Board & Team
Board of Directors
Osman Khalid Waheed ChairmanOsman Khalid Waheed Chairman
Osman Khalid Waheed currently heads Ferozsons Laboratories Limited, a publicly listed pharmaceutical company. He joined the company in 1993 after obtaining his undergraduate degree from Harvard, and has since helped Ferozsons establish international linkages, culminating in the establishment of BF Biosciences Limited, Pakistan’s first biopharmaceutical manufacturing company under joint venture with the Bagó Group of Argentina.
Both Ferozsons and BF Biosciences Limited have active Corporate Social Responsibility programs that have directly supported several significant cultural and artistic initiatives. BF Biosciences Limited has worked with the Zahoor ul Akhlaq Gallery of the Lahore-based National College of Arts (NCA) to establish a yearly elective course, titled Art for Humanity. The course requires NCA students of various disciplines to work with public health institutions in employing art as means of improving the patient
environment and the overall functionality of the institution. In this way, ‘Art for Humanity’ allowed art to be used as meaningful, tangible agent of social change. The project’s first undertaking was in 2011, when students of the elective worked with the Mayo Hospital’s Oncology Ward to improve the patient’s surroundings. The company has also supported the Department of Musicology at NCA in holding a residency in jazz music with faculty from Havana, Cuba.
Ferozsons Laboratories Limited collaborates with the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Pakistan’s premier multidisciplinary university, to the Young Writers Workshop. Initiated in 2012 and held annually, the Workshop aims to give an opportunity to budding fiction writers in Pakistan hone their craft and learn from some of the best-known contemporary fiction writers from around the world. Ferozsons also supports the Lahore Literary Festival and the Khayaal Festival of Arts.
Qudsia Rahim Executive DirectorQudsia Rahim Executive Director
Qudsia Rahim received a BFA from the National College of Arts (NCA), Lahore and an MFA from Alfred University, New York with a major in Glass Sculpture. She has since worked in art academia, first at Alfred University, New York and later as an Associate Professor at the National College of Arts, Lahore.
Ms Rahim is actively involved in mentoring and overseeing studio practice in the Fine Arts Department. Additionally, she is the appointed Curator for Zahoor-ul-Akhlaq Gallery at the NCA and during her term has organized many significant art exhibitions, both at home and abroad. Her curatorial practice is not contained by an institution and she has independently conducted noteworthy research driven exhibitions that offered important original insights including Stet, a contemporary art exhibition at the Lahore Literary Festival 2014. Ms Rahim has also worked on a number
of international exchange and artists’ residency programs over the years.
Ms Rahim designed and oversaw a new academic program at the National College of Arts titled Art for Humanity that sought to bridge the gap between art and social responsibility. The program is currently in its third cycle and has so far conducted a number important art interventions including one at the Mayo Hospital, Lahore. She has helped develop art curricula at a number of schools and, at present, is also working on a literacy awareness program for children.
Ahmad Rafay Alam SecretaryAhmad Rafay Alam Secretary
Ahmad Rafay Alam is an environmental lawyer and founding partner of Saleem, Alam & Co., a law firm specializing in the energy, water, natural resource and urban development sectors. He sits on the Boards of several government companies that focus on urban services.
Mr Alam is the Vice President of the Pakistan Environmental Lawyers Association, the Secretary of the Public Interest Law Association of Pakistan and member of the Board of the Citizens Archive of Pakistan. Mr Alam believes in the right to mobility and the inviolability of the right to public spaces, and to this end has been involved with a number of landmark public interest cases on a pro-bono basis. He lives in Lahore with his wife and daughter and, on the weekends, helps organize Critical Mass Lahore, a cycling initiative aimed at raising awareness about these issues.
Raza Ali DadaRaza Ali Dada
Raza Ali Dada is one of Pakistan’s most well-regarded architects and teachers in his field. He is currently a managing partner at Nayyar Ali Dada & Associates. The firm has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Agha Khan Award for Architecture.
Mr Dada has 10 years of extensive experience in New York, USA where he designed projects of various typologies. A supporter of eco-conscious practices, Mr Dada has actively worked on sustainable projects and raising awareness regarding the city’s heritage and environment. He is a visiting professor at the Beaconhouse National University and is on the board of the Lahore Conservation Society.
Mr Dada’s artistic interests have also led him to work on custom objects such as furniture, lighting and clothing; his key interest is to explore
how these things impact and affect one’s relationship with and experience of one’s physical surroundings.
Fawzia NaqviFawzia Naqvi
Fawzia Naqvi is CEO of Al Nissa Communications and Editor in Chief of ArtNow, Pakistan’s first online monthly, bilingual publication offering critical insight into the contemporary art of Pakistan. Fawzia is a senior media professional. She was previously the Publisher and Editor of Zameen Publishing, UK, Manager of Communications at South Magazine, New York, and Manager of Supplements, Dawn Group of News- papers, Karachi. Fawzia has worked in the government sector in Islamabad as the Media Advisor to the Chairman, National Accountability Bureau, and has written on social and account- ability issues. She was the Founder and President of MWPJO (Media Women Publishers and Journalists Organization).
Ms Naqvi is a Member of the Board of Aman Foundation, a Member of the Managing Committee, Lady Dufferin Hospital, Karachi, and Honorary Director and Trustee of the Foundation of Museum and Modern Art (FOMMA), Karachi. She is the Lady Captain of Karachi Golf Club. Fawzia has a MA in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from SOAS, University of London.
Mohsin HamidMohsin Hamid
Mohsin Hamid is a renowned writer and the best-selling author of Moth Smoke, The Reluctant Fundamentalist and How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia. Critically lauded and commercially successful, Mr Hamid’s work is credited as having brought much needed cultural attention to Pakistan and has been featured on best-selling lists worldwide, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and translated into more than 30 languages. The Reluctant Fundamentalist was also recently adapted into a feature-length film.
In addition to his fiction writing, Mr Hamid also penned a number of essays on a variety of topics, including but not limited to art, politics and travel. These essays have been featured in such disparate publication the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, TIME, Dawn and Paris Review, among others.
Sheikh Omer Zaheer Manager Marketing and Strategy
Fatima Rehman R&D Communications Assistant
Shahbaz Anjum Logistic Associate