Architecture Chair

Jehangir Sherpao

Jahangir Khan Sherpao, a renowned architect who has contributed to the architectural fraternity and the country at large, was the President of Architects’ Regional Council Asia (ARCASIA) from 2017-2018.
During his tenure, multiple Heritage Roundtables were held by ARCASIA and V4AF (Visegrad 4, Architectural Foundaiton) both locally and internationally. Prior to this, he served as the President of Institute of Architects, Pakistan (IAP) and as ARCASIA Vice-President Zone A in 2015-2016 concurrently.
He received his professional degrees in Architecture, and later a professional Master’s degree in City & Regional Planning at the Illinois Institute of Technology at Chicag
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Design Chair

Saima Zaidi

Saima Zaidi, a Communication Designer, is currently a Professor of Practice in the Department of Communication and Design, as well as Director of the Center for Media and Design, at Habib University, Karachi.
She is a core team member of Numaish-Karachi, an award-winning interdisciplinary collective, which opens public spaces of the city for cultural production, creating an open-air gallery, laboratory, and playground.
Zaidi has researched, edited, and designed the book ‘Mazaar, Bazaar: Design and Visual Culture in Pakistan’ published by Oxford University Press, Karachi, in collaboration with the Prince Claus Fund Library, Amsterdam.
She received her undergraduate degree from the National College of Arts, Lahore, and her Master’s from the Pratt Institute, New York.
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Art Chair

Naazish Ataullah

Naazish Ataullah is a prominent artist, social activist and art historian based in Lahore. Known for her paintings and prints, Ataullah has earned considerable prestige in art circles as one of the most important female artists
in the country. She has served as the principal of the National College of Arts, Lahore and as a professor at Beaconhouse National University, Lahore.
Ataullah studied print-making at the Slade School of Fine Arts, London, and, upon her return to Lahore, was instrumental in introducing techniques such as lithography and etching at the Cowasjee Print Studio at NCA. During her student years, Ataullah was a member of the Women Action Forum in the 1980s, which she connects to her current work as she tackles the growing burdens and limitations to the liberty of women. Through her artwork, the artist openly rejects limitations on women as she illustrates the headscarf in a manner defying those restrictions.
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The Trophy

2018-19 trophy designed by Nayyar Ali Dada

Partners & Affiliates 2020-2021


Abdul Qadir Memon

Abdul Qadir Memon is the Founder and Chief Advisor of the taxation and corporate law consultants, Qadir & Company. Throughout his career, Memon has served in influential positions, advising and directing the government in federal taxation.
Abdul Qadir Memon is the Founder and Chief Advisor of the taxation and corporate law consultants, Qadir & Company. Throughout his career, Memon has served in influential positions, advising and directing the government in federal taxation.
He was part of the Advisory Committee for the Federal Tax Ombudsman, Tax/Revenue advisory council of the Ministry of Finance, and the Chairman of the Taxation Committee of the Pakistan Stock Exchange. Memon has also served on the international bodies of Asia-Oceania Tax Consultants’ Association as the Vice President, the JCI Asia Pacific Development Council as a Development Officer, and the Junior Chamber International Asia Pacific Senate as its Director.
Currently he stands a Patron of the Pakistan Tax Bar Association – previously serving as its President – Director of State Life Insurance Corporation, Director of the Institute of Financial Markets of Pakistan, and as a Member of the Federal Board of Revenue’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. Additionally, he serves on the Advisory Taxation Committees of Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
He was named ‘Outstanding Member of the World,’ at the 52nd Junior Chamber International World Congress in 1997, and was nominated as the ‘Inspiring Jaycees of the World’ in 2006. Memon is a Fellow of the Institute of Taxation and Management of Pakistan (FITM) and a Certified Director under the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan ‘Code of Corporate Governance,’ from ICMA-Pakistan.
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Khalid Mahmood

