Bargad Team




 

Name:Sabiha Shaheen
Designation: Executive Director
Email:
sabiha.bargad@gmail.com
sabiha.shaheen@bargad.org.pk
Phone Number:
+92-55-3864920, +92-55-3868052


Sabiha heads and is one of the founding members of BARGAD, a youth-development organization based in Gujranwala to promote peace, justice and youth cooperation in Pakistan.
She specializes in youth development and has been a key civil society practitioner since 1997 to put youth issues on priority agenda in Pakistan and has helped advocacy campaigns to design and implement national youth policy in the country.

She has led many projects in collaboration with more than 52 higher education institutions of Pakistan, India and Afghanistan and 40 colleges and 30 religious seminaries with the support of thousands of young volunteers. She also toured universities across the country to lecture on youth radicalization.
She has contributed papers on textbooks of the Jehadi schools (2002), changing factors of youth activism for the next Generation Report (2009) and youth demography, identity and participation in Pakistan (2009).

She has represented Pakistan in south Asian, continental and international consultations on Beijing and has travelled to Afghanistan, Germany, India, Philippines, Malaysia Sri Lanka and the USA to raise Pakistani youth perspectives on international forums. She is an alumnus of the International Visitors’ Program of the US state department. She is a member of Women Action Forum (WAF).


 

Name: Saiqa Rani
Designation: Head of Program Department
Department: Programme
Email: saiqa.bargad@gmail.com
saiqa.rani@bargad.org.pk
Phone Number: +92-55-3864920, +92-55-3868052


Saiqa Rani has been with BARGAD from 1999. She joined as a volunteer during her 10th grade, worked as a volunteer for several years under different projects. This work experience helped to explore her interpersonal and professional skills and now she is a part of BARGAD’s staff. She has her Master’s degree in Banking and Finance. Recently she received a scholarship from Asian University for Women, Bangladesh 2008-2009, which was duly attained because of her tremendous work for the youth development in her country under the umbrella of BARGAD.

While working for youth development with BARGAD, she has acquired knowledge, communication, mobilization, networking and leadership skills. Utilizing her skills she works very successfully with the academia, policy makers, politicians, representatives of media and other walks of life to launch various initiatives of BARGAD. Apart from executing many other projects, she recently organized a nationwide series of seminars, dialogues and exhibitions with 20 universities. They contributed to making students aware about the issues of democracy, peace-building and gender equality, to sensitizing them on the issues of internally-displaced people in Pakistan and to facilitating the debate on campuses on anti-terror war repercussions. They were also meant to prepare the students for pro-peace, women-friendly and student-centered campuses. She has also initiated a discourse on women leadership and harassment at higher education institutions of Pakistan from the platform of BARGAD.

She has attended various conferences, seminars, dialogue at national and international level. She has been a participant of “Information and Communication Technologies and Development” on April 17-19, 2009 at Carnegie Mellon Qatar Education City, Doha, Qatar.

 

Name: Bushra Sadiq
Designation: Manager Outreach
Department: Outreach
Email: bushra01.bargad@gmail.com
bushra.sadiq@bargad.org.pk
Phone Number: +92-55-3864920, +92-55-3868052


Daring, confident and strong, who is always willing to accept challenges, BARGAD family calls her Bushra Sadiq. With a work experience of 8 years in development sector, she has mastered in women rights and strong communication skills. She gives her whole strength to create the demand of women empowerment through advocacy. She is very convinced on women empowerment and believes that parents should invest on personality development of their daughters rather making savings for their dowries.

She is continuous learner and keeps on adopting new changes in her environment. She listens to feedback about her personality very calmly, after internalizing, she reforms her personality to facilitate her work, colleagues and personal life and make things easy to happen.

She has completed her masters in Gender Studies. She has attended and organized numerous workshops, training programmes, seminars, group discussions and conferences on the issues of women empowerment, gender equality, harassment, youth development etc. She has been with Bargad since 2006.


