Nadia Bukhari is a British Pakistani pharmacist from the University College London (UCL). She holds many post graduate diplomas; in Pharmacy Practice and in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Nadia also holds the prestige honor of being a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. She is the youngest female to be honored with this title, showing her commitment and excellence in the profession of pharmacy.
Nadia supports and strongly believes in power of educating girls. As a British Pakistani she wants to support and promote the welfare of Pakistani girls across the globe. She says “Being an academic, I am intrinsically passionate about education. There are roughly 12 million girls in Pakistan with no access to education; this is a statistic which needs lowering and I am committed to help drive initiatives of the charity forward in order to achieve this.”
Kanwal is a successful social scientist and researcher, Kanwal works with South Asian Federation of Exchanges ( SAFE) as Chief Coordinator for their initiative, “Women On Boards.” In collaboration with Hanss Siedel foundation, she has carried out in depth research on the discrimination faced by Christian women in Pakistan. She has also conducted various workshops as master trainer to give political trainings and awareness to women politicians at all levels. She now aims to pursue a PhD. Kanwal also partially completed Interior Designing from Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture. She also completed a Montessori course which enabled her to teach children in different schools of Karachi and Islamabad.
She went on to pursue an MPhil in Governance and Public Policy from NDU, framing her thesis on Caste based discrimination against women in Urban Islamabad. Later, she joined a prestigious program at the National Institutes of Pakistan Studies at Quaid e Azam University. Her curiosity to expand her knowledge and her experiences remained unquenched, and she received the DAAD scholarship to study the practice and theory of democracy in Germany.
Kanwal is a great example of determination and courage. She has overcome challenges in her life to complete her education, be actively involved in politics and to pursue her career as social scientist.
Kanwal is vocal about women’s issue and strongly believe that education enable girls to meet challenges of life. Especially the ones they have to meet due to cultural barriers.
Ms. Shanze Sumreen Faiz
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Shanze’ is an effective and progressive executive business leader with a broad knowledge base acquired in senior sales, marketing, management and business development capacities in both large and small business settings in USA & Pakistan. She has over 20 years of experience gained in retail, call center operations, information technology, telecom, services and media oriented organizations. Entrepreneurial oriented with significant start-up, re-engineering and expansion. An International Life Coach, Business Coach and Corporate Trainer providing one to one Personal life coaching, business coaching and corporate training to thousands of people in USA, UK, Europe, Middle East, Far East and Southeast Asia with portfolio of diversified 90 plus training programs other than customized training ,workshops, boot camps in multinational’s, school chains, restaurant chains, FMCG’s, banks, airlines, hospitals, media houses, textile, retail and hotel chains to increase overall company’s productivity and profits.
A keynote speaker at numerous sessions in all major institutes around the globe including Pakistan for young professionals, youth, women and children development. Sharing Knowledge by doing different shows at various Radio Stations in NJ/NY and almost 2 years with FM 96 Karachi and FM100 Lahore in Pakistan, regularly appearing on TV Channels to talk about different aspects of life coaching ,motivation, self management & enhancement and corporate life.
Shanze actively supports empowerment of young girls and women. She is passionate about educating young girls to bring real change in the society. Shanze’ wants Pakistani girls to have the confidence and opportunities just like girls around the globe have access to. Shanze says “As an educated Successful women I feel it’s our responsibility to make sure our girls are educated to make their lives better.”
Anum is a successful entrepreneur and have been running Parcel It – a delivery service across Karachi for 2.5 years. Her service caters the home based and online business owners. She found her niche market with home based business owners who required a trusted delivery service that understood customer services.
She is also a blogger and social media influencer. She is also associated with Fire Protection Association of Pakistan as a project coordinator.
Anum is passionate about girls education in Pakistan and firmly believes that Pakistani girls can make contributions towards Pakistan’s economic growth. She says “I want to contribute to the society by sharing my skills and support the education of girls in Pakistan”. This is the way she wants to contribute back to society.
Mrs Sakina Ahmed Shah
Sakina Ahmed Shah is an educationist holding a Masters in Human Resources Management. Teaching is her passion and she first entered the occupation by teaching O’Levels; however, she quickly made a shift towards primary education, believing that the knowledge imparted at the formative primary stage proves to be the cornerstone in the development of a child. As a parent herself she firmly believes that education at the elementary level is intrinsic to character building. Sakina has also worked in the educational and cultural exchange and reforms sector in the Fulbright Commission, Pakistan.
Mrs. Murad runs a set up titled, ‘For the Love of Art’, aimed at promoting local talent and emerging artists from all across Pakistan. She is actively involved in raising funds for various social causes and is currently running a media campaign against the devastating practice of Acid Violence. In this capacity, Sakina has appeared on several television shows advocating against Acid Violence.
