Board of Directors
Nazia Sabir Raja | Programme Director
Nazia Raja is the founding Chief Executive of Aizan Development Foundation. She currently holds the position of Programme Director for the organization and works directly on the organization’s programmes and projects as the senior most Director. She is a lawyer by profession having studied and worked in London most of her life. Prior to establishing the NGO, Nazia 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. She 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, 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. During her time in Pakistan, Nazia has formed a strong network and is very well respecteded within the development sector, NGOs, amongst Donors and Diplomats, both locally and internationally.
SATARBIBI RAJA | CHIEF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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.
MOHAMMED NADEEM AFZAL | DIRECTOR
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.
Shazia Sabir Raja | Director
Shazia Raja is a Board Director of Aizan Development Foundation. She is a lawyer by profession and has been a Senior Partner at her own law firm in Central London, Sabeers Stone Greene Solicitors, for 15 years. Shazia has extensive experience in Human Rights and Immigration Laws. Shazia has contributed greatly towards Aizan Development Foundation’s establishment and work. She often contributes financially towards numerous causes promoting the rights of women, children and vulnerable communities. Shazia has volunteered her services and time by providing free online and in person training sessions on Human Rights, the laws protecting Women in Pakistan and Children’s Rights Laws. Shazia has fundraised for the organization through her professional, business and social networks. She is well connected both in the UK and in Pakistan. She is an advocate for Women’s and Children’s Rights. She often holds charity events, both in London and Pakistan to raise awareness on Women’s Rights, Children’s Rights and Human Rights. She is often invited to charity events and programmes in London and Pakistan as a Guest Speaker and a Guest of Honour. Shazia continues to provide her valuable input and feedback on the organization’s programmes and activities, as well as the donor funded projects. Her assistance and insight has been invaluable to Aizan Development Foundation since its inception. Having Shazia on board is of great benefit to the communities in which we work.
Razia Sabir Khan | Director
Razia Khan is a Director of Aizan Development Foundation. She is a skilled Solicitor admitted to the Law Society Solicitors Roll UK in 2000. Razia has strong work ethics and thrives in a challenging environment. She is a confident and driven legal advisor, well equipped with sound legal, strategic and commercial acumen. She is analytical and an excellent problem solver, both on a legal and commercial level. Razia voluntarily supports Aizan Development Foundation with fund raising, promotion of our work and causes, networking, sourcing new donors, organizing fund raising event and activities both in London and Pakistan. Razia has conducted a number of awareness raising sessions on Women’s Rights, Children’s Rights and Human Rights. She has trained and sensitized communities on the laws protecting women and children across Pakistan as well as worked on the legal framework, policy level and conducted consultation sessions with policy makers and influencers. She has attended and participated in a number of consultation sessions and meetings with Parliamentarians, MNAs and Policy Makers in Pakistan. Razia has worked with Youth across Pakistan and champions a number of youth development programmes and projects promoting Leadership and Confidence Building among the Youth. Razia promotes the work of Aizan Development Foundation through her regular visits as a Guest Speaker to schools, colleges and Universities. She is also called as a Guest Speaker to Charity and Fund Raising Programmes both in London and Pakistan.
Razia has extensive legal experience in reviewing proposals and contracts, monitoring and reporting on contractual obligations and negotiating as and when required. She has expertise in Contract Management including change management, financial due diligence, issue resolution and escalation, contract re-drafts, SLA, KPI and penalty management, negotiation strategy and general commercial management. Furthermore her expertise extends to drafting Deeds of Variations, Commercial Contracts for the sale of businesses as a going concern and various contracts and documents relating to property and business transactions. She is an expert in Contract review and advising on key contractual terms and conditions as well as employment law matters.