 

Name: Usman Akhter
Designation: Media Manager
Department: Media
Email: uakhter.bargad@gmail.com
usman.akhter@bargad.org.pk
Phone Number: +92-03316927039


Whenever you produce the sound like “Usman Akhter” he will surely give you attention if he is not sleeping. He attempts to smile and flunks continually, but it doesn’t matter you can find him trustworthy. People remember him because of his forward-thinking ideas; at the same time he is very resilient. He always battle with himself over quality; at the end he hotfoots with hapless intro of his ideas. He thinks time is running too fast. We don’t know either he is on right side or wrong? He believes in functionalism and for that he always tries to examine the crowd wisdom. Successful negotiations are his mastery, youth and young people attract him, he is a little sheathing at the start but not till the end.

Usman Akhter did not join BARGAD until he got satisfactory answers to his critical questions about ideology and agenda of BARGAD and its role in development of youth of Pakistan; for this he took plenty of time. But once he joined BARGAD, he joined it with loyalty.
He is a student of Social Research and Sociology, working with BARGAD Team as a member in the capacity of Azad Jammu & Kashmir Provincial Coordinator for Youth Policy Draft Formulation. He joined BARGAD as an employee in June, 2012.

Since 2001 when he was a student in Punjab University, he has been working with BARGAD as a volunteer.After the completion of his studies he joined Development Pool (http://www.developmentpool.org) as an internee for two months. In 2007 he joined Gross-root Organization for Human Development working for the education and development of gypsies and nomadic tribes of Punjab, Pakistan in the capacity of Project Coordinator. In June, 2008 he joined the Sustainable Development of Walled City Lahore Project as a Research Associate. He was deputed to Aga Khan Cultural Service Pakistan in that project; in AKCSP he worked in various capacities in the department of Socio-Economic Component till June, 2012. Usman Akhter is now working as a team member in BARGAD.


 

Name: Muqadas Iqbal
Designation: Head of Finance and Accounts
Department: Finance
Email: muqadas.bargad@gmail.com
muqadas.iqbal@bargad.org.pk
Phone Number: +92-55-3864920, +92-55-3868052


Keeping an eye on every move and every person of BARGAD with the intent to provide back-up and support as and when required, there goes Muqadas Iqbal Chaudhary. If you go to her with your confusion, she would listen to you with attention and care, and surely facilitate you to come up with some ideas and solutions. She looks like easy to go but one should never underestimate her smiles; she knows where to close her space for one. Strong control on her emotions is one of her best strengths; one will never know when she is so angry, happy or sad. Even not her close friends could tell what is going on inside her. She is a strong-headed and calm person.
With a degree of Business Administration in Banking and Finance, she works with BARGAD as Finance Manager since 2003. While a student of matriculation, she joined BARGAD as a volunteer and became part of BARGAD’s pioneer group. After her graduation, she joined the Finance Department of BARGAD and now she is leading it with remarkable success. Besides the understanding of how to run a finance department, she has very good understanding of social issues and gives constructive suggestions and feedback to the programme team of BARGAD.
The work with BARGAD has further groomed her personality as she improved her skills of team management, stress management and how to prioritize the work.

Work with Bargad has nourished her personality with the skills of team management, stress management and how to prioritize the work.


Name: Sarmad Raza Nayak
Designation: Head of Operations Department
Department: Operations
Email: sarmad.bargad@gmail.com
sarmad.nayak@bargad.org.pk
Phone Number: +92-03334214009


He believes in oral culture, and is a perfectionist. Sarmad Raza Nayak establishes his confidence in each type of job by doing a comprehensive research about the issue therefore he demands maximum and sophisticated details from other team members. He is associated with BARGAD-Organization for Youth Development since 1997. You need much knowledge and preparation about the issue you are going to get nodded by Sarmad. Technology inspires and attracts him. He always looks for the new body gadgets and uses them efficiently. Once he has a plan, he can coin dozens of methods to accomplish it. He has a lot of skills, he is a very good peace photographer, and he is well-equipped with the art of handmade paper making, and he settles disputes where people try to damage the environment. He is best in an informal discussion. He never watches TV shows and movies, until a beloved asks for. Cooking and eating quality food is his passion. Academically he is well conversant with the university level subject of Sociology and has mastery in social research. He loves local culture and promotes the culture everywhere he belongs to.

