Our Team

Executive Officer: Omair Ahmad

Omair is a graduate of The University of the South – Sewanee, with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. He has previously worked at SNL Financial, a financial analytics company headquartered in Virginia, on their global expansion initiatives.

Since March 2013, Omair has served as the Executive Officer of the Network of Organizations Working for People with Disabilities, Pakistan (NOWPDP). He is responsible for overall management of the organisation, strengthening and increasing the impact of its programmes.

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Finance Officer: Karim Khowaja

Since joining NOWPDP in 2009, Karim has been running Finance and Admin sections of NOWPDP. He is responsible for developing and implementing financial systems and procedures, compliance and reporting for NOWPDP’s grant-funded projects.

Karim has completed a Masters in Business Administration with a major in Finance from Hamdard University, Karachi. Previously Karim worked for Pakistan Cables Ltd as an Accounts Officer.

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Business Development Officer: Razee Khan

Razee Khan joined NOWPDP in February 2012 as Programme Assistant for the Education Development and Improvement Program (EDIP). He has since shifted into the role of Business Development Officer, looking at ways for NOWPDP to establish partnerships with the private sector.

Previously he has represented Pakistan on an international stage when he worked for Horizon Lanka Foundations in Anura dhapura Sri Lanka as a Development trainee. His other experiences include working for Glaxo SmithKline as an intern and with AIESEC Karachi.

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Administrative Assistant: Nabil Shaukat

Nabil is a graduate in Sociology and has previously worked with PR companies in the field of media and fashion. Nabil manages the administration of NOWPDP, and the Recruitment Services project, where he helps people with disabilities find employment.

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The Rickshaw Project

Programme Manager: Reem Khan

Reem currently manages, The Rickshaw Project, which aims to empower people with disabilities via employment and inclusion. She feels strongly about making the project a platform for advocating issues regarding the rights of persons with disabilities, and wants the project to promote inclusive societies by example. She joined NOWPDP in August 2010 and has since implemented a comprehensive training programme on Disability Sensitization and Inclusive Education for over 400 teachers in 98 schools across the districts of Gilgit, Ghizer, Hunza-Nagar, Skardu, Ghanche, and Astore in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Reem has previously worked on various public health initiatives; she has worked with a social enterprise promoting clean and affordable drinking water in low-income areas of Karachi, as a freelance consultant for UNAIDS and UNODC working on HIV and injecting drug use, and well as on a project focusing on maternal and child health.

Artpreneurs for Change

Programme Manager: Sumra Ahmed

She joined NOWPDP in the Education Development and Improvement Programme as a Programme Assistant in Sept ‘10 and made her way up to a Programme Officer. She has been instrumental in completing Training Needs Assessments, developing training material, managing EDIP activities in the field and working closely with partners and stakeholders across Gilgit-Baltistan. When EDIP ended in June 2013, she took over the Artpreneurs for Change project and has been managing it. Her new found passion in art as therapy has driven her to volunteer with children in Abbas Town and pick up art as a hobby.

She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 2010 with a double major in Psychology and French. Initially, she aspired to pursue her graduate studies to become a Clinical Psychologist, but after her experience with Art as Therapy, she wants to pursue a Masters in Art Therapy.

 

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 Skills Development and Market Access

Programme Officer (Marketing): Tabinda Baig

Tabinda joined NOWPDP in July 2012 and is working as the Marketing Officer for the Skills Development and Market Access Programme.

Tabinda is a business management graduate from SZABIST, where she was the President of AIESEC in Karachi. She also runs her own business and aims to have more entrepreneurial ventures in the future.

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Programme Officer (Training): Ali Akbar

Ali Akbar joined NOWPDP in October 2012 as Training Officer for the Skills Development and Market Access Programme.

He graduated as a design student in 2008 from Indus Valley School of Arts and Architecture (IVS). Since then his major experience has been based on design intervention of the crafts of Pakistan. He has also worked on skill enhancement and capacity building of the underprivileged artisans from rural communities of Sindh.

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