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Nov

14

Monday

Can Philanthropy and Aid help Development in Pakistan?

6.30pm

Public

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City University London
Programme Enquiries, Katharine Slocombe:  0207 0405569
Press Enquiries, Hollie Jenkins:  0207 0408783

City University London is proud to partner with The RSA and The Samosa on a series of important events investigating the complex and intimate relationships between Pakistan, Britain, and the Pakistani Diaspora in the UK.  We invite you to join us for the following event being hosted here at City:
 

Can Philanthropy and Aid help Development in Pakistan?

Many British Pakistanis have direct relationships with Pakistan via family connections, businesses, land, property, supporting charities and welfare organisations.  Join our esteemed panel as they discuss how these connections and those of wider civil society networks are currently being utilised to the benefit of development in Pakistan.  

What are some of the key challenges facing NGO's and individuals involved in philanthropic giving and government aid programmes, and what role can British Pakistanis and others play in ensuring the £650M DFID aid programme aiming to improve schools and development in the region is fully leveraged - in the hope this will help both Pakistan and the stability of the wider region?  How do you prioritise which areas should be the focus of investment - whether education, health, empowering women, environment, transport infrastructure, housing, food sustainability, conflict resolution?  Furthermore, what role do mosques play in raising awareness of development and poverty issues and in encouraging young people to actively engage in these?

A panel session chaired by Anwar Akhtar, Director, the Samosa with Michael Green, author of 'Philanthrocapitalism', previously Head of Communications at the Department for International Development; and featuring Asif Rangoonwala, Chair, British Pakistani Foundation; Jehangir Malik OBE, UK Director, Islamic relief; Hugh Mclean, Director, Open Society, Soros Foundation Education Programmes; Amina Salahuddin, Director of Fundraising at Friends of The Citizens Foundation; and Anwar Akhtar, Director, the Samosa.
 
Michael Green, author of 'Philanthrocapitalism'.  An independent writer and consultant based in London, Michael has worked in aid and development for nearly twenty years.  He was a senior official in the British Government where he worked on international finance, managed UK aid to Russia and Ukraine, served three Secretaries of State as head of the communications department at the Department for International Development, and oversaw £100 million annual funding to nonprofits.  It was through his role in government that he saw the rising influence of the philanthrocapitalists in the fight against poverty.  An economist by training, as a graduate of the University of Oxford, Michael taught economics at Warsaw University in the early 1990s under a Soros-funded programme.  During his time in Poland, Michael was also a freelance journalist working for, among others, Polish Radio and the Economist.
 
Asif Rangoonwala, Chair, British Pakistani Foundation; and Chair, The Rangoonwala Foundation.  
A successful business entrepreneur, Asif has a diverse array of interests spanning a range of sectors including food, property and sport.  He is also involved in philanthropic activities through the Rangoonwala Foundation established by his late father.  As Chairman of the Rangoonwala Foundation, he helps the charity provide vocational training, medical centres, libraries and other educational and life-enhancing facilities for marginalised communities worldwide.  He is also active in a number of prestigious organisations in the UK and abroad.  These include being a fellow of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, Trustee of the Whitefield Development Trust, Vice Chairman of Indus Entrepreneurs UK, and Chairman of the World Memon Foundation.
 
Hugh Mclean, Director Open Society Soros Foundation Education programmes. Hugh joined the Education Support Program in Budapest in 1999 and was associated with the Open Society Foundations' education work in various capacities, working mostly on evaluations and research but also in Russia and then in Pakistan.  After moving to the UK in 2006, McLean assisted with refining a new mission focus for the Education Support Program and began directing it in that same year.  He has shepherded a new General Education Sub-Board and led the program to become widely recognized and highly regarded in international education circles.

McLean studied music at university and completed a postgraduate teaching diploma in music and English language teaching.  After university, in order to avoid conscription in the white armed forces, he lived and taught in a remote rural village in one of South Africa's independent homelands for a number of years.  In 1990 McLean joined one of the several large corporations that started funding education and development in the country.  The company he worked for was a key player in early childhood development, business education, community development, youth skills training, HIV/AIDS prevention and care, and distance learning.  McLean completed a part-time MBA and has developed his interest in research and evaluation.
 
Jehangir Malik OBE, UK Director Islamic relief.  Jehangir has been an active member of the community since the early days of university, when he was the President of the Islamic Society and an active member of the Young Muslims UK.  He joined Islamic Relief as a Fundraising Coordinator in Bradford, and was then offered a posting to initiate IR USA operation and became Development Director in IR USA until 2001.  In 2002, Jehangir moved to Afghanistan as a Deputy Country Director managing one of the largest Humanitarian Aid Programs for Islamic Relief Worldwide.  Now in his role as UK Director of Islamic Relief, he has played a significant role in response to the current floods crisis in Pakistan in terms of fundraising, communications and delivering aid programmes in affected areas.

Amina Salahuddin, Director of Fundraising, Friends of The Citizens Foundation.  Born in Pakistan, Amina grew up in Switzerland, where she completed her formative education and training and achieved a Masters in Media and Journalism.  Her career in London has seen her go from a senior position at a niche PR agency to fulfilling her long term goal of being involved in the development sector, focussing on empowerment of underprivileged children through education.

Anwar Akhtar, Director the Samosa.  Anwar was born in Manchester to Pakistani parents and spent his junior years working on his dad's market stall selling jumpers and t-shirts.  He was Chief Executive of the Cultural Industries Development Agency (CIDA) and spent three years as Director of Rich Mix, an arts and cultural centre in East London and ten years working as a DJ and Club promoter in Sheffield.  He graduated in Social Studies at Sheffield Hallam University and was a fellow on the Clore leadership programme in 2004.  He is now Director of The Samosa, a digital media news, culture and publishing project, focusing on Britain, South Asia, the Pakistani Diaspora and the politics of identity and human rights.  Anwar is also an associate of Manchester www.urbed.coop - a cooperative working across urban design, regeneration, sustainability and community involvement.

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6.30pm - 8.30pmMonday 14th November 2011

Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre Tait Building City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom

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