 

Name: Usman Rasheed
Designation: Programme Officer
President BARGAD Volunteers’ Network (BVN)
Department: Programme
Email: usman01.bargad@gmail.com
usman.rasheed@bargad.org.pk
Phone Number: +92-03328197657


Little naughty but highly committed and passionate to youth development, Usman is the heart of the organization. Having experience of one decade in peer education, volunteer management and facilitation, he is the first president and co-founder of BVN. He has artistic nature and manages as a president more than two thousand volunteers of the organization in a vibrant manner across 52 universities and all provinces of Pakistan. Besides, he is a caring, trustworthy and curious but strong-headed person. Never challenge him; he surely gets what he aspires after. His curiosity and dedication motivates him to learn and lead in this life. He believes in the concept of self-empowerment and self-improvement. He joined BARGAD as a volunteer in 2004. He was one the youngest volunteers at BARGAD.

He has done his Master in Political Science. He attended as participant and trainer a number of trainings, workshops, seminars and dialogues on a number of topics related to youth and social issues. He was an active member of the organizing team of six regional dialogues in which Youth of Pakistan, India and Afghanistan participated to initiate multi-track diplomacy and peace-building. He has attended a number of national and international conferences including Student Union Young Leaders Conference. In addition, he also managed to be the part of campaigns, Voice of Youth, with the objective to make aware the youth about the defect of taking drugs; Electoral Engagement of Youth, with the objective to ensure maximum and meaningful participation of youth in the elections. He also assisted the organization in various research projects including Youth Directory, the first research on youth organizations of Punjab and Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT). He also assisted in arranging consultative meetings and in advocacy and lobbying for provincial youth policies.

He coordinated a programme Young Ambassadors for Peace in which he managed 100 young peace ambassadors from every nook and cranny of the country. He also worked under project titled, Youth Engagement and Capacity Building for Peace and looked after whole district Muzaffargarh to engage youth and build their capacity for peace building. Besides, under this project he worked as facilitator and trainer, hence, he delivered sessions on Peace Building through Youth Networks; Youth Profiling; How to Design and Run a Campaign and Peer Education and Peace Building in fifteen 5-day Training Workshops on Youth Mentorship.


 

Name: Shakilla Koukab
Designation: Programme Officer
Department: Programme
Email: skoukab.bargad@gmail.com
shakilla.koukab@bargad.org.pk
Phone Number: +92-55-3864920, +92-55-3868052


Witty and hardworking are the true words that best describe Shakilla Kaoukab. Whenever she sees tension in environment, she tries to lighten up it with her laughter and small jokes. If you try to convince her with a weak logic, forget it that she is going to buy it. But continued effort with strong logic can attract her thoughts.

She strongly observes the culture and norms of our people and never lets the BARGAD family disrespect them. It is her charismatic personality which makes men, women and young girls of our society listen to her thoughts even on very sensitive and touchy issues without raising any conflict. She has worked with religious seminaries with an aim to link the young girls of seminaries with mainstream development. Also she has worked on life skills base education in District Gujranwala.

The mother of four kids, Shakilla did her Bachelor’s in Arts from University of the Punjab. She has been working as programme officer with BARGAD since 2006.


 

Name: Minza Yaqoob
Designation: Associate Program Officer
Vice President of External Relations (BVN)
Department: Programme
Email: minza.bargad@gmail.com
minza.yaqoob@bargad.org.pk
Phone Number: +92-55-3864920, +92-55-3868052


Compliant and cooperative are the appropriate adjectives to define Minza Yaqoob who had been volunteering BARGAD since 2005. She belongs to a conservative patriarchal family, where girls have never been entered to college life. However with an encouraging support of her father in a crucial time, when relatives shunned the family, she managed to graduate from the Asian University for Women, Bangladesh on a Fulbright scholarship. She gradually developed confidence, outspokenness and steadfastness in herself. In her yearly breaks from the university, she continued to strengthen her bond with BARGAD through her participation in multiple seminars, meetings, TOTs and other events
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She joined BARGAD in 2013 after obtaining the degree of honors majoring in Asian Studies from the university. Since then writing is her passion as well as area of working in BARGAD on the post of Associate Program Officer. Event reporting, e-newsletters, background papers, articles and any other writing stuff is area of her expertise, but she is always passionate to add new techniques in her writing style. Besides writing, her outspoken personality urges her to become a trainer, and she has started to sooth her passion by moderating some sessions in different training workshops. Strong networking and becoming close with people within a first meeting is an added value of her friendly personality. However in her area of work, she is diligently working day in and day out to fulfill the assigned tasks.


