Ameena Saiyid was MD of OUP for 30 years. She was awarded The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) by the British Queen in 2005, Knight of Arts and Letters by the Government of France in 2013, and Sitara-e-Imtiaz by the President of Pakistan in 2018.

Ms Saiyid is the first woman in Pakistan to become the head of a multinational company and to be elected President of the Overseas Investors’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry. She is the Founder and Director of Adab Festival Pakistan and co- founder of the Children’s and Teachers’ Literature Festivals. Ms Saiyid is a member of the federal education minister’s Search Committee for the selection of scholars on Pakistan Chairs abroad and a Trustee of the Vicky Noon Education Foundation, UK, which gives scholarships to Pakistani students to study at Oxford and Cambridge Universities.


Amin Hashwani a businessman, social activist and author, founder and supporter of initiatives in the field of health, education, youth development, art, culture and peace building.

Mr Hashwani has promoted peace between nations, spoken at think tanks and the United Nations. In lieu of his services he has been recognized by national and international institutions, and has received an honorary Doctorate. He was acknowledged as one of the 25 'Intelligent Optimists' globally by Ode magazine. He is president of many organizations including I Am Karachi Society, Rural Educational Promotional and Development Society Vice President, Governing Body the Aga Khan Hospital & Medical College Foundation, and Trustee, National Institute for Cardiovascular Diseases Trust, including others.


Rehana Hakeemis the former editor/publisher of Newsline, a news magazine run by the first journalists' cooperative in South Asia. Newsline was known for its investigative stories and cutting- edge journalism and, in its 30-year run, won several APNS awards as well as the Asia Pacific and Kurt Schork awards, and the IWMF Courage in Journalism Award.

Ms Hakeem won the Chameli Devi Jain Award of the Indian Women’s Media Foundation, for editorial excellence. Ms Hakeem has served two terms as President of South Asian Women’s Media, and is associated with the South Asian Free Media Association and South Asians for Human Rights. Ms Hakeem is on the board of the South Asian Media Commission.


Dr. Huma Baqai is a Ph.D in International Relations and the Associate Dean (Faculty of Business Administration) and an Associate Professor of Social Sciences and Liberal Arts at IBA, Karachi.

She works with both national and international media as international relations expert and political analyst, and has served both as an analyst and an anchorperson in PTV for ten years, along with other channels. Dr. Baqai is also associated with Radio Pakistan and Voice of America as an analyst. She is also a Certified Corporate Trainer from the International Academy for Leadership, Gummersbach, Germany. Dr Baqai is visiting faculty at Air War College, National Institute of Management, Karachi. She is part of Track-II diplomacy between Pakistan and Afghanistan.