating a stronger sense of community and citizenship through creative arts Read more
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