Founding Members

A team of highly accomplished Pakistanis residing in Middle East and Pakistan laid the foundation of Diya Pakistan (originally Kaneez Fatima Welfare Foundation), in 1988. Read about our Heritage.

  • Dr Khalid Qureshi
  • Irfan Siddiqui
  • Tariq Sadiq
  • Qasim Kazmi
  • Saleem Asghar Ali
  • Mohammed Haroon
  • Zafar Halim
  • Noor Abid
  • Javed Chaudhry
  • Farooq Ladha
  • Farrukh Seer
  • Dr Zafar Islam Tariq

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees acts in a custodian capacity providing direction and oversight to Diya’s working. Specifically, the board develops strategic goals, reviews management performance, sets annual targets, and liaises with the donor community to enhance visibility and report performance of the organization.

Afaq Khan

Chairman

Afaq Khan is currently the Chairman of Board of Trustees of Diya and member of the Management Team. Afaq is a banker by profession, and served as ex-CEO of Standard Chartered Saadiq, the global Islamic banking arm of SCB. Afaq is a member of several high profile professional bodies including Islamic Finance Advisory Council of DIFC, International Islamic Financial Market, and Islamic Finance Expert Group, UK. Afaq is based in UAE.

Mohammad Haroon

Trustee

Mohammed Haroon is a banker by profession with more than 42 years experience in international banking. He serves as Advisor and Secretary to the Board of Directors of United Gulf Bank in Bahrain. Mohammed previously served as Acting CEO of UGB, up to March 2010, and is a director in a number of group companies at UGB.

Saleem Asghar Ali

Trustee

Saleem Asghar Ali is a renowned businessman and philanthropist based in Bahrain. He is the founder and chairman of Asgharali & Sons, a diversified business group headquartered in Bahrain and with interests in Pakistan and across Middle East.

Irfan Siddiqui

Trustee

Irfan Siddiqui is the founder chief executive of Meezan Bank, Pakistan. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and a seasoned banker by profession. He has served in various executive positions internationally including with Kuwait Investment Authority, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority and Coopers and Lybrand, UK.

Noor Abid

Trustee

Noor Abid recently retired as the Managing Partner of Assurance Services at Ernst and Young, Middle East. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Based in Bahrain, Noor brings more than 30 years experience in the audit and advisory profession across Middle East and UK.

Tariq Sadiq

Trustee

Tariq Sadiq is exSenior Partner with Ernst and Young, Middle East. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. For 30 years, Tariq led the Bahrain Office of Ernst and Young, before assuming a regional role for Middle East and North Africa (2010 - 2013).

Management Team

Management team is responsible for the execution of Diya’s mandate.

Brig (R) Aftab Ahmed

President

Brig (R) Aftab joined Diya Pakistan in September 2008 and has been a member of Management Team providing vision & guidance to build a result oriented organization. As President, he takes a hands on approach to oversee all aspects of Diya’s operations.

Brig (R) Iftikhar Hussain Shah

Vice President

Brig (R) Iftikhar joined Diya Pakistan in 2013 and brings with him valuable experience in administration and information technology. As Vice President, he is actively involved in Diya’s operations and its functioning.

Gul Mohammad

Director Finance (Vol)

Gul Mohammad is member of the Management Team with the overall responsibility of the finance function, including coordinating the annual external audit. Gul is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan, and until 2007 served with Ernst and Young Kuwait. He is currently associated as Advisor with Ernst and Young Pakistan.

Ashar Nazim

Director Planning

Ashar Nazim is member of the Management Team with the overall responsibility for strategy design and for coordinating the annual fund raising campaign. Ashar is a Certified Public Accountant and Partner with Ernst and Young. He is based in Bahrain.