A. H. Nayyar

A. H. Nayyar

Pakistani physicist, Dr Abdul Hameed Nayyar, taught at Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad for 32 years. Since retirement, he has pursued research on issues in education, energy, and nuclear disarmament. He has also been associated with Princeton University, USA, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), and the Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Islamabad in various capacities. He is a member of the International Panel on Fissile Materials. He received the 2010 Joseph A. Burton Award from the American Physical Society. Dr Nayyar also participates in national, regional, and international peace movements.

Aamer Hussein

Aamer Hussein

Born in Karachi in 1955, he has lived and worked in London since 1970, and spends part of each year in Pakistan. He is the author of several works of fiction, including short story collections such as “Cactus Town”, “Insomnia”, and “37 Bridges” (winner of the KLF-Embassy of France Prize 2016); and the recently published “Hermitage” (2018). His novels include “Another Gulmohar Tree” (shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Europe and South Asia 2010) and “The Cloud Messenger”.

Abdullah Jan Abid

Abdullah Jan Abid

Dr Abdullah Jan Abid is currently working as Associate Professor of Pashto and is Chairman of the Department of Pakistani Languages at Allama Iqbal Open University Islamabad. Before assuming the duties of the Chair in October 2016, Dr Abid was Incharge of the Department of Pakistani Languages from 2011 to 2015. He organized two international and eight national conferences. He is the editor of ‘Journal of Pakistani Languages and Literature’—Pakistan’s first multilingual research journal. He has presented papers in several national and international conferences; and has to his credit thirty-seven research articles in national and international journals and sixteen books. He is also the author of the award-winning book titled, “A Brief History of Pashto Language and Literature”, which is included in the syllabi of various universities and the CSS syllabus. He is the recipient of the following awards: The Justice Kayani Award (Abasin Arts Council, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 2007); Best Urdu Prose (Pakistan Writers Guild Lahore, 2007); and Best Teacher Award (Allama Iqbal Open University and UNESCO, 2013). Currently, he is working on establishing an Abstracting and Indexing Agency of Pakistani Languages Journals (Pashto, Punjabi, Sindhi, Balochi, Saraiki, and Brahui). Through this Agency (HEC funded project under Thematic Research Grant Program), the AIOU will provide databases in Pakistani languages and literature by providing free online access to downloadable research articles, facilitating researchers and academics.

Ahmad Rafay Alam

Ahmad Rafay Alam

Ahmad Rafay Alam is an environmental lawyer and partner at Saleem, Alam & Co. Mr Alam has served as Chairman of the Lahore Electric Supply Company and Lahore Waste Management Company, as Vice Chairman of the Punjab Urban Unit and as a member of the Pakistan Climate Change Council and Punjab Environmental Protection Council. He is the Lead Course Instructor on Water Law at the Punjwani Hisaar Water Institute at the NED University. Mr Alam also serves as a Senior Advisor to Air Quality Asia and as a Member of the Hisaar Foundation Think Tank on the Rational Use of Water.

Ahmed Rashid

Ahmed Rashid

Ahmed Rashid is a Pakistani journalist based in Lahore, who has covered Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia for a variety of publications since 1979. He is the author of ‘Taliban’ (2000); ‘Descent into Chaos: The US and the Disaster in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia’ (2008); ‘Jihad’ (2002); and ‘The Resurgence of Central Asia’ (1994). His latest book is ‘Pakistan on the Brink, The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan’. Both ‘Taliban’ and ‘Descent into Chaos’ are on course lists of over 200 universities and defence colleges around the world. His books have won numerous prizes and he lectures widely at universities, defence colleges, and conferences around the world.
He has informally advised governments, the UN, and other institutions on bringing peace to Afghanistan. In 2001, he donated one-third of his book profits to starting the Open Media Fund of Afghanistan which helped revitalize the media and helped launch a dozen newspapers and magazines in Kabul. He is a founding director of the Lahore Literary Festival that was instrumental in Lahore being nominated as a City of Culture by UNESCO.
‘Foreign Policy’ magazine chose him, twice, as one of the world’s most important 100 Global Thinkers in 2009 and 2010. In December 2009, he was appointed a member of the board of the Committee to Protect Journalists and in 2018 he was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the International Crisis Group. He has also served on the Board of Advisers for the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva for five years.