Ayesha Aziz

Ayesha Aziz was responsible for setting up Pak Brunei Investment Company and succeeded in positioning it at the forefront amongst its larger and more established peers. Notably its external rating has recognized the company’s positioning and awarded it with a long term rating of [AA], one of the highest in the industry. Ayesha Aziz has a rich and diverse experience

Dr Saad Shafqat

Dr Saad Shafqat is Professor of Neurology at Aga Khan University, in addition to being a published author, cricket columnist, and novelist. He has co-written Cutting Edge, the autobiography of Javed Miandad, published in 2003. His novel Breath of Death, a medical thriller, appeared in 2013. His next novel, Rivals, will be published later this year by Bloomsbury.


Currently, Professor Dr Tanzeem-ul-Firdous is the Chair, Department of Urdu, University of Karachi. She is distinctive among female Pakistani critics and researchers in Urdu literature. In addition to several published books, she has to her credit a large number of research papers and critical essays. She is the author of Jang-e-Azaadi 1857: Niswani Yaaddashton ke Tanazur mein (2012).

Masud Mufti

An eminent novelist, playwright, journalist, and ‘Inshaiya’ writer. Masud Mufti has served in the Civil Service of Pakistan (District Management Group). After retirement in 1994, he wrote articles for the English and Urdu press of Pakistan. Nowadays, he is pursuing his life-long hobby of writing prose in Urdu. His remarkable books include Hum Nafs, Chehray, Chehray aur Mohray, and Lamhe.

Ayesha Tammy Haq

Ayesha Tammy Haq is a Barrister-at-Law and, for 13 years, a media personality. She has practiced law in the UK, Pakistan, the Philippines and the USA and has worked on several international projects. A member of the Vision 2020 think tank of the Government of Pakistan, she has worked on policy and governance matters. She hosted 24Seven on Business Plus,

Iftikhar Arif

A prominent Urdu poet, scholar, and literary personality. Several collections of Iftikhar Arif’s poetry have been published, including the rendition of his poetry into English, titled Written in the Season of Fear (OUP, 2003). A former head of the Pakistan Academy of Letters, National Language Authority, and the National Book Foundation, he has also been President of the ECO Cultural

Hamza Iftikar

Hamza Iftikar is a Karachi-based spoken word poet and visual artist whose work revolves around themes of identity, body, and family. He is a member of the Spoken Stage collective and was awarded National Championship at the 2017 Pakistan Poetry Slam in Lahore. Hamza is currently studying medicine at the Aga Khan University in Karachi

Shamsuddin Ahmad

Currently heading National Resources Limited, a company interested in exploring copper & gold resources in Balochistan especially the Reko Diq project at Chaghai, a former CEO of Engro Energy Ltd., Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company; Thar Foundation; and Chair of Engro Powergen Thar Pvt. Ltd. as well as Engro Powergen Qadirpur Ltd. Shamsuddin has also remained the Senior Vice President

Shahid M. Amin

A veteran Pakistani diplomat, Shahid M. Amin spent 39 years in the Pakistan Foreign Service (1958–1997). He was Deputy Agent of Pakistan in the Rann of Kutch Arbitration Tribunal in Geneva. Since retirement from Foreign Service, Shahid Amin has written extensively for newspapers, is a well-known analyst on national television on foreign policy and national affairs. Since 1999, he has

Shehrbano Naqvi

Shehrbano Naqvi is a short story writer and poet. She not only writes for different platforms but is also pursuing teaching English and the skill of writing. Although she has always identified herself as a prose writer, over the past year, she has found a companionship in poetry as it helps her navigate her brother’s untimely passing away in 2018.