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Dr Rashid Bajwa
(Program Chair for Local Challenge Fund - LCF)
Rashid Bajwa heads National Rural Support Program (NRSP) which is Pakistan's largest rural development organization. He works with millions of small and poor farmers trying to create out of the box solutions to help improve their productivity and incomes. He looks at Rural Development and Poverty alleviation from the lens of a social entrepreneur instead of charity. The NRSP model of development is organizing communities, men and women and their capacity building. The model creates demand for goods and services and NRSP as a support organization bridges this gap with public sector and donors. NRSP works with all international donors operating in Pakistan. It has recently concluded a seven year 50 million USD USAID "Small Grants and Ambassadors Fund Project (SGAFP)". The SGAFP was providing small grants to civil society organizations in the country.
Dr. Bajwa has successfully set up the NRSP MF Bank which has investors including IFC, KFW and ACUMEN FUND. Today, the NRSP Bank is the third largest MF Bank in the country with 115 branches. It is the only MF Bank to have been given an "Islamic Micro Banking License". Recently, he has established an Agriculture Value Chain company that integrates small and poor farmers into a vertical value chain in Sugar Cane and Rice.
He is currently the Chairman of Pakistan Mercantile Exchange (PMEX). He has remained Chairman of the Pakistan Micro Finance Network (PMN). He has been on many Boards as independent director including FFBL, Fauji Foods etc. Dr. Bajwa is an ex member of the Pakistan Administrative Service (DMG) from where he resigned in 2003. He holds a Master's degree in Public Health from the Nuffield Institute of Health, UK and a graduate of King Edward Medical College.
|Dr Zulfiqar Bhutta|
Professor & Founding Director, Centre of Excellence in Women & Child Health, Agha Khan University, Karachi
Biological and Health Sciences
Dr Tariq Hassan
Advocate Supreme Court of Pakistan
Dr Muhammad Ashraf Chaudry
President Pakistan Nuclear Society
Mathematical & Physical Sciences
Dr Amir Muhammad
Dr Sarosh H. Lodhi
VC NED UET Karachi
Engineering & Technology
Dr Syed Noman ul Haq
Dean, Institute of Liberal Arts
Arts & Humanities