Advisory Board

Dr Manzoor Awan

Dr Manzoor Awan is the Associate Country Director of Oxfam GB in Pakistan providing leadership to country team under Oxfam Single Management Structure (SMS). He has over twenty years of experience in strategic planning, policy analysis, programme development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of rights based development, humanitarian/DRR and advocacy programmes. He has considerable experience in senior level management and governance of national and international not-for-profit organizations, and partnership management.

He is an experienced professional with leadership, institutional development and change management experience. He is an active member of Pakistani Civil Society and has experience of representing Pakistani organizations at national and international levels. He is the founding Chairperson of National Humanitarian Network (NHN), a self regulatory body of National CSOs engaged in humanitarian assistance. He is actively engaged in promoting programme quality and accountability in humanitarian and development programs, and remained Member Board of Directors of Humanitarian Accountability Partnership International (HAP-I).

Hadia Nusrat

Hadia is a postgraduate in Public Health Management from the George Washington University, Washington D.C, USA. She is a Gender Expert with over 22 years of experience as Gender Advisor and Specialist and is part of regular gender specific analysis and research in various INGOs and the UN. She has guided and facilitated a number of projects on Humanitarian Assistance, Emergency Response and Disaster Risk Reduction focusing on Gender Equality and Diversity across Pakistan.

She is actively involved in and contributes to humanitarian mechanisms including Humanitarian Country Team (HCT), Inter Cluster Coordination Mechanisms (ICCM) and Gender Task Force (GTF) by providing technical and program support. Hadia has also been engaged in teaching Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), Gender in Humanitarian Action, Women and Development (WAD) and Gender and Governance to students of Development Studies Departments at academic institutions in Islamabad.

Arifa Mazhar

Arifa Mazhar is a Gender Mainstreaming, Advocacy and Development professional with over 18 years of experience in the field of gender and women rights. Arifa is currently working with Group Development Pakistan as Director Programmess. She has previously been engaged with a number of national and international donor driven projects as a Women Rights Activist, Gender Expert and Advisor. She has executed various projects on advocacy & social mobilization; strategic planning; program development, implementation and management; gender mainstreaming in monitoring and evaluation and impact assessment; capacity building, training and awareness raising as well as financial and human resource management.

Arifa has remained an active and contributing member of many networks and alliances at both the national and regional level and has taken part and been actively involved in a number of campaigns, such as Anti-Sexual Harassment Bill, Repeal of Hudood Ordinances, Passage of Anti Domestic Violence Law, Gender Mainstreaming into ERRA’s Policies and Agreement on Agriculture.

Arifa has successfully managed and coordinated the “Ending Violence against Women/Girls Alliance” (EVAWG) by UN-Women as a Co-Chair twice. She is also an active member of other human rights protection organizations and is a member of the Insani Huqooq Itehad (IHI), Women Action Forum Working Committee, Child Rights Movement (CRM), National Action and Coordination Group against Violence against Children, Women Action Forum (WAF) and many others.