Amber Rahim Shamsi

Amber Rahim Shamsi is an award-winning multi-media journalist, with wide-ranging experience in television, radio, online and the print media.

She is also an International Visitor Leadership Programme (IVLP) and an International Centre for Excellence in Journalism (ICFJ) fellow. Ms. Shamsi currently hosts a show at 8.00 PM on Samaa TV “Sawaal with Amber Shamsi”.

Previously she hosted a news magazine morning show on Hum News and a critically acclaimed evening show on Dawn News. She has written opinion pieces for international websites and was a bilingual reporter, producer and presenter for the BBC World Service.

Her reporting largely focused on human rights. She has also written research reports and training manuals on women in the media, gender and conflict reporting, as well as conducted numerous journalism workshops. She is a member of the National Press Club, the International Coalition for Women Journalists and a consultant for advocacy NGO Media Matters for Democracy.

Afia Salam

Afia Salam is a journalist who has experience of almost four decades in the field of print, electronic and web journalism. She has traversed diverse and pioneering fields like cricket, aviation, tourism, and now concentrates on subjects like environment, water, climate change, sustainable development, gender and media ethics.

She is a member of the IUCN Commissions on Education and Communications, and Environment, Economic and Social Policy.

She is also the current President of Baanhn Beli, a development organization that has been working across Sindh, particularly Tharparkar for the past 35 years, and a trustee and current Acting Chair of Indus Earth Trust, another development Organization that is working in the fields of Water, Indigenous eco friendly housing, Livelihoods and rural solarization of off grid villages in Sindh.

She is associated as a Trustee with the Helpline Trust, a consumer right’s body, and Saneeya Hussain Trust, that assists in the higher education of girls.

Nasim Zehra

Nasim Zehra has over a decade of experience working in the media industry as a journalist. She currently hosts a primetime talk show on current affairs on Channel 24. Previously she was anchor person for a talk show on Dunya TV and Capital TV. As an anchor she has interviewed prominent politicians and leaders throughout the world.

Zehra also has also worked as a development practitioner with the Swiss Agency for development and cooperation. She has experience teaching as well. She taught at the John Hopkins University in 2006 and later taught at the Quaid e Azam in University. More recently, she has also been a faculty member at the National University of Sciences and Technology.

In 2018, she published a book called ‘From Kargil to the coup: Events that shook Pakistan,’ which contextualises the Kargil conflict and looks at the impact it has had on Indo-Pak relations.

She is a graduate of the Fletcher school of law and diplomacy at Tufts University.

Aisha Sarwari

Aisha Sarwari is an international digital communications director, author, and public speaker with a dynamic career spanning fifteen years. She emerged as a leading force in converging technologies to create impact in grassroots communities, particularly among women and the marginalized.

She published Navigating Pakistani Feminism—Fight By Fight in 2016, followed by its sequel The Fight Goes On, in 2019. Aisha’s next book, How To Be A Woman In Pakistan, is slated for publishing by Bloomsbury India in 2020.

She has curated about 40 projects, 25 international conferences and 12 roadshows, and appeared in over 40 conferences in more than 23 countries as a speaker and participant including The World Investment Conference, The Indus Entrepreneurs annual conference, Oslo – I Empower Me, Global Conference for Business and Professional Women, and the Stockholm Internet Forum.

Aisha is a digital communications director with over 17 years of experience in Pakistan, the UAE, the USA, and Turkey. She has worked with The World Bank, UNCTAD, WHO, UNIDO, WAIPA, CNN, NPR, USAID, USIP, the Government of Pakistan, Oracle, Adam Smith International, DAI, BPW, DFID, and VEON Group op-co. She currently holds the position of Director of Communications and Sustainability at Jazz, a prominent mobile operator in Pakistan.

She regularly writes on gender rights and has advised on Pakistani policy making in the context of violence against women as part of the Prime Minister’s Gender Working Group. Aisha’s op-eds, columns and soundbytes have appeared globally on the BBC, NPR, TRT World, The Guardian, and GIS Watch and in Pakistan at, the Daily Times, the Jinnah Institute and the Express Tribune, totaling over 400 published newspaper articles and 12 specialized research papers for think tanks.

Tweets: @AishaFsarwari

Benazir Jatoi

Benazir Jatoi is a barrister. She has recently started litigation and in the past her work has included policy and legislation drafting. The emphasis of her work is on women, minorities, and rule of law related issues.

Benazir drafted the Sikh Marriage Act (a personal law for the Sikh community in Punjab), which was passed in 2018 by the Punjab Assembly. She has also drafted the National Policy on Ending Violence Against Women and Girls, which is waiting approval at the Ministry of Human Rights.

Benazir writes regularly for the op-ed pages of the Express Tribune, highlighting social topics including minorities, women and constitutional and legal issues.

Najia Ashar

Najia Ashar is a senior broadcast journalist & media trainer with 18 years of experience in Pakistan’s mainstream media. She is Founder of Media Baithak, an innovative community space for intellectual and cultural engagement of media and civil society organizations.  At Media Baithak, she is connecting media and civil society stakeholders for driving positive social change.

Ms. Ashar is also a recipient of  the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University, where she worked on journalism innovation and strategic leadership in Silicon Valley.

After coming back from Stanford in 2015, she founded an organisation “Global Neighbourhood for Media Innovation”. Through her organisation, Ms. Ashar reinvented newsrooms all across Pakistan and has given training on digital tools to a number of journalists to report on safety and security, CVE and gender based violence issues prevalent in the country.

She has hosted a number of programs on sensitive human rights issues which included influential stakeholders of the society.

Ms Ashar has worked as the host of a news morning show at GNN TV and served as Editor News Strategy and Planning at AAJ News. Ms Ashar has also hosted a daily news show “News Hour With Najia”.

Prior to that she worked as a senior anchor/producer at Geo News for 12 years and holds a Master’s degree in International Relations, she is also an alumni of Yahoo International Fellowship 2014 and the East West Center Fellowship 2013.