A thirty-four year veteran of the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry, Khalid Mahmood worked in influential positions in the US, South America, Far East, and Asia Pacific for fourteen years before returning to Pakistan in 1994, to become the founder of
Getz Pharma Pvt. Ltd.
As CEO of Getz Pharma Pvt. Ltd. and Getz Pharma FZ-LLC, U.A.E., Khalid has led the company from its inception, in 1995, to become the largest pharmaceutical company in Pakistan by 2018. Holding leading rankings in at least ten emerging pharma markets of the world, Getz Pharma is the only company in Pakistan whose manufacturing facility & Quality Control Laboratory has been Pre-qualified and approved by World Health Organization (WHO) Geneva, as well as from a member country of the Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-operation Scheme (PIC/S).
Khalid Mahmood has committed personal human and financial resources to campaigns and programs related to sports, education, health care and cultural and environmental preservation. Serving on the boards of Zindagi Trust, which manages two schools for 3,500 underprivileged girls, and Eqbal Ahmed Center for Education, while also holding the position of Chairman of the Board of Trustees of PeaceNiche/T2F. Previously, he was the president of the Board of Directors of World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), serving on its board for six years.
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Dr. Shamshad Akhtar

Dr. Shamshad Akthar is a postdoctoral Fulbright fellow, with a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University. Over a span of 37 years, she has developed her career through various positions in national and multilateral organizations.
She has served as the Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan from 2006 to 2009, and was the first female Central Bank Governor for Asia 2007. Dr. Akhtar also served as the Under Secretary General of the Economic and Social Commission of the Asia and Pacific (UNESCAP), leading work on the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda regarding climate change. Additionally she was the Senior Special Advisor on Economics and Finance and Assistant Secretary General UN and the UN Secretary General’s G20 Sherpa. More recently, she served as the interim Minister of Finance during the General Elections of 2018.
In addition to advising on macroeconomics issues, Dr. Shamshad Akhtar has advised various governments and the private sector in specific areas of governance, poverty, privatization, and public-private partnerships in sectors such as energy and agriculture. She has also advised a number of countries on financial sector policy, legal, and regulatory frameworks and assessed central banks. Dr. Akhtar has been previously nominated as Asia’s Best Central Bank Governor by the Emerging Market Groups in 2006 and Bankers Trust in 2007, and was named amongst the top ten of Asia’s Women Leaders in 2008 by the Asian Wall Street Journal.
Currently, she serves as a strategic advisor on various Pakistani Boards and Advisory Councils.
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Prof. Shehnaz Ismail

Shehnaz Ismail is the Founder and Dean, Faculty of Design at The Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture (IVS), holding the title of Professor Emeritus and serves as adjunct faculty in the department of Textile Design.
She has been instrumental in evolving the Transdisciplinary master’s program commencing in January 2020.
She is actively involved in craft revival, developing trainings and design intervention programs for non-profit organizations throughout the rural landscape of the country. Through her textile and interior design consultancies, in conjunction with Aga Khan Trust for Culture, the interiors for the Shigar Fort Residence and the Khaplu Palace Residence in Baltistan have been conserved and restored. The Shigar Fort Residence was awarded the UNESCO Award for Excellence in Conservation and Restoration in 2009 and the Khaplu Palace Residence was awarded the UNESCO Heritage Distinction Award in 2012.
In July 2012, Ismail was commissioned by Alchemy, Bradford Museums and Galleries for an exhibition entitled ‘Silk: Bradford and the Subcontinent’ and has worked closely with Textile historian, Brenda King. Her most recent work, Pale Sentinels, was featured at Aicon Gallery, New York.
Ismail serves on various Boards including National College of Arts, Lahore, Aurat Foundation, MUET Jamshoro, the Academic committee of BNU Lahore, Textile Institute of Pakistan, AHAN (One Village One Craft)
Ismail holds Undergraduate and Postgraduate degrees from the National College of Arts and Hornsey College, London in Textile Design and has been awarded the President’s Pride of Performance for her work in visual art and education in the year 2014
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Towfiq Chinoy