Ms Nadia Leona Yunis
Nadia is a ‘Mindologist’ – the worlds first Muslim female to specialise specifically in Mindset Transformation. Providing personal development and mindset transformation training for corporations and organisations as well as private individual and group mentoring and coaching for excellence performing achievers.
Queen of Inspiration & Motivation™ and expert SEO – Soul Empowerment Officer™ at Nadia Yunis Consultancy – helps her clients create instant and positive mindset transformational changes so they can live a life full of purpose.
Nadia is a multi-passionate entrepreneur, researcher, writer, author, speaker, mentor, coach, consultant and international personal development trainer. She has 23 years of theoretical and practical experience in spiritual and personal development and is on a life long quest to learn, grow, transform into a valuable asset for humanity.
Nadia has a background in Law. She has read for an LLB (Hons) Law and Criminal Justice Degree, Post-Grad Diploma in Law, BA (Hons) Islamic Studies Degree and a Masters Degree in LLM International Human Rights. She will soon be starting her journey for her PhD too.
Nadia strongly feels the need to advocate for Girls Education. As a British Pakistani, she understands that girls in Pakistan struggle to complete their education. She herself is the only one in her family to come this far in Education. Her own friends in the UK weren’t allowed to complete their education. Nadia says “We need a shift in mindset and we need to highlight the importance of girls education across the globe”
Mrs Sabeen Bilal
Sabeen is an established entrepreneur. She set up Kreative Kids Krafts 5 years ago. Kreative Kids Kraft is an online Forum to share creative ideas with parents all across Pakistan to help them engage their children in productive activities. She provides counselling to women in Pakistan on creative ways to engage their children. She started a Mom and baby club at Tiny Tots Day Care in F-6. She is also Director Operations for Mohafiz which is Pakistan’s first one stop emergency application.
Her entrepreneurial spirit is also visible through her new initiative Kreative Kinder Haus to provide inclusive activity and play based child development program.
Sabeen is an active volunteer who regularly develops various initiatives to support local children. She has particular interest in supporting young children with disabilities. She conducts creative activities for special needs children from age 2 to 22 years. She is a co founder of Go Green Initiative that provides employment to underprivileged women through her innovative social enterprise. The aim of her social enterprise is to eradicate the use of plastic bags and provide women with sustainable income generation. Sabeen is an inspiration and also a female role model on Aim High Initiative that raises aspirations of school girls of secondary age.
Her commitment to social change is inspiring. As our Ambassador for Girls Education in Pakistan, Sabeen feels the need to do more work for Girls with Special Needs. She says that because of her experience she understand the struggles parents of children with Special Needs go through. Girls are already marginalised in our society and those with special needs are completely neglected and locked away at home. Sabeen will be an advocate for these girls and fundraise for initiatives to provide activities and much needed support network.
Mrs Rehana Choudhry
Rehana Choudhry is a successful British Pakistani Solicitor specialising in family and children law. She holds specialist accreditations honoured by the Law Society and Resolution to assist families, children and those affected by domestic violence. She assists various organisations by volunteering in advice clinics and helping the most vulnerable of clients with their legal issues.
Rehana has her own law practice in the UK with offices around London. Her practice was included in the 2015 Fortuna 50 Index as one of the UK’s fastest growing female-led businesses and she was personally commended by then Prime Minister David Cameron.
She is often invited as a career role model to local schools and youth organisations to mentor young people about the benefits of education and how hard work and determination does pay off in the end.
Rehana believes all girls should have the opportunity to access education and have the chance to become successful professionals whatever their background. She says “Education is the key to empower girls with the skills and competencies required to stay healthy, to make important decisions, to secure better paid work and to develop within society”.
Rehana’s vision is to promote girls education and gender equality around the world by overcoming the barriers that currently exist and relying on her own experience as a bench mark.
Mrs Sarah Khalil
Sarah Khalil is a British Pakistani pharmacist based in London. She has been part of this profession for over nine years and with time, has worked in many different sectors and has interacted with various people.
Sarah believes strongly in the power of peer to peer mentoring and leading through example; her entrepreneurial attitude is shown through an online pharmacy business run by her husband and herself. Her online pharmacy venture, called Smart Meds offers the ease of filling prescriptions from the comfort of one’s own home. The service provides an online General Practitioner who approves medication requests, ensuring safe usage and transaction of medicines.
Mrs Khalil also works as an emergency pharmacist in the Hertfordshire area. She believes that working there has helped her build an affinity of dealing with emergency situations, employing extreme patience and scrutinized use of all available resources.
