Steering Committee


M Amir Baig

Founder & Editor, PakistanHerald.com

Mr. Baig is the President of Gibraltar Information Technologies, Inc, a database & business intelligence consulting firm providing services to Fortune 500 companies. He has vast experience working with global teams spanned across many continents, including North America, Europe and Asia. He has collaborations with Information Technology firms in Asia and has managed many complex projects working with teams across the globe.

Mr. Amir Baig holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Systems Engineering and a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Wayne State University, Michigan. He has post grad training in Advanced Management from Stanford University. Teaching being his passion, Mr. Baig has travelled around North America and taught Information Technology courses at Learning Tree International, a public Corporation and one of the largest IT training Institute in the world.

Mr. Baig has been an advocate of building strong institutions and bringing intellectual capital of Pakistani diaspora on a single united platform to engage in public policy making & present long term sustainable solutions. He is a believer in the use of information technology to tackle the problems of governance, accountability and corruption in third world countries. He is among Board of Directors at MyEducationKey.com, a non-profit Organization based in Michigan, USA and HelpPakistan.org , another non-profit connecting needy families with resourceful people around the world.

Dr Muhammad Sohail Ahmed

Associate Professor, Eastern Michigan Universty, Lansing, Michigan

Muhammad Sohail Ahmed is an associate professor at Eastern Michigan University. He received B.E degree in 1986 from N.E.D University Pakistan and MS (Mechanical Engineering, 1991), MS (Manufacturing Engineering, 1996) and Ph.D (1999) degrees from Wayne State University Detroit USA. From 1990-1993 Dr Ahmed worked for Ford Motor Company as a CAE application engineer working on Electric vehicle and on FEA frontal crash design. From 1994 to 1999 Muhammad worked as a Research Associate at Wayne State University’s Department of Industrial Engineering,

on four National Institute of Standards & Technology’s automotive research grants, worth 8 mil dollars, in the area of dimensional control, reliability, problem solving, decision making and auto body digital virtual build. From 1999-2008 Dr Ahmed was the manager for Wayne State University BS Manufacturing Engineering program at Focus HOPE, a civil rights organization in Detroit. Dr Ahmed has a twenty years of experience in teaching, academic administration and training development and execution. He is a consultant to Healthcare industry and Automotive OEM and suppliers, in the field of Business Process Management, Knowledge Management, Project Management, manufacturing and design problem solving using Principle Component Analysis, Six sigma, Taguchi and Design of Experiments. Dr Ahmed’s research work is in the area of decision support system, knowledge management, learning organization, lean and quality systems and engineering education. Dr Ahmed has been involved with educational and social advocacy both in USA and Pakistan. He is a member of Friends of Focus:HOPE, a civil right organization in Detroit Michigan USA, and administer one of the largest Weekend Islamic School in Michigan. He is working towards the implementation of new learning strategies in teaching religion. Since 2007 Dr Ahmed has lead a group of Mechanical NED Alumni that have distributed more than 30 scholarships (full tuitions and monthly stipend) to young engineering students at NED while mentoring them in their studies and professional activities.

Shahid Ahmed

Board Member, Pakistan Association of America, Detroit, Michigan

After graduating from NED University, Karachi, Mr. Ahmed acquired his Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Wayne State University, USA. He worked as a Safety Simulation Engineer in major automotive companies for two decades. He is currently working as Safety Lead at Magna International, Inc.

Mr. Ahmad was vice president of Pakistan Student Association, Wayne State University during early 90’s. He is one of the pioneers in introducing cricket in North America. He has been successfully conducting “Diversity Cup” a major annual cricket tournament in state of Michigan. Mr Ahmed is a founding member of the PTA (Parent Teacher Association) for the Islamic Association of America (IAGD) Sunday Islamic School.

Nadim Muhammad

Senior Product Line Specialist, Intel Corp

It is his passion for Pakistan and its people that while living abroad for past 20+ years Nadim has been involved in promoting Pakistan and Pakistani people at different platforms in USA. Nadim earned his MBA from University of Michigan and MS Mech Engg from Wayne State University Detroit. Nadim developed automotive design and manufacturing expertise while working at Ford Motor Co. and Semiconductor Finance and Marketing expertise through his work at Intel Corp.

Nadim has demonstrated his leadership in leading Pakistan Student Association, as a board member Pakistan Association of America, and various other organizations and activities. He is currently a board member of a non profit organization "Muslim Community of Folsom" in CA. Nadim has extensive traveling experience which has shaped up his thought process which always triggered a thought “Why not in Pakistan?” He believes accountability at the top as the top most contributing factor in the tremendous success of rather mediocre countries like Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea,Hong Kong, etc. He firmly believes in the Rule of Law and its enforcement for a prosperous and successful future of Pakistan.

Ali Hasan Cemandtaur

Writer, Novelist & Political Analyst

Born in March 1963, Cemandtaur has excelled as a writer since his first publication 1993. He has been a columnist for reputed English and Urdu language newspapers and magazines including Jang, The News, Dawn and Pakistan and Gulf Economist. He has also authored a number of books in English and Urdu including novels, travelogues and essays. Mr Cemandtaur graduated in Engineering from NED University in Karachi. He then acquired his Masters from Iowa State University, USA followed by Doctorate from University of Colorado at Boulder.

His Urdu short stories are published in the weekly Pakistan Times, USA.He regularly writes for the Pakistan Link (newspaper) and occasionally for the News (Pakistan), and for the Siliconeer (Silicon Valley).His audio segment “Aik Khayal” airs occasionally from ABN-Chicago Radio. Mr. Hassan’s writings can also be found online at Chowk.com and other web portals.

