Team SFEA

Syed Ali Hameed, Executive Director: 

Ali is a social entrepreneur, humanitarian, development sector practitioner with special interest in peace building, conflict resolution and countering extremism. An M.Phil in Peace and Conflict Studies from the National Defence University, Islamabad, he has been awarded the Presidential Gold Medal in recognition of his services in youth leadership and humanitarian work, in March 2013. He is the former Secretary General and Director General of Pakistan Young Leaders Conference (PYLC) (Islamabad-Pak and Oxford-UK). Ali is an alumnus of Peace+ Fellowship by Erasmus (Netherlands), International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP-15) on Community Conflict Resolution – United States, Georgetown Young Leaders Summit (GYLS), Doha -Qatar, Global Peace on the Move (GPM14) by World Peace Initiative, Thailand and many others. He has also served as minister for education at Commonwealth Youth Parliament, Westminster- UK. He’s founder of Shaoor Foundation for Education and Awareness (SFEA) and transnational campaign for peace called Peace Without Borders.

To his name are various national and international humanitarian/social projects/campaigns. Since 2007, Ali has been widely known in the development and philanthropic circles of Pakistan for his work. His personal and organizational initiatives, such as Shaoor The Society, Nationwide Flood relief campaigns in 2010-11, Shaoor Foundation for Education and Awareness, Iftaar Eesar,  Honor the Orphans, Sponsor a Child Program,  Pakiography , RABTA, Women Can Do, Peace Without Borders and others have inspired thousands of youth all across Pakistan. He’s appeared on national and international media several times to talk about pressing issues in Pakistan. He has travelled and worked in more than 70 districts of Pakistan, delivering trainings, motivational sessions, workshops on peace and tolerance, leadership and community service in more than 150 colleges and universities across the country. In last 10 years, Ali has worked with activists and community leaders from more than 55 different nationalities.

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Nadya Zaidi, Program Manager for Women Entrepreneurship and Development Initiatives:

Nadya Zaidi takes care of  Shaoor Foundation’s women entrepreneurship, empowerment and development forte. She has been working in the development sector for the past 10 years. Women Empowerment and Entrepreneurship are her core areas of interest and expertise. A graduate of Development Studies, she was formerly working on a US State Department project for women empowerment known as WECREATE (Pakistan. This project is currently running in 12 different countries. ). Previously, she had worked with The Researchers, UNDP, Search for Common Ground, HHRF, ASK Development and provided consultancy to many organizations. Nadya has been a trainer and speaker on many national and international programs including UN-APCICT conference in Korea on women entrepreneurship and empowerment.

Afifa Javed, Officer Outreach and Communications:

Pursuing her Masters degree in Project Management, Afifa Javed is an emerging  expert in the field of social development, volunteerism and project execution. She has been working in the non-profit community with the successful implementation of various small-scale developmental projects in the areas of Women  Empowerment, Entrepreneurship and Peace Building funded by international and national organizations. Javed has volunteered for over 5000 people in Pakistan through various community engagement programs since 2010. She has a strong background of project coordination, communication and implementation. Javed is currently  looking after Shaoor Foundation’s new venture Peace Without Borders on peacebuilding, CVE, PVE as officer outreach and communications. She has previously worked on the project Women Can Do, an yearlong project on women entrepreneurship and empowerment, funded by US Embassy, Islamabad. She believes, “society changes when the people change and people change when the minds change”

Abid Hussain, Program Officer:

Abid is a young social entrepreneur with a practical experience of over 6 years in handling and leading various social sector projects and interventions. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration  from Muhammad Ali Jinnah University, Islamabad, Pakistan. For the past six years, Abid worked to bring social change in Pakistan through leading and contributing towards educational awareness, peacebuilding, voice and accountability, and community development initiatives. Majority of these initiatives were funded by international donors including USAID, U.S. Embassy and the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives in Pakistan. He has travelled across Pakistan, including remote and conflict prone areas to work with the local communities, including youth, women, and minorities. In his community work, he has particularly engaged with the youth in various constructive activities in universities, and seminaries across Pakistan. He possesses and has effectively demonstrated the sound project, and financial management skills as a professional and a mentor to the youth he has worked with in the projects. Presently, he is engaged in a countering violent extremism project that deradicalizes the civil society leaders via training, exposure and narrative building.

Farhan Khan, Finance Officer:

Farhan has an overall experience of seven years of audit and financial management with private, public and development sector organizations. He started his career with Pakistan Peace Alliance as junior finance officer (2010) along with pursuing his CA from a registered Chartered Accountancy firm based in Islamabad. He joined his alma mater as a junior audit officer in 2012 and worked with Deloitte or two and a half years before joining SFEA in September 2013. His is responsible for the program office management and oversees the project finance with assistance from the project finance officers. He also assists the external auditors in implementing the audit and financial reporting to a range of donors of SFEA.

Ahsan Abdullah, Admin and Logistics Officer:

Abdullah has been working in development sector from last 7 years. He started early in the university years while completing his Mechatronics Engineering. Being a part of Shaoor from the early years, he has rendered his services from managing Public Relations to Coordinating Field Activities & Internal Team Coordination. He has been a consultant from time to time with different entrepreneurial initiatives and has developed expertise in mentoring budding startups. In addition to this, owing to his multitalented being, he carries various expertise including graphic designing, photography, video making,editing, and post work. He has been in the core team for the entrepreneurial projects and youth engagement initiatives of Shaoor Foundation. Ahsan has a strong grip over IT and matter pertaining to video/post production work. He believes, “Social Entrepreneurship with viable eco-system is necessary for the healthy socio-economic development in the society”

Nida Zulfiqar, Graphic Designer, Social Media Expert: 

Nida Zulfiqar is a passionate, self-motivated and resourceful graphic designer, with the ability to convert ideas into visuals. She holds her bachelor’s degree in Computer graphics from Fatima Jinnah Women University. She has been working professionally in the field of design with 2 years of experience. Being an artist she has always felt the responsibility to do more for the betterment of society through her skills. She has been working with Shaoor Foundation for Education and Awareness on their new venture “Peace without Borders” as a graphic designer and SM expert upholding the message of peace. She believes “Peace begins with tolerance and respect for everyone.”

Wardah Iftikhar, Officer M&E:

Wardah is a dynamic individual and is working with Shaoor Foundation since 2013. She has worked on different projects with Shaoor Foundation including “RABTA” , CFLI (Canada Fund for Local Initiatives), Pakistan’s Entrepreneur Network for Youth or PENY (Funded by USAID) and “ProWomen Politics” in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab during 2015 as monitoring and evaluation officer. Currently she is taking care of the M&E forte of Shaoor Foundation.

Nokhaiz Sahi, Program Consultant (Media Outreach and Management):

Nokhaiz Abbas Sahi is special correspondent at the UPI Next, the media development division of United Press International. He is also a producer at the Pakistan TV and has served as a media consultant to a range of development and corporate organizations. With an overall work experience of seven years, Nokhaiz has worked with Online News International as reporter for three years, Dunya TV, and Daily Times for one year each. He has also worked with the Ministry of Information’s strategic communication department as a consultant from 2009-2012 and led a team of eleven staff members to mobilize and work with both national and international media on a range of challenging domestic, regional and global issues that involved Pakistan. He is an active member of the National Press Club and Rawalpindi and Islamabad Union of Journalists. Nokhaiz has widely traveled in Pakistan and is strongly connected with media across the country.