PeaceNiche Founding Members

PeaceNiche is governed by a group of visionary individuals, including writers, activists, educators, doctors, and changemakers.

Sabeen Mahmud
Founder & Director of PeaceNiche & The Second Floor (T2F)

Mahenaz Mahmud (Chairperson)
Advisor, Teachers’ Resource Centre
Academic Advisor, Institute of Early Childhood Education

Seema Malik (Treasurer)
Director, Teachers’ Resource Centre
Principal, PECHS Girls’ School

Ghazala Aziz
Dermatologist
Managing Trustee, Accident & Emergency Foundation, Jinnah Hospital

Nuzhat Kidvai
Education Technology Advisor, Beaconhouse School System
Women’s Rights Activist

Zaheer Kidvai
CEO, b.i.t.s.
Board Member, Virtual University & Textile Institute of Pakistan
Advisor, Beaconhouse National University
Education Technology Consultant

Sonia Rehman
Actor, Producer, Designer

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PeaceNiche Board

Khalid Mahmood (Chairman)

Khalid Mahmood has been the CEO of Getz Pharma (Pvt) Limited, Pakistan, since its inception in 1995. Khalid currently serves on the board of the Zindagi Trust (www.zindagitrust.org) and the board of Eqbal Ahmed Center for Public Education. (www.eacpe.org). He has served as the president of the board of The World Wide Fund for Nature – Pakistan (WWF-P) during 2013-2015. Khalid is a supporter of the preservation and development of music, theatre arts and culture. Khalid supports programs and initiatives in the areas of education, health, and sports for the underprivileged communities. Khalid has an MBA from Rutgers School of Management, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA and a B.S in Industrial Engineering from California State University, Pomona, California, USA.

Nadeem Khalid (Treasurer)

Nadeem is the CEO of Herbion. He is a graduate of Peoples Friendship University, Moscow, Russia. He has been active in theatre, literary and social groups like Dastak, Research Forum and several literary organizations.He is currently serving on the Board of Governors of WWF and several other professional and business bodies. He has also served as Commodore of Karachi Yacht Club and is currently its Secretary.

Nazish Brohi (Secretary)

Nazish is an independent researcher with sixteen years of work experience in the social development sector in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq. Her various publications focus on the state; conflict; democratization; women’s rights and social change. Nazish was awarded a Senior Visitor Fellowship at Charles Wallace Trust at Oxford University, UK.  She has previously been a member of the governing body of the Arts Council of Pakistan and a consultant for Lok Virsa, the national institute of folk heritage. She writes for Dawn newspaper and is an activist with the Women’s Action Forum.

Faisal Siddiqi

Mr. Faisal Siddiqi is a Lawyer practicing in the High Courts and Supreme Court of Pakistan in the areas of Constitutional, Corporate, Civil and Criminal Law. Faisal did a BSC in Sociology from the London School of Economics & Political Science; and an MA in Law, from the University of Cambridge, UK. He is a former Advisor/Consultant to the Attorney General for Pakistan. He is also a Board Member of the Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER), Karachi, and is a Founding Trustee of the Legal Aid Foundation for Victims of Rape and Sexual Assault. He has a varied general litigation practice in constitutional, civil and criminal law and specializes in pro-bono human rights litigations. He has been a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science and McGill University and has also published academically and writes a regular column in Dawn.

Zaheer Kidvai

Zaheer was one of the Founder Members of PeaceNiche/T2F. Having sailed for 25 years in the Merchant Navy, he opened 3 computer companies in Pakistan and became a pioneer of New Media. He started the first New Media Department in Pakistan (Hamdard University). His CD-ROMs included the first in Pakistan for IBM as well as the famous ‘Faiz – Aaj Kay Najam’ that became an international hit. Extremely fond of Eastern and Western Music, he also blogs, writes poetry, and is called upon to lecture here and abroad on several topics.

Khalid Ahmad

With a Master’s degree from University of California, Davis, Khalid Ahmad was initially trained as an Engineer and taught for many years at NED University, Karachi. All this while his interest in theatre and television continued to grow. In 1981 he finally decided to switch careers and went off to study theatre at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). Upon his return he devoted himself fully to the performing arts. Since then his contribution to theatre and television drama has been immense. He also has a long experience of actor training and is presently the Head of Dramatic Studies at the National Academy of Performing Arts, Karachi (NAPA) where he teaches voice and acting.

Aisha Gazdar

Aisha is heading Films d’Art, an independent film production company based in Karachi. She has made films on human rights and social issues, especially women’s rights. Her film Silent Voices: Women home based workers in Pakistan won the best documentary award at the Canadian Labour International Film Festival in 2010. Her recent film, The Honour Deception, is a short documentary on Honour Killings and the complications arising out of the Qisas and Diyat Law (Law of Retribution). The film won the best documentary award–jury at the 2nd Shorts Delhi International Film Festival 2013.

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PeaceNiche Board (2015-2016)

Mahenaz Mahmud (Chairperson)

Seema Malik (Treasurer)

Sharjeel Jamil (Secretary)

Ghazala Aziz

Nuzhat Kidvai

Khalid Mahmood

Rahma M.Mia

Omar Rahim

Sonia Rehman

 

 

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