Board Of Directors

Dr. Naseer Muhammad Nizamani (Chairperson)

Dr. Naseer Muhammad Nizamani has a long and distinguished career in programme management, research and training/ teaching in health systems and international development. Dr Nizamani is professionally trained as a Public Health Physician, with a medical degree from Pakistan and a Public Health degree from Harvard University USA; complemented with a degree in Rural Development from Pakistan. Dr Nizamani has worked for more than 24 years with renowned institutions, including the Aga Khan University Pakistan, Ministry of Health Government of Pakistan, Save the Children, UNICEF and Family Health International, UNFPA and International Medical Corps. Furthermore, Dr. Nizamani has managed a number of public health programs and supervised several research studies funded by, DFID, CIDA, the World Bank and other donors. He is being associated with TRDP since last 10 years as general body member and currently chairing board of both TRDP and TMF.

Dr. Khadim Hussain Lakhiar (Director)

Dr. Khadim Hussain Lakhiar is a qualified person having MBBS. He has been working on important positions during his illustrious career. He held senior position as Executive District Officer Health in Government of Sindh Health Department. Later he worked as Administrator LUHMS Jamshoro. He is social worker and worked with community in Rural Area of Sindh. Earlier on he held various positions and coordinated and implemented many development projects in Health and Rural and Social Development Projects funded by Government and multi-donors including World Bank, Asian Development Bank, etc. He is being associated with TRDP since last 10 years and currently serving as BOD member on TRDP and TMF Board.

Ms. Sabiha Shah Mosvi (Director)

A highly educated women with dynamic leadership traits emerged from Lyari, The oldest slum and mother city of Karachi. She has attained the status of outspoken fighter for the rights of depressed and neglected women and elimination of gender bias. Her late father was a committed and devoted social worker; actively involved in social development activities of his community, encouraged her intelligent and bold daughter for higher education attainment. His support in the field of education structured her future for women development. She is being associated with TRDP and TMF since last 10 years and currently serving as BOD member on TRDP and TMF board.

Ms. Saimia Liaquat Ali Khan (Director)

Samia Liaquat Ali Khan is a seasoned advocate for socio-economic development and gender equity based in Islamabad, Pakistan. With over 25 years of experience, she has demonstrated her expertise in designing, implementing, and advancing programs aimed at improving the lives of individuals affected by poverty and conflict.

Throughout her career, Samia has forged lasting partnerships with international organizations to secure funding for various socio-economic initiatives, including the National Poverty Graduation Programme. Her innovative approach and deep understanding of social development, economic inclusion, and organizational strategy make her well-suited to lead initiatives aimed at addressing the challenges faced by marginalized populations.

Samia possesses a diverse skill set, including executive leadership, strategic planning, fundraising, stakeholder management, program design, monitoring and evaluation, research, talent development, proposal development, and policy evaluation. Her sectoral expertise spans social protection, economic inclusion, gender equality, and governance.

In her recent role as a Senior Advisor/Consultant, Samia has led impactful projects focused on strategy, program design, and impact investing. She served as the Director of Impact at Tabadlab, where she led initiatives to improve policy discourse and drive positive change in areas such as public health, livelihoods, economic inclusion, and women’s empowerment.

Previously, Samia held key positions at the Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF), where she led the National Poverty Graduation Programme. Under her leadership, the program was successfully launched across multiple provinces, reaching thousands of vulnerable households, and contributing to the achievement of key UN Sustainable Development Goals in Pakistan.

Samia’s career highlights also include spearheading research and policy initiatives, managing compliance and quality assurance, and serving as a general manager overseeing monitoring, evaluation, and research functions.

Samia holds a master’s degree in development studies from SOAS, University of London, a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Mount Holyoke College. She has authored publications on poverty reduction and minority perspectives and has received extensive training in gender mainstreaming, project management, monitoring and evaluation, advocacy, human rights-based approaches, and development policy.

