Trustees and Advisory Board
Founder and Principal Trustee
Kazim Anwar is the founder and principal trustee of Kazim Trust. He is an entrepreneur with diverse work experience spanning 40 years in various family-owned and operated businesses. In addition, he has 30 years of successful investing experience in global financial markets.
The spirit of philanthropy was instilled in him at a very young age due to the influence of his paternal grandmother, the matriarch of the family, Mrs. Sherbanoo Haji Mian. Sharing the same room in their modest family apartment in Karachi, her passion for philanthropy and social work had a large impact on her grandson.
As a young man in the 60’s, he was a member of a rock band and played a pivotal role in managing and promoting the band. He was also junior swimming champion of Karachi (1967-1968) and the Karachi Gymkhana club squash champion (1984-1985). These achievements helped him channel his excess energy into productive and rewarding activities. As a young entrepreneur, he was also the recipient of a merit export trophy for dates from the late General Zia-ul-Haq (1984-1985).
Kazim Trust was established in 2008 because of both her influence and his own experiences as a child suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). At a young age by following ‘more of his heart and less of his mind’ he was able to increase his self-esteem and overcome this condition.
This childhood experience laid the ground work for creating Kazim Trust and his dedication to help children and their families wherever they may be.
Khaleel attended Karachi Grammar School and then Babson College in Boston, USA and the University of Toronto, Canada for his undergraduate degree in Commerce. He works closely with his father, Kazim Anwar in various aspects of the family investment business.
Following in the family’s culture of philanthropy and inclined towards technology, Khaleel manages the IT infrastructure of Kazim Trust and trains the team to deploy and use the latest tools and technological resources for its operations. Khaleel enjoys playing squash and the drums.
Zain attended Karachi Grammar School and then proceeded to McGill University in Montreal, Canada to obtain his undergraduate degree in Finance. He has worked closely in various aspects of the family businesses. He is currently the third generation CEO of the family’s paintbrush and roller manufacturing factory Universal Brushwares (Pvt) Ltd.
His meticulous attention to quantitative systems ensures robust operations, compliance and checks on all systems deployed at Kazim Trust. Zain enjoys long distance running and ran the New York Marathon in 2010. He enjoys football and reading and has recently started to learn the Piano.
Mr. Muhammad Iqbal Hingora is the Executive Trustee of KazimTrust. He was the former CEO of Universal Brushwares and has been associated with the Universal Group since 1990. He is a commerce graduate from Karachi University and CA (Finalist) from ICAP Karachi and has vast experience in the field of finance, accounts, audit, taxation and administration. His role requires him to over see the welfare projects for the Trust with his professional and leadership skills.
Dr. Nilofer Vazir
Dr. Nilofer obtained her Ph.D. in teacher education and curriculum studies from the University of Toronto, Ontario in Canada. She also holds a masters degree in teacher education from the Aga Khan University Institute for Educational Development (AKU-IED) with a specialization in social sciences and primary education. She has also been an associate professor and the coordinator for ECED programs at AKU-IED and the regional director at the City School network of schools in Karachi, Pakistan.
Dr. Nilofer has been engaged in leading primary educational teams and teaching programs in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Dubai. She has extensive experience in designing, teaching and supervising learning and research method courses ranging from PhD, MEd, advanced diploma and even certificate programs.
Dr. Qudsia Tariq
Dr. Qudsia Tariq is a clinical psychologist and professor at the department of psychology at the University of Karachi. She is an executive board member at the Association for children with learning and emotional problems (ACLEP). She is also a member of the American psychological association, the British Sociological Association and the Pakistan Psychological Association.
Dr. Kausar Waqar
Dr. Kausar graduated with a masters in special education and obtained an MBBS from Sindh Medical College / University of Karachi. She is now an inclusion specialist with extensive experience in designing teaching courses and researching the areas of inclusive education, gender in education and evaluation in education for teachers in higher education. Currently working with schools of the Sindh and Baluchistan provinces of Pakistan, her research interests include disability, gender and evaluation issues in a developing context and looking for their contextual solutions.
Faiza Faisal is a structured literacy dyslexia interventionist certified by the International Dyslexia Association (USA) and an associate member of the academy of Orton Gillingham practitioners and educators (USA).
Dr. Zainab Zadeh
Dr. Zainab is the VP of the Pakistan Society of Excellence in Psychology and a consultant Manchester Global Foundation and the Medi link consultant clinics. She was also the former Deanat the Institute of Professional Psychology Bahria University Karachi Campus.