Board of Directors

With this Incredible Network of People

Kamal Monnoo

Dr Kamal Monnoo is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kaarvan. He is a leading Industrialist & Economic Analyst. With extensive industry experience and exposure, he sits on boards of various corporate and public sector entities. He is serving on the boards of Unilever Pakistan Ltd, Samira Fabrics (Pvt) Limited, Samira Industries (Pvt) Limited, Institute of Public Policy & Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI), among others.

Dr Kamal Monnoo is also the Honorary Consul General for the Czech Republic. He has also authored Understanding WTO (published by Ferozesons, 2011).

Having done his schooling from Aitchison College, Dr Kamal Monnoo holds a Doctorate in Business Administration with graduation from Syracuse and Yale University.

Aysha Saifuddin

Founder CEO of Kaarvan Crafts Foundation, Aysha Saifuddin brings with her immense experience in the field of women empowerment. She started her career in development sector with the aim of helping the poor and needy people. She envisioned opportunities in training and capacity building for the poor and remained active in different initiatives. Aysha felt that organizing women in the low income communities and linking them with the mainstream market required an entity dedicated to that task alone. Since the inception of Kaarvan Crafts Foundation, Aysha has remained an active member providing leadership and advisory as board member.

Ms Aysha Saifuddin completed her undergraduate from Mount Holyoke, USA and Masters from Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS).

Salima Hashmi

Salima Hashmi is an artist, curator and contemporary art historian. Professor Hashmi was the founding Dean of the Mariam Dawood School of Visual Art and Design at Beaconhouse National University, Lahore. She was Professor of Fine Art at National College of Arts [NCA] Lahore and was also Principal of the College. The Australian Council of Art and Design Schools (ACUADS) nominated her as Inaugural International Fellow, for distinguished service to art and design education in 2011. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Bath Spa University in 2016.

She is a Council member of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.

Roshaneh Zafar (Member)

Ms. Zafar is the Founder and Managing Director of Kashf Foundation. She holds a Masters degree in International Development from Yale University and BSc Degree in Finance from the Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania in the United States. Roshaneh has a wide range of development experience; she started her career with the World Bank and then went on to set up Kashf Foundation. Ms. Zafar has won many awards and recognitions for her contributions to the field of social entrepreneurship and women’s development.

Saleem Sethi

Mr Saleem Sethi is a Retired Civil Servant, Government of Pakistan with over 35 years of progressive experience in policy formulation and implementation. During these long years of public service, he has held diverse positions managing finance, administration and human resource development at different tiers in the government.

Mr Sethi has served as Secretary Economic Affairs Division under the Ministry of Finance. By virtue of the position was the Alternate Governor of ADB and the WB. He represented the Government at various national and international economic forums.

He has also served as Senior Advisor to Executive Director (ED) at the Executive Board, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Washington DC.

He holds a Masters in Development Administration from Western Michigan University (WMU) Michigan, USA and a Diploma in Public Finance, focus on ‘Budgeting in Public Sector’, Kennedy School of Government, (HIID) Harvard University, USA.

Mr Sethi is currently doing versified translation of Masnavi of Moulana Rumi from Persian to Urdu.

Fareeha Baqir

Ms. Fareeha Baqir has been a force in the educational sector of Pakistan. Her education includes a Masters in Education and her time abroad at the University of Arkansas and Trenton State College have made her a pioneer in understanding how the world works. With her time as the principal at the Lahore American School, and currently serving as the Principal at Lahore Grammar School, Ms. Baqir is a force to reckon with. Her direction and guidance to Kaarvan has been crucial in making the organization a high functioning body of change.

Fatima Asad-Said

Fatima Asad-Said is the Executive Director, Human Capital Capital Excellence at Abacus Consulting a leading management consulting firm in Pakistan. She has extensive experience in the areas of change management, organizational structuring, corporate governance and Human Capital Development through strategic and project management positions. She has worked with national and international clientele in private and public sectors and has advised business managers, leaders as well as boards in development of organizational strategies that effectively integrate human capital practices with long-term strategic business plans and capacity building. She also is a member of various HR Board Committees of leading organizations, and serves as advisor to international associations and entrepreneurial ventures.

Ms Fatima Asad-Said is an MBA from Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) and currently serves as the President of LUMS Alumni Association.

Rabia Khan

A multidimensional development professional having sound exposure and experience in women empowerment. Ms Rabia Khan, an active Board member with Kaarvan Crafts Foundation has reviewed and audited different projects and initiatives related to women empowerment. She has a track record in handling projects with a results-based management approach and is an expert in undertaking short-term research activities as well. She has worked in different capacities with various development sector organizations including Sungi Development Foundation, Aahung, Kashf Foundation and Delta Education Trust.

Ms Rabia Khan holds a degree in law, LLB as well as Masters of Public Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

Zia Uddin Syed

Zia Uddin Syed joins the board with an experience in finance that spans over many years. His current work with Kansai Paint as their Chief Financial Officer, and his previous work with ICI, Azko Nobel make him a great fit in terms of making Kaarvan a more financially robust organization.

Razia Monnoo

Razia Monnoo holds an LLB Honors degree from the School of Law of University of Manchester, England and is a Barrister-at-Law. She was called to the bar of England & Wales from Lincoln’s Inn in 2013. At present she is High Court Advocate working as an associate Hassan Qureshi and Mamdot Advocates and Legal consultants. She is also a visiting lecturer at the Nadira Hassan Law Department of Kinnaird College, Lahore.