Mr. Khan is a social entrepreneur who works with women in rural communities in order to build their confidence so they can participate in local decision-making and carve connections with relevant urban markets. As CEO of Kaarvan, he believes that the representation and participation of women will pave the path for a culture of peace in the country. To date, Kaarvan has touched the lives of more than 25,000 women in over 1,000 villages across Pakistan.
Dr. Qazi is a rising star in the world of research and academia for computer networks and distributed systems, with a special interest in ICT for developing regions. In 2018, he won the highly prestigious and competitive Google Faculty Research Award for a proposal on designing technologies for making the Web faster for the next billion Internet users in developing countries. Driven by the belief that this research can have a profound socio-economic impact on how users in the developing world experience the Web, Dr.
Mr. Ahmad is a globally recognised finance professional with a distinguished hedge fund, private equity, venture capital and investment banking career spanning over two decades. He's currently a Managing Director at JPMorgan’s multi-billion dollar hedge fund business, Highbridge Capital, where he manages a global investment portfolio. He has structured Shariah-compliant financings for Pakistan's critical infrastructure projects, and restructured Pakistan’s sovereign debt. Additionally, he pioneered a microfinance programme as an extension of the research done at LUMS and Grameen Bank.
Ms. Khan is the writer and director of the globally acclaimed Pakistani film, Pinky Memsaab. After completing her MBA, she worked in brand management at Unilever where she had to work closely with ad agencies to develop television commercials. That experience introduced her to the world of cameras, and she realised her passion for filmmaking. She then went on to film school in London to purse this dream.
After graduating from LUMS, Ms. Aziz trained for three years in litigation, and then went on to establish her own legal practice. During her vibrant legal career, she handled constitutional, civil, commercial and family matters and worked as a State Counsel and criminal prosecutor at the Islamabad High Court, while also running her independent practice. She has recently been awarded the Chevening Scholarship – a selective and prestigious scholarship that is part of the UK government’s international awards.
Ms. Farooq, a member of the Senate of Pakistan, was the architect for Pakistan’s polio eradication from 2013-2018. The success of the programme was astounding: at the end of her tenure, the number of reported cases fell to 3 from 306. As a result, she was awarded the Sitara-i-Imtiaz, Pakistan’s third highest civilian honour.