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Ms. Shahnaz Wazir Ali (S.I.) | Chairperson
Shahnaz Wazir Ali has an illustrious career as an educationist, development policy specialist, a member of the Pakistan People’s Party twice elected to National Assembly of Pakistan, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Social Sector and as a well-known women’s right activist. She served as a Senior Education Specialist on the World Bank; held the position of Minister of State for Education, Govt. of Pakistan; and is on the Board of a number of prestigious national and international organizations, trusts, advisory councils, educational boards, and universities including SZABIST. 

Currently she is Provincial Coordinator for the Government of Sindh for all primary health care programs including Maternal and Child Health and Family Planning Programs. She is also the President of the Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Sciences and Technology, a University with four campuses in different cities of Pakistan and one Campus in Dubai. SZABIST has a student enrollment of 6500 students. These two positions reflect her deep, abiding and long term commitment to Health & Education.

Ms. Wazir Ali holds a Master's Degree in Education from the University of Arkansas, USA and also a Master's Degree in Education Administration from Trenton College, New Jersey, USA. In addition, she has a Diploma in Principal's Certification from Harvard University, Cambridge, USA. Her Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication is from the American University, Washington, D.C. All her basic schooling has been in Pakistani schools in Rawalpindi and Karachi. 

Mr. Amir S. Fancy- Founder | Director | CEO 
Entrepreneur, educationist and philanthropist, Amir Fancy draws upon his experience of the past 25 years in working for and establishing successful business ventures in the Middle East and Pakistan. His vision is simple – to continue and further build the dual legacy established by his grandparents – his late paternal grandfather, Amirali Fancy, patriarch of the Fancy family as well as from his maternal grandmother, Nasra Wazir Ali (S.I.). An entrepreneurial spirit inherited from both sides of his lineage gives him a unique advantage and a deep personal insight towards building organizations and institutions with a core focus to lead for the future.

As the CEO of NPS, he has lead the growth, development and execution of the company’s long-term strategy and continues to be responsible for delivering on both NPS’s academic and financial goals. Bringing a powerful social flavor to entrepreneurship – at this stage he leads the venture for future expansion and growth in partnership with strategic investors like the Acumen Fund.

As a founding member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) Capital Chapter Pakistan, Amir has also served on its Board as the Education Chair for Karachi, before moving onto being a member of YPO Gold Pakistan. He is the founding member of the Relief Outreach Programme Trust (ROPE), Victims’ Assistance Fund (VAF), serves on the Advisory Board of IlmKa Safar, member of the Project Management Association (PMI) USA and a Charter Member of PMI Islamabad Chapter. Under his leadership, the Rotary Club of Pakistan Sunset Millennium was voted Pakistan’s Best Club and he was voted the Best President across Pakistan. 

Currently, he is the Managing Trustee of the Education Trust Nasra School (ETNS), Chairman of the Fancy Foundation and Fancy Group of Companies. Amir is passionate about creating social impact with a quest to grow, earn, learn and then give back. His various personal commitments to actively serving on several Boards, is a testimony to his personal mandate. He is an Oxford Business Alumni, being the second person to complete the Oxford Social Finance, Impact Investing and Impact Measurement programs at Said Business School, University of Oxford.

Mr. Salim Raza | Independent Director  

Mr. Salim Raza has over 40 years of experience in the banking and financial sector, and has held the position of the 15th Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan, after having worked in international banking.

His business experience covers credit and corporate finance, real estate, and global asset management. He has also been the CEO of Pakistan Business Council (PBC). During his tenure at the SBP and his association with PBC, many innovative initiatives were introduced to deepen the debt capital markets, broaden financial inclusion, increase access to credit for the agricultural and SME sectors, reform and improve efficiency within the banking sector, and advance the cause of economic empowerment. In September 2018, Mr. Raza was appointed to the Prime Minister of Pakistan’s Economic Advisory Council, as a member representing the private sector. 

He has also held various positions at Citibank NA in Pakistan and abroad. He currently serves on the Boards of Karandaaz Pakistan, Manzil Pakistan, Indus Earth Trust, Habib University, the Layton Rahmatulla Benevolent Trust and is an adjunct professor at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi for Political Economy. 

Dr. Tahir Ali  | Director  

Dr. Tahir Ali is a former United Nations official and adviser to humanitarian and development aid agencies and donor governments. Over a 32 year international career he has served in a range of headquarters and field positions dealing with humanitarian diplomacy, refugee protection and emergency and transitional aid programs, including directing aid operations in numerous crisis situations, among them Syria, Iraq, Sudan, Ethiopia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia, Indonesia and Nepal. He is a social anthropologist by training and prior to his UN career was engaged in teaching and research at US universities. He was educated at Cornell University (A.B) and the University of Rochester (Ph.D).

Ms. Fatimah Shahnaaz Shirazee (Naaz Fancy) | Director  

Having earned a BBA in Marketing from the School of Business, University of Houston, Texas (USA), Ms. Naaz Fancy started her career with American Express in 1990. Responsible for providing quality input and leadership to the marketing function across product lines, she subsequently worked through marketing and sales into all areas of business administration and management.

A career spanning 24 years across several industries in both corporate and entrepreneurial ventures, she has built a unique skill set that focuses on providing and nurturing quality leadership by passionately pursuing excellence. The essence of her philosophy is to develop and leverage talent management excellence to support business growth and sustainability. 

She spearheaded the creation of a best-practices Human Resources department at Brainchild Communications – an independent holding company that manages and supports several SBUs within the Communications Group; including the Starcom & Mediavest affiliations in Pakistan. She continues to lead the HRD partnership with a strong focus on OD, Change Management as well as Executive Coaching & Counseling for the group companies today. 
As a Director for the Fancy Group of companies, Naaz’s core focus is to contribute and add value to the strategic planning initiatives by aligning Talent Management, Capacity Building and OD to support business growth and profitability.
Her experience includes: working as a Marketing Executive -American Express TRS, Assistant Manager Marketing – American Express TRS, Territory Sales Manager – American Express TRS, General Manager – Link Consultants, Head of HR – Brainchild Communications and Director – Fancy Group of Companies.

Dr. Ayesha Khan | Director (Acumen Nominee)

CEO of Acumen Pakistan, Dr. Ayesha Khan has a strong background in business strategy, economic policy and international development. She has previously worked as the head of strategy at the largest bank in Pakistan, where she was responsible for aligning corporate focus, defining core capabilities and articulating a comprehensive plan to achieve long-term strategic goals. She has also worked in New York as a management consultant with McKinsey and Company, where she focused on the financial sector, and at the UNDP, where she was a consultant with the Millennium Development Project. Dr. Ayesha Khan holds a doctorate from the Harvard Business School, where she focused on understanding how to build successful businesses in emerging markets. To that end, she has written various case studies and published several articles focused on emerging markets for different publications – including the Harvard Business Review. Ayesha also holds a Masters in International Development (MPA-ID) from the Harvard Kennedy School, as well as an undergraduate degree in Economics from Princeton University.


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