Towfiq Habib Chinoy is a philanthropist and business mogul with years of experience and significant executive leadership accomplishments. His illustrious career has applied qualities of integrity, credibility and a passion
for progress to strategic governance efforts.
Known as a pioneer in the steel industry, Chinoy founded International Steel Limited (ISL) in 2007, and currently serves as its non-executive Chairman, he also serves as an advisor to International Industries Limited (IIL), with which he has been associated with since 1964. He retired from his thirty-seven year role as Managing Director of IIL in August 2011 and from ISL, also as the Managing Director, in 2015.
Chinoy serves as the non-executive Chairman of Jubilee General Insurance Company Ltd. and Packages Ltd., as well as a director of the National Foods Limited, Standard Chartered Bank of (Pakistan) Ltd., a Trustee of the Habib University Foundation and the Mohatta Palace Gallery Trust.
He has previously served on the Advisory Boards of the Ministry of Communications, Engineering Development Board and Port Qasim Authority. He has also been Chairman of Pakistan Cables Ltd and PICIC Commercial Bank Ltd., Vice Chairman of The Pakistan Business Council and a Director of National Refinery Ltd., Linde Pakistan Ltd, Jubilee Life Insurance Co. Ltd and The Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy.
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Syed Mohammad Irfan

Syed Mohammad Irfan graduated from the National College of Arts, Lahore in 1966 and has more than 50 years of specialist experience in the fields of architecture, conservation, housing and town planning.
Through his presidential and chairmanship tenures at the IAP and the PCATP, he contributed greatly to the development of the architectural profession.
He oversaw several ‘Country Reports for Habitat’ for the Government of Pakistan, and was the Country Expert for UNESCAP authoring the ‘Country Monograph’, which he subsequently presented at the Regional Seminar in Bangkok. During his time as the CEO of Pakistan Environmental Planning and Architectural Consultants (PEPAC), he played a pivotal role in negotiations with international organizations such as the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank, representing the interests of the Government of Pakistan. This was key to the development of strategic policy and its implementation for the development sector.
Supervising several town planning and urban development studies, particularly in the housing sector for the Government of Pakistan, Irfan held a pivotal role in the structuring and programming of the Pakistan Housing Authority where he held the Director General post for five years.
Of his numerous publications, the most notable is ‘The Walled City of Lahore,’ which was co-directed in 1991, this key conservation and documentation project was shortlisted for the Aga Khan Award.
Currently Irfan is a consultant at an establishment handling large-scale projects funded by the UAE Government in the hospitality, health, education, and social welfare sectors.
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Davide Tommaso

Davide Tommaso Ferrando is an architecture critic and researcher. He has a Master’s degree in Advanced Architectural Design, and a Doctorate in Architecture and Building Design.

His interests lie in studying the points of convergence for architecture, city and media. Currently, he is Post-Doc University Assistant in the Department of Architectural Theory and History at the University of Innsbruck. He has also held the position of adjunct professor Politecnico di Torino, Università di Ferrara and ETSA Madrid, and has been invited as a guest lecturer at many international universities.
Davide brings a rich curatorial experience. In 2016, he curated “Unfolding Pavilion: Curated Archives” exhibition, with Daniel Tudor Munteanu. He was the scientific consultant for the “Meeting the Commons” section of the Italian Pavilion at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale. In 2017, he curated the Festival “Architettura in Città” of Torino with Nina Bassoli and in 2018, the “Unfolding Pavilion: Little Italy” exhibition and symposium is curated with Daniel Tudor Munteanu and Sara Favargiotti.
He is the editor of several publications and his work is published in accredited international journals and magazines. In 2018 he published his first monographic book: The City in the Image. He is the director of 011+ and vide-director of Viceversa.
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Feryal Ali Gauhar

Feryal Ali Gauhar read Political Economy at McGill University, Montreal, studied Media Education at the University of London, trained as a television broadcaster in the Netherlands and at the University of

Southern California, and served as a fellow of the Gates Institute at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University.

