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Theme: Moving Forward

This event occurred on
October 22, 2017
Lahore, Punjab

This year's theme is 'Moving Forward'. This year, at TEDxLahore, we'll be asking the age old question, 'How do we move forward?'. The theme of the event will focus on the way forward for us: what does the future hold? And, most importantly, where do we go from here?

Beaconhouse Liberty Campus
Lahore, Punjab, 54000
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Jannat Ali

Transgender Activist
Jannat Ali is a well-known transgender activist, performing artist and DIC Coordinator at the Khawaja Sira Society (a community-building organization) led by the transgender community for healthcare, human rights and advocacy in Pakistan. She was the first transgender Project Manager in Pakistan. Having been awarded a gold medal during her MBA program, Jannat is also a professional Kathak performer and stands as one of six women who was part of the well-known theatre production, ‘The Third Line’ (based on the lives of transgenders), that was performed across Pakistan in addition to overseas; in Denmark and the United States, in 2016. Having represented Pakistan’s transgender community in over seven countries for a number of training sessions, workshops and seminars, Jannat’s travels encouraged her to implement similar trainings for her community in her own home country.

Kamran Lashari

Director General
Kamran Lashari is the Director General of the Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA) where he has been heavily involved in numerous conservation projects over the years that have gone a long way in the restoration of art and culture in the vibrant city of Lahore. Some of his most well-known conservation projects – in collaboration with the Aga Khan Trust for Culture – include the Wazir Khan Mosque, the Shahi Hammam, and the walled city of Lahore (as a whole), to name a few. Lashari also introduced street tourism to Lahore’s Old City, tourist rides via the popular ‘Rangeela Rickshaws’ and trained a number of walled city residents as tour guides. Apart from his focus on the restoration of Lahore’s heritage sites, Kamran has organized a number of festivals and events – from culinary competitions, to performing arts festivals and a yearly photography exhibition (called ‘Wekh Lahore’).

Nadia Naviwala

Nadia Naviwala is a Wilson Centre Global Fellow and an independent American writer and researcher based in Islamabad. She investigates and writes about foreign aid, local philanthropy, civil society, and education in Pakistan. Nadia moved to the capital in 2012 as the Pakistan Country Representative for the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). At USIP, she started the Peace Innovations Fund to give small, flexible support to social startups. Prior, she served as a Pakistan Desk Officer at USAID and a National Security Aide in the U.S. Senate. In 2002 as a college student, Nadia started the internship program at the Embassy of Pakistan in Washington, DC. She has also taught U.S. foreign policy at the National Defense University in Islamabad in 2014. Nadia holds a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School, where she was an International and Global Affairs Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, a Public Service Fellow, and an associate with the

Noreen Zafar

Noreen Zafar is a well-known healthcare specialist who has been working in Pakistan since 1999, offering high quality gynecological care and empowering Pakistani women to become emancipated and independent decision-makers regarding their health. She is also the founder of the Girls & Women Health Initiative (GWHI), an NGO that has initiated numerous taboo-breaking campaigns to increase the usage of contraception to reduce deaths caused by unsafe abortions. Dr. Noreen Zafar’s extensive work experience also includes persistent efforts to end abuse, gender bias and to help women overcome depression and anxiety. She has also set up numerous free medical camps in the country; holding awareness sessions and regularly training midwives and paramedics to perform safe deliveries, in addition to providing safe post-partum care.

Usama Khilji

Usama Khilji is rights activist, writer, and researcher based in Islamabad. He was a 2016 Chevening scholar at the London School of Economics and Political Science where he pursued an MSc in Comparative Politics, and is currently the Director of Bolo Bhi, a policy, advocacy, and research organisation focusing on speech and privacy rights on the internet and civic education, and Advisor to the London-based Refugee Rights Data Project. Usama has seven years of experience teaching debating and history, and recently designed a university curriculum on fundamental rights in Pakistan’s constitution. He regularly speaks in national and international media on rights issues in Pakistan, in addition to writing on a freelance basis.

Yusra Amjad

Yusra Amjad is a poet, writer and stand-up comedian from Lahore. She organises and performs with the Auratnaak Lahore troupe and has been published at Crossed Genres, The Rising Phoenix Press, Mongrel Books, The Missing Slate and others. Yusra is also involved with Girls at Dhabas, a collective aiming to reclaim public space for women. She believes in cultivating creative communities, in spoken word poetry, and in using both the written word and performing arts to subvert social hierarchies.

Zohaib Kazi

Music Producer
Zohaib Kazi’s diverse body of work includes creating music, producing digital series and authoring a graphic novel, ‘Ismail Ka Urdu Sheher.’ Zohaib’s immensely successful digital series for Patari, ‘Fanoos’ is an attempt towards re-discovering Pakistani roots, by scouting regional talent across all corners of Pakistan and packaging them in an urban capsule to amplify the talent's reach in the digital universe. In addition, Zohaib is the former General Manager and Associate Producer for Coke Studio Pakistan.

Organizing team

Syed Irteza

Lahore, Pakistan


Lahore, Pakistan