- Raise awareness of Pakistan's challenges, potential, and global importance.
- Partner with individuals and organizations catalyzing change.
- Build a community of those who share our vision.
Samia Khan Bambrah is dedicated to using the power of collective action to build progressive societies. She has worked on human rights and development issues in Kenya, Pakistan, and the United States; with organizations like the UNDP, UNCDF, and Ashoka. Samia holds a MPA from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Chicago. She lives in Brooklyn with her dog, Chunky Pandey, and her husband. As an Indo-Pak couple, Samia and her husband champion cross-border peace, one love story at a time.
Vanessa Colombo was born and raised in the Philippines where she met her future husband, a Pakistani citizen. With a background in elementary education and graphic arts, she developed art-based curriculum for private schools in Massachusetts and owned and operated a graphic design studio for six years in Manhattan before dedicating her life to her family and The Nur Project. She lives in New York with her husband and daughter.
Zaheen Mir hails from one of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring regions of the world: Kashmir. Born in India and raised in England, he loves his cuisine, culture and countrymen on both sides of the India/Pakistan border. Zaheen graduated with a Masters in Mathematics from Imperial College, London and currently resides in NY with his wife. He enjoys photography, cricket but mostly playing and watching golf. Secretly he wants to be a Bollywood movie star and would, one day, like to open a wazwan restaurant in New York City.
Asad Rahman is an investment analyst at Mason Capital in New York. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with Honors from Duke University in 2000 with a BA in Economics, Politics and Development. He has lived in New York since 2001 and travels to Pakistan regularly for the food, the culture, family, friends and because something in him just loves waiting for clearance at passport control.
Sanaa Rahman is an investment analyst at a credit fund in New York. She holds a double AB in Economics and International Relations from Brown University. Sanaa has previously worked at the Sungi Development Foundation in Pakistan's Hazara region, as well as at the New Sector Alliance, a non-profit strategy consulting firm. Sanaa enjoys cooking, afternoon naps and exploring NYC's many neighborhoods. She absolutely hates running but feels obligated to do so as she lives next to the beautiful Hudson River . While she has lived in the Philippines, UK and USA, Pakistan continues to be the "home" she loves to visit as often and for as long as possible.
Mustafa Siddiqui was born in Pakistan and spent much of his childhood there. He currently is a private equity investor based in New York, and holds an AB magna cum laude in Economics, AM in Middle Eastern Studies, and MBA with High Distinction, all from Harvard University. Mustafa's interests include Urdu poetry, armchair politics, and economic/social development issues. His non-profit sector experience includes stints with the Agha Khan Rural Support Programme in Pakistan's Northern Areas and with the World Health Organization. He is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Saad Siddiqui is a Research Analyst at Wolfacre Global, a subsidiary of the Tiger Management family of investment firms. Saad received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 2010, and his BBA from the University of Michigan where he graduated with High Distinction. Saad has been extensively involved with development organizations in Pakistan, Kenya and the United States; specifically in the context of Pakistan, Saad has worked with pioneers of the concept of "self-help", such as the National Rural Support Program and the Orangi Pilot Project. He currently lives in New York City.
Usman Waheed works in distressed debt investing and risk arbitrage. His outside interests include a particular focus on emerging economies and developmental issues. He has been involved with emergency relief and developmental initiatives in both New York and London. Usman attended the University of Virginia and Harvard Business School. He lives in New York with his wife and daughter.
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