Board of Directors

Nazia Raja

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Nazia Raja is the founding Chief Executive of Aizan Development Foundation. She is a lawyer by profession having studied and worked in London most of her life. Prior to establishing the NGO, Nazia has worked in the development sector with a number of international organizations such as Care International, Action Aid and Oxfam. She has also worked with local NGOs, namely, Aurat Foundation, Sungi, Cavish and Pakistan International Human Rights Organization. Nazia’s main area of focus has been working with women and children on promoting and protecting their rights as well as providing humanitarian assistance. She is very well versed with the local laws providing protection to women and children and has delivered a number of trainings explaining the laws and identifying the lacunas. Nazia has also worked with vulnerable communities including TDPs focusing on the priority needs of women, children and the elderly. She has fundraised, networked and campaigned for various humanitarian causes.

Furthermore, Nazia has vast experience in Programme Development, Management, Implementation, Designing and Developing Proposals, Preparing Budgets, Managing Projects, Carrying out Rapid Needs Assessments, Report Writing and Monitoring and Evaluation. She is an active member of many networks and alliances namely CRM (Child Rights Movement), EVAWG (Ending Violence Against Women & Girls), NACG, IHI, Gender Task Force and others. Nazia has a good network and is very well connected with the development sector, NGOs, Donors and Diplomats both locally and internationally.


NADEEM AFZAL

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Nadeem is a founding member and Director of ADF. To date he has provided his unconditional support in helping establish and set up the NGO from the very start. His contribution towards the organization is immense. He is an excellent networker and very well connected both locally and internationally. He has connected the organization with many international Donors and has successfully fundraised for ADF to help it promote and carry its causes forward. Nadeem as a founding member of the organization has worked on the core Vision, Mission and Objectives of ADF. He has trained, advocated, networked and campaigned for the organization. He has helped steer the organization in the direction it had initially planned and set out to achieve. Nadeem is a managerial professional and comes with over 18 years of work experience in the IT, Legal and Development sectors. He has the ability to adapt his wide range of attained skills and experience as and when required. He joined ADF as a Director heading the Business Development team. He is proficient at identifying strengths and obtaining the best from team members. Nadeem has strong commercial and contract management skills across industry sectors including a high level of competence in negotiation techniques. His other key skills include: Commercial Management, Professional Public & Private Sectors including International; Development, Project Management, Implementation, Monitoring & Evaluation, Proposal Designing & Writing, Preparing Budgets, Accounting, Book Keeping and Finance, Corporate & Tax Compliance, Team Management, Procurement, Logistics, Designing and Developing Organizational Standard Operating Procedures and Policies, Commercial and Technical Due Diligence. Nadeem is also a poised public speaker and often called upon to share his point of view and put forward his recommendations on pressing social issues and human rights matters.

Nadeem is focussed on developing his career further in Research, Humanitarian Assistance, Social Empowerment, Children’s Rights, Advocacy, Monitoring & Evaluation as well as Social Justice & Rule of Law. He has strong professional affiliations and is a member of several national and international development networks. Nadeem’s main area of interests includes: Education, Governance, Rule of Law and the promotion and protection of Human Rights. He is a profound enthusiast and adamant to bring a progressive and much needed change in Pakistan. He believes hard work commitment and dedication will definitely bring about the positive change we are all rearing to see.


Satar Bibi Raja

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Satarbibi Raja is a Director of Aizan Development Foundation. She is a Social Activist working with women and girls from villages and communities promoting women’s rights, entrepreneurship and skill development. She is actively involved in promoting education campaigns in villages and communities, encouraging education in general and more particularly girl’s education. Satarbibi regularly arranges free medical camps in various villages in partnership with others where free medicine, medical equipment, eye examination tests and glasses are provided to the elderly free of cost. She has set up a number of networks promoting and protecting women’s rights as well as campaign for health and education. She is active in promoting civic education programmes in villages and working with school children.