Our Team


Syed Kausar Abbas

Executive Director

Syed Kausar Abbas, the Founding Director of SSDO, holds 13 plus years’ of progressive and diversified experience as a social and human rights activist. He is deeply involved in various facets of sustainable development, particularly in advocacy, accountability and transparency, legislative governance, participatory local governance, rural development, campaigning, public relations, media and project coordination in different roles and contexts with development sector organizations of national and international repute. He is an excellent communicator with well-developed media skills, including social media. Kausar is a strong organizer who regularly multi-tasks between managing different projects.


Muhammad Shahid Khan

Director Programs

More than 13 years of professional experience in the field of Academic & Action Research, Advocacy and Lobbying, Capacity Building, Program Development & Management, and writing in newspapers in various domains especially, Peace, Democracy, and Human Security, Governance Structures, Decentralization, Inclusive Governance, Parliamentary Procedures, Legislative Development, Rule of Law, Transparency & Accountability and Civic Rights & Responsibilities. The aim is to promote knowledge, peace, development, and democracy through advocacy, academics, and research endeavors.

Email: shahid@ssdo.org.pk


Shagufa Jamal

Manager Operations

Accomplished multilingual (English/Persian/Dari and Urdu), Program Support Management Logistics/ Administration/HR Professional & Monitoring /Evaluation, Event Management with excellent time management skills, interpersonal skills, computer skills with strong written and oral communication skills, and capacity to work independently and under supervision. More than 16 years prior experience of Program support Management Administration, Logistics, Procurement, Inventory, Transport, HR, Budget Management, Event Management, and Program Operations for list of international development programs donor assisted/donor funded programs of various International humanitarian agencies and UN.

Email: operations@ssdo.org.pk


Zahid H. Shah

Manager Finance & Admin

Mr. Shah has over 20 years of experience in development & corporate sectors in the field of Financial Accounting & Management, Financial Reporting, Costing, Grant management, Compliance, Capacity Assessment, Capacity Building, Financial Trainings, Project Budgeting, Partnership Management, and general administration. His knowledge & expertise has been acquired by working in senior positions at International organizations like Trocaire, SAARC Business Association funded by SAARC Development Fund, and National organizations like Sungi Development Foundation. He has attained international and national level training in financial management, financial reporting, financial monitoring, and supply chain management.

Email: fm@ssdo.org.pk


Akhter Hussain

Manager Research & Program Development

Akhtar Hussain is a development professional with MPhil in Development Studies. He has 10 years of experience in the social sector related to program management, advocacy, and research. He also contributes to various newspapers. He is skilled in developing effective monitoring and accountability and performance frameworks, identifying gaps, recommending and delivering strategically inclined measures to improve performance. He has accomplished numerous policy aims related to human wellbeing. Prior to SSDO, he has worked with different non-profit organizations (e.g, Association for Social Development, TheNetwork for Consumer Protection & Indus Consortium). He was actively involved in providing solutions relevant to the socio-economic, and political frameworks of Pakistan.

Email: akhter@ssdo.org.pk


Waqas Bin Zafar

Manager Communication & Reporting

A dynamic and self motivational development/humanitarian professional with skills and over 7 years of experience in communication, program analysis, program development, donor/stakeholder liaison, information & knowledge management, coordination, advocacy, project management and customer services. He has a demonstrated history of working in context of sustainable development, emergency, conflict and disaster response. Throughout his career, he has worked on diverse programs funded by various UN agencies; UNICEF, UNOCHA, UNDP, UNFPA and renowned donors such as World Bank, DAI, USAID, US. State Department, FCO-Govt. of UK, British Council and Save the Children, just to name a few.

Email: waqas@ssdo.org.pk

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Samiullah Abbasi

Manager Outreach & Volunteers

Samiullah Abbasi is a Social activist, Philanthropist, Young leader and Humanitarian Aid Worker. He has worked broadly with young people from diverse background. Samiullah combines a wealth of experience with the vision and determination of a true young leader, offering to diverse audiences his unique blend of motivational speaking, leadership insights, and youth activism. Since 2010, he has been working at the grassroots level in Pakistan to help rural youth develop a passion for technology and to use ICTs as learning tools. He was also awarded Emerging Young Leader Award by US Embassy in 2017 and Distinguished Alumni Award in 2019 by Pakistan US Alumni Network (PUAN).

Email: sami@ssdo.org.pk


Zahra Abdur Rehman

MEAL Coordinator

A development sector professional with strong collaboration and interpersonal skills respected for his capabilities in Project planning, management, development, research, and monitoring and evaluation. Proven track record of delivering project results on time, within the scope, and according to organizational commitments. More than 05 years experience with iNGOs and NGOs, program development and implementation in areas of Education Child Labor, CBDRM, SBDRM, WASH, FSL, Shelter  Child rights, Gender Equality, and Women’s economic empowerment through promoting girls’ education and supporting society through developing skills among youth, encourage entrepreneurship/enterprise development.

