Fahd Husain, Ambassador for CLF, is a senior journalist and television anchor. He has assisted ITA on various platforms, most importantly, ensuring right to education for every child between 5-16 years. As our ambassador he has conducted journalist trainings across the country about writing and reporting on Child Education across Pakistan. Fahd has more than two decades of experience in print and television. Among other assignments, he has served as an Editor and head of the News Divisions for national TV channels like Express News, Dunya TV and Waqt News. He is currently the CEO for a private channel by the name of Capital TV. He hosts a primetime talk show on Capital TV and is a regular columnist for various newspapers. Fahd has a Masters degree in TV Journalism from Columbia University in New York. He was the first Pakistani to win the prestigious Pulitzer Fellowship for graduating as the top student from the Columbia Journalism School.
Khaled Anam is a popular Pakistani TV artist as well as a musician and singer. He has an opinion on everything and he doesn’t shy away from speaking his mind. He is passionate about children. In fact, he is passionate about quite a few things: politics, music, parenting, environment, education. His new music album ‘Ray’ Say Rail Chali is geared towards children between the ages of five through 10. Abroad, children’s educational music and programming has been popular since the ’80s, just the way it was in Pakistan back in the day. However, after the likes of Sohail Rana, not much work has been carried out in this genre for a decade or so. Khaled, who has been at the forefront of children’s music and was even involved in the Urdu version of Sesame Street, called Open Sesame, has introduced his album hoping to bridge the gap between then and now. He has been in the Pakistani media industry for over two decades, so it can easily be said that he is one of the experienced heads.
Fauzia Minallah is a prominent and a well known artist, author, photographer, environmentalist activist and a political cartoonist based in Islamabad. She is also the founder of Funkor Childart Center. She has been painting since the age of 12 when she was a student of SS Haider (eminent artist from Peshawar). She thinks of her art as windows to the soul that reflects her inner emotions. Fauzia Minallah's passion for art and books is an outcome of her activism for heritage, conservation, environmental and social matters. Through children literature she raises issues of peace, tolerance and justice. Her involvement with children is through a platform that she has provided to them in the shape of Funkor Child Art Centre, carrying out art and book reading workshops for children living in shanty towns, for special children; refugee and Internally Displaced children (IDPs) and so on. Funkor distributes picture books and notebooks with messages on Hygiene, Sanitation and environment protection, free of charge among children. Funkor was short listed for the Bremen Peace award in Germany in 2009, as one of the nominated projects and organizations, which are exemplary in their work for peace, justice and integrity of creation. For democratizing art education and making it accessible to kids from low-income families, so that they too can playfully discover their own creativity
Samar Minallah is a Pakistani documentary filmmaker and a human rights activist. For the past 20 years, Minallah has been advocating for the rights of rural women in Pakistan, first as a freelance journalist and then as an activist documentary filmmaker. She is recipient of the Perdita Huston 2007 Award for her effective media campaign against Swaara and Vaani tribal customs in parts of the North-West Frontier Province and Punjab. She has also won Roberto Rosellin Award in 2009 for highlighting women's rights issues through films. The founder of Ethnomedia, Minallah has been described by the media as the 'Crusader with the Camera,’ an activist fearlessly breaking the silence against various forms of human rights violations in Pakistan through the use of various forms of media. She believes in the power of film to generate dialogue and understanding on issues that are otherwise invisible and unheard. By doing so, she has managed to give a new meaning to advocacy and documentary filmmaking in Pakistan.
Kishwar Naheed, Sitara-e-Imtiaz is an Urdu poet from Pakistan known for her pioneering feminist poetry. Kishwar Naheed held administrative roles in various national institutions. She was Director General of Pakistan National Council of the Arts before her retirement. She also edited a prestigious literary magazine Mahe naw and founded an organisation Hawwa (Eve) whose goal is to help women without an independent income become financially independent through cottage industries and selling handicrafts. Kishwar has published six collections of poems between 1969 and 1990. She also writes for children and for the daily Jang, a national newspaper. Her poetry has been translated into English and Spanish and her famous poem We Sinful Women gave its title to a ground breaking anthology of contemporary Urdu feminist poetry translated and edited by Rukhsana Ahmad published in London by The Women's Press in 1991. She was awarded for Adamjee Prize of Literature on Lab-e-goya (1969), UNESCO Prize for Children's Literature on Dais Dais Ki Kahanian, Best Translation award of Columbia University, Mandela Prize (1997) and Sitara-e-Imtiaz (2000).
Basarat Kazim is director of Alif Laila Book Bus Society. She is also the author of several storybooks for children. For decades she has been providing meaningful education in Pakistan to children, especially girls, from disadvantaged backgrounds. She is responsible for the growth of the Alif Laila (1001 Nights) Book Bus Society that began as a children's library and has grown into an entire educational ethos. Active in a range of pursuits – from art exhibitions in major cities and learning centers in the North West Frontier Province to children's protest marches when a children’s library is threatened with closure – Basarat has introduced the concept of project-based learning in government schools, developed and produced an Urdu literacy kit and initiated child-to-child teaching programs. She is a National Book Foundation award winner and a presenter of seminars and papers. Basarat represents Pakistan at the IBBY Congress, and at NAMBOOK. She resides in Lahore and continues to share her love of books with her grandchildren – and all the children of Pakistan.
Mira Hashmi is a well known Pakistani actor and the granddaughter of the legendary poet, Faiz Ahmed Faiz and the daughter of Saleema Hashmi and Shoaib Hashmi. She became a household name because of her brilliant acting in hilarious sitcoms like 'Teen Bata Teen' and 'Family Front.' Currently, Ms. Hashmi is Assistant Professor in Film Studies at the Lahore School of Economics
Nasreen Iqbal has over 30 years experience as an educator and is the Director of Grammar School, Rawalpindi and Center for Peace and Human Rights Education.She has been an examiner of Punjab University for three years and a teacher trainer since fourteen years for SPELT.Ms. Iqbal has also been a resource person for Ministry of Education Curriculum Wing, SPELT, Fazal Dad Human Rights Institute, Red Crescent Society of Pakistan for Army Public Schools for schools in the private, public, NGO Sector and UNESCO's ASPNet schools (Locally and Globally).
Swaleha Alam Shahzada
Swaleha Alam Shahzada has been involved with The Citizens Archive of Pakistan (CAP) since May 2008. She launched CAP’s flagship program The Oral History Project in June 2008. Currently she holds the position of the General Secretary on the Governing Board while in June 2012, she was appointed the Executive Director.
Swaleha has had extensive experience in the field of Finance and Education. She graduated from Greenwich University, Karachi, and worked as a banker and foreign currency trader before realizing her calling was the education sector. She taught Accounting, Economics and Business Management courses to CIE Ordinary and Advanced Level Students for 17 years and held the position of Head of Business Studies Department. Before heading CAP, she worked as the Academic Head at a private school in Karachi.