LUMS Faculty Represents Pakistan at IPRYLI, India
Abid Hussain Imam, Assistant Professor, Department of Law & Policy, LUMS was selected for the Asia Society’s India-Pakistan Regional Young Leaders Initiative (IPRYLI) held from July 20-22, 2012 in New Delhi, India.
The inaugural class of fellows comprised a group of 12 select young leaders from India, Pakistan, and the U.S., representing diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise and discussed an agenda focused on leadership, public service, and the India-Pakistan relationship. Ahmad Rafay Alam, a member of the Law faculty at LUMS was also part of this initiative. Other fellows from Pakistan included Ziad Bashir, Director, Gul Ahmed Textile Mills; Zafar Iqbal Choudhary, Journalist & Policy Analyst; Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, Academy Award and Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker; Sehar Iqbal, Chairperson, Nasheman Welfare Society; Munizae Jahangir, Associate Executive Producer & Special Correspondent, Express News and Sabeen Mahmud, Founder and Director, PeaceNiche.
The IPRYLI, a project of the Asia Society, aims to nurture a community of next generation leaders in India and Pakistan committed to joining hands across borders and boundaries to address issues facing the two countries. The Asia Society is an international organisation dedicated to strengthening relationships and deepening understanding among the peoples of Asia and the United States. It seeks to enhance dialogue, encourage creative expression, and generate new ideas across the fields of policy, business, education, arts, and culture.
The Jinnah Institute, a non-profit public policy organisation is IPRYLI’s partner in Pakistan, and Asia Society’s India Center, based in Mumbai, is providing relevant support in India. The Asia Society believes that making a long-term investment in the development of a regional next generation leadership network can help lay a foundation for the kind of long-term change that can ultimately help stabilise the region. With its seven-year track record, the Asia 21 programme is a model vehicle to foster and sustain such leadership in the region.
After their meeting at the forum, the fellows will work towards broadening the dialogue on India-Pakistan relations through a focus on next generation leaders. They will be channeling their efforts towards work on a cross-border public service project, as part of the community-building process; actively communicate via a specially dedicated section of the Asia 21 Young Leaders social networking site; develop a broad media outreach strategy on the challenges of leadership for India and Pakistan that also highlights the profiles and work of the young leaders; and be connected to Asia 21 sector groups which link leaders from across Asia within particular sectors (media, government, business, arts, etc.). The fellows will also participate in the Asia Society’s Asia 21 Young Leaders Summit, December 7-9, 2012 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
These young dynamic leaders were supported at the forum by an Advisory Committee, which included prominent professionals from India and Pakistan. The Advisory Committee members included Vishakha N. Desai, President, Asia Society; Haseeb A. Drabu, Former Chairman and Chief Executive, Jammu & Kashmir Bank; Jamshyd N. Godrej, Chairman & Managing Director, Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd.; Ali Dayan Hasan, Pakistan Director, Human Rights Watch; Ayesha Jalal, Visiting Faculty, LUMS and Mary Richardson Professor of History and Director, Center for South Asian and Indian Ocean Studies, Tufts University; Ali Jameel, Chief Executive Officer, TPL Holdings; Najeeb Jung, Vice-Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia; Radha Kumar, Director, Peace & Conflict Program, Delhi Policy Group; Baijayant “Jay” Panda, Member of Parliament, India; Moeed Yusuf, South Asia Adviser, United States Institute of Peace and Frank G. Wisner, Foreign Affairs Advisor, Patton Boggs LLC.
The IPRYLI will be closely associated with the Asia 21 Young Leaders Initiative, also an initiative of the Asia Society. This initiative was launched in 2006 to develop next generation leaders across the Asia-Pacific region. In seven years, Asia 21 has become the leading next generation network in the Asia-Pacific, with over seven hundred active members from 30 countries and economies, across all sectors. Established with support from Founding International Sponsor, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, the Asia 21 Initiative annually convenes a pre-eminent gathering of Asia’s most dynamic young leaders from the Asia-Pacific region, from every sector including business, government, media, culture and civil society. To date, the network counts more than 700 of the most accomplished young leaders in the Asia-Pacific among its members, including businessmen, documentary filmmakers, environmental activists, human rights advocates, members of parliament, military personnel, performance artists, and social entrepreneurs.