REFUNITE Appoints Female Advisory Board In Pakistan

Giulia Balestra

We are very excited to have recruited five strong and experienced candidates passionate about social change and women’s empowerment for our Female Advisory Board in Pakistan. 

REFUNITE Appoints Female Advisory Board In Pakistan 

REFUNITE has appointed an advisory board for a 3-year project in collaboration with the H&M Foundation aimed at reconnecting separated families in Pakistan. The board comprises of strong female professionals and will meet quarterly to provide advice in advancing gender equality and have discussions on technology solutions to assist refugees and internally displaced persons in Pakistan.





Sehar Tariq – Country Representative of United States Institute of Peace (USIP) 

Sehar’s work focuses on finding innovative approaches to peacebuilding and non-violent conflict resolution. Sehar was a founding member of Pakistan’s premier think-tank, the Jinnah Institute, where her work focused on human rights issues, governance and national security. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies from Yale University and a Master in Public Policy from Princeton University.


Farida Shaheed – Executive Director of Shirkat Gah

Farida heads the Shirkat Gah women’s resource centre in Pakistan and is globally known for her work on gender and class analysis. She is a sociologist and feminist human rights activist with over 25 years of research experience. She is the recipient of several national and international human rights awards, including the Pakistan Prime Minister’s award for her co-authored book ‘Two Steps Forward, One Step Back’. Ms. Shaheed had also been appointed as the United Nations Special Rapporteur in the field of Cultural Rights.


Nadia Patel Gangjee – CEO of Sheops

A marketing professional turned entrepreneur, Nadia founded Sheops, Pakistan’s first online marketplace and community for women. Sheops allows women to buy or sell goods and services, monetise their talents, and share ideas about building a business. Nadia is a strong advocate of women empowerment and has led initiatives to highlight the talent of the underprivileged Pakistani women, by helping them sell their handicrafts and creations on Sheops.


Dr. Sara Khurram – CEO of  Sehat Kahani

Sara is the CEO and Co-Founder of Sehat Kahani which is an all female health provider network that is working to create quality health care solutions for communities where health access, quality, affordability of health care is still a dream, using cost effective ICT enabled solutions. She has been the recipient of notable awards such as Unilever Young entrepreneurs Award, and the Unicef- Global Goal Campaigner Award 2016 amongst others.


Bisma Hayat – Program Manager of Pakistan Innovation Foundation

Bisma is working to promote innovation across Pakistani society by creating awareness, rewarding and recognizing, researching and advocating innovative ideas in her current role. She is a Software Engineer by training and  also has special interest in Entrepreneurship, civic innovation, women empowerment, and innovative e-learning.



22nd October 2017.