voluntary work

Organizations being served on a voluntary basis as of 1st January 2014 :

  • Baanhn Beli : founding president, 1985.
  • SOS Children’s Villages of Sindh / SOS Children’s Villages of Pakistan : co-founder, Sindh,Chairman, Advisory Council, Sindh; Chairman, Jamshoro Village Committee ; Chairman,Khairpur Village Committee ,Member, National Board of Governors : 1982, 2006, 2011.
  • Social Policy and Development Centre : co-founder; Vice Chairman, 1994.
  • Strengthening Participatory Organization : co-founder; past Chairman; Member, Board of Directors, 1994.
  • Social Development Enterprise : co-founder and Chairman, 2013.
  • Pakistan National Committee of International Union for Conservation of Nature : Chairman, 2014-15.
  • Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency (PILDAT): Resource person, 2004.
  • PILDAT Democracy Assessment Group : Member; occasional Chairman, 2009.
  • PILDAT Civil-Military Dialogue Group : Member; occasional Chairman,2005.
  • PILDAT Electoral Reforms Group : Member; occasional Chairman, 2009.
  • The India-Pakistan Neemrana Initiative : Member; occasional Convenor, 1992.
  • Sindh Environmental Foundation: co-founder; Member, Board of Directors, 2013.
  • Sindh Judicial Academy : Member, Board of Governors, 2013.
  • Education Fund for Sindh : occasional Advisor, 2013.
  • Publican Alumni Trust : founding Chairman, 2008.
  • National Academy of Performing Arts : Member, Board of Directors, 2011.
  • Citizens’ Initiative on Media Issues : founder, 2013.
  • Ardeshir Cowasjee Centre for Writing, IBA, Karachi : founder Chairman, Board of Trustees.2013.

Several other forums also served in previous three decades.

Also on voluntary basis : frequent visiting lecturer at various overseas and national universities, colleges, civil and military training institutions, speaker at various conferences, seminars.

Re-elected Regional Councillor, West Asia (2008-2012) and re-elected global Vice President, (2008-2012).IUCN-International Union for Conservation of Nature, the only forum in which States/governments, over 1000 NGOs and over 10,000 scientists from around the world are co-members and associates. (www.iucn.org)

Founding president, Baanhn Beli (a friend forever), (1985) working in over 400 remote villages of the Tharparkar arid region for the past 27 years in girls education, water resources, health care, training and micro-credit. Baanhn Beli was one of only 50 NGOs from around the world to be presented with a Special Award for bringing people together by “Friends of the United Nations” in New York to mark the 50th Anniversary of the UN.

Co-founder, (1993) past Chairman and presently Member, Board of Directors, Strengthening Participatory Organization (SPO), working with over 1600 villages and poor urban communities in 80 districts in all four Provinces of Pakistan to build development leadership capacity, particularly amongst women.  (www.spopk.org)

Past Chairman, Board of Directors (2004-2007), Society for the Protection of the Rights of Children (SPARC), HQ: Islamabad, a nation-wide network focusing on advocacy and documentation, publishes annual reports on: “State of Pakistan’s Children”. (www.sparcpk.org)

Co-founder, (1982) and presently Chairman, Advisory Council, SOS Children’s Villages of Sindh offering secure homes and quality education to over 150 orphans or abandoned children in Karachi & Chairman of the Project Committee for the new, under-construction SOS Village at Jamshoro. SOS in Pakistan operates over 60 projects in four provinces of Pakistan. (www.sos.org.pk)

Co-founding Director, Social Policy and Development Centre, Karachi, (1995) an independent reputed research forum and think-tank.  Chairman: Sartaj Aziz, Vice Chairman: Dr. Hafeez Pasha.  Managing Director: Dr. Khalida Ghaus. (www.spdc-pak.com)

Co-founder (1982), Pakistan National Council, United World Colleges scholarship programme through which over 150 Pakistani students have been sent for two year scholarship programmes for the international Baccalaureate to leading UWC colleges in the USA, UK, Europe, Hong Kong, Singapore. (www.uwc.org)

Founding Chairman, Publican Alumni Trust: established 2009: an association of former school students which has already implemented 12 educational projects in 2 schools in Karachi to benefit 1200 students and teachers. (www.oldpublicans.com)

Member, Democracy Assessment Group and Civil-Military Dialogue Group, PILDAT, Islamabad (www.pildat.org)

Founding chairman, South Asian Media Association, Colombo, April 1991, the first network to bring together editors, media scholars and specialists from 7 countries.  Over 50 training and thematic workshops organized.

Founding convenor, South Asian Editors’ Forum (1999), the first forum to bring together editors of indigenous language print media across South Asia.

Founding convenor, Citizens’ Media Commission of Pakistan (1997), the first independent forum to focus on media issues from a public interest perspective.  Chairman: Dr. Nasim Hasan Shah, former Chief Justice of Pakistan.  Initiated observance of “Electronic media freedom day” since 1998.

Co-founder, (2003) Karachi Chapter, Kiwanis International, a global network of humanitarian services for disadvantaged children presently operating the Down ’s syndrome early intervention and counselling centre at Karachi.

Trustee and Director, International Institute of Communications, London: first Pakistani communications specialist to be invited (1998 – 2001) to serve on the Board in one of the world’s leading communications think-tanks.