Seema Fazilat: Executive Director: She did her M.A in International Relations from the University of Karachi in 2003. She has been associated with the development sector for the last ten years specializing in social research and surveys. With work experience in renowned organizations like Actionaid, WWF-Pakistan, Nielsen (Pvt.) Limited and Entrepreneurship and Community Development Institute (ECDI) her special interest is in community development, training, and poverty alleviation issues. She has experience in organizational and individual capacity building and develops, customizes and delivers training on various developmental aspects. She was part of USAID’s 2009 Inception Mission on Empowering Entrepreneurs of Pakistan and assisted in sub-sector analysis of water purification and solar technologies in Pakistan. Only recently, she worked with the Water and Sanitation Programme (WSP) of the World Bank to build the capacity of Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KW&SB) to undertake large scale surveys. She also supervised a consumer survey of 50,000 plus households in Gulberg Town of Karachi
Farhan Anwar: Technical Director: did his Bachelors in Civil Engineering and Masters in Urban and Regional Planning. His portfolio includes urban sustainability planning and public policy, climate adaptation, urban resilience, institutional strengthening and change management. He also specializes in managing participatory planning processes, using various participatory planning and social accountability tools He has extended consulting services to the World Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Japanese International Corporation Agency (JICA), the World Conservation Union (IUCN), WWF Pakistan and several prominent Pakistani consulting firms. Anwar is a Member, IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) and the Standing Committee on Environment – Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI). He presently also serves as a Visiting Faculty at the Indus Valley School of Arts & Architecture, Karachi, where he teaches a Bachelors Course to fourth year architecture students on Urban Sustainability Theories and Practices. Anwar is the Lead Author of the ‘Sanitation Strategy’, Government of Sindh and the Author of Pakistan’s ‘National Strategy and Action Plan’ for the ‘Mangroves of the Future’ Regional Program. He has a number of publications to his credit and contributes a weekly column – Elasti-cities focused on urban planning, environment, and development issues of Karachi City in the Express Tribune Newspaper. He has to his credit publications on Climate Change and Urban Resilience.
Naveen Aleem: Project Coordinator: holds an undergraduate degree in Business Management & Urban Development and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Westminster, London UK.; where her main focus was local community involvement and participation in major infrastructure projects in the London area. .She has previously worked in Transport Planning as part of the Planning and Consents Team at High Speed 1 (HS 1) formerly known as the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL) project dealing mainly with restoration and noise issues. She has a special interest in conservation and heritage.
Samreen Bashir: Training Coordinator: did her M.A. Social work from University of Karachi. She has been associated with the development sector for the last ten years. She has worked in renowned organizations in the capacity of HR Professional in The Citizens Foundation as well as Trainer for Value Chain, entrepreneurship and youth mobilization projects with Entrepreneurship and Community Development Institute (ECDI). She was a Lead Facilitator with the British Council in the Active Citizens project. Her passion is to work with youth and aspiring professionals and counsel them on career choices and skill development.
Wajeeha Farooqi: Research Associate: With an under-graduate degree in Pharmacology, Wajeeha has different interests. When it comes to healthcare needs, she has a special kind of enthusiasm and desire to do better. A solid background in science makes her an extremely resourceful individual, who is quite flexible and innovative. She is a dynamic individual and has been working for Sustainable Initiatives since its conception and has been a great resource when it comes to dealing with communities.