Board of Directors

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Ali Imran


Ali Imran brings to our board more than 15 years of experience in program development, management, implementation, reporting, monitoring & evaluation in the areas of Governance, Rule of law, Democracy, Gender Justice, Law and Human Rights. He started his career as an associate lawyer and researcher with AGS legal aid cell in 2002 leading to Country Representative Westminster Foundation for Democracy UK in 2013. Ali expertise includes handling technical issues related to Parliamentary Strengthening, both at federal and provincial level, has strong knowledge of regional geo-political context, especially with regards to democracy and governance, facilitation/Resource Person for sessions with MPs on Parliamentary Roles.


Myra Azam

Secretary General

Myra Azam is the secretary. She brings a wealth of experience, having been awarded by Excellence Award, leadership award, award for highlighting acid crimes and need for comprehensive legislation and White Ribbon Media Award on behalf of different organizations and Ministries in the year 2012 and in 2010. She has been reporting on gender issues, extremism, youth and children for seven years with the pen name Myra Imran. Her focus has mainly been on human rights– areas that had not been given much attention earlier. In addition to working on challenges faced by vulnerable groups, she has always tried to highlight the extraordinary achievements of the ordinary and to make public realize their responsibilities.


Sadia Husain

Member BOD

Sadia Hussain is a Civil Engineer turned development expert. She has been working in Pakistan for the past 18 years. Her expertise is research, trainings, evaluations and policy making in the field of Education, Child Rights and Child Protection. Sadia has headed well recognized organizations like SPARC. She has been the Head of Child Protection, Child rights and Education programs at Save the Children for almost three years. Sadia holds Masters degree in Educational Leadership and Management from the University of New England. She has also completed several certificates courses from University of Missouri Kansas City in Early Childhood Education and Development. Currently, she is working as Technical Advisor for two international organizations.

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Huma Binte Nayyer

Member BOD

Huma Binte Nayyer is an anthropologist and had been involved in social development work for 19 years with different INGOs, NGOs, Government Organizations and consultants; CIDA, NIPS, SAHIL, LEAD Pakistan, NIPS, SSDO, OXFAM Pakistan & SEDCO Associates in the field Social development, Project Implementation & coordination, Need Assessments, Researches & Evaluations, Qualitative & Quantitative Data Analysis, Monitoring and Proposal Writing. As a Senior Trainer conducted a number of trainings on Health, Child Rights, Child protection issues, Child Sexual Abuse, HIV/AIDS and Life Skills, how to deal with sensitive issues, Gender Mainstreaming through Enhanced Participation of Women in Public Support Forums (PSFs), Leadership Training on Gender Issues related to Volunteerism, Integrating Union Council Action Plans into Tehsil level, Psychological impact of violence with different International and National NGOs. She is an alumnus of Quaid-e-Azam University, completed her MPhil in Anthropology. She acquired diverse skills set and had been engaged in managing and coordinating different research related projects by initiating project design, preparing research tools both qualitative and quantitative, Monitoring and evaluation of the research projects, conducting IDIs & FGDs, Transcription writing, Data analysis in NVIVO, SPSS, STATA and excel, project proposal writing, writing reports of the projects as per client satisfaction and conducting trainings as per the need. She has been involved in developing Monitoring and Evaluation manuals for the development sector. She is also a part of 4 online publications.

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Maryam Jawad

Member BOD

Highly skilled and qualified Research and Training expert with fifteen years’ experience of working with International and National organizations, both as an employee and as a consultant. Have designed, developed, and delivered highly admired training programs in major cities as well as numerous remote areas of Pakistan. Well versed with training methodologies and use of relevant communication technologies. A brilliant team player with outstanding inter-personal and dispute resolution skills, and a confident engaging personality. She has done M.Phil. Anthropology, Quaid-I-Azam University Islamabad, 2009 (with scholarship distinction). Thesis in Medical Anthropology on “Alternative healing practices” Her Expertise are in the field of Research, Monitoring & Evaluation, Report writing, Training, Teaching and Project Management.


Arshad Saleem Awan

Member BOD

Arshad Saleem Awan, holds the position of Director SSDO for two years started from May, 2017. He has professional experience of finance, accounts and audit (both external & internal). He holds extensive exposure and expertise of manufacturing, NGO’s (Development sector), financial, telecom, and service sector organizations. Grasps proficiency in IFRS, IAS, corporate and taxation laws. Arshad’s functional area also include Management/Cost accounting and financial statement evaluation with ratio analysis, budgeting, feasibilities studies using capital budgeting tools and internal controls design and evaluation.


Umer Rasheed Chaudhry

Member BOD

Mr. Umer Rasheed Chaudhry is an Advocate High Court and has around 10 years of vast experience in all forms of dispute resolution. He is particularly recognized for his successful advocacy before the Lower Court and the High Court in a number of far-reaching cases. Adv. Umer Rasheed Chaudhry deals in all kind of Civil & Corporate contentious and non-contentious matters pertaining to real estate properties matters, Rent cases, civil Suits, family & matrimonial matters, Banking, intellectual property, Excise & civil services matters, etc. All company matters including incorporation and liquidation, registration and perfection of charges, mergers and acquisitions.