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Theme: Making the Impossible Possible

This event occurred on
May 27, 2011
3:30pm - 7:30pm PKT
(UTC +5hrs)
Karachi, SD

The event focused on speakers whose achievements were extraordinary and accomplished under the most trying circumstances.

Southend Club, Defense Housing Society, Phase V
Karachi, SD
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Imran Khan

Imran Khan graduated from Oxford in 1972 with a degree in Politics and Economics. He was later inducted into the university’s Hall of Fame. As a cricketer, he achieved incredible success as the world’s premier all-rounder and lead Pakistan to its World Cup victory in 1992. After retiring from cricket, he went on to become a champion of social causes in Pakistan, going on to found the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital, the country’s first cancer hospital that provides free treatment to thousands of patients annually. He has raised millions of dollars worth of funding through national and international campaigns.Khan has also been active in politics and is the founder of Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party. His most significant political work has been the restoration of those judges who were deposed under the Musharraf regime. As University Chancellor of the Namal College in Mianwali, he set up links with the University of Bradford creating further academic opportunities for the youth of Pakistan. Imran Khan received many prestigious awards for his outstanding work for public welfare and personal achievements amongst which are the Hilal-i-Imtiaz, Pakistan’s highest civil honorary award, the Lifetime Achievement Award presented to him at the Asian Jewel Awards, and induction into both the Oxford University and the ICC Hall of Fame .

Dr. Quratulain Bakhteari

Dr. Quratulain Bakhteari is a truly inspirational woman. Having spent her early years in refugee camps and carrying the responsibility of three kids at the young age of 21, she turned her hardships into a relentless force to inspire positive change in the society and has devoted her entire life to bettering the community. Dr. Bakhteari pursued a Masters degree from Karachi University and later did her Doctorate from University of Technology in Loubrough, England. With the help of the Asia Foundation she formed the Institute for Development Studies and Practices(IDSP). This institution was a creation by the ordinary young people who needed a learning space to practice their innovative ideas, and address the insecurities that their system of education and livelihood has created in them. During the period 1992-1997 she designed and promoted a method of educating girls in Balochistan, called the Community Support Progress (C.S.P) . This method has been a tremendous success and has received the support of UNICEF and the Balochistan Government. The Government of Balochistan has declared the C.S.P as official policy for girls education in Balochistan. Along with UNICEF, Dr. Bakhteari mobilized 5000 families and constructed household pit latrines, a practice which has now become a basic sanitation policy for the low-income population in Pakistan. Due to her affect on lives of millions of Pakistanis and inspiring many more to continue the change process she has been recognized as a Skoll Foundation Social Entrepreneur. As a result of her tremendous effort and dedication she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize on 2006.

Fasi Zaka

Fasi went to Peshawar University, before getting elected as a Rhodes Scholar to Oxford University. On 2007, Zaka began to script and script a political and social satire show- “News, Views and Confused”, on AAJ TV. The show received significant international attention through publications such as The Washington Post, for its programmes during the second emergency declared in 2007, amidst a severe clampdown on press freedom. He currently works as “Head of Ideas” at Adcom for the advertising of the Norwegian cellular company Telenor. Fasi is also a well known columnist, writing op-ed for Aurora, The Friday Times, Instep and The News. He is also credited with hosting the most listened to radio show- ‘The Fasi Zaka Show’ for FM91 and is also the host of a popular television show on MTV Pakistan- ‘On the Fringe’. Due to his extensive presence and influence he was declared as one of ‘Pakistan’s News makers of the Year’ in 2006. Zaka also consults, and has done work for the World Bank, ACCA, ICRC and the British Council.

Raja Sabri Khan

Raja Sabri Khan is an Aerospace design engineer from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.). He has carried out groundbreaking research and published extensively in the areas of turbojet and alternative propulsion systems, low speed aerodynamics, GPS technology, land use and forestation studies and closed loop feedback systems. From 1988 to 1997 Khan directed Special Projects at the Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO)- Heading a core team of engineers and technical personnel to set up Pakistan’s first core research group for the areas of UAV system design, development and manufacture. He is currently the Chief Executive and owner of Integrated Dynamics- an organisation that Specializes in the design, development and manufacturing of unmanned aircraft and robotic subsystems for civilian, scientific and military applications. He aims to use spin off technologies from Unmanned air, ground and water-based systems for producing low cost civilian scientific subsystems for education, research, alternate energy, health and industry.

