Abbas is a founding member and Executive Director of SAHE. He is the convener for the steering committee of the Campaign for Quality Education (CQE) and a member of the steering committee for the Pakistan Association for Research in Education (PARE). He was the lead researcher for the Education in Pakistan: What Works & Why research initiative, the precursor to CQE. He has taught at the federal government Civil Services Academy.
He has numerous research publications to his credit and has recently co-edited a book, Educational Crisis and Reform: Perspectives from South Asia, with Irfan Muzaffar.
Abbas has a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University, New York
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Ayesha A. Awan
Ayesha has over 12 years of experience working on education reform in Pakistan. Her work has
entailed conducting policy relevant research studies as well as advocating and collaborating with
governments on key issues of reform. Her areas of work have included student assessments, school
effectiveness, teacher education and citizenship education. She has served as an education advisor and
consultant with a variety of international organizations and local non-governmental organizations.
Ayesha holds a M.Ed. in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education
and a B.A. in Psychology from Georgetown University.
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Anjum is the Head of Research and Policy Studies (RAPS) and Associate Professor at the Aga Khan University Institute for Educational Development (AKU-IED). Anjum teaches research methods and mathematics methods courses at graduate and post-graduate levels at AKU-IED. For her contribution to the development of a research culture at AKU-IED and leading innovative research projects, she was awarded the AKU Annual Award, “Excellence in Scholarship of Research” for 2003-04.
Her research interests include school improvement, teacher development, mathematics education, and ethics in research.
Her doctorate from the University of Oxford, UK was a study of students learning mathematics in classrooms in Pakistan and draws on the psychology of learning and on the social and cultural setting of the classroom.
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Irfan Ahmed Awan
Irfan is the Managing Director of Society for Community Support for Primary Education in Balochistan, a civil society organization which has been working to improve education through creating government community partnerships in Balochistan since 1993. Irfan joined the Society in 1994 and worked on data and information management, and was appointed managing director in 2000. Previously, he worked in organizational management for programs financed by the USAID and World Bank.
Irfan has participated in workshops organized by international and national agencies and has experience working in Afghanistan, USA, Egypt and Bangladesh.
Irfan holds a Masters in Commerce from the University of Balochistan and a MA in Economics.
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Irfan specializes in educational policy analysis, teacher education, and political analysis of education reforms. His current research interests focus on using contemporary political theory to examine professional discourse within education. He has worked as a teacher, teacher educator, and a researcher in Pakistan and the United States.
He has published his work in the Comparative International Review, Education Theory, Cultural Studies of Science Education, and Journal of Social and Policy Sciences.
Irfan has a PhD in Education on politics of mathematics education reform from Michigan State University, an M.A. in Mathematics Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and a Masters in Physics from Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad.
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Sadiqa is a freelance development consultant and founder/Executive Director of Indus Resource Centre (IRC), a non-governmental organization in Pakistan that is dedicated to empowerment and mainstreaming of community-based initiatives at the grassroots level. Sadiqa has participated in and contributed to numerous national and international conferences and carried out consulting assignments on strategic planning for NGO networks, monitoring of programs and projects, and issues related to local bodies. As a member of governance structures of several non-governmental initiatives, she is instrumental in influencing the policies of various organizations and networks.
Sadiqa’s academic background is in Economics and Management and she holds Masters’ degrees in both of these disciplines.