Sarah is committed to the promotion of girl’s education in Pakistan and she looks forward to lending her expertise in any way she can. Sarah believes that it is vital for her to help young girls back home in attaining knowledge and skills for a prosperous tomorrow!
Mrs Hana Khokhar
Hana is a successful Pharmacist based in London and Glasgow. A self-motivated and highly focused team player, she has worked in some of the top hospitals in London and has a broad range of experience whilst undertaking a number of roles within pharmacy and business project management. She holds a post graduate diploma in clinical pharmacy practice and a number of project management qualifications. She comes from a family of healthcare professionals and is in the process of collaborating with family members to set up a private counselling and Psychiatry service. She is also setting up a charity with her mother (a consultant gynecologist and counselor) which focuses on educating and counselling women on a range of topics which affect their everyday lives.
Hana is passionate about education and believes that access to education for young girls in Pakistan still does not exist in many parts of the country. Her vision is to promote gender equality by overcoming cultural obstacles. She wants to empower young girls to bring a positive change to society and enable them to make important decisions independently. With proven communication and organisational skills, Hana wants to share her expertise, knowledge and experience to promote education and feels it is our responsibility to ensure that these girls have a better tomorrow!
Ms Maryam Shoeb
Mrs Romina Khurshid Alam
Ms. Hina Aslam
Syeda Sadaf Taqvi
Business Administrator and Mentor
Director for Empowering Minds Consultancy
Dr Miranda Brawn
Barrister & CEO of The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Foundation
Ms Maryam Shoeb
Maryam Shoeb is an Entrepreneur and an Educationist, currently pursuing a Masters degree in Project Management and holding a Bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering. She has worked as an IT consultant, support engineer and manager in different organizations like SECP, Lyesis Technologies and Beaconhouse School System.
As an entrepreneur, she runs a boutique by the name of “Maryamz Haute Couture” which has dressed the anchors of ATV and Masala television channels for their shows. Maryam is also as a professional photographer and runs a successful business by the name of “ClickFlick Photography”.
Maryam strongly believes in educating girls to make them standout in the society and do something for themselves, their family, the community and the country. As an independent young entrepreneur, she believes that if women are educated, this causes a ripple effect of benefits for the society from the positive transformations it evolves into. An educated woman leaves a long-lasting impact that bears fruits for everyone around her.
Maryam dreams to see women taking control and steering the wheels of their lives with great zeal and courage, believing that only quality education can allow for this. We’re eager to have her on board!
Mrs Romina Khurshid Alam
Romina Khurshid Alam is a passionate activist and politician. As a female christian her political career was one that was laden with the double burden of belonging to two marginalized social categories. Her dedication culminated in her election as an MNA despite the odds stacked against her.
Romina is currently a member of many organizations such as the Federal Think Tank of Climate Change, Nursing Council, National Institute of Health & Women Caucus. At the international level, she is serving as Convener of Philippines and Singapore, Coordinator of Netherlands, Sweden and France Friendship Groups and Ambassador of South Asian Physicians and Surgeons Academy. Along with this she has had the opportunity to attend many international conferences like AFPPD, Reconnecting Afghanistan and EU Meeting on Central Asia. Her achievements include successfully completing the National Security Workshop of 2015 and the National Media Workshop Group 5.
She has served as a General Secretary Youth Women Wing of PML-N as well as Chief Coordinator of the Prime Minister Youth Program; Laptop Scheme and Fee Reimbursement Program. She is also working as a Media Coordinator for Young Parliamentarians Forum (YPF) in the National Assembly.
Romina is passionate about a diverse set of issues including Climate Change, Minority Rights, Transgender Issues, Violence against Women, Early Child Marriages, Interfaith Harmony, Youth and the Kashmir issue. She has been one of the Chief Organizers of Summer Mela 2011, International Youth Day 2015 as well as Kashmir Black Day Seminar. Interestingly, she is also a qualified beautician and grooming specialist, skills that she has channelled productively towards positive social change. For instance, Romina became Honorary Ambassador of Bait-ul-Maal’s Women Vocational Training Centre on the basis of the “We” initiative that she set up. The initiative encompassed a house for clothing, saloon and interior design and it has helped train and empower many under privileged women. The Start up is a reflection of her dedication to women issues, her entrepreneurial spirit as well as the unlimited possibilities available to women who look beyond the horizon.
Ms. Hina Aslam
Hina Aslam is a CIPD Associate member and Organizational Trainer; she works as a Capacity builder, coach and career counselor. Her qualifications include MSc. in Human Resource Management and Development. She has been able to achieve great success in her field as she currently heads an HR department and has also established HR departments from scratch. She is capable of developing, organizing and maintaining teams and departments on her own using her strengths as an organizational trainer and coach.