Name: Adnan Butt
Designation: Senior Finance Officer
Vice President of Finance & Legal (BVN)
Department: Finance
Email: adnanbutt.bargad@gmail.com
adnan.butt@bargad.org.pk
Phone Number: +92-03225556116


Smile on face and ready to help everyone, he is Adnan Butt. The word “No” does not exist in his dictionary even if you say him to climb a mountain in one night he would smile and say no problem I will do it for you. Assiduous and honest are very appropriate words to define him. Cricket is his passion and action movies are his weakness.

Adnan joined BARGAD as a volunteer in 2008. He was a no more than a student of Matriculation at that time. BARGAD received and transformed him into a very hardworking and trustworthy member of the team. He loves to amuse himself with digits. This very quality along with his cool and calm nature always helps him to work efficiently even in stressed situations. He is truly considered an asset of the organization, and presently he is working as Senior Finance Officer.

He holds a certificate in accounting and at present he is doing of B.Com along with his job. His main responsibilities include office work, communication with banks, care for financial transaction, maintaining accounts and project files.


Name: Muhammad Naveed
Designation: Outreach Officer
Vice President of Youth Engagement (BVN)
Department: Outreach
Email: naveed.bargad@gmail.com
naveed@bargad.org.pk
Phone Number: +92-03337477517


Muhammad Naveed is an intellectual who always try to go for a best possible solution of a certain situation. He has a high potential and possesses an eagerness for the development of his country fellows. He is persistent in capturing the ideas for human development and always thinks and works out the situations of local development.

Mr. Naveed has obtained his Bachelor Degree in Economics in 2010. Along with his education, he joined BARGAD as a Volunteer in 2009. Owing to his passion and firmness in his thoughts, BARGAD officially hired him as a field officer and later promoted him to the assistant programme officer. A good addition to BARGAD team, he is now performing his duties in his full capacity, and he has promoted as Outreach Officer.

He has also attended various trainings on gender, human rights, extremism etc, while working with BARGAD, which allowed him to develop a good understanding of problems our generation is facing. Communications skill is another major development in his personality which adds value to his competencies and his work. Furthermore, the field work has broadened his mind to the economic and political situation of the country.

Name:Amjad Iqbal Qamer
Designation: IT Advisor
Department: Media
Email: amjad.iqbal.bargad@gmail.com
amjad.iqbal@bargad.org.pk
Phone Number: +92-03337477517


A passionate and young wisdom in an elderly person is also part of the BARGAD team. Amjad Iqbal, an ex servant of Pakistan Military Force and Commendation Certified as best peace keeper of United Nations Operations in Somalia, takes care of IT solutions in BARGAD Office since 2011. Most of the time he will say you OK spontaneously, when you assign him a task, shortly he will rush back and will demand for the details; in any case it’s you who skip the details. He is master in all impossible IT tasks but reluctant to express his authority in simplest IT jobs. Timing is his strength; you have to chase him within the office timings. By nature he is 40 years younger than his age, laughs silently and smiles loudly.

He earned the Microsoft Certificate of System Engineering in 1999. He has fifteen years of experience in web development.

 

Name: Zohaib Akhlaq
Designation: Media Officer
Department: Media
Email: zohaib.bargad@gmail.com
Phone Number: +92-3216408375


He is a smart looking boy but with gigantic dreams dancing in his mind. An interesting fact about his is the self realization after a self-grooming session held by BARGAD. Prior to this, he was mechanized by his family decisions. However, now he is all on his way working as Media Officer at BARGAD. Zohaib is self inspired; he sets his targets, beats his targets and then set new targets for him.

Zohaib remains an eminent student, scholarship holder and energetic student at University of the Punjab, Information Technology department. He is doing BS in Information technology form University of the Punjab Gujranwala Campus. He joined BARGAD as a volunteer in 2011 and attended various trainings, workshops, campaigns and study circles on numerous youth issues.