Dr. Abbas K. Zaidi

Professor, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virgina

Abbas K. Zaidi is a Professor in the Department of Systems Engineering and Operations Research, the Volgenau School of Engineering, George Mason University (GMU), Fairfax, Virginia. He is also associated with System Architectures Laboratory, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at GMU.

From 1999 to 2002, he worked as an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and as Dean of the Faculty at Mohammad Ali Jinnah University in Karachi, Pakistan. Prior to that (1995-1998) he served at the Department of Computer Science, University of Karachi, Pakistan, as an Assistant Professor. During his stay in Karachi, he remained associated with George Mason University as a Senior Research Scientist in the Volgenau School of Engineering. His professional interests include performance improvement of processes in semiconductor manufacturing, modeling and analysis of discrete-event systems, validation and verification of system architectures, and colored Petri nets. He received his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi, Pakistan. He then received his master’s and PhD degrees, both in Electrical Engineering, from George Mason University in 1991 and 1994, respectively. In regards to Pakistan, his interests lie in the application of engineering principles, techniques, and systems thinking for the solution of societal problems. He works with several US-based and Pakistani non-governmental organizations in the areas of education and community building.

Dr. Mohammed Toseef Ansari

Lead Clinical Research Methodologist (KSG, CEP) and Associate Investigator (CEP), Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

Dr. Ansari is a clinical meta-researcher based in Ottawa. He acquired his medical degree from Dow Medical College (Karachi, Pakistan), training in Internal Medicine at the Aga Khan University (Karachi, Pakistan), two research Masters degrees from The University of Hong Kong, and Fellowship in Systematic Reviews at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (Ottawa, Canada).

Dr. Ansari’s interests include assessment of bias and flaws in research, rating confidence in research findings, logical and critical thinking, and understanding religious scriptures using systematic principles.

Sabahat Ashraf

Principal, iFaqeer Communcations

Sabahat Ashraf, who blogs and works under the pen name "iFaqeer" is a communicator and activist based in Fremont, California. He started as an activist working on human and women's rights issues in Karachi in the early 90's, and his career as a communicator began working as a writer and then Editor of the then only national English magazine for youth in the late 80's. He has since worked as a technical communicator for large and small technology companies, contributed to old and new media outlets both in Pakistan and the US, and continued to work on social and political causes in both countries.

Mr. Ashraf is also a co-founder/early member of the Friends of South Asia (http://www.friendsofsouthasia.org ), an organization focused on peace and human rights in South Asia (India, Pakistan and the rest of that region).

Sabahat has a Masters' in Communication (MS, Tech. Comm.) from Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and a Bachelors’ in Computer Systems Engineering from NED University in Karachi.

Sabahat’s blog is at:
blog.iFaqeer.com

and his website at:
iFaqeer.com

Recent Testimonials

  • Danish Nizami

    Pakistan is one of the unfortunate states which are suffering from severe ills of the society; corruption is one of those; damaging the pillars of the country. I have always wondered how we will be able to see where is the money spent and how the estimates are made, as millions of rupees go down the drain for small development schemes.

  • Farwa Malik

    I strongly support this legislation as it provides solid grounds for building a sustainable infrastructure in order to ensure transparency and accountability in all federal and provincial government set ups. This kind of radical change was much needed since years as Pakistan started to face economic crisis and got buried under huge loans worth millions of dollars.

  • Sadia Umer

    Being a common citizen of Pakistan, I might at least bother about the budgeting as I am more concerned about my salary, inflation and my expenses. Well the question is that why every year I come across with the negative budget and the expenditures are higher. Why is it so that the budget is in deficit and the general public is not aware on the calculations?

  • Maryam Irfan

    We want transparency in all financial departments of Pakistan. I am a supporter of this legislation as well. I totally agree with the objectives and purposes of the legislation which totally rely on a proper channel of monitoring the financial invoices of the country by a COMMON MAN.

  • Tehseen Rafi

    This legislation is a great step towards achievement of the MDGs. The elected representatives of the nation take charge on the basis of the mandate that has been given to them by the citizens of Pakistan. This refers to their liabilities to serve the people who brought them to do so, but unfortunately, they come not to serve but to rule.

  • Nesa Rao

    14 years have been passed from the 9/11 event. The consequences of this disaster have brought many changes in the lives of Muslims especially in Pakistan. The law and order situation has become worst and the drone attacks have taken lives of many innocent people.

  • Madiha

    Being a citizen of a country where we talk a lot about democracy, it is no wonder that you wish implementation of the accountability parameters and protocols as well. Pleased enough to go through the legislation which states that the social development and the crime rate will be monitored and controlled with the help of the local representatives.

  • Umme Talha

    My patriot soul always asked me a question, why not the best for Pakistan, and I never had an answer. From support staff to CSP officers, there is a tough competition on merit; multiple stages and ways of testing and great effort to choose the best. I wonder why nobody has ever thought that we need the best lot of professionals to run our country.

  • Maryam Irfan

    No doubt, we need a system which has to be upgraded at least annually. Training of government officials must be mandatory. No doubt, our country’s system demands that the officials must submit their reports or plans yearly or quarterly, yet, a lot of accountability and follow-up needs to be done.

  • Danish Nizami

    Uniform education system is the call from every Pakistani who considers education as the key to the long term prosperity. Unless we bring the whole nation to the same level, we cannot expect the same level of efforts and contribution. Unfortunately the use of multiple education systems has become a base of segmentation in the society.