Dr. Ghazala Irfan has been teaching Philosophy at the Masters level at Punjab University since 1977,’and PhD classes (1997-98) at the Institute of Education and Research (lER) before she joined the LUMS. She conducted post doctoral research as a Fulbright Scholar in USA (1995-96).

She is a visiting speaker at the National Institute of Public Administration (NIPA); Vice-President Islamic Philosophical Association since 1982; Elected Rapporteur Afro- Asian Philosophy Association since 1992, having served as Secretary, Pakistan Philosophical Congress from 1984-90. Dr Ghazala is a keen exponent of classical music and is the Joint Secretary of the All Pakistan Music Conference.


Dr. Huma Baqai teaches currently at IBA, Karachi. Before that, she has been associated with Department of International Relations at the Karachi University for most of her academic career.

She is specialist in non-state peace diplomacy. Her PhD was on “Non Military Sources of Conflict in South Asia”.

Apart from this, She has been anchoring different Current Affairs programmes on Pakistan Television Network, since 2001 for instance ‘This Week’, ‘Midweek Review’ and ‘News Morning’. Moreover she has also appeared as an analyst on foreign affairs and national issues on Pakistan Television Network and private TV channels since 2000 to date


Dr. Kaiser Bengali is one of the most distinguished economists of Pakistan and is widely respected for his pro-poor analysis in the public and policy circles. Currently, he heads the Benazir Bhutto Support Program, Government of Pakistan.

Dr. Kaiser has headed the prestigious institutions like Social Policy and Development Center (SPDC), Karachi. He has over 20 years teaching and research experience and has been associated with the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Applied Economics Research Centre, University of Karachi, and SZABIST.

He has also held visiting appointments at the Institut Universitaire d’Etudes du Developpement, University of Geneve, Switzerland and at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK. Dr Kaiser specializes in national income accounts, industrialization and employment, and governance of local public institutions and has published extensively in national and international journals. He also regularly writes for the Daily Dawn. Always ready to contribute to the youth development issues, Dr Kaiser started his social activism as one of the pioneers and leaders of an alternative student group in the University of Karachi.


Mr. Salman Shaikh‘s career has been mainly in banking and finance. He has worked as a senior emerging markets banker with expertise in large-scale debt recovery/remedial banking, financial sector restructuring, and regulatory/legal reforms.His expertise also includes senior management, corporate rehabilitation/ restructuring and capacity building/target market cluster selection in the SME sector.

He is regarded as one of Pakistan’s leading authorities on corporate distress and remedial banking. In his capacity as SECP Chairman, Shaikh served on various focus groups and task forces with the Government of Pakistan, other regulatory agencies (State Bank of Pakistan, Federal Board of Revenue and the Competition Commission), and internationally (Asia Pacific Real Estate Association and the International Organization of Pensions Supervisors). He is also the head of a committee constituted by the Government of Pakistan to review and finalize the draft Corporate Rehabilitation Act (CRA).


Ms. Aatekah Ahmad Mir – Khan has been associated with a number of national and international media and non-governmental organizations.

Ms. Aatekah earned an MSc degree in ‘Communication Regulation and Policy’ from London School of Economics. While studying there, she worked at the LSE’s media school’s think tank and contributed to a research about how communication tools can be used in humanitarian crises. She is the 2011 recipient of Daniel Pearl Fellow Program and worked for The Wall Street Journal in New York. She also has rich experience of teaching and building capacity of young students and third world journalist on media.

She has worked as training team assistant for the BBC World Service Trust’s iLearn Project and also served as a lecturer at the University of the Punjab. As a professional journalist she has worked at the South Asian Free Media Association, The News on Sunday, ARY One World; and The Nation, as researcher and associate coordinator, assistant editor, producer and script writer of news, and assistant editor/reporter respectively. Ms. Aatekah is currently working as a senior sub-editor at The Express Tribune, City Desk. She loves to write and travel.


Ms. Hina Shafqat is Station Director of Must FM Radio 103, Lahore. She acquires master degrees in Philosophy and Media from Government College University, Lahore and University of the Punjab, Lahore respectively. She is a social activist and has initiated and designed discourses in media on issues like women development, women health, youth development and alike.

She has been abroad several times to represent Pakistani electronic media on international platforms. It is tremendous work of Ms. Hina that as number one radio station of Pakistan, FM 103 Lahore has been wining award from last 3 years


Ms. Sabeen Inam currently holds the position of Director Communication & Concept Development at Alag Expressions (www.alagexpression.com).

Sabeen is a qualified media and communication professional, having over 5 years of experience in media industry; she is multi skilled and has acquired additional skills in IT, Media Presentation & Photography. Sabeen also earned a higher diploma in information technology from Cambridge University, a Diploma in Documentary Film Making from London Media Academy UK and Certification in TV Presenting from Pinewood Studios UK. She has travelled widely across Europe and Middle East to gain international exposure.

As far as her Post Graduation is concerned, she completed her MA in Mass Communication from Kinnaird College and later on gaining British Chevening Scholarship opted for MA in Medical Anthropology from University of Sussex. Considering her personal interest in health crisis, cultural inhibitions and lack of awareness in the third world she chose this subject in order implement better communication strategies for socio-cultural issues, general health, reproductive health.

She is an energetic youth representative in media and always ready to take initiatives for the development of youth.


Ms Samina Zareen is a practicing lawyer and member of District Bar Association (DBA) Gujranwala and Lahore High Court Bar Association. She has held the offices of Joint Secretary DBA Gujranwala in 1988-89, Vice President from 1998 to 2005 and its Treasury at present since 2006.

She was Elected President of Young Lawyers Organization from 1991 to 1993. Besides her professional stature she holds remarkable social and political portfolio. She is an active member of and has been working with Beijing + 5 and + 10 in the field of women rights. She is also affiliated with the Welfare Association of Prisoners Central Jail Gujranwala, Red Crescent, Punjab Educational Foundation and Pakistan Qalm-e-Nou District Gujranwala.

She also holds the privilege to be a member of District Assembly Gujranwala since 2001 to date.


Prof. Shahid Gul teaches philosophy at the Punjab University, Lahore. He specializes in linguistic theories of Wittengenstein, religious language and modern thought. Published by research journals, he is also author of three books on philosophical issues. He is currently a PhD candidate.

Prof. Gul’s service to BARGAD emanates from his strong belief in the virtue of interactions for student and youth development.