Director: Omair Ahmad
Omair is a graduate of The University of the South – Sewanee, with a Bachelors 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 Director of the Network of Organizations Working for People with Disabilities, Pakistan (NOWPDP). He is responsible for overall management of the organization, strengthening and increasing the impact of its projects.
Since joining NOWPDP in 2009, Karim is responsible for the Finance department at 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. Before joining NOWPDP, Karim worked for Pakistan Cables Ltd as an Accounts Officer.
Admin & HR Officer: Nabil Shaukat
Nabil is a Graduate in Sociology, a part time Model, a show choreographer and a hard core Salman Khan fan. His motto in life is “Being Human”. He has previously worked with PR companies in the field of media and fashion, and has participated in the coordination of major events such as the Sindh Festival and ARY Film Awards.
Nabil is heading the Human Resources and Admin Department at NOWPDP and feels that Talent Management is the backbone of every successful organization.
Admin & Accounts Assistant: Nizar Ali Shah
Nizar Ali, affectionately known as Nizar Sahab, has been a part of NOWPDP since it’s advent in 2008. He joined as an Office Assistant, but his hard work, quiet determination and ability to learn and progress as an individual lead to his promotion as the Admin and Accounts assistant at NOWPDP.
His motto in life is “If you work hard enough you can be anything”; as is proven by the fact that NOWPDP relies on his expertise for the smooth day to day running of its operations.
Communications Officer: Zahra Anum
“At the end of the day, it’s all about how you send the message across. You can change the world if you do it right”
Academically a Masters in Business Administration, Zahra joined NOWPDP as the Communications Officer due to the challenge it provided; bringing with her an unconventional sense of humour and a determination to make an impact. A firm believer in standing for the rights of others, she joined NOWPDP to participate towards paving the way for a society that recognizes no barriers towards growth and development.
Advocacy & Training Officer: Reem Khurshid
Autodidactic by nature and circumstance, Reem Khurshid has been working independently as an artist since completing her A Levels, her experiences further diversified by working or volunteering in the fields of education & health care. Which eventually led her to NOWPDP – first as a community awareness volunteer for the Education Development & Improvement Programme (EDIP), then volunteering to design the logo for The Rickshaw Project – before joining the team officially as its Advocacy & Training Officer in November 2013, bringing her multidisciplinary approach and dedication to being “creatively maladjusted” along with her.
Her personal motto: “Resistance is fertile.”
The Rickshaw Project
Zulqurnain Asghar is the first practicing visually impaired Psychologist in South Asia. He completed his M.Sc in Psychology from the National Institute of Psychology, Quaid e Azam University, Islamabad in 2002. He has over ten years of field, counseling, training, advocacy and research experience and has worked with organizations such as Friendship house, Rozan, Sachet and IRADAH in various capacities.
Zulqarnain joined NOWPDP in 2014 as the Project Manager for The Rickshaw Project. He sees himself as a development practitioner, a humanitarian worker and as a disability rights activist, and believes in an inclusive society.
An MBA from SZABIST, Amin was previously associated with Axact and later, Terrabiz, a leading Conference Management and Training Company in Pakistan. There he was involved in overseeing major Brand Management, Digital Marketing, Public Relations, and Event Management functions.
Since joining NOWPDP as the Project Officer – Operations for The Rickshaw Project, Amin is in charge of the project’s operations and visibility. With his three years experience of planning and executing large-scale national events, he is responsible for streamlining operations for The Rickshaw Project for making it a successful sustainable model.
A Masters in Economics from University of Karachi, Ali Fatah was previously associated with Morgan Technology Pakistan as a Commercial Executive before joining NOWPDP’s The Rickshaw Project.
Since July 2014, Ali has been a part of The Rickshaw Project Team. He looks after Billings, Fleet Coordination, and Scheduling.
yaqEEEn – Disability Consulting
She has had work experiences at United Nations, St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospital’s Family and Child Care Division and the Cooke Center for Learning Disabilities in New York. She also has an international publication with a chapter in APA’s Handbook of Multicultural Psychology, 2013 to her credit. Her interest in cricket (specifically Shahid Afridi) also led her to host a T-20 world cup cricket show on Dawn news in 2012.
She was previously associated with the Aman Foundation, before joining NOWPDP in January 2014.
Samar is currently heading NOWPDP’s yaqEEEn project, which aims to develop institutions into equal opportunity providers, inclusive of people with disabilities.
heARTwork – Skills Development and Market Access
When we were children, we played with building blocks – an exercise I don’t remember much of as I’m sure I was building at one moment and demolishing at another, while running wild at another. Years later, that exercise is reflective of what I do best. I build things from scratch and leave a foundation which is sturdy.
Tabinda is the Project Manager for the Skills Development and Market Access Programme, Heartwork. She joined NOWPDP in July 2012 as the Marketing Officer for Heartwork.
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.
“I used to feel alone in the world; a step behind normal people. After coming here, I didn’t feel alone anymore”
Sakhawat is one of the most down to earth people you will ever come across. Having previously worked at the Commissioner Karachi’s office for 3 years and at KESC, where he was a junior office assistant for 12 years, Sakhawat joined the heARTwork Project at its advent in 2012.
Sakhawat comes from a family of eight siblings, four of whom have disabilities. Being the eldest son, his parents rely on him for supporting the family. He is also married and has two sons. Sakhawat takes upon this responsibility with an unflinching attitude and good humour. It is our good fortune to have him on board as the Supervisor of Heartwork’s Ambassador Team.
Eternally young at heart, Asim is 37 years old, with his main interest being sports such as table tennis, volleyball and basketball. When asked about his interests, likes and dislikes and he smiled at everything, signing from his hands to say, “I enjoy everything!”