Ms. Aslam has worked with students and the youth by providing education and career counseling. She has been guiding students on their academic choices and has also worked upon career planning- specifically helping them develop their resumes, enhancing their skill sets and guiding students and youth towards various internship placements.
Hina believes that every woman needs to be empowered and should have access to the information and guidance she needs in order to make healthy life choices- education, career and family life. She believes that by educating girls, we give them the tools that allow them to think out of the box, to go beyond the barriers blocking their futures.
She wants the girls of Pakistan to attain educational and skill based qualifications, allowing them to contribute to this rapidly advancing and growing environment. Vocational trainings are essential to elevating the status of the youth, allowing them to move with the same current as the rest of the progressing world.
Hina is determined to help girls in their education and careers for their healthier lives and a bright shining Pakistan held high by its women! PAGE is glad to have her on board!
Syeda Sadaf Taqvi
After completing her MBBS from the pioneer batch of Shifa College of Medicine in December of 2003, she moved to UK for higher education and training. Sadaf completed an extended two-year foundation program, equivalent to house job from Isle of Man and Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust. Following that she trained for almost 6 years in the field of medicine with core training in Acute Medicine. Sadaf is trained in Basic and Advance Life Support (ILS and ALS) plus Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Life Support (ACLS and PLS). After completing her training, she relocated back to Pakistan with the intention of giving back to the country and is currently in touch with a team of experts who offer resuscitation trainings to get ILS training available and mandatory across all schools of the region for both staff and secondary year students.
Growing up in a family of 5 girls, Sadaf believes her parents have done them a kindness by always emphasizing on education. As this education, has enabled her to independently work for her and her country. Today, as an individual belonging to the educated elite, she considers it her responsibility towards the society at large to promote girls’ education so that all the girls are capable of lifting the weights and pressures of career and personal life without depending upon others. She believes girls should be self-sufficient in all sphere of life and the only way to achieve that kind of success and progress is by ensuring quality education for the girls of Pakistan. We are proud of her commitment towards girls’ education and feel lucky to have her on board!
Kashif Bangash, has been working with UN for the past 7 years in addition to having a Master’s degree in HRM and military experience of over 20 years. Kashif not only works with UN Emergency Operations in Pakistan and abroad, he also supports a cash stipend activity under School Feeding Program in FATA covering 140 schools and over 13,061 enrolled girls. His qualifications and achievements go even beyond that as he undertakes disaster management system and conflict resolution education. In addition to that, Mr. Bangash has remained a staff member of Global Emergency Roster.
Kashif Bangash has been involved primarily in social welfare and his services have consisted of such welfare projects throughout his career. His passion and devotion towards the development sector especially in terms of education and progress is evident from his achievements above and his fervor is of great importance to a cause like PAGE’s. The skills and drive that Kashif possesses will be of great benefit to the girls of Pakistan who are deprived of education. His passion to help girls get qualified and educated can become a pillar of PAGE’s high held foundations through which we can together inspire our girls to become independent young women of Pakistan who can lift not only themselves but this country as well with great pride and honor. We are enthusiastic to work with Kashif and welcome him on board!
Business Administrator and Mentor
Nazia Hamid has done her MBA from London Business School, with professional experience spanning over 12 years, gained in UAE, UK, South Africa and Pakistan with an insight to help individuals embrace new challenges. She is certified in wealth and Investment Management and is currently engagement at a Private Equity firm based in Dubai. Communication Audit, Management Analysis, Training, Coaching and Mentoring are her key skills. Nazia has been associated with TIE | WECREATE center as certified Master Mentor/TTT since, 2014. She is also a Youth mentor at Injaz UAE. As a hobby, Miss. Hamid writes blogs for Dubair Social Diaries.
Nazia firmly believes in supporting and enabling creative entrepreneurs to build a more substantial ecosystem which she links with opportunities of quality education as her passion and experience are majorly linked with the education sectors across UAE and Pakistan. She aspires to spark economic growth and positive cultural change by engaging, educating, and empowering young entrepreneurs, students and associates. Her strong commitment to the cause upheld by PAGE and her desire to contribute for bringing a better system allowing girls to identify their potentials, gain education and utilize their energies for a better functioning and prospering society is of great value to PAGE. We wholeheartedly welcome Nazia on our team and hope to work together for a better Pakistan of empowered women!
