Speaker Name: Quratulain Fatima
Talk Title: Empowering Women Through Technology
Track: Leadership / Empowerment
Flight Lieutenant, Quratulain Fatima is a policy practitioner working in Pakistan. She is part of the first female cohort of commissioned officers in the Pakistan Airforce where she worked on active service for eight years in the terrorism-stricken Province of KPK. In 2010, she joined the Pakistan Administrative Service as a Civil Servant and since then she has worked in various rural areas of Pakistan, implementing public policies. Her aptitude structures out the mores, certifying the leading stance. With a considerable focus on gender inclusive development and conflict-prevention, she has worked on creating safe spaces for low income women within the community as well as computer training facilities in a public orphanage and women’s shelter. Owing to lessen these hassles she is currently heading two agriculture-related projects for the government of Punjab. One is a study to create a gender-inclusive integrated development plan of Punjab’s arid zone and the other is strengthening the database for governmental water resource development using GIS techniques and GNSS mapping of rain water reservoirs in Punjab’s arid region. Furthermore, she has written a number of research papers on energy and bureaucratic reforms as well as on foreign policy and governance issues in Pakistan. She is also a Co-Founder of Women4PeaceTech, which is an organization empowering women’s peace in Pakistan through technology. On top of that, she was named Aspen New Voices Fellow 2018, Build Peace Fellow 2017-18 and Oxford Global Leadership Initiative Fellow 2016. At WIE ILS’19, she will honor us with her presence to portray the motto of Women4PeaceTech to empower women.
Speaker Name: Ismat Shahjahan
Talk Title: Youth & Leadership
Track: Leadership / Empowerment
Ismat Raza Shahjahan is a retired finance specialist, politician and human right activist She is also the Deputy General Secretary of AWP. Hailing from a small village in district Karak and belonging to a Khudai Khidmatgar family, Ismat Shahjahan joined revolutionary politics as a student leader in 1983. She studied public administration from Peshawar University and development studies from the Institute of Social Studies in Hague. Ismat remained a part of democratic movements against dictatorship, anti-war and anti-state oppression campaigns. In 1986, Ismat joined the Democratic Students Federation, a leftist organization. Later she became a part of the Communist Party Pakistan (CPP). She also actively worked with the Muttahida Labour Federation (MLF); and established the Democratic Women’s Association (DeWA), a feminist front of the CPP in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. From playing an important role in building the foundation of Awami Workers Party and being the publisher of a progressive revolutionary journal “Leekwal” in 1992, she also recently played a pioneering role in building a socialist feminist movement called Women Democratic Front, which now has chapters all over Pakistan. Ismat Shahjahan’s entire life has revolved around progressive political struggle to empower the unheard humans of Pakistan. Throughout her political struggle, she remained on front line of the class struggle; national struggle; feminist struggle; and struggle against military dictatorships, religious fascism and imperialism.
Speaker Name: Rina Saeed Khan
Session Title: “From Mountains to Mangroves: Overcoming fear during my travels across Pakistan”
Rina Saeed, an award-winning environmental journalist, began her career in journalism in 1992 when she joined The Friday Times. She wrote a popular weekly column on the environment called Earthly Matters for DAWN, Pakistan’s largest circulation English-language national daily for over 10 years. She has also written for as Express Tribune, Reuters Alertnet and Third Pole Network in addition to her consultancies for WWF-Pakistan, LEAD-Pakistan and the Heinrich Boll Foundation. Cherry on top are her international awards like the “Earth Journalism Award”, received during the UN summit on climate change in 2009, for the best reporting from Asia to her name. She recently attended COP21 in Paris and COP22 in Marrakesh and COP23 in Bonn as a journalist and filed reports for DAWN and Express Tribune. She has also co-authored a book on the environment in Pakistan, recently published by Oxford University Press entitled: “Water in the Wilderness: Life in the coast, desert and mountains of Pakistan”. Her second book, “From Mountains to Mangroves”.