With her wealth of experience, expertise, and commitment to social impact, Samia Liaquat Ali Khan continues to be a driving force in promoting socio-economic development and gender equity in Pakistan and beyond.

Dr. Allah Nawaz Samoo (Director)

Mr. Allah Nawaz Samoo is Chief Executive Officer of Thardeep Rural Development Program (TRDP). He has experience of over 20 years in development sector, corporate sector and government organizations in senior leadership role across the country.

His key areas of expertise include building and managing public‐private partnerships and leading ‘community‐driven‐development’ process. Prior to joining TRDP, he worked as ‘Managing Director’ at ‘Elementary Education Foundation’ Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Peshawar. In this capacity, he led successfully the process of ‘reform and change management’ in a challenging environment. Prior to this, he worked with the Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund, Islamabad, as General Manager, Institutional Development, managing a partnership with 85 development organizations in 70 districts across the country. The partnerships resulted in the formation of over 70,000 inclusive community institutions, which are continuously facilitating the provision of civic services to the poor communities across the country. Mr. Samoo also worked in World Bank supported technical assistance on Thar Coal and Power Project.

Along with a team of international experts, he provided technical support to Government of Sindh in preparation for, and early supervision of, firms contracted to undertake a strategic environmental and social assessment and study in preparation of resettlement plan and regional development plan. Prior to that, Mr. Allah Nawaz Samoo managed NCHD multi‐sector program that supported district governments in improving primary enrollment through participation of community groups in school management.

He also contributed in the transformation of TRDP from a relief and rehabilitation project to ‘Thardeep Rural Development Program’

His research studies have been published by renowned institutions including Oxford University Press.

Ms. Yasmin Hyder (Director)

Yasmin Hyder has 33 years of work experience in Marketing, Business Development, Gender and Trade, Corporate Governance, Communications, and Global Knowledge events with both local and international organizations. She is passionate about empowering human resources and contributing to an inclusive and diverse environment through initiatives that foster economic transformation, peace-building, and global integration. She is CEO of New World Concepts, a marketing and management consulting practice based in Karachi, Pakistan. Yasmin started her career with Serena Hotels, Pakistan, and went on to work for Aga Khan University Hospital, AACM Australia, The Citizens Foundation, and Walt Disney, Hong Kong. She was a pioneer in 2001 setting up a woman-owned business and working with leading Multinationals. including Pfizer, GSK, Roche, Eli Lilly, Novartis, ICI, Shell, BP, Citi, HBL, NBP, Jubilee etc. In the public sector, she has consulted with the Ministry of Commerce, Trade Development Authority, and Pak Customs. Since 2007, she has consulted globally with the World Bank IFC Group, USAID, UNCTAD-ITC, and DFAT, Australia. Her passion for women’s leadership led her to institute an annual learning event in 2012 in Pakistan, the International Women Leaders’ Summit which to date has hosted 177 speakers from 44 countries with 4000 plus delegates in the last 12 years. And in 2018 she established Pakistan Women Entrepreneurs Network for Trade (WE-NET) with the support of the World Bank Group to foster the growth of women SMEs as the only national representative platform. Yasmin is a Certified Board Director; Independent Non-Executive Director, of EFU General Insurance Limited; Member Board Audit Committee, of EFU General Insurance Ltd; Founder & President, of Pakistan WE-NET; Member, the Council of Governors, Pakistan Institute of International Affairs; Chairperson, of International Women Leaders’ Summit; Advisor to the Board, Special Olympics Pakistan; Consultant and Certified Business Edge Trainer of IFC World Bank Group; Member UNCTAD-ITC’s 20 Global Women Entrepreneurs’ Trade Mission to Canada; Member Board of Governors, KASB Institute of Technology; Member, European Businesswomen Association (FCEM);