Director for Empowering Minds Consultancy
Sofia was born in Lancashire, raised and educated in Bradford specializing in (BA Hons) Applied Criminal Justice Studies and has over 15 years’ experience working across the public, private, faith, voluntary, education and health sectors. Sofia has been a catalyst in raising awareness, campaigning and developing innovative approaches and strategies around the themes of social cohesion, integration, safeguarding, young people, women and the Prevent Strategy locally and nationally. Sofia has worked as a Youth Development Practitioner for Bradford Youth Development Partnership. She has also held the role of Secretary for the Shanaz Network, a national Prevent engagement initiative aimed at women and has designed engagement program for a broad range of audiences. Sofia is an experienced professional and specializes in Prevent, community engagement, safer communities, citizenship and identity, child sexual exploitation, engagement with young men/women, communities, families, practitioners. She has delivered tailor made training courses for Prevent Engagement Officers for various Police Forces on how to engage with women and Muslim communities, Anti-racism strategy’s and policy development. Sofia has worked closely with the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA), where she has developed resource tools for practitioners around preventing violent extremism, community engagement and tackling radicalizations. Recently, Sofia has engaged in several media interviews across the UK to highlight key messages on women engagement in tackling Prevent through grass root level engagement. Interviews have included the Security Minister, MP’s, senior Police Officers, representatives from BBC departments, Radio 5, BBC Asian Network as well as Directors from a range of services. Sofia has been a key speaker at local and national events empowering men and women to challenge and eradicate key issues from communities e.g. CSE, all forms of extremism and racism.
Sofia is passionate about Education, creating opportunities and making a difference. providing a platform for young women to enhance and develop their education further a specialist career. Engage, Educate and Inspire young females to know their worth and value. She is enthusiastic about alternative education as well as main stream education young females require to be mentored by women who will support them through their journey of life and education. Sofia’s achievements and aspirations are of great value to the initiatives held by PAGE, we welcome her on board and hope to achieve our goals together!
Barrister & CEO of The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Foundation
Dr Miranda Brawn
Dr Miranda Brawn Esq. MBA DMS MCSI FRSA D.Litt. (Hon) is a social entrepreneur with a background as an investment banker & barrister, Founder & CEO of The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Foundation. This is a non-profit where Miranda has won a ‘Points of Light’ award from the UK Prime Minister for making history by launching the first diversity lecture aimed at schoolchildren from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background including her award-winning mentoring program for the next generation. Named as one of the UK’s leading diversity experts and the go-to person for race diversity in the City by recent UK press. In addition, Miranda has studied Political Philosophy at the University of Cambridge and has been awarded an honorary doctorate of letters at the University of Brighton for her contribution & services to business, finance, law, diversity & next generation across the Globe.
Dr. Brawn is hailed as a trailblazer & honored numerous times domestically and internationally for her achievements. She is an expert on television & radio while being quoted in the global press. Miranda has been honored in Top 100 Women in European Finance (Financial News), most powerful women in London on social media (CityAM), UK’s Top 10 inspiring females changing Britain (Metro), & Top 100 BAME business executive leaders Power list (FT), Top 30 most inspirational Women in the City (Brummel Magazine), Highly Commended Diversity Champion at the UK Diversity Legal Awards to name but a few. Miranda’s work has also been personally praised & supported by HRH The Prince of Wales, Prime Minister Theresa May, London, Brighton and Cambridge Mayors and global leaders.
With a robust track record managing legal risk, investments & operations for the world’s biggest companies, taking businesses to the next level of growth. Miranda is responsible for the legal risk in derivatives & financial regulations at an investment bank. With a refreshing & diverse background, Miranda is also an advisor & patron to several companies, charities & governments. She has spoken across the globe including UK Parliament, Oxford & Cambridge University. Her professional experience combined with her exuberant personality makes her a sought-after public speaker of the highest caliber.
As the Founder and CEO of the Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Foundation, Miranda aims to work with the next generation to inspire, educate, empower and support them to succeed while helping to close the diversity and equality gap in the workforce and increase economic growth. Dr. Brawn believes that there is a need to start early at school age hence she is speaking at schools with audience members starting at 4 year olds. As an ambassador for the Pakistan Alliance for Girls Education (PAGE) Miranda will help the girls in Pakistan have access to education by lending her voice, skills and talents to help change the world as more than 60 million girls globally denied an education. Dr. Brawn believes becoming an Ambassador will compliment her existing global work perfectly especially as her main goal is to make a positive difference in the world by pushing boundaries and creating real change. Miranda is eager to step up and play her part showing that every child, and every girl deserves an education and an equal opportunity in life to become a success. Miranda’s enthusiasm to promote girls’ education and her and passion to empower young girls through education is of the highest value to us and PAGE welcomes her on board with pleasure and hopes to make a better Pakistan of empowered women with our talented new ambassador!