Board of Trustees



Founding Member – Dr Tariq H. Cheema   

Tariq Cheema is a renowned social innovator and philanthropist who has devoted his life to making the world a more peaceful, equitable, and sustainable place for all. He is the founder of the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists, a global network of affluent individuals, foundations and socially conscious corporations dedicated to advancing effective and accountable giving. He received his M.D. from the University of Istanbul, earned a Certificate of Advanced Study in Philanthropy at Loyola University Chicago, and was awarded fellowships by the Rockefeller Foundation’s prestigious Next Generation Leadership Program, the Bellagio Initiative, the Salzburg Global Seminar, the Madinah Institute of Leadership and Entrepreneurship, and the New Westminster College. He holds expertise in the domains of impact philanthropy and investing, strategic corporate giving, value innovation, and crisis management. Dr. Cheema ranks among the 500 most influential Muslims impacting the world today.

Serving in senior nonprofit management posts since 2005, Dr. Cheema has extensive experience of working with world leaders, grantmakers, and corporate executives. He offers advice to HNW individuals and policymakers on social investment, speaks at high-level forums, and sits on multiple boards. In addition to his philanthropic endeavors, he is the principal shareholder of Southeast Business Group (SBG), a multinational social enterprise dedicated to promote trade between the emerging economies.

Over the past two decades, he has contributed to the development of numerous successful social initiatives such as Global Donors Forum, Doctors Worldwide; Diversity Forums; US National Network for Diaspora Giving; Academy of Philanthropy; Indo-Pak Peace Network; and Muslim Science, Technology, Innovation initiative aiming to develop a “Knowledge Ecosystem” for economic and social benefit in OIC member countries. He also is a member of the Committee of 100 of Lingshan World Philanthropy Forum of China.



Founding Member – Dr Allah Bakhsh Malik 

Dr Bakhsh is an academic, researcher, development economist, social scientist, management and institutional development specialist. He has several decades of experience in various aspects of the education sector and skill development: policy and situation analysis, assessment, policy formulation, strategic interventions, planning, implementation and monitoring and evaluation. He has vast experience in implementing social development projects focusing social and human development.

He is a member of the Pakistan Administrative Service, the Central Superior Services of Pakistan. Currently, working as Federal Additional Secretary to the Government of Pakistan, Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training. He is the Director General of the Academy of Educational Planning and Management (AEPAM) as well as the National Commission of Human Development.

In 2011, he received the UNESCO Confucius Award and the title of Honourable Mention for his leadership role in promoting education and skills development for the less-affluent and disenfranchised in Punjab. Dr. Malik has this unique distinction since he is the first Pakistani and Muslim who has been conferred the prestigious Confucius Award by UN-UNESCO.

Dr. Malik in his early career served as Deputy Commissioner Chilas – Diamer, Gilgit, Muzzaffargarh and Pakpattan. He moved on to working as Managing Director of Punjab Education Foundation, where he introduced Public Private Partnership – PPP in Education Sector in Pakistan for the first time. His model of PPP has been accepted as the world’s best replicate model by the lead journal Economist, for low cost schools for affordable quality education. He also introduced programs like Foundation Assisted Schools – FAS, Education Voucher Scheme – EVS, Teaching in Clusters by Subject Specialists – TICSS and Continuous Professional Development Program – CPDP. By now more than two million children are benefiting from PEF initiatives pioneered by Dr. Malik. He is considered as the ‘god-father’ of free quality education for the low income families.

Dr. Malik is a Chevening Scholar and Charles Wallace Trust Fellow at SOAS, University of London. His work has been extensively published. He was conferred Global Excellence Award of Management in 2013 and was appointed as Ambassador of British Alumni Association Pakistan. He was the first Chairman of National Curriculum Council.

He served as Secretary Literacy and Basic Education Department with Skill Development Programmes and Secretary Youth Affairs (2009 to 2012) Government of Punjab Pakistan. He served as Federal Additional Secretary to the Government of Pakistan for National Tariff Commission, Commerce and Textile Industry. Dr. Malik formulated Punjab Youth Policy 2012, National TVET Policy 2015 and supervised the revision of National Education Policy 2009.

Dr. Malik was elected Alternate Member of the Board by Global Partnership for Education – GPE for Asia Pacific Region. The Global Partnership for Education supports developing countries to ensure that every child receives a quality basic education, prioritizing the poorest, most vulnerable and those living in fragile and conflict-affected countries. He is also Member of the Steering Committee and Drafting Group of Framework For Action beyond 2015 by UNESCO Paris.



Member at Large – Farhath Moeen 

Farhath is a passionate social activist and health care provider. With a degree in nutritional sciences from Cornell University, and one in ultrasound from Harvard medical, she has been engaged in the extensive study of disease and its application to several diverse nutrition related interventions. These include the WICK program for women, infants and children, senior citizens’ nutrition programs such as meals on wheels as well as with programs for several children’s hospitals.

Her passion for social change has not been restricted to the field of nutrition however and she has worked closely with several marginalized groups and communities on a wide range of issues. With regards to female empowerment for instance, she has set up some of the first domestic violence shelters for Muslim women in North East America.  She has also worked with Somali women, using her networking skills to connect them with jobs and opportunities. Notably, she was also involved in several inner city youth programs in mosques around America.

She visited Pakistan for the first time only a year ago, but she quickly immersed herself in education as well as gender issues that are prevalent here. Her passion and commitment seem to be unwavering, as she sees the country as a fertile ground for meaningful grass root initiatives that she believes have the most potential to bring about real social change.



Member at Large – Dr. Zafar Iqbal Qadir

Zafar Qadir is the founding Director and Chairman of Taaleem Foundation. He has wide ranging experience of project management, public administration, revenue administration and community development. He has been directly responsible for development administration during his field deployment in the district administration. Notably, he has been pro-actively involved in philanthropic, pro-poor and humanitarian interventions in Balochistan; whereby he successfully launched and nourished Taaleem Foundation, leading a team of inspired individuals who have made the organization the single most significant social change agent in the tribal province, as well as an NGO with largest number of female employees in Pakistan.

To bring about visible change, “people need to be able to own the process of educational reform,” – Zafar Qadir, the Founding Chairman of Taaleem Foundation



Technical Expert – Finance – Mr Naeem Iqbal

Naeem has been working in the financial department of the development sector for several years. He has worked with several international non profit organizations, where he has held an important position for the last 10 years. He is passionate about finance, and has an MBA from the School of Business and commerce from Preston University in Islamabad. Though he could pursue his passion for finance in other fields, Shahzad has remained dedicated to the development sector because it gives him the opportunity to engage in relief work, and benefit vulnerable groups.