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PROFILE OF COMMITTEE MEMBERS

 

Ayesha Noorani

An architect by profession from National College of Arts, Ms Noorani can be credited with innovative buildings and experience in a diverse range of designing environmental friendly structures. She set up her own professional company in 1986 and has designed commercial, educational buildings, hospital and healthcare centers, apartment blocks and various residences in Pakistan.

Ayesha has been on the faculty of NCA for a number of years and has presented numerous papers at national and international seminars and conferences on architectural issues 1984 to date.

Role In Daachi Foundation:  Concept & Architecture.

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Alima Wali Khan

An architect by profession, Alima has worked with reputed architects Nayyar Ali Dada and Wasif Khan. She has set up her own architectural firm Wali and Associates and has the distinction of diversified building designs ranging from residential (Lahore, Islamabad, Murree, Bahawalpur and Peshawar), office and commercial (ICI Head Office at Khewra; Engro Innovative Engineering Services office and others) to interior projects such as that of First Women Bank, LUMS University, Fir Hill Hotel Murree, Gul Ahmad Idea Shops, Servaid Pharmacy, Sap office and numerous private offices.

Alima is a member ofPCATP   (Pakistan Council of Architects & Town Planners) and I.A.P   (Institute Of Architects, Pakistan.) She also has serves as an External Examiner for NCA , Architecture Department, Punjab University and M.Sc Department, Home Economics College, Lahore.

Role In Daachi Foundation:  Music & Gallery.

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Awais Noorani

Masters in Project Management from USA and a Graduate in Architecture from NCA, Awais has experience in dealing with urban planning projects within the city and outside as advisor to the Government on Community Empowerment of Sukh Nain Village, Rejuvenation Of Gawalmandi, and a Project Co-ordinator on the Chief Minister’s Task Force.

Role In Daachi Foundation: Project Manager

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Sonja Bajwa

A graduate of Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany, in History of Art, Sonja has further specialized in Law  and Music and Fine Art Paedagogics. She has extensive experience as Product Designer, Marketing Manager, Finance and Merchandising Manager with firms both within Pakistan and abroad.

Sonja presently runs her own business using mosaic patterns in wrought iron furniture and wood. Her passion is REIKI, a holistic healing method and she gives healing sessions and teaches this way of healing through seminars.

Role in Daachi Foundation:  Sustainable Lifestyle.

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Dr Gul-e-Raana

Dr Raana is a qualified medical practitioner with a Post graduate degree in Biochemistry. She has served as an Assistant Professor and Associate Professor since 1999 at Fatima Jinnah Medical University, Lahore.

Dr Raana specializes in Landscaping and Floral Art having obtained a Diploma in Horticulture and Landscaping. She is member of the Floral Art Society and Amateur Garden Club.

Role in Dacha: To landscape and teach Floral Art as a skill to artisans and others.

 

Mr Shahid A Khan

Mr Khan, Marketing Director, Global Pakistan Ltd , has extensive experience in the field of marketing in representing his company at seminars and conferences in  UK, USA, Malaysia, Korea, Thailand, Iran, Germany, Netherlands, France, Belgium and Dubai.

With a Marketing degree from Malaysia and a Business Management FAST TRAC Planning program from USA, Mr Shahid Khan is Editor TECHNOBIZ magazine, the first of its kind focusing on Science and Technology.

Mr Shahid is Director FARZ FOUNDATION and Advisor to the NGO, FOCUS PAKISTAN.

 

Ismat Riaz

Is an educationist with thirty years of teaching experience.  Ismat Riaz is presently a Consultant, Teacher Educator and Resource person with Oxford University Press on Pakistan Studies. She has been published abroad in educational journals and is a writer of History textbooks on National Curriculum for OUP. Ismat is a columnist on education for Dawn newspaper.

Role in Daachi Foundation:  Promotion of Ideology.

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Amna Nasim

Ms Nasim is an Architect working in the Public Sector, C & W department as Director Architecture with projects relating to health, education, police, agriculture and residential.

Presently, Amana has joined TEVTA as Manager Architecture on deputation to design technical institutions relating to TEVTA organisation. Her articles on Architecture and Interiors have been published in a number of magazines.

Role in Daachi Foundation: Publicity.

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Rahat Bano

Rahat is a gifted musician with a double Masters degree in English Literature and Applied Linguistics. She is a lecturer in English Language teaching at University level and has served in a diverse fields of television anchor ship, acting, singing, teaching, IELTS trainer and senior Guide leader.

She is the recipient of “Tamgha-i-Imtiaz” in 2007 for Music and other honours and awards such as Best Senior Guide Leader Award year 2004 by Asia Pacific Region, Girl Guides Association.

Role in Daachi Foundation: Music & Performances

 

Shaheen Amin Khan

With a Diploma in Graphic Design and a Graduate in Art from Karachi University, Shaheen Khan has been a teacher and administrator at High schools in Lahore. She has promoted art and artisans at all levels and is committed to improving the lot of the underpaid and depleting artisans within Pakistan.

