JUSTICE (RETD) M. SHAIQ USMANI
Chairman of the Board, Marie Stopes Society
Mr. Shaiq Usmani joined the Pakistan Navy in 1958 after graduating from Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, U.K. after three years of training. He was commissioned by the Pakistan Navy in 1961 and served the Pakistan Navy in various capacities, both ashore and afloat. During his tenure in the Navy, Mr. Usmani obtained his Master of Arts (Political Science) degree from Karachi University. He resigned Commission in 1974 in the rank of a Lt. Commander. Thereafter, he studied Law at the Southampton University in U.K., obtaining a Master of Laws. Mr. Usmani became a lawyer in 1979 and went on to practice in the High Courts and Supreme Courts of Pakistan till1998. He then became a Judge of the Sindh High Court and later took voluntary retirement from the post of a Judge. He now practices as a senior advocate in the Supreme Court of Pakistan in commercial law and other branches of civil law.
Mr. Usmani is very active in matters of civil society. He currently chairs the Board at Marie Stapes Society. He is also the Director of Karawan-e-Hayat, an institution for the mentally challenged.
Country Director, Marie Stopes Society, Pakistan
Asma Balal is a public health and development professional with over 20 years’ experience in donor-funded programme design, implementation and management. Ms. Balal holds MS in International Health from Harvard University School of Public Health, USA and an MBA in Marketing from Institute of Business Administration, Karachi, Pakistan. Ms. Balal served at Abt Associate-International Health Area as a Senior Analyst from 1999 to 2002 and thereafter served as Manager Health Care Practice Unit- Deloitte Emerging Markets Groups where she provided technical and management oversight to USAID funded health projects in Asia and Near East. Throughout the years Ms. Balal held various positions at Marie Stopes, most recently as a Project Director for the DFID funded performance-based RH framework project in Pakistan. Currently, Ms. Asma Balal is the Country Director for MSS responsible for overall country program’s leadership, technical outputs and financial management.
Chairperson, Special Olympics Pakistan
Ms. Lakhani is currently the Chairperson of the Special Olympics Pakistan and has been involved with organizing different activities of Special Olympics, such as the Athlete Leadership Program and Family Support Network Program. Ms. Lakhani has dedicated her life to improving the lives of people with intellectual disabilities and integrating them into mainstream society through the power of sports.
Her goal is to provide intellectually challenged individuals with a platform to be heard, seen and for their contributions to be recognized by the society and the country with honour and respect. She has assisted in screening over 3,000 intellectual challenged people in different disciplines and provided free prescription glasses, dental check-ups and follow ups, all free of charge. Due to her hard work the Special Olympics has more than 20,000 athletes registered today. Mrs. Lakhani is also Vice President of the Karachi Women's Swimming Association. She has a Post Graduate Degree from Nirmala Niketan Mumbai India and is actively involved in very successful Annual Fundraisers, which have created substantial awareness in Pakistan for people with Intellectual Disabilities and generated large sums of funds. Due to her efforts, in 2016 she was awarded the 'Sitara-e-lmtiaz' by the President of Pakistan, the third highest honour and civilian award in the Country.
Former CEO, Standard Chartered Leasing Limited
Mr. Arjumand Minai has over 40 years of diverse experience in UK and Pakistan with major Multinational Corporations in manufacturing, banking, NBFI and consultancy sectors. A Director certified from Pakistan Institute of Corporate Governance and a visiting faculty at PICG, Mr. Minai has served for over 10 years on the Boards of Public Listed companies. Mr. Minai's professional competencies include Corporate Governance, General Management, Finance, Audit, Corporate Planning, H.R. management, I.T. Management, Islamic Banking, Legal Affairs/Company Secretary. He has previously served as the CEO of Standard Chartered Leasing Limited.
At present Mr. Minai volunteers in the Education sector to provide funding for bright, deserving students to acquire professional education in the fields of Medicine, Engineering, IT, Agriculture and Business Management. Mr. Arjumand Minai is a Fallow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, U.K.