Mukhtaran Mai

Mukhtaran Mai was no different from the other ordinary women of Muzaffar Garh district of Pakistan until she was struck by a horrible calamity that changed the course of her life. Instead of succumbing to the tradition of committing suicide after being gang raped, she stood up for herself and became a champion defender of women’s rights and education through her Mukhtaran Mais Women Welfare Organisation in the southern region of Punjab Pakistan where women are victims of atrocities like which she had to suffer from. Her struggle for justice and the courage and valor she displayed gained attention from not only local but also international media and institutions.The Fatimah Jinnah Gold Medal for Bravery and Courage from the Pakistani Governement and The North-South Prize of the Council of Europe for contribution to Human Rights are amongst the most notable awards she received. In 2005, Glamour Magazine named her “Glamour Woman of the Year”. The Laurentian University of Canada awarded an honourary doctorate degree to Mukhtaran Mai in 2010. Her autobiography has been translated in 23 languages and she has been praised by dignitaries like Laura Bush and the French foreign minister.

Sarmad Tariq

Sarmad Tariq is a life coach, motivational speaker and a writer with the aim to highlight the importance of human potential. He helps others realize the positive significance of limitations at organizational and personal level. He holds an MBA & majored in marketing and human resource management. He brings with him diverse working experience of more than ten years. While working for LMK Resources as team leader human resource department. He looked after recruitment and selection and contributed his thoughts to HR policy related matters. He is a certified support group facilitator from “Cheryl Watkins Institute of Chemical Awareness, USA. And co-author of Navitus’s first published e-book titled A to Z of success. He regularly contributes content to Blue Chip Magazine, and on his personal blog. As a speaker/trainer he has worked with organizations such as Novartis, Merck, Procter & Gamble, Telenor, Standard Chartered Bank, Unilever, Pakistan Tobacco Company, Lakson Tobacco, Glaxo Smith Kline Pakistan Ltd., Pepsi & Nokia Siemens Network Pakistan. He is also on the board of trustees of not for profit organizations such as Hashoo Foundation. On March 26, 2004 he drove a distance of 1,847 km nonstop from Khyber to Karachi in his hand controlled car. He covered the distance in 33 hours and made a world record by being the first ever quadriplegic to cover the distance in such short time. The objective of his drive was to raise awareness about the latent potential of physically challenged. He is also the first ever Pakistani wheelchair bound athlete to complete a full marathon distance of 42.192 kilometers in Standard Chartered Lahore Marathon on January 30, 2005. And was the only wheelchair athlete to represent Pakistan and complete the New York City Marathon in November 2005. As an athlete his adventures continue. Sarmad is a quadriplegic (paralyzed shoulder down), on a wheelchair for the past 21 years. He is married, and lives in Islamabad.


Noori has been one of the pioneering musical acts of Pakistan. Emerging from the underground, they introduced a brand new style of music to the Pakistani mainstream – Pop Rock. They are unanimously recognized as the ambassadors of Pakistani youth and, ever since their entry into the music scene (2003), they have inspired a new generation of educated and thinking Pakistani youngsters (with whom they share such background) to take bold steps and seriously pursue their passion for creativity, instead of opting for conventional professional routes. In terms of lyrical content, the band made a conscious departure from the much beaten track of ‘soppy’ love songs and shed light on a different side of the human process – one that deals with an individual’s journey in context of society and how one plays an active part in bringing about social change. Noori is known for its motivational lyrics, and once again have set precedence for promoting a new thought process among the youth of Pakistan. The band has given over 500 performances within and outside of Pakistan. The energy they exude in a concert is unmatched by most Pakistani acts. They engage their audience from the word go and end on a note which makes the listener wanting to come back for more. Noori offers a new face of Pakistan.

Organizing team


Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Obaid Chinoy

Karachi, Pakistan
  • Awab Alvi