Role in Daachi Foundation: Crafts Incharge.

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Mubina Arif Yaqub

An artist through and through, Mubina has a number of Solo as well as group exhibitions to her credit. Her prolific paintings have been appreciated for their realism and a sense of keen observation particular to her which carries her work to a new level of conceptual discernment.

Her forte lies in Water colours, Oils, Acrylics, Pastels, Collages and Mixed media.

Role in Daachi Foundation:  Music & Gallery.

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Iram Ansari

Iram Ansari is formally trained in Journalism and Interiors from prestigious institutions within Pakistan and the United Kingdom

An accomplished freelance journalist, Iram Ansari is recognized for her coverage of environmental, women and social issues, architecture, heritage, and interiors. She likes, in particular to highlight the achievements of enterprising and aspiring women.

Iram has been nominated by UNESCO and PPF for “Gender and Journalism Award”  in the category ‘Outstanding Reporting by a Female Journalist’ for her coverage of the 2005 Earthquake in Northern Pakistan.

In addition, Iram has over the past 15 years  interviewed numerous well-known personalities including Benazir Bhutto while writing  less-known  budding artistes and entrepreneurs  who went on to make a name for themselves.

She has been regularly contributing to SHE magazine of Karachi and is their Contributing Editor for Lahore since 1997. She also contributes to PIA’s “ Humsafar” and PC’s “Heritage” magazines.

Role in Daachi Foundation: Crafts Improvement & Media

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Shahina Saleem Cheema

A Masters in Journalism from Punjab Univesity, Shahina Cheema has pursued a career in education for the past fifty years, both as a teacher at university level and eventually taking on a leadership role as Principal of Lahore Grammar College which is part of the well known Lahore Grammar Schools chain of educational institutions.

Shahina has used her accomplishments by serving as President of the alumni association of Kinnaird College Lahore (OAKS) with representation in that capacity on the Board of governors of Kinnaird College.

Role in Daachi Foundation: Administration.

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Riffat Sadia

Riffat is a Printmaker having qualified from the National College of Arts. She has made innovative and creative handicrafts such as Greeting cards, party buntings, board games, door and curtain bell hangings and collage paintings.

She is an active participant in Medicare Trust (Children’s Health and Education Programme) and a member of Women Entrepreneurs of the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Riffat has extensive experience in teaching Art to both children and adults and uses her talent to design various artefacts.

Role in Daachi Foundation:  Design Workshops.

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Savera Butt

Savera is a graduate of Home Economics College, Lahore. She is an entrepreneur with a home based business of embroidered fabrics for the welfare of women. She is an experienced community leader and in that capacity has served selflessly as a fund raiser for Shaukat Khanum Hospital and SOS Villages.

Role in Daachi Foundation:  Fund Raising.

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Nabila Nazir

An architect by profession having qualified from NCA, Nabila is actively involved in improving crafts made by artisans.

Role in Daachi Foundation: Architecture.

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Sabir Awan

Sabir Awan is an educationist, holds a degree in political science and was lecturer in Ikhwan Science (Degree) College Burki. He was involved with establishin the EPO School in 1989 in Village Bengali. He is associated with TCF and plays a key role in establishing schools in the village area. He has worked as a curator for Fakir Khana museum. His passion for undertaking philantrophic work makes him an ideal choice of Dacchi Foundation volunteers.

Role in Daachi Foundation: School Connections

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Fouzia Azim:

A Graduate in Design from the National College of Arts and M. Phil from the University of the Punjab, Lahore, she is an acedemic by profession having taught Design and the History of Arts at the College of Home Economics and the National College of Arts, Lahore. During the last ten years, she has identified a number of neglected and dying arts and crafts of the Punjab. She participated with groups of artisans in national and international exhibitions endeavouring to uplift the design aspects of products. She currently manages a furniture workshop where she works with master artisans to design and produce furniture accent pieces and trains apprentices in the art of “naqashi” and “kendekari”.  

Role in Daachi Foundation: Incharge Islamabad Chapter & Design Workshop

Email: fouze_azim@ hotmail.com

 

 

Quaid's Sayings

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  “Funds are, no doubt, necessary for development, but at the same time national growth and regeneration do not depend on funds alone. It is human toil that makes for the prosperity of a people and I have no doubt that we have in Pakistan a nation of industrious and determined people whose past traditions have already distinguished them in the field of human achievement.”   Speech at Public Meeting, Chittagong, 26 March, 1948 
  "We wish our people to develop to the fullest our spiritual, cultural, economic, social and political life in a way we think best, and in consonance with our own ideals and according to the genius of our people."   Presidential Address to Muslim League Session Lahore, 24th March 1940
  “Nature has given you everything, you have got unlimited resources. The foundations of your State have been laid, and it is now for you to build, and build as quickly as you can. So go ahead and I wish you God-speed.”   Message to the Nation 14th August, 1948 

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