Ali Raza Khan is a proven social entrepreneur, motivational speaker and trainer whose passion is to promote youth as a solution in the society. For the past one decade, Ali has served as an advisor, trainer, speaker and coach to several hundred public and private institutions of Pakistan. He has been honored consistently for his outstanding efforts locally and globally. Ali is the Founder and Director of Youth Engagement Services (YES) Network Pakistan/PNYS and serves as its CEO and President. His lifelong devotion towards empowering the youth of Pakistan and hence enabling them to revitalize their communities, has led him to establish a number of programs that focus on Youth Service and involve broad, long-term, cost effective, and pro-active programs that are designed by the youth—a program set up that is novel in its approach.
Ali has been given the title of "Architect of the Future" by the Waldzell Institute in Austria and has been selected as one of the top ten young social entrepreneurs (out of 801) under Young Social Enterprise Initiative (YSEI) fellowship of Global Knowledge Partnership. He has also served as a consultant, trainer and facilitator for several local and leading international organizations such as ILO, British Council, Population Council, Church World Service, Caritas Pakistan, Sisters of Charity of Jesus & Mary, etc.
Amin Hashwani belongs to an established family in Pakistan with diversified business interests. He is/has been the President/Chairman of numerous business and non business organizations, including Pakistan India CEO’s Business Forum, Young Presidents’ Organization (Pakistan), Pakistan France Business Alliance, The Allama Iqbal Institute Of Research, Education and Dialogue, The Network of Organizations Working for People with Disability, and AIESEC, Pakistan.
He also co-founded the Peace Action Network, a group of CEOs undertaking initiatives to build bridges around the world (Middle East, South Asia, North America) between societies using business networking platforms.
He has lead several delegations abroad, organized international events, moderated international forums, been a guest speaker at seminars in Asia, Europe and the U.S, and championed social initiatives within and outside Pakistan. He is the recipient of several national and international awards for his work, including an Honorary Doctorate.
Mashal Peerzada is a screenwriter and director for theatre, film and television. She has trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and graduated from the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles, California. In her professional career Mashal has written and directed for local channels, worked on several international co-productions, and has twice had her films featured in the networks annual Telefilm Festivals as part of the Finalists Showcase.
The formation of her youth theatre group, Moonstone Theatrics led to Lahore’s first youth production to take up serious social issues through the arts. 'Can't You See', and 'Xtravaganza' are examples. It has also culminated in Pakistan's first Youth Performing Arts Festival and first Youth Talent Awards. Mashal currently teaches film-making at NCA and specializes in children's theatre productions.
Valedictorian at Forman Christian College, Adeel has already appeared (though to share his thoughts on a different topic) at TEDx Kinnaird. He has researched extensively bacteria from cotton soil that can better the crop’s disease resistance. His blog on biotechnology was recently recognized by the University of California Davis and is now enlisted in their Biotech awareness database. Adeel was also the president of Forman’s Senior Biological Society.
His current focus is developing an active Biotech Knowledge Program. As Corporate Communications Lead at InVitro Vogue, Adeel combines his expertise in Biotechnology and his zeal for social media marketing to build one of Pakistan’s first companies with a focus on biotechnology.
Najib is a dedicated marketing professional, communications expert and public relations consultant with indomitable entrepreneurial spirit and 15 years of global brand experience. His skill set includes expertise in brand revitalization, new business development, networking, business optimization, project management, fundraising, consumer behaviour, market research, social media and online marketing.
Working with multinationals from Canada, America, Japan and the UK, Najib has developed a broad range of both corporate and entrepreneurial experience. He has established himself as a branding and public relations expert when it comes to communicating with corporate shareholders and customers, navigating through government bureaucracy or dealing with media, traditional and online. Currently at Encorbus, Najib complements his outstanding work experience with a determined spirit of entrepreneurship. Najib aspires to mentor and inspire the next generation and has founded many mentorship organizations.
Zeeshan Zafar Hashmi
Zeeshaan is an ardent advocate of introducing a practical dimension to university education in Pakistan. In particular, Zeeshaan is teaching and promoting Moot Court Competitions as an academic exercise. He is an established moot court speaker, with several wins to his credit while representing his institution and country in national and international moot competitions. He was declared the Best Advocate in South Asia at the Regional Henry Dunant Moot Court Competition 2012 held in Dhaka. Zeeshaan graduated with honours on the University of London International Programmes from Pakistan College of Law in 2012.
He is currently an associate at the law firm of Bhandari, Naqvi & Riaz. In addition to his practice, Zeeshaan teaches criminal law at Pakistan College of Law, and coaches students for moot courts.
Raised in Pakistan, Zehra graduated from MIT as a Mechanical engineer specializing in Building Technology. She has over 5 years of experience in energy efficient housing and design and dissemination of pro-environment and scalable energy technologies in developing countries. Zehra is the Founder and CEO of Ghonsla, which provides affordable insulation made from recycled materials to underserved markets starting with Pakistan.
Ghonsla has a global vision to increase the quality of life for people at every level of society, conserve precious environmental resources and create green jobs. In addition to leading Ghonsla’s efforts, Zehra has designed and co-taught undergraduate and MBA courses on Social Entrepreneurship in Pakistan and is also an active advisor to the Babar Ali Foundation.