Abdul Malik Baloch

Abdul Malik Baloch

President of the National Party, a member of the Hooth tribe, Abdul Malik Baloch was the first non-tribal leader to serve as the 21st Chief Minister of Balochistan (7 June 2013–23 December 2015). He has been an MPA in the Balochistan Assembly thrice, and has also served as a senator for six years in Islamabad. He was a member in Nawab Akbar Bugti’s cabinet and served as a provincial education minister.

Adnan Siddiqui

Adnan Siddiqui

Actor, producer, and model. Adnan Siddiqui made his acting debut in a PTV drama titled Uroosa (1994). He played a small role alongside Angelina Jolie and Irrfan Khan in A Mighty Heart (2007); made his debut in Bollywood with the Hindi film Mom (2017) and in Lollywood with Yalghaar (2017). In 2010, Siddiqui won the Pakistan Media Award for Best Supporting Actor Award for Ishq Junoon Deewangi. He has his own production banner, Cereal Entertainment Company.

Adrian A. Husain

Adrian A. Husain

Senior poet and academic, Adrian A. Husain was educated in Switzerland and England. He received his BA (Hons.) in English from Oxford University and a PhD on Shakespeare and Machiavelli from the University of East Anglia. He is the author of Desert Album (1997); Italian Window (2017); and Politics and Genre in Hamlet (2004). He won the Guinness Poetry Prize in 1968.

Ahdaf Soueif

Ahdaf Soueif

A political and cultural commentator and author. Her bestselling book, The Map of Love, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize (1999) and has been translated into more than thirty languages. Her account of the Egyptian revolution of 2011, Cairo: a City Transformed, came out in January 2014. Her collection of essays, Mezzaterra (2004), has been influential and her articles for The Guardian in the UK are published in the European and American press. From 2011 to 2015, she wrote for al-Shorouk in Egypt. In 2007, Ms Soueif co-founded the Palestine Festival of Literature, which takes place annually in the cities of occupied Palestine and Gaza. The first recipient of the Mahmoud Darwish Award (Palestine) (2010), she has also received the Metropolis Bleu (Canada) and the Constantine Cavafy (Egypt and Greece) (2012) awards. In October 2019, she received the European Cultural Foundation’s Princess Margriet Award for Culture.

Ahmed Atta

Ahmed Atta

A poet representing the new generation of Urdu poets who are reinventing the traditions of Urdu ghazal and expressing a new sensibility in poetry. He has taught at several institutions and is currently a lecturer of Urdu at Government Zamindar Post Graduate College, Gujrat, Pakistan. He is also working with A. Sean Pue on ‘Publics of Sound’ (a project of the Michigan State University). He has been published in several literary magazines and is the author of Aankh Bhar Tamasha Hay (2015) and Rang-e-Pur Shor (2020). The young poet was also elected as the secretary of Halqa Arbab-e-Zauq, a prestigious literary organization of Lahore.