Tuesday, 25th October 2016 | 7:00PM – 9:00PM
Civil society organisations are the support lines in our communities, striving for a more just, sustainable world. At iProbono, we mobilise key support to these organisations, providing the highest quality legal, regulatory and strategic assistance to strengthen their work and to advocate for people in need. Our work is global, with the majority of our projects taking place in 34 countries, and we have a special focus in South Asia.
iProbono launched in Pakistan in April 2015 and we are excited to be collaborating at this event with T2F to bring our work to Karachi. We are also pleased to welcome SEED, a Social Entrepreneurship & Equity Development organization, to this platform.
iProbono operates as an online marketplace to harness data and facilitate the right connections. We are recognised innovators in the field; recipients of the Financial Times Innovative Lawyer Award and by Nominet Trust as one of the 100 innovations in technology that has made the world a better place. We are a small dynamic team in London and Delhi and with a satellite presence in Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
Our legal community spans the breadth of the profession, made up of academics, barristers, corporate law firms, in-house counsel, law students/graduates, members of the judiciary and social welfare lawyers. Our projects are diverse, ranging from transactional legal assistance and policy research to litigation and advocacy support. More details on our work can be found on our homepage www.i-probono.com and news section www.i-probono.com/news.
SEED was established to develop the entrepreneurial landscape in Pakistan through enterprise training, business incubation and acceleration, connecting businesses to potential markets and investors and creating business opportunities across geographies by designing indigenous solutions.
SEED has an inclusive approach for interacting and engaging with a diverse set of audiences. Its mandate is to work with various stakeholders of the entrepreneurial eco-system for the advancement and development of entrepreneurship in different economic and social stratums across the globe. SEED believes in ‘collaborative creation’ and works through strategic partnerships with the academia, private, public, financial sectors as well as media to create and employ indigenous solutions in the areas of policy reform, holistic research, stakeholder engagement, investments, entrepreneurial training, sustainable enterprise development and financial inclusion.
Mariam Faruqi | iProbono | South Asia Regional Director
Mariam is a lawyer and director of iProbono’s South Asia regional projects based in Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Prior to this she was iProbono’s Pakistan Country Representative.
Mariam practiced immigration law in the UK and has worked at Bindmans LLP in London where she qualified and trained in Public Law & Human Rights. Mariam has worked in Pakistan and her work on the the status of religious minorities in Pakistan, covered the forced marriage and conversion of Christian and Hindu women in Pakistan. She has worked on cases involving human trafficking and forced marriage on a pro bono basis.
Mariam holds an LLM from the School of Oriental and African Studies with distinction and is currently completing a report on forced marriage in the UK for the National Commission on Forced marriage. She is a Trustee with Reunite, the centre for international child abduction and Secretary of The Grand Trunk Road Company, an initiative that seeks to build bridges across cultures. She is currently based between Delhi and London.
Salman Zaidi | iProbono | Pakistan Consultant
Salman is a researcher and consultant working on conflict, violence and public policy in Pakistan. He was associated with the Islamabad based think tank, Jinnah Institute since its inception in 2010 and led its Strategic Security Program for several years. His work focused on multi-track diplomacy in South Asia, religious extremism and resource conflicts. He is the author and editor of multiple research publications and regularly speaks at universities about his research work.
Salman has worked with iProbono in an advisory capacity since it’s launching Pakistan last year. He also provided substantial project development and outreach support to the wider iProbono team and assisted with managing projects with NGOs across the country.
Sadaf Mahmood | SEED | Partner and Enterprise Development Strategist
Sadaf works extensively with Startups and microenterprises. She is also the Programme Manager for Enterprise Challenge Pakistan – an initiative of HRH, The Prince of Wales. She works extensively for enterprise development at various levels and landscapes.
She is one of the initiators of Reimagining Pakistan (RPK), a unique project to revive and restore the nation’s architectural and cultural heritage on a massive scale. She has been part of the development and strategy of several social enterprise development projects such as Potential Enterprise Mapping Strategy – PEMS, Incubating Potential Program –IPP, and is the Project Lead for Urban Centers Incubation Network, which involves extensive trainings and incubation of the participants.
Sadaf is also a writer and blogger and has appeared weekly on radio at FM 107 for a show on heritage preservation and environment, and entrepreneurial solutions for these sectors and has appeared on shows on FM 91, HTV, Dawn TV and AAJ, on entrepreneurship, culture/heritage, social and environmental issues, and women empowerment.
When: Tuesday, 25th October 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7PM – 9PM
Entry: Free! (Donations are appreciated)