Email: zahra@ssdo.org.pk

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Syed Aamir Abbas

Project Coordinator

He has been working with SSDO since the inception of the organization. Prior to his current position, he has been working in various roles such as Youth Accountability Ambassador, Assistant Constituency Coordinator and Program Officer. Currently he is serving as Project Coordinator for the EQuIP project focusing on electoral reforms, voter education and mobilization. Being an electrical engineer, he also assists the organization through providing IT services to programme and project staff. In addition to this, he is responsible focal person for various event management activities for the organization.

Email: aamir@ssdo.org.pk

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Fiza Mazhar

Senior MEAL Officer

Fiza Mazhar has done Masters in Project Management and is a PRINCE2 certified. She has five years of experience in professional expertise and possess a well-rounded skill set on managing projects in terms of program management, business acquisition and partnership, monitoring and evaluation and donor contracting and communication, including both internal and external communication. She has worked on many multi-dimensional projects including technical and social projects with USAID, United Nations and WaterAid and Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI). Currently she works with SSDO as a Senior MEAL Officer.

Email: fiza@ssdo.org.pk

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Azka Ramzan

Project Coordinator

Azka Ramzan holds a master’s degree in Development Economics from NUML Islamabad. Having 5 years of progressive experience, she considers herself to be a self-motivated and dynamic professional, always eager to work and grow. She has worked in Community Uplift Program (CUP) and Action for Human Development during her professional career, focusing on livelihoods and women empowerment through international donor-funded projects.

Email: azka@ssdo.org.pk

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Izza Faheem Tahir

Communication Officer

Izza holds a Master’s degree in Development Studies and is greatly passionate about all things related to development with a keen interest in gender and education. She has developed a deep understanding of communication focused content, report writing, press releases and social media management. Prior to working in SSDO, she has work in the fields of content writing and social media management, along with her past experience in working with the National Institute of Health and WHO.

Email: izza@ssdo.org.pk


Yasim Yaqoob

Senior Admin & Finance Officer

He is qualified BBA (HONS) Finance & Accounting from Hazara University Mansehra with experience of 4 years in the areas of Finance & Admin with different Non-profit Organization. Having extensive knowledge of Finance and Admin related work, like Book keeping, Accounting Management, Payroll Process, Payment Compliance, Tax according to country law, Internal Control/Audit.

Email: yasim@ssdo.org.pk


Usman Altaf

Communication & Reporting Officer

He is responsible for tracking the daily news published across widely circulated newspapers in the country, English and Urdu, alike and data entry in spreadsheets for media tracking, a bi-annually publication. The report is a social commentary on the indicators that are related to the social well-being of women and children and the crimes that are committed against them. Since its publication the Media Tracking Report has provided the backdrop for legislation passed for the safeguard of women. Furthermore, he writes the content for newsletter of the organization, a monthly activity journal. He's also a management support for the project EWAM (women workers alliance), a project led by TDEA (Trust for Democratic Education and Accountability) in collaboration with SSDO. He also has worked as a management support on the project CIP (Coalition Inclusive Pakistan) another project by TDEA in which rights of the transgender community are being highlighted.

Email: usman@ssdo.org.pk

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Syeda Hira Imam

Project Coordinator

Hira is a Graduate in English Literature from the University of the Punjab, Lahore. She started her professional career as a teacher in her native, quaint city, Jhelum and moved to Rawalpindi in 2015 with her family and started working in the development sector in a CBO as a Media and Communication officer. After this, she joined a leading Educational iNGO as an Area Manager. In 2018, she started working with a construction company as Asst. Manager Business Development. She is currently working as a Project Coordinator of We’re Leaders.

Email: hira@ssdo.org.pk


Syeda Mahnoor Ali Naqvi

Research Assistant

Ms. Mahnoor is a philanthropist who believes in betterment of the society. She has fluency in English, Urdu, and Turkish languages. Mahnoor has provided assistance in conducting several research reports and analysis for SSDO along with serving as a project manager for an independent project related to education of underprivileged children. She is currently pursuing her Bachelors degree in Public Administration and possesses skills such as communication, proposal writing, management, strategy and public relations.

Email: mahnoor@ssdo.org.pk


Atif Ejaz

Admin Assistant

He has been working with the organization since the beginning. Currently, he is working as an admin assistant to assist the organization in achieving various daily routine tasks.

Email: atifejaz@ssdo.org.pk