He turned as official employee of the organization in January 2015. Having a diverse experience of volunteer work, He has worked with many organizations as Youth Peer education Network (Y-PEER), and Church World service (CWS), Mehergarh Youth consortium, Ideas Evolved, Azm-e-Alishan, High-Tech Society, The Little Art and Heal Pakistan.

 

Name: Rabia Dar
Designation: Assistant Operations Manager
Vice President of HR (BVN)
Department: Operations
Email: rabia01.bargad@gmail.com
rabia.dar@bargad.org.pk
Phone Number: +92-55-3864920, +92-55-3868052


She always smiles and acts as if she got your point. As a matter of fact, she rethinks and smiles again. She is sensitive but hardworking, a little moody, flexible, and ready to learn and adopt new things. As a whole, she is marvelous, a very keen and fast learner and a good practitioner of what she learns.

Rabia joined BARGAD as a volunteer. Being an active volunteer, she went on attending many trainings, workshops, campaigns and study circles on numerous youth issues. Having a long experience of volunteer work, now she works as Assistant Operation Manager with BARGAD since 2011. Along with her continued professional career, she is doing her graduation in Political Sciences from the University of the Punjab, Lahore.

She has strong communication, management and networking skills. She is friendly and cooperative for other team members. She knows well how to work as a good team member, how to handle multi-task assignments and how to work under pressure. Apart from her duties, she also supports staff in various projects and is always very passionate to work in the field for youth development across Pakistan.


 

Name: Maryam Salim
Designation: Operations Officer
Vice President of Public Relation (BVN)
Department: Operations
Email: maryam.bargad@gmail.com
maryam.salim@bargad.org.pk
Phone Number: +92-55-3864920, +92-55-3868052


Maryam Salim, a person who likes to smile, a person who always has something “fishy” in mind and tries to accomplish what is unachievable to herself. Always she is in search of finding a person in office to render her helping hand and make their job easy. She would say yes on every assignment even if that is out of her domain. On the other hand, you can call her egoistic once she is in the frame of tenacious unwillingness. As an overall impression, she has an introvert but lively personality. She takes a stance on women empowerment and wants every woman to learn a skill to end their dependence on others and get linked with mainstream development. She has a dream to master herself in every walk of life; and to be a multi-tasking person is one of her short-term objectives.

Maryam Salim is one of the staff members you may need anytime. Yes, she is currently working in Operations Department as an Operations Officer. She started her career in BARGAD as a Volunteer in 2007 and later joined BARGAD as an internee, and now she is working as Operation Officer. She completed her Graduation in 2012. She has also participated in different trainings on gender equality, SRHR, tackling youth extremism and many others.

 

Name: Amtul Shafi
Designation: Operations Officer
Vice President of Cultural Exchange (BVN)
Department: Operations
Email: shaafi.bargad@gmail.com
amatul.shafi@bargad.org.pk
Phone Number: +92-55-3864920, +92-55-3868052


Little confused with louder laughter, she is Amtul Shafi. Eager to learn and ready to seek guidance from her seniors depicts her as a person with strong conviction to develop her personality and grow her career. You may find a girl with childlike attitude but only her colleagues know she started her career with a very serious ambition to make herself economically independent strong girl, and she is associated to BARGAD since 2012.

Amtul has finished her graduation and now she is working as Operation Officer with BARGAD.

Name: Ehtisham Amjad
Designation: Finance Officer
Department: Finance
Email: ehtisham.bargad@gmail.com
Phone Number: +92-03135856869


A committed professional in finance & accounts with an adequate knowledge & ability to apply and implement International Accounting Standards (IAS ) / International Financial Reporting Standards as required by the IAS / IFRS Board to finalize accounts of companies or group of companies. He is serious, sober and professional young guy who believes in hard work and dutifulness. Smile disappears from his face while working, but out of workplace he is jolly and funky who cracks frequent jokes to make others laugh. He knows how to have check and balance over financial reports submitted to him, and he will ask you about a single penny you have spent. Working in an audit firm developed his personality as a suspicious and critical person over finance related matters. He is working with BARGAD as Finance Officer since 2014.

In-depth his skills and experience are in designing and evaluating the system analysis having a successful track record of company’s financial records, bookkeeping and accounting methods for effective improvements. Beside this, supportive experienced in cooperative society environment.