Movers and Shakers

VENUS.gifWomen, make up 50% of the Pakistani population. Without their active participation in leading roles, it would be impossible for our nation to follow the road to development and progress. Here are five of the top movers and shakers based out of Islamabad who can be a beacon and role models for the rest. They come from diverse backgrounds ranging from government, entrepreneurship, and technology

Dr_Shamshad.jpgDr. Shamsad Akhtar
Dr Shamshad Akhtar was appointed by the President of Pakistan as the governor of the State Bank of Pakistan for three years in December 2005. She is the 14th governor of the State Bank and the first female to assume this position. She was previously with the Asian Development Bank.

Born in a the remote village Hyderbad in Sindh, Dr Akhtar did her Ph.D in Economics from Scotland’s Paisley College of Technology. She has an M.S. in Economics from Quaid-e-Azam University in Islamabad and an M.A. in Development Economics from England’s University of Sussex. She attended Harvard University in 1987 under the Fulbright programme. She has also served for World Bank prior to joining State Bank

Tasnim%20Aslam.jpgTasnim Aslam
Ms Tasnim Aslam, the offical state spokesperson, is the second director-general of the UN division at the Foreign Office to be given the additional charge of spokesperson, a high profile post.

Ms Aslam had joined the Foreign Service in 1984. She has served in important divisions including Americas, Europe and Disarmament. Her last appointment was as director of the foreign secretary’s office. She has also served at Pakistan’s diplomatic missions in France, Holland and India. Her last posting abroad was at the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi where she served from 1997 to 2001, initially as first secretary and later as counsellor, political.

She has a master’s degree in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Boston and in business education from the Punjab University in Lahore.

Samina%20Rizwan.jpgSamina Rizwan
Samina Rizwan is Oracle Corporation’s Regional Manager for SAGE (South Asia Growth Economies) West. Part of Oracle Corporation Singapore Pte Ltd, SAGE represents six South Asian Countries – Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Maldives. Samina is responsible for market development, revenue growth and finding ways of bringing relevant Oracle solutions to help government and business in these countries. Samina moved to Washington DC right after her ”O” levels. Her father was Defence Attache with the Pakistan Embassy and did not have enough money to put her through college. So she earned and learned her way.

She obtained BS in Information Systems Management from The American University in Washington DC. Attended short program of Master’s Level courses in Information Systems Management at The George Washington University in Washington DC on Scholarship from USAID

Nadia%20Raja.jpgNadia Raja
Nadia Raja started her business from her home and used to supply bakery products to local bakeries in Islamabad. To start a network in Lahore, she formed a partnership with Saadia Noon in 1993, who was already based there. Today, Kitchen Cuisine’s network boasts nine bakeries and two restaurants in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and Faisalabad. She now wishes to expand her business’s network by opening branches in most major towns and cities. Kitchen Cuisine also caters to the kitchen of a flourishing Airline. The success story of Nadia Raja is exemplary for the young up coming busniess women in Pakistan

Nadia is an alumnus of Kinnaird College for Women Lahore.

salma%20abbasi.jpgSalma Abbasi
Salma Abbasi is the president of E World Wide Group. Salma Abbasi graduated from Westminster University, London with a BSc Civil Engineering and then moved to California where she graduated with a MSc Electrical Engineering from San Jose State University. Salma has also been awarded Senior Research Associate Fellow at King’s College University London. She is currently working on her PHD in ICT for Development from Royal Holloway University of London, focusing on Gender empowerment and rural development.

As the President of the e-World Wide Group based out of Islamabad, Salma is using her experience and contacts to leverage best practices to help promote business and technology development all over the developing countries to bridge the digital divide in a practical manner to help improve the “Quality of life” for people all over the region. Salma is now conducting research on Information Communication Technology (ICT), defining practical applications in ICT to improve Business Efficiency & Alleviate Poverty in rural areas. She is also working with the UNDP, ADB, IDB, UNESCO to providing workshops and consulting services to assist in building “e-enablement strategies” and cost effective “ICT” solutions in multiple sectors, such as government, commerce, education and healthcare to support the initiatives of human resource development (HRD) and Gender Empowerment in countries such as Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Iran, UAE, Malaysia, Oman and Nigeria.

3 Comments so far

  1. Original-Anon (unregistered) on November 21st, 2006 @ 5:56 pm

    Wonderful post. Thanks for putting this together.
    I just have a small correction to offer – Nadia is not an alma mater of Kinnaird; instead, Kinnaird is her alma mater and she would be the alumnus of Kinnaird.


  2. 1967 (unregistered) on November 21st, 2006 @ 6:17 pm

    I always mess this one up. Thanks for correcting. Post has been updated.


  3. A for Apple (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2006 @ 12:08 am

    Nice post here … u got into quite pains to collect up these … pretty in-depth info … cool .. keep up !!!



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