Members Karachi Conference

Executive Committee:

The organising committee meets every two weeks to review logistics and general development towards the holding of the event.

Ms. Aliya Iqbal

Aliya is a historian by training, holding a BA and two MA degrees from Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts). She is in the process of completing her Ph.D. from the same institution in the field of Islamic Intellectual History, with a focus on Indo-Muslim Civilizations. Her dissertation research is on intellectual trends in the Eastern or Persianate Islamic world in the late medieval and early modern periods. Her academic training includes the necessary language and handling skills for working with Persian, Arabic and Hindustani manuscript materials. Aliya lives in Karachi and works at the Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture, where she is Asst. Professor and Coordinator of the Liberal Arts Programme; her work in the programme mainly involves developing a locally contextualized curriculum in humanistic studies, catering to undergraduates across all IVS departments. Aliya has also worked on and off in media fields since the late 1990s; among other things, she has been a runway model and Television anchor; she still free lances as a presenter/moderator at public and professional events.

Mr. Arif Hasan

Arif Hasan is an architect and planner, teacher, social researcher, and author of several books, including the much acclaimed 'Understanding Karachi'. He studied architecture at the Oxford Polytechnic, England, from 1960 to 1965, and on his return to Karachi in 1968, established an independent practice which slowly evolved into dealing with urban planning and development issues. He has been a consultant and advisor to many local and foreign CBOs, national and international NGOs. He has been a consultant and advisor to various local and foreign CBOs, national and international NGOs, and bilateral and multilateral donor agencies. Arif Hasan is renowned for his involvement with low-income settlement programmes, and is the architect of a large number of important residential, commercial, and educational facilities in Pakistan. The Orangi Pilot Project to which he is consultant since 1982, has attracted international attention, and in 1990 the Japanese government presented him with its International Year for the Shelterless Memorial Award. In 1989, he founded the Urban Resource Centre (URC) in Karachi of which he is the Founder Chairman. Arif Hasan is a founding member of Asian Coalition for Housing Rights (ACHR) in Bangkok. He has been a Member of the very prestigious Jury of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture (AKAA) and served as a member of its Steering Committee in 1992 and 1995. In 2000 he was awarded the Urban Hero Prince Claus Fund Award (Netherlands). He is a recipient of Hilal-e-Imtiaz, Pakistan's highest award for its citizens.

Dr. Asma Ibrahim

Dr. Asma Ibrahim, a senior archaeologist and Museulogist of Pakistan. She is in this field for the last two and a half decades, during this time period she has worked in different capacities with Department of Archaeology & Museums as Curator, Assistant Director, and Director National Museum. She is author of children course books for Class IV and v, published by Far Eastern publishers. She has many publications to her credit, and her work on Persian mummy has made a history, which is documented by BBC, Discovery, ZDF, and HBO. As an Archaeologist she has actively involved with so many other documentaries for children by BBC channel 4. The task of establishing the first Monetary Museum was taken by her in 2006, which is completed last year only and the Museum is inaugurated in 2011. She is actively involved as Museum consultant in many other upcoming museum projects. She is one of the pioneers of an NGO, and Centre for Archaeological and Environmental Research, only of its kind having a conservation lab, documentation centre, library and take up conservation projects.

Ms. Ayesha Omer

Ayesha Omer is an artist and educator based in Karachi, Pakistan. Her work addresses issues of public formation, social marginalization and art activism. She trained in Arts Politics at the Tisch School of Art, New York University, after receiving a degree in Political Science from Davidson College, U.S.A. She teaches Cultural Studies and Arts Politics at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture in Karachi. Her art practice is collaborative and cross-cultural. Currently, she is working with artist Fahad Naveed Zahidi on "Love Letters to Karachi" (2012 – present): a community-based letter-writing project with different communities of Karachi. "Where's My Revolution?" (2011 – present) is a response to social movements in Pakistan and around the world that aims to facilitate collaborative, cross-cultural art projects that build solidarity among activists and artists. "Mukhatib Awaam" (2013 – present) is social media public campaign in collaboration with Rahnuma Design Matters to respond to Pakistan's issues of religious intolerance, class divides, gender discrimination and environmental degradation.

Dr. Hasan Ali Khan

Dr. Hasan Ali Khan is assistant professor at Habib University. He is an architect by initial training, who worked with acclaimed Pakistani architect and planner Arif Hasan, until he went abroad to do his PhD. The finished his doctorate in the Department for the Study of Religions, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (2009), on the beliefs , history and architecture of the Suhrawardi Sufi Order in Multan and Uch, 1200-1500. His research expertise is in Religious and Islamic Studies. Dr Hasan Ali Khan has a wide spectrum of academic interests and research. Besides teaching at the Aga Khan University (Karachi) and the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, he has been involved with two research projects since the award pf his PhD. He is part of the French Interdisciplinary Mission, an ongoing project, working on the history and culture of Sehwan Sharif, headed by Dr. Michel Boivin of the Centre for South Asian Studies (CNRS-EHESS). He has finished an independent research project in Tharparker titled 'Lost Narratives,' which records the cultural and religious life of the area, which is partly Hindu. The contents of the project serve as an invaluable ethnographic resource for the religiosity of the Thar area. The outcomes are being published. In addition, he has research interests in the Alevi community in Turkey and their ties to the kind of medieval Sufism that still reverberates in parts of Pakistan, and in other Sufi orders in like the Rifa'i tariqat, which is predominant among the Baluchi-Makrani community. These will be the themes for his future research and publication endeavours.

