About Jaq Trust

The Board

The JAQ Trust is governed by an eight-member Board of Trustees comprising a diverse group of Pakistani professionals. The Board is responsible for setting the Trust’s mission and vision; providing policy guidance and supervision; mobilizing resources; selecting auditors; setting annual program targets and approving annual budgets; monitoring performance and approving the annual report and financial statements. The Board currently comprises:

Sabira Navaid Qureshi – (Founder and Managing Trustee)

Sabira Qureshi is an international development consultant, with over three decades of professional experience on issues of poverty, gender equality, human and social development. Her work also includes significant volunteer inputs – from activism for women’s human rights to serving as a member on the first permanent National Commission on the Status of Women in Pakistan, in addition to her work with non-profits in Pakistan and USA.

Navaid Qureshi – (Founder Trustee, Chairman Board of Trustees)

Navaid Qureshi is a development professional with over 20 years of experience with international development organizations, working in various countries of Asia, Eastern Europe, Middle East and North Africa and Latin America. In addition, he has 15 years of private sector experience in Pakistan and the USA, working in the consulting engineering, planning and construction fields. Navaid has deep interest in community-led development initiatives, and non-profit activities that expand opportunities and contribute to social uplift. He served on the Board of RTI/Orangi Pilot Project in Karachi in the late 1980s. Currently, he is Principal Industry Specialist in an International Financial Institution, Washington DC, USA.

Tahira Abdullah - (Trustee)

A renowned human rights activist, social scientist and independent socio-economic development practitioner, Tahira Abdullah is based in Islamabad, Pakistan.In addition to her formal career path, she provides continuing inputs through her volunteer work, serving on policy-setting Boards, General Bodies, National Councils, and Executive Committees of a number of Government and non-government academic institutions, public interest organizations, trusts, networks, coalitions and groups working for human rights, gender justice and equality, environment, sustainable economic development, and humanitarian/disaster/conflict relief, recovery and rehabilitation.

Mansoor Khan - (Executive Trustee)

Over the past fifteen years, Mr. Khan has pioneered Pakistan’s offshore software development initiatives. He is currently Chief Executive Officer of Makabu (Pvt.) Ltd. and is responsible for the complete operations of the company. He has been previously associated with various Trusts based out of Islamabad namely LRBT, SKMT, Kaghan Memorial Trust. Apart from offering technological solutions for the Trust, Mr. Khan is among the most active Trustees, and is often involved in ground operations for the PKSS in Pakistan. Since 2005, he has been dedicated to working towards the strengthening of the school system.

Qazi Azmat Isa - (Trustee)

Qazi Azmat Isa has 25 years of experience in development. He is currently the CEO of the Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund, a multipurpose autonomous development institution with interventions in Energy, Infrastructure, Disaster Management, Institutional Development, Livelihood Enhancement and Protection, Health, Education and Disability.

Shahnaz Kapadia Rahat - (Trustee)

Shahnaz Kapadia Rahat pioneered the first Training of Trainers for enterprise development in Pakistan in 1989. She is currently CEO of Empowerment thru Creative Integration (ECI) Pvt Ltd, a premier capacity building institution offering training programmes for economic and livelihood development; gender mainstreaming; good governance. A dynamic champion of community-based change, she has developed a range of programmes and curricula for strengthening institutions at the grass-roots level.

Khalida Saleemi - (Trustee)

Khalida has extensively worked on issues of violence and torture and is Founder and Executive Director, SACH (Struggle for Change). Khalida has been a council member of IRCT (International Rehabilitation Council for torture victims) a network of 200 organizations, Copenhagen from 2000 to 2007. She has been a social activist for the past twenty seven years, participates in global forums, and has been an advisory board member on social sector. Furthermore, she has been instrumental in the establishment of the Crisis Centre for Women in Distress for the Ministry of Women and Development. She has also worked on child protection issues and set up a shelter and drop in centre for working children.

The Board

The Board appoints a Managing Trustee, currently Ms. Sabira Qureshi, who is responsible for managing Trust operations through a team of Coordinators, and a School Management Committee.