Speaker Name: Noorena Shams
Talk Title: Knowing / Exploring / Unleashing Your Inner Strength
Track: Empowerment / Motivation
A strong, patriotic and multi-talented girl, Noorena Shams was born to Timergara in Lower Dir District. She embarked on her athletic journey as a talented spin bowler and became the first Pakistani cyclist to win a silver medal in Junior Olympics 2008. Through different sports she has won 63 gold medals, 24 silver medals and 5 bronze medals. Shams is a self-made squash player, now among the Top 40 Asian Junior Squash Players and World Number 120 by PSA. Along with sports, she is a 3-time All Pakistan debating champion, has delivered a TEDxTalk, received the Gul Jee Art Award several times and was awarded with a Government Pendent of Recognition in 2016. Listed among 100 Inspirational Women by Paparazzi Magazine, 50 Influential Ladies of Pakistan, 24 Inspirational Figures of Pakistan UNDP in 2016 and featured in the “BEAT ME” by UNWOMEN Pakistan, she has used her influential power by working against harassment of female Muslim athletes around the world. Shams was also invited by Malala Fund to address the UN Commission on the Status of Women in 2017 and as a panelist to the 10th Social forum by OHCHR UN Geneva in 2018 to represent Equality league and Pakistan. She has been the first Pakistani athlete to speak at this stage for athlete rights. Moreover she has been honoured as the youngest member of the KPK Sports Policy management committee in 2018. One might think her amazing work stops here, but she is also the youngest female contractor working alongside her mother on projects with renowned brands like Hashwani group and along the Tormang border of Afghanistan-Pakistan.
Speaker Name: Dr. Munazza Yaqoob
Talk Title: Living an Extraordinary Life
Track: Empowerment / Motivation
Dr. Munazza Yaqoob is a legendary inspiration for women all across the world. Her services to make up a civilized society are commendable. She is striving to make a long lasting mark in the world.. Not only she does work as a Chairperson in the Department of English at International Islamic University of Islamabad, but she is a part of many influential organizations that work all in all to make a positive difference in the society . She is faculty advisor, Human Rights Forum (HRF) and member of Pakistan US Alumni Associate. The list continues with her membership in the Board of the Reviewer of the International Journal of Learning and much more. She is currently working on position as director and founder of Critical Thinking Forum (CTF) which was established in her university as an academic forum in 2010. CTF encompasses various activities to develop critical consciousness and critical awareness of young people regarding very pressing social, cultural and political issues in Pakistan. Owing to the significance of these innovative ideas, she has written a book in this regard which enfolds “Nurturing Creativity in Literature Classrooms: Cognitive Teaching Model for Developing Creative Thinking”. Moreover, she is author and editor of Muslim Women Writers of the Subcontinent (1870-1950). Above all, her research interests are no lesser including Cognitive Poetics, Postmodern Critical Theories, Comparative Literature and ELT. In a nutshell, she is a beacon of light for aspiring young leaders of the society. At WIE ILS’19, she will grace us with her presence and shower upon us the wisdom of “Living an Extraordinary Life”.
Speaker Name : Soniya Rudani
Talk title: Women in Tech: Challenges & Opportunities
Soniya Rudani is a versatile professional, who hails from the IT sector. Coming from a strong academic background, Ms. Soniya has associated herself with various national and multinational companies. Her arresting journey, starting as an intern at Aga Khan Hospital to becoming an Associate Manager at HBL, has been anything but a smooth one, yet she proved her adeptness and diligence throughout. She is a Certified Information System Security Manager and currently part of a team responsible for auditing IT related internal controls, security and risk management for HBL, one of the largest financial organizations of Pakistan and have held similar positions in other IT / non-IT companies. She has played a key role in getting HBL compliant with multiple industry standards including GDPR, PCI – DSS and ISO 27001 along with others. Also, she has served as a project lead for AT&T and Royal Dutch Shell technology projects in Pakistan. Having experience of handling technology assignments at both national and international locations, she is a strong proponent of women contributing more towards the tech industry of Pakistan. At the end of the day, the only way to change the culture is for as many women to get into the industry and break down the barriers, and she has played a vital part in it by supporting a number of good female candidates through her role as a mentor and volunteering career counsel in Aga Khan’s Local Education and Student’s Organization, where she has campaigned for promoting girls in the field of engineering.
