2014 Fellows



  • Adiya Amjad
    Adiya Amjad

    Adiya Amjad

    From an early age, Adiya was imbued with a passion for entrepreneurship. While studying at the Institute for Business Administration (IBA), she developed a business plan for a bakery. Her entrepreneurial spirit, along with her interactions with children from underprivileged communities, have driven her to seek an end to poverty in Pakistan through entrepreneurship.

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    Adiya Amjad

    Leveraging business skills to impart quality education to the underprivileged children Read more
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  • Aftab Waheed
    Aftab Waheed

    Aftab Waheed

    Aftab Waheed is a social entrepreneur with a humble upbringing in the remote area of Hujra Shah Moqeem in the Okara district of Punjab. He believes in the power of theater as a powerful tool to introduce new ideas and positively influencing attitudes and behavior.

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    Aftab Waheed

    Empowering communities and connecting youth to productive channels of change through performing arts Read more
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    Danial Shah

    Born and raised in Quetta, Danial Shah is an adventure seeker and independent freelance travel and documentary photographer and writer. He has a dual passion for travel and storytelling and contributes to reports in media outlets.

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    Danial Shah

    Capturing Pakistan's diversity and breaking stereotypes through photography and writing Read more
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  • Dawar Shah Akhtar
    Dawar Shah Akhtar

    Dawar Shah Akhtar

    Dawar Shah Akhtar has a keen interest in leveraging successful business models for sustainability in philanthropic and educational projects. His skills and knowledge were instrumental in planning and designing The Aman Foundation’s long-term business strategy for a vocational education project – AMANTECH – where he measured human capital development and improvement in quality of life; developed a sustainable operational model for long-term growth and social impact; and galvanized institutional and social support for the project.

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    Dawar Shah Akhtar

    Building access to economic and educational opportunities by improving operational sustainability Read more
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  • Hassan Raza
    Hassan Raza

    Hassan Raza

    Hassan Raza is a human rights and social justice activist. He utilizes social media platforms to raise awareness about social injustice, religious intolerance, and discrimination; promote peaceful coexistence; and condemn radicalization and terrorism.

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    Hassan Raza

    Voicing peace, tolerance and coexistence and standing firmly against discrimination, radicalization, and terrorism Read more
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  • Ifrah Faiz
    Ifrah Faiz

    Ifrah Faiz

    Ifrah joined the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) in the General Duty Pilots (GDP) branch in 2008. While in the PAF, she was appointed sergeant and commanded a flight during her commissioning parade. She is a proficient solo pilot with experience on MFI-17 and K-8 aircrafts.

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    Ifrah Faiz

    Empowering refugees, women, and children by connecting to communities throughout Pakistan Read more
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  • Jalila Haider
    Jalila Haider

    Jalila Haider

    Jalila Haider is the first female attorney of her Hazara community, an ethnic minority in Baluchistan, Pakistan that is frequently victimized and subject to discrimination.

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    Jalila Haider

    Defending the rights of victimized people in Pakistan without discrimination Read more
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  • Mahnoor Ijaz Rathore
    Mahnoor Ijaz Rathore

    Mahnoor Ijaz Rathore

    A human rights lawyer from Lahore, Mahnoor focuses on the empowerment of women, gender equality, women’s rights, education for girls, counselling, pro-bono teaching, and education.

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    Mahnoor Ijaz Rathore

    Crowd sourcing support for and awareness of domestic violence victims in Pakistan Read more
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  • Muuhammad Dawood Sheikh
    Muuhammad Dawood Sheikh

    Muhammad Dawood Sheikh

    Muhammad Dawood Sheikh is a Lahore-based social entrepreneur and youth activist. Recognizing that Pakistan needs a skilled and trained labor force for sustainable peace and development in the region, Muhammad established Young Development Trust in 2008.

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    Muhammad Dawood Sheikh

    Eradicating unemployment, poverty, and extremism through vocational education Read more
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  • Rahim Shah
    Rahim Shah

    Muhammad Rahim Shah

    Rahim is from the Ghizer District of Gilgit-Baltistan. He is passionate about preserving and promoting the rich indigenous mountain culture and art of his area, and optimistic about converting this heritage into a socioeconomic venture through social entrepreneurship.

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    Muhammad Rahim Shah

    Bridging sectarian and ethnic differences among mountain communities through the preservation and promotion of indigenous art and culture Read more
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  • Mukesh Meghwar
    Mukesh Meghwar

    Mukesh Meghwar

    Mukesh Meghwar, originally from Kapri Mori in interior Sindh, is the first person from his family to seek higher education and is currently a third year psychology and law student at Sindh University in Jamshoro. With the support of his friends, he cofounded the first ever Hindu-rights based newspaper called Sandesh (meaning “the message”) to highlight the issues and discrimination faced by Hindus in Sindh.

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    Mukesh Meghwar

    Highlighting the challenges to minorities and religious rights in Pakistan Read more
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  • Nazish Rahmani
    Nazish Rahmani

    Nazish Rahmani

    Although trained in business and economics, Nazish Rahmani discovered her true calling when she was selected for the prestigious Young Parliamentary Associate program. The highly selective initiative taps into the potential of Pakistan’s many young graduates by providing a cadre of junior experts to Parliamentary Committees, Secretariats, and the Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Services.

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    Nazish Rahmani

    Committed to bringing a change through better policies and effective implementation Read more
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  • Rafia Saleem
    Rafia Saleem

    Rafia Saleem

    Rafia Saleem’s passion for social change focuses largely on researching environmental issues and educating people on the importance of environmental protection. She regularly contributes to leading newspapers and blogs, and has two recognized research papers on youth and environmental issues to her credit. Her advocacy and activism has helped raise awareness about polluted drinking water in local public schools. Through her environmental booklet “ABC of Environment,” she has focused on disseminating environmental awareness among children and youth.

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    Rafia Saleem

    Greening Pakistan to create a safe and sustainable country for current and future generations Read more
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  • Sehyr Mirza
    Sehyr Mirza

    Sehyr Mirza

    Sehyr Mirza is a journalist currently working with Dunya TV Lahore, a leading current affairs television channel in Pakistan. Her areas of expertise include art and literature, human rights, socio-political issues, gender, and South Asian affairs. Her work has appeared in media outlets such as DAWN, The News International, Viewpoint and Outlook India. She is also particularly interested in minority rights issues and has interviewed minority communities as part of her research. As part of the non-profit South Asian Writers and Artists Network (SAWAN), she has participated in organizing literary seminars and events celebrating the work of artists and writers in promoting peace and harmony by harnessing the positive energies of expressive arts.

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    Sehyr Mirza

    Trumpeting democracy, minority rights, social equality, and cross-border peace through expressive arts Read more
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  • Yasir Abbas
    Yasir Abbas

    Yasir Abbas

    Yasir Abbas is from Gilgit in the northernmost, disputed territory of Pakistan. He is a vocal social and political activist, preaching democratic values and their implementation in Pakistani institutions, particularly with a focus on the diverse youth population. He has been associated in different capacities with key think tanks in Pakistan, including the Jinnah Institute and Pak-China Institute, and served as a youth foreign minister in Youth Parliament Pakistan, a project of the Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency (PILDAT).

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    Yasir Abbas

    Stitching change in the political fabric of in the region through direct political participation Read more
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