She has an MPhil in Cultural Heritage Management. She has been a columnist for Pakistan’s leading English language daily, DAWN and is the author of two critically acclaimed novels.  Ms. Ali Gauhar has made over forty films on marginalization and poverty, with two acclaimed feature films made in 1994 and 1997. She served as the United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for the Population Fund from 1999 till 2004.

Ms. Ali Gauhar has taught Film history, theory and technology at the National College of Arts.  She lectures at apex institutions (National Defence University, Administrative Staff College, Civil Services Academy, National Institute of Management) around the country on women and economic development, reproductive health and rights, gender-based violence, the environment-poverty nexus, and cultural heritage management.  Feryal has worked with the World Monuments Fund, New York, as coordinator for the Chilas Cultural Landscape Documentation project for the area in Gilgit Baltistan where the Diamer Basha Dam is being built by the Government of Pakistan.  She has served as Project Consultant for the Pak-German Archaeological Mission and for the Italian Archaeological Mission in Pakistan.  Feryal has led the team which wrote the cultural heritage management plan for Diamer Basha Dam, Chilas, Gilgit Baltistan, and for the Dasu Hydropower Project in Indus Kohistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Feryal and has just completed her third novel, “An Abundance of Wild Roses”.  She is currently working on a screenplay for a feature film.  Feryal lives in Lahore with an abundance of almost wild animals and a few, equally interesting humans.

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Herve Matin

Herve Matin completed his Fine Arts from University of Tehran-IRAN before coming to France in 1982. He got his PhD in Fine Arts from Paris Diderot University (Université Paris 7) in 1987.

From 1986 to 1992, He had various work experiences from teaching to working as graphic designer, art director in communication agencies such as Saatchi & Saatchi -London, ILC – Paris, Landais Print & Communication – Paris.
He founded HM Studio Graphic Design Agency in 1993, then became co-founder and general manager of Genie Interactif Communication Agency from 1996 to 2006.
In 2000, Hervé Matine initiated Mediavillage, the first co-working space, offering freelancers, communication and web agencies a high tech, plug and play open space office of 1600m2 in heart of Paris. From 2002 to 2008 he curated several exhibitions and hosted 2002 Greenpeace auction against global warming.
President of 4 Tomorrow Association, he is the founder of poster for tomorrow, an international project whose goal is to encourage people, both in and outside the design community, to make posters to stimulate debate on issues that affect us all. For 10 years, several editions of poster for tomorrow were under patronage of Council of Europe and French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and is endorsed by charities such as Amnesty, Reporters Without Borders, FIDH, and collaborated with different department of United Nations.
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Kalim Siddiqui

Ar. Kalim A. Siddiqui holds a M.Sc. from A.I.T. Bangkok in HumanSettlements Planning and Development along with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the School of Architecture and Design, Engineering University, Lahore, Pakistan.

Kalim has been active in promoting the cause of Architects at the National and International levels as early as 1985. He was involved in the affairs of the Institute of Architects Pakistan and has held various positions as Office Bearer of the Institute ever since.

At the National level he was twice elected Vice Chairman, Pakistan Council of Architects and Town Planners (PCATP) which is responsible for enforcement of regulation and recognition of the profession of Architects and Town Planners in the country. He recently got elected as its Chairman.

At the International level he has been involved with the activities and various programs of the Architects Regional Council Asia(ARCASIA) and served as Vice President (2010-2012) representing Zone “A” countries comprising of Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka,Bangladesh and Nepal. He was instrumental in organizing the premiere event of ARCASIA as the convener of ARCASIA Congress of Architects (ACA-14) and the Student Jamboree held at Lahore in Oct. 2010.

He has widely travelled and attended seminars, workshops and conferences besides working on foreign professional assignments.He is a Fellow of Institute of Architects, Pakistan (FIAP) and Fellow of the Institute of Town Planners, Pakistan, (FIPP). He is also a member Board of Trustees, IAP (Lahore Chapter) and Pervaiz Vandal Award Trust for Arts & Architecture. He is an adviser to the newly established Institute of Culture & Arts at Lahore.

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