Founding Member, US Pakistan Women’s Council; Winner of Rotary International Exchange Award to Brazil. She won the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK Chevening Award in 1992 and acquired a Post Graduate degree from Cardiff Business School, University of Wales, UK (distinction in International Business) after schooling from Karachi Grammar School and graduating from IBA, Karachi (MBA, Marketing and Finance). She completed the Executive Leadership Course, in July 2019 at Crawford School of Public Policy, Australia National University, Canberra on invite by Office of Foreign Trade, Australia, and the Global Women Entrepreneurs Forum, Berlin, June 2019, on invite by Federal Foreign Office, Germany. She is a regular guest at the prestigious annual DOHA Forum, on the invite of the State of Qatar. She has visited the People’s Republic of China and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan as a State Guest and Italy, USA, and Russia as Head of Women Entrepreneurs delegation. She was selected Pakistan Lead for the Monaco Women Leaders. An avid sportswoman and traveler to over 90 countries, she speaks fluent English and Urdu, understands basic Italian, and French, and has studied basic Mandarin, Portuguese, and Turkish.

Dr. Muhammad Rahipota (Director)

Dr. Muhammad Qasim Rahopoto is a highly accomplished medical professional with extensive experience in both academic and practical realms. With a robust academic background including an MBBS from the University of Sindh at Chandka Medical College and an MD (Doctor of Medicine) from Liaquat University of Medical & Health Sciences, he has solidified his expertise in General Medicine.

Currently holding prestigious positions, Dr. Rahopoto serves as a Professor in the Department of Medicine at both Muhammad Medical collage Mirpurkhas, IBN E SINA University and Liaquat University of Medical & Health Sciences, Jamshoro. He also plays a pivotal role as the Advisor of Finance at IBN E SINA University. His dedication to medical education is evident through his involvement in teaching final year MBBS students and guiding postgraduate students pursuing MD (Gen. Med) and FCPS (Gen. Med).

Dr. Rahopoto’s commitment extends beyond academia, as he actively engages in social welfare activities. As the Director of Finance and Co-Chairman of the RAHOPOTO welfare organization, he contributes significantly to uplifting communities in Dadu and Jamshoro districts. Moreover, his involvement in emergency response efforts during the 2022 floods underscores his humanitarian spirit and leadership qualities.

Throughout his career, Dr. Rahopoto has accumulated a wealth of practical experience, holding various positions such as Professor, Registrar, Senior Lecturer, and Medical Officer at renowned medical institutions. His expertise is further demonstrated by his participation in numerous workshops, seminars, and symposiums, focusing on research methodology, biostatistics, and medical writing, among other topics.

Dr. Rahopoto’s contributions to medical literature are substantial, with several publications in reputable journals covering a wide range of medical subjects. His dedication to advancing medical knowledge and his unwavering commitment to providing quality healthcare make him a respected figure in the medical community.

Dr. Sono Khangharani (Chief Executive Officer)

Dr. Sono started his professional career in late 1982 as a teacher (lecturer) in Agriculture University Tando Jam Sindh, which allowed him to learn teaching skills, understand research methodology and its conduct, and it linked with National and International Academia. He joined the corporate sector in 1987 as a senior professional and learned about business models particularly in dairy farming and animal husbandry industry in Pakistan. Finally, he ended up working in the development sector from early 1993 and still continue to work. In the development sector, he has an accumulated stay of 23 years working with the diversified community and its mobilization. Having such diversified experience of working, starting as a senior professional in NRSP to CEO in TRDP and SRSO helped me a leader but without an appropriate training of leadership.

After NRSP, he got an opportunity to lead TRDP, SRSO and now TMF, which helped in sharpening my understanding of credit practices, approaches, methodology, risks, and staff management. Out of the total stay of 23 years, I have been actively engaged over 14 years exclusively in managing the Micro Credit and Enterprise Development activities including Credit portfolio, risk management and coordination with all stakeholders. While occupying the known position in the sector, he became the Board member in other similar objects organizations working in Pakistan and elsewhere.

He has been part of the Governance structure of PMN for a tenure where his education further sharpens while learning from peers in the sector. The Organization he is leading now has a very ambitious plan of growth while adopting the technology and want to become a risk-free growth organization in the future.