Our Team

Board Members



Dr Rafat Nabi is an educational development professional with over 30 years of extensive field experience in programme management, research and in multiple aspects of education (ECD, Formal and Non Formal, Adult and Inclusive). During her career, she developed, implemented, supervised, managed and documented large funded programmes, in all areas of Education. She also worked in the field of capacity building/professional development and developed numerous teacher training programmes (short and long periods), manuals for pre-primary (ECD), primary, secondary and Non-Formal teachers, teachers’ trainers, university faculties and School Management Committees.

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Secretary (CEO as Ex Officio Member)

Mrs. Sadiqa Salahuddin is the founder and Executive Director of the IRC. Mrs. Sadiqa did her Masters in Economics from Karachi University after which she did a second Masters in Economics from Syracuse University, USA. She completed her M.S in Management from Management Education Institute, USA. Previously, she served as Director in NGO Resource Centre which aimed at capacity building and creation of an enabling policy environment for civil society. She has also done consultancies with different well known organisations like USAID, SUNGI, PCE, UNICEF, SWISS NGO, INTRAC, Government of Pakistan etc.


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Prof. Dr. Fahmida Hussain is a well-known scholar, retired University Professor, author, literary critic, editor and translator, she is one of the leading contemporary exponents of the Sindhi literary tradition, and she also writes in Urdu and English. She has published and edited a large number of scholarly articles, journals, dictionaries and 9 volumes of Encyclopaedia Sindhiana. Her twenty published books reflect her wide-ranging scholarly and literary interests.



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Dr Kamleshwer Lohana is a development practitioner with recognized contributions to teaching, research, writing and practice in the discipline of education, policy studies associated with gender, climate change, immigration and disaster management. He is PhD in development Studies and Master of Social Science in Asia-Pacific Governance and Development from Australia and teaching at Mehran University Institute of Science and Technology and Development (MUISTD), Jamshoro, Sindh.


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Ms. Rehana Shaikh specializes in public policy, Gender, monitoring and evaluation, poverty analysis, capacity building, training and facilitation, education, and management expert. Her public policy and management expert experience spread over 20 years in social sector development in Pakistan. She has served in rural and urban settings, all over Pakistan. She has also worked on short term assignments in Bangladesh and Afghanistan.


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Dr. Nighat Shah is currently serving as Associate Professor Sindh Reproductive and Genetic health center at Jinnah Sindh Medical University. She is an Obstetrician/Gynecologist and Medical Educationist and a scholar of change.


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Senior Management Team



Program Manager – PSU

Mr. Bakht Birhmani has done Masters in Sociology from University of Sindh. He has been associated with IRC since past 8 years. He has previously worked with different local non-governmental organisations in Sindh. Currently he is working with IRC as Program Manager. He has represented IRC at various local, national and international forums. His areas of interest and expertise are Child Rights, Livelihoods and Rural Development.

Sumaira Saleem

Internal Auditor and Governance Focal Person

Works as an Internal Auditor and Governance focal person of the Indus Resource Centre. She holds an MBA Degree in Finance and Accounting from Bahria University, Karachi along with the Inter CA of TSA, Karachi. She conducts audits, look after the governance matters and provides independent and objective assurance and advisory services designed to strengthen IRC’s ability to management risk and improve its operations. She has extensive knowledge and hands-on experience in the fields of Auditing, Accounting, H.R and Procurement management and Reporting.

Farzana Buriro

Farzana Buriro

District Manager

Farzana in this role is responsible for leading teams that are focused on program design and on initiatives to deepen the impact of IRC’s Sojhro Schools program. Farzana had been associated with IRC since 20 years. Prior to the non-profit sector, she served in many roles ranging from primary, secondary to teacher education and training, with cross-cutting themes of gender, human rights and protection, enterprise development, and advocacy. She has managed projects funded by Sindh Education Foundation, PPAF, Concern Worldwide, UNICEF and others donor and UN Agencies. She also served in communities throughout Sindh province, particularly in rural and difficult areas such as Kohistan and Kachho. Her academic qualifications include an MS in Sindhi Literature from University of Sindh. She has also participated in numerous education and training programmes throughout the world, including the United States, Malaysia, Indonesia, Nepal, and Thailand.

Nesar Ahmed

Program Manager Adopted Schools

Nesar Ahmed in this role, is responsible for the successful operation and management of day-to-day activities across the adopted schools of Engro Ghotki and Rehri Goth Schools network. He has been associated in Education field since 1982. He also served as Program Manager for various NGOs and INGOs, including SAP-PDP, TVO, The Asia Foundation, and Development in Literacy. He has worked for Developments in Literacy for four years, facilitating the establishment of 26 non-formal schools in the most underprivileged areas of Orangi Town for literacy promotion and reading skills enhancement. He was chosen for an International Visit to the United States in June 2002 as part of a State Department-sponsored exchange programme titled “Preschool-Eighth Grade Educational Reform in Pakistan to visit various states in the US and meet academic specialists engaged in the study and application of educational reforms.

Nesar Ahmed
Javed Tajiq

Javed Tajik

Manager Finance & Administration

Javed is responsible for supporting the growth of the organization while ensuring compliance with general accounting standards. He provides high quality financial management information necessary to support an effective humanitarian operation. He has been associated in Collating / analyzing and report on actual and planned monthly expenditure, interpret and communicate with field managers, advise of variance against approved budgets, and make recommendations for corrective action. Responsible for the financial health of a company or organisation. Javed holds an MBA from Shah Abdul Latif University in Khairpur and MA and B.COM from University of Karachi.

Shamsa Mehtab

Program Manager – EMO Schools

Shamsa Mehtab has done her Masters in Social Sciences. She carries an overall 25 years of diversified exposure in the field of “Education” & Banking & Finance” with reputed Local & International organizations. With major exposure spanning over as ;An Educationist with over 19 years with exposure of Academics, Education Planning, Curriculum, Teachers’ Performance Management, Training, and Education Administration.Currently working as Program Manager at IRC   for an Education Management Organization (EMO) Project under School Education & Literacy Department, Govt: of Sindh, providing academic support to schools at Khairpur district.
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District Manager Khairpur

Mr. Muhammad Saffar Phulpoto has 12 years of experience in the development sector in the fields of Human Resources, Finance and Administration. He holds an MBA in HR and MSCIT degrees. Mr. Saffar has been associated with IRC for about 6 years. He has also worked for the USAID ED-LINKS project. HE rejoined IRC in 2013 as Manager Admin, Finance & HR, and is currently working as Administrative District Manager in IRC Khairpur office.


District Manager Sukkur

Ms. Naheed Akhtar is working as Administrative District Manager at IRC Sukkur office since 2010. She has done her Masters in Commerce from Shah Abdul Latif University, and a second Masters in Sociology.

She has received a series of trainings from LEAD Pakistan as an Associate Member in the project Leadership in Reproductive health (RH), and visited to Thailand, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh during the course. Ms Naheed has also worked as EOM in FAFEN’s LTEOOP project and covered six districts to monitor and assess pre-elections, elections and post-elections of 2013. Ms. Naheed also has experience of hosting radio shows and stage compering.


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