Dr. Kaleemullah Lashari

Dr. Kaleemullah Lashari, well known scholar of Medieval Archaeology and literature. His monumental work on stone carved graveyards has earned him a high place in the field of medieval archaeology. In spite of his occupation as a Civil Servant he has carried out several explorations which have come out in the form of publications and have played an important role in the documentation of heritage. He is one of the founder members of the NGO (SEAS) and a Centre for Archaeological & Environmental Research, which has a conservation lab, library, and a documentation centre to facilitate scholars and students of history and archaeology. Dr Lashari's interest in history and Archaeology has given several new topics and aspects to work on. He has keen interest in conservation of heritage intangible and tangible, and this one of the reasons behind the establishment of department of Antiquities in Sindh. He has taken up the task of save heritage of not only Sindh but Pakistan. Dr Lashari is also a renowned writer of Sindhi literature especially of resistance literature, uniqueness of which has earned him a high position in the field of literature.

Ms. Meher Noshirwani

Meher Marker Noshirwani has an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Essex U.K. As a sociologist she has worked in the field of women, development and environment since 1985. She is currently working as a Consultant on Gender and Environment issues and as Technical Advisor to the Trust for Conservation of Coastal Resources (TCCR). She is also a Board member of Hisaar Foundation, a Foundation for Water, Food and Livelihood security. As a social researcher she is involved in research for the Parzor Foundation which includes recording Oral Histories of the Parsi community in Karachi to capture early historical trade linkages. With a special interest in local crafts, she is in the process of developing a social business project called "Matana" which creates handcrafted cane products using local resources made by skilled artisans to develop environmentally friendly products. A number of articles and research papers have also been published.

Ms. Rumana Husain

Rumana Husain is a writer and illustrator based in Karachi. She is author of 'Karachiwala: a subcontinent within a city' (2010), a book on Karachi's different communities, highlighting their origins, lifestyles, traditions and customs. She co-founded 'NuktaArt' in 2005, a bi-annual art magazine, and she is its Senior Editor. In 1988 she co-founded the 'Bookgroup' for publishing children's books. She has written and illustrated over 50 children's books and numerous teacher's manuals for the Bookgroup, the Oxford University Press, ERDC, Danesh Publications, Butterfly Works (The Netherlands), Kathalaya Publication (Nepal) and Nam Books (South Korea). She worked as Head, Activism & Outreach (2001 - 2008) at the Children's Museum for Peace and Human Rights (CMPHR). Rumana Husain was Headmistress and later Vice Principal at The C.A.S School (1986 - 1996) where she implemented innovative teaching methods and also taught art and environmental studies. She has taught art at the Karachi Grammar School (1978 - 1979) and illustrations at the Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture (1986 - 1988). She is a contributor to English language dailies, Dawn, and The News on Sunday. She designed her husband's book '100+1 Pakistani Architects and their Own Houses' and has scripted and presented several programmes on television on art and architecture. In the 80s she held two exhibitions of her fabric creations for children in Karachi and was commissioned to make 55 fabric appliqué wall hangings for the children's ward at the Aga Khan University Hospital and later a large fabric mural 'Pakistan's Endangered Flora and Fauna' for the IUCN office in Karachi and another fabric mural, 'The World of Nature' for IUCN's Headquarters in Gland, Switzerland.

Mr. Taimur Suri

Taimur Ahmed Suri is presently engaged in the capacity of an Assistant Professor at Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture (IVS) where he has been teaching for the last decade in the discipline of Liberal Arts focusing on courses of History of Art. His area of interest has been the histories of nonwestern art and architecture particularly from the Muslim perspective. He has a Bachelors degree in History, English literature and Economics from Karachi University followed by reading towards an MPhil in Islamic Art and Architecture (Oxon) after which family pressure brought him back to Pakistan. After a decade in the travel industry where he intermittently taught History of Art components at National College of Arts (Lahore) and at the initial stages of Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture. He joined Indus Valley as a full time Lecturer at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture in January 2003. Since then he has written extensively in various publications about art related activities in Karachi. He has held a number of workshops and continued education programs at IVS and FOMMA (Foundation for Museum of Modern Art). It is during these workshops that he developed an interest in research in art emerging as an economic force, as an industry in Pakistan. Presently he is engaged in putting together two major projects one being the recompilation of History Curriculum for middle to senior schools of Pakistan and second is a joint compilation of FOMMA and IVS of addressing the gap in the culture industry in Pakistan starting with a focus on Karachi.

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