Dr. Irum Shaikh - Queen Mary University of London
Dr Irum is the leading Global public health policy expert; working with partners around the world to advance reproductive justice by building resilient abortion & contraception ecosystem using comprehensive approach across sectors, institutions and communities. Irum Shaikh believes that QMUL provided her with a solid foundation and helped her learn new and appropriate methodology to support her mission of becoming voice of the vulnerable; by becoming bold & effective, value partnerships and understanding social justice and human rights. Irum is providing the Government with the expertise and knowledge for quality of care (QOC) and all the linked determinants for the poorest part of the population; for the development of the OPD scheme to Improve access to quality outpatient services and risk protection for the poor in Pakistan.
Khadija Siddiqi - City, University of London
A passionate and ardent human rights lawyer and activist. A survivor of a vicious attack in May 2016, which became a blessing in disguise for her. The world saw her unflinching courage and determination to fight for justice. Her victory in the Supreme Court set a precedent and she is hailed as a woman rights crusader. City University polished her advocacy skills, widened her exposure and prepared her to enter the legal field with all the required expertise. Following Bar-At-Law at City, University of London, she returned to Pakistan and has been actively involved in criminal litigation representing the underprivileged and disadvantaged. She recently received admission at University of Cambridge, UK for Masters and hopes to get a scholarship to pursue further studies.
Mehvish Muneera Ismail - University of Cambridge
Mehvish is the Company Secretary & General Counsel at HBL Microfinance Bank & the youngest member of their senior management. For more than half a decade Mehvish has been working in the microfinance sector, which focuses on banking to the disenfranchised strata of society, with emphasis on greater financial enablement & inclusion of women. Mehvish is of the view that the traditions of excellence at the University of Cambridge, where she had the privilege to study, the multicultural setting that is unique to the UK, and access to a vast UK educational institutions alumni network, all provided her with a ladder to success that most likely no other place could have provided. Mehvish is hoping to work on initiatives that support greater diversity and inclusion, and to dedicate more time towards mentoring of students and young women professionals.
Dr. Hussain Nadim - University of Cambridge
Dr. Hussain Nadim is one of the leading professionals in the public sector dealing with national security and strategic communications. As the Executive Director of the Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI) that is part of the Prime Minister’s Office National Security Division, he has pioneered the use of data science & artificial intelligence for improved national security decision making in Pakistan. Dr. Nadim found the level of academic rigor and postcolonial perspectives taught at Cambridge as pivotal to his intellectual journey that shaped his views in how to approach policy through a people centric lens. Through data and technology, Dr Nadim aims to overhaul the public sector system in Pakistan, making it efficient and sensitive to public needs. Using Pakistan as a case study, he hopes to apply this theory of change to the entire global south.