[Country Session3] Pakistan

  • Baela Raza Jamil

    CEO of Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) Centre for Education and Consciousness, Commissioner at Education Commission

    Baela Raza Jamil, CEO of Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) centre for education and consciousness is a public policy specialist, innovator and activist. Baela is actively engaged with COVID19 response at the local, provincial, national and global levels with close collaboration with the Government on “TeleSchool” (PTV) and digital learning initiatives from a gendered, life skills and inclusive perpective. Her organization has contributed over 15 learning segments to the nationwide TeleSchool since April 2020. She leads the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) Pakistan, a citizens’ accountability learning initiative, Second Chance Program for Girls in Education & Skilling Siyani Sahelian and is the founder of the Children’s Literature Festival. She served as the Technical Adviser to the Federal Ministry of Education, and leads early years, K-12, and multiple digital learning and research initiatives. She is a leader on Generation Unlimited working with UNICEF in Pakistan and is on the board of the Punjab Social Protection Authority (PSPA); Advisory Committee on Education & National Steering Committee ECD Ministry of Planning, Development, and ILM Association an indsutry Ed Tech Alliance. Baela is the Commissioner of the Education Commission; Education Commission Asia; Advisory Board Global Business Coalition for Education (GBC Ed); Chairperson SDG 4.2.1 Task force Global Alliance to Monitor Learning, UIS; and founding Member People’s Action for Learning Network.
  • Hassan bin Rizwan

    CEO and Founder of SABAQ

    Hassan Bin Rizwan is the founder and CEO of SABAQ - a leading EdTech company in Pakistan in the Preschool to primary space. Prior to SABAQ, Hassan worked in engineering, technology and product development in the U.S. and Pakistan. Hassan also leads ILM Association - Pakistan's first industry association representing the EdTech and Education Innovation companies.
  • Mohyuddin Ahmed Wani

    Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training of Pakistan

    Mr. Mohyuddin Ahmed Wani is currently serving as the Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training, Pakistan. An experienced member of the Pakistan Administrative Service (PAS) with a 22-years long history of serving in top management positions in the public sector, he brings his vast expertise and enthusiasm to each of his professional roles. Prior to his current appointment, he served as the Chief Operations Officer at the National Disaster Risk Management Fund. He was also Director General in Punjab of the Benazir Income Support Program (BISP), South Asia’s largest social safety & welfare program. He served for 4 years in the Prime Minister’s Office as a Joint Secretary, where his primary responsibilities were supervising all the Prime Minister Office’s official communications and providing strategic direction regarding the PM Office’s communication strategy and media relations. His other experiences including working on governance projects with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), serving as Secretary of Information, Culture and Archaeology in Punjab, serving Managing Director (MD) of the Punjab Education Foundation (PEF), and several other senior management level roles at the provincial and federal levels. He graduated with an LLM from the University of Warwick, England and with a Master’s in Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies, Netherlands. He did his Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from the University of Engineering Technology (UET) Lahore.
  • Wajiha Qamar

    Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training of Pakistan

    Ms. Wajiha Qamar is currently the Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training, Pakistan. She is Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan. She is also member of the standing committees on Commerce, Housing and Works, Narcotics Control, and Task Force. Prior to her current portfolios, she has worked in the capacity of Member Board of Advisory for the Digital Pulse where she contributed connecting policy making circles for growing national support and visibility and engaging the youth in the process. Prior to that she also worked with the Center of Strategic and Contemporary Affairs where she exclusively leveraged awareness campaigns and sessions on CVE. She also performed as Member Board of Advisory for the Center for Sustainability, Research, and Practice. She graduated from the Lahore College for Women, and Pakistan Institute of Fashion Design, Lahore, Pakistan.
  • Vanessa Lee

    Education Manager at UNICEF Pakistan

    Vanessa Lee is currently the education manager for UNICEF in Sindh province, Pakistan. She has worked in education policy, leadership, and management roles for more than 25 years in New Zealand, across Asia and in the United Kingdom. She has a Bachelor of Education (Hons), a Master of Education and is currently undertaking her PhD in Educational Leadership. She is passionate about education which supports young people learning 21st century skills and becoming global citizens.
  • Mahboob Mahmood

    CEO and Founder of Knowledge Platform

    Mahboob is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Knowledge Platform, an education technology company with operations in Singapore, Pakistan, the United States and China. Mahboob is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Institute of International Education (IIE). He has also served as Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise at INSEAD. Prior to establishing Knowledge Platform, Mahboob was a partner at the international law firm of Sidley Austin. Mahboob received a Juris Doctor from Columbia University School of Law, a Master of Arts in Political Science from The Johns Hopkins University in 1987, and a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Princeton University in 1981.