Usama Bakhtiar is a Network Thematic Lead - Rule of Law, Governance, & Accountability with nearly 13 years of experience conducting policy research and advocacy; network-building; program design and evaluation for projects funded by UNDP, USAID and UK-DFID, among others. He has technically backstopped governance interventions across the Asia-Pacific, especially the South Asian region. Within Pakistan he has remained central to cutting-edge reform efforts such as the devolution and citizen empowerment reforms of 2001; police reforms of 2002; the first-ever mobile courts pilot in 2013; and the civil services reform effort currently being led by the federal Ministry of Planning, Development & Reform. He holds a MSc in Public Policy & Management from the Carnegie Mellon University, USA, has several international publications to his credit and has also remained a visiting faculty member of the National Defense University, Islamabad.
Mr. Usama also conducted the only national level comprehensive Study focusing Rule of Law in Pakistan from both demand and supply side prospective, as lead researcher, which titled “Voices of the Unheard: Legal Empowerment of the Poor in Pakistan” in 2012 which surveyed 10,322 poor and vulnerable households (majority of respondents being women) in 31 target districts, and held 92 Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) with over 1,120 poor and vulnerable citizens, and 5 FGDs with key supply-side stakeholders in the federal and provincial capitals. The research Study has already proved a key advocacy tool to rationalize and strengthen the mandate of the PJN, spark debate and discussion on programme themes, and attract attention from the government, international donor community and civil society toward these problems as well as the solutions PJN means to provide. In follow up to that, PJN conducted another research titled "The Case for a National Rule of Law Network in Pakistan" which presents the rationale and proposed framework for PJN as envisioned by its founders to not only identify problems, but provide concrete recommendations and practical solutions to the issue at hand.
Mr. Nasruminallah has a master degree in Management from the Australian National University (ANU), besides a degree in Chemistry and Law from Pakistan. His diverse experience comprises of contributions at the public sector (as a civil servant), transnational corporates, and donor funded projects. In the private sector he was involved in strategic & tactical planning, regulatory compliance, and project delivery. He is currently looking after programs on CAREC, ICT and Co-financing at the Pakistan Resident Mission of the Asian Development Bank. Nasr has keen interest in capacity building of state owned enterprises and to explore application of ICT solutions to improve governance and public service delivery. He likes reading, sports and remains an avid fitness enthusiast.
Ms Faiza Farooq is a member of Islamabad High Court. She has completed her LLB (HONS) (Sharia & Law) from International Islamic University, Islamabad and in the process of completion of LLM degree. After graduation, she got enrolled in the district Bar Islamabad and have actively practiced in the local courts of Pakistan and later got the opportunity to join Supreme Court of Pakistan as an trainee to work in the Human Rights Cell. This experience facilitated her to chalk out the road map of my career path which was more or less affiliated with the human rights. Later on her quest of knowledge and further enhancement and improvement in career, she opted to go to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), and in 2011 initiated Female Governed Dispute Resolution Center in collaboration with the local law firm Prime Legal Support located in Riyadh which mainly works on female empowerment. It is one of the pioneer female law firm ever existed in KSA. This collaboration leads to introduction of Female Legal Education and Curriculum in the local universities of Riyadh as before there was no university in KSA which provided legal education to women.
Ms. Faiza along with Prime Legal Support initiated a program which introduced trainings to Female Law graduates. She also actively participated in the campaign for granting female lawyers permission to practice in court and therefore license to female lawyers to litigate was permitted by the courts. In the spasm of five years of her stay with the law firm, there has been an immense progress and development in the area of Female Legal Profession and Alternate Dispute Resolution as grievance redressal mechanism for women in Saudi Arabia. Since her return to Pakistan in end of 2015, she is also been actively involved in Public Interest Litigations. She is now also pursuing her High Court practice as well as working for Gender Equality and Women Empowerment is her key focus area.
Mr. Khan is social entrepreneur. He has been engaged with various humanitarian development entities for human development, youth empowerment, gender mainstreaming, Rule of Law, and protection of rights, good governance, and promotion of democratic values, enhance active citizenship and peace building since 2006. Besides, this Mr. Khan is also played his well role in capacity development of young people, social workers, and helping local NGOs in organizational development and program development to become agent of change. Mr. Khan has played instrumental role in conceptualizing and materializing new programs for isolated youth, managing teams of varied expertise, building public private partnership, having strong hold on coordination with government agencies, and civil society organizations advocating for youth concerns, peace-building, rule of law and mentoring groups of conflict affected youth in country. He has been instrumental in integrating concepts and practices into long term programs, affecting the communities specifically for youth and women.
Mr. Khan is one of the founding members for non-profit entities i.e College of Youth Activism and Development ii) and compiled his learning into an idea of establishing networking for prevailing peace, harmony and rule of law in country and formed Peace and Justice Network with support of likeminded people for development of young people, communities empowerment, good governance, peace building and rule of law. Mr. Khan has played very instrumental role in nourishing these entities in benefits of wider communities, and peace-building.
Mr. Raza Ali have 9 years’ diverse working experience in both the Development as well as Corporate Sector. In corporate sector, Mr. Ali worked with Mobilink (2006-2011), a market leading brand in the telecom sector, as Executive in Planning & Development Department, where he mainly involved in national level projects such as Mobile Banking, ERP implementation, Productivity Optimization Projects, Operational System Management, Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives as well as ensuring process compliances. Prior to working in Peace & Justice Network (PJN) as an Executive Directory, Mr. Raza worked with Insaf Network Pakistan as Program Manager and acting Executive Director since its inception in July 2012 till May 2016. Mr. Ali has also worked as Project Associate in the UNOPS Gender Justice & Protection Project implemented in 91 districts across Pakistan in 2012. He has strong project implementation experience with donors like UNOPS, UNDP, DFID, UKAID, DAI, World Bank, Trocaire, The Asia Foundation and USAID. Currently, Mr. Ali is leading team national and international experts, PJN secretariat and regional teams, network of 45 Civil Society Organizations and Secretariat of all the Rule of Law and Legal Empowerment Programs in Pakistan. Mr. Ali firmly believes in the values of professionalism, accountability and continuous improvement.
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