Executive Committee

‘Strong and committed boards can make a tremendous contribution towards enhancing the long-term capacity and effectiveness of NGO’s. At their best, boards define the mission of the organization, work in partnership with staff on important policy and programme issues, provide oversight, and ensure accountability.’ 
– Qadeer Baig, Ex-Deputy Director, AKF-CSRC

A voluntary Executive Committee governs NOWPDP, overseeing achievement of the vision and objectives.

Amin Hashwani

President (2008 – current)

Expertise: Business Management, Fundraising, Start-ups

A Cornell University graduate, Amin Hashwani serves as the President of NOWPDP. In addition to NOWPDP, Mr. Hashwani also holds five other offices of business and non-business organizations. He has lead several delegations abroad, organized international events, moderated international forums, been a guest speaker at seminars in Asia, Europe and the United States and have mastered social initiative within and outside Pakistan. Recipient of several national and international awards, and an honorary doctorate; Mr. Hashwani also possesses invaluable knowledge in the philanthropic sector.

Ronak Iqbal Lakhani

Vice-President (2011 – current)

Expertise: Fundraising, Event Management

Well known for her valuable contributions in working towards people with disabilities, Ronak Lakhani currently serves as Vice President of the NOWPDP Executive Committee. Ms. Lakhani is also the Secretary General of Special Olympics Pakistan.

Laila Dossa

General Secretary (2011 – current)

Expertise: NGO Management

In addition to holding the office as General Secretary of NOWPDP, Laila Dossa is also Chairperson of the JS Academy School for the Deaf; and teaches at Karachi Grammar School. Ms. Dossa has served as the President of the Pakistan Association for the Deaf as well.

Khayam Husain

Treasurer (2011 – current)

Expertise: Business Management, Finance

Graduate from University of Houston and Pepperdine University, Khayam Husain is Treasurer for NOWPDP and Managing Director of Automobile Corporation, Pakistan. In addition, Mr. Husain is involved in work for Karachi Relief Trust, International Chamber of Commerce, International Road Federation, Pakistan Trucking Forum, Association of Road Users of Pakistan (ARUP), and the Charter for Compassion Pakistan.

Zahara Khan


Zahara Khan is an award winning professional with passion for international development. She has 17+ years of experience and has led award-winning and internationally acknowledged multi-sectoral programs involving national and international stakeholders. She has co-founded two social enterprises – a health social enterprise and an Information & Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) solutions company. Her special interests include Sustainable Human Development using Integrated Service Delivery Models; Program Design & Project Management for Social Sector; and ICT4D.

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Mehtab Sheikh


Expertise:  Education, Human Resource Management, NGO Management

Responsible for its initial programme development in the areas of employment generation and capacity building for network organizations, Mehtab Shaikh is the founding Executive Officer of NOWPDP. Previously Ms. Sheikh worked in Human Resources Division for a financial services organisation and in academia.

Aly Mustansir


Expertise:  Marketing, Branding

Former General Secretary of the NOWPDP Executive Committee, and currently a Member, Mr. Mustansir was Head and EVP, Marketing and Brand Management of Habib Bank Limited Pakistan and is currently the Chief Marketing Officer at Bank Alfalah Limited.


Abid Shaban


Expertise: Legal

Professionally a lawyer, and academically a Lawyer and an Engineer from Univeristy of California – Mr. Shaban is currently a lawyer at Shaban and Co., and former Vice President of NOWPDP. In addition to that, Mr. Shaban holds extensive experience of the development sector, after having held executive positions numerous key socioeconomic development initiatives.

Sarah Hashwani


Expertise: NGO Management

In addition to holding office as chairperson and member of the board of trustees of the Hashoo Foundation; Sarah Hashwani, also volunteers her time as an Executive Committee member at NOWPDP board as well, bringing with her a wealth of national and international experience.