Speaker Name: Zartaj Waseem
Talk Title: MISSION TO MARS
Zartaj Waseem, a budding Tech Edupreneur and STEAM Education specialist (a software engineer by profession) is the CEO and Co-Founder of Pakistan Space Science Education Centre (PSSEC) and founder of Robotics and STEM Studio at Haque Academy. She is the 1st Pakistani STEAM Education Professional to be designated as Global STEM Corps Advisor for FIRST Global. Moreover, she is serving as a Mentor for DoDo Bots, a Robotics team of young enthusiasts. With an innate desire of seeing Pakistani youth seize an extensive share of the global STEM Job Market, she has focused her energy in working as the mentor for IBA’s Center of Entrepreneurial Development for STEM Education startups. A strong believer in the effectiveness of hands-on STEM Education, she has been the Head of Planning Committee of the FIRST LEGO LEAGUE since 2014. On top of all that, she is an international judge for First Global Championship and WRO, two leading global robotics competitions. Zartaj Waseem’s roller-coaster of life has taught her that if someone is good at self-learning and is self-motivated then they are unstoppable. She is a living legendary proof that it is possible to strike a balance between family and work. Being an advocate of women empowerment, she strives to advance UN Sustainable Development Goals and equip youth including girls with the mindset and skill set of the future through +PSSEC.
Speaker Name: Natasha Khan
Talk Title: Take Aways From The Journey Towards Accelerating Science
A generous, loving and kind hearted lady, Natasha Khan, graduated in Computer Science from UET and LUMS. After her education in Computer Science from Pakistan, she joined CERN as a Fellow in BE (Beams) Department, CO (Controls) group, SRC (Software for Real-Time and Communication) on the French side of the CERN site, which is basically an in-house software development group with equipment-specialists clients. In one group, they provide services that are needed for the real time control of the devices in experiments. Working as a computing engineer on Front-End Software Architecture (FESA) framework, a comprehensive environment for equipment-specialists to design, develop, test and deploy real-time control software for front-end computers was a great experience for her. Apart from all this, her interests led her in influencing the youth towards STEM education and especially Computer Science as a beneficial and fascinating future career. We will be honored with presence at WIE ILS’19 for apprising everyone with her vast knowledge, skills and experiences.
Speaker Name: Makkiya Jawed
Talk Title: Tele-Medicine: The Frontier For Women’s Career & Health
Makkiya Jawed is a philanthropist, humanity lover, implementer, researcher and a student with a dynamic yet humble personality. A dreamer to be the voice for someone and do something which affects the life of many. She has majored in Psychology and Health Policy Management from Aga KhanUniversity. Makkiya Jawed comes in as the director of social enterprise for “Sehat Kahani” in Pakistan. She has worked with Development sector professional for internationally renowned organizations. Her skills in health promotion and education training, community intervention strategies, primary and secondary research are more appreciated. She has been recognized by Zimba Women, UNICEF, Pakistan Innovation Forum and Global Entrepreneurship Summit. Moreover, she has also been associated with leadership positions at DEMO Enterprises and TEDx Islamabad. She was awarded the World Bank Global Youth Summit Jury Award and MIT Business Acceleration Competition. Mainly, she is working towards bridging gaps between women and technology in rural areas along with the stance of Sehat Kahani, a telemedicine platform, to create an enabling environment for female doctors and patients.
Updated on 2019-10-23T10:19:14+00:00, by .