The Hon. Dr Paul Flather (Chair)
Dr Flather is currently a Fellow of Mansfield College, Oxford, and was founding Secretary–General (CEO) of the Europaeum club of leading European universities (2001-17), and now serves as director for special projects. He has worked for the BBC, Times newspapers, deputy-editor of the New Statesman, was elected to the former London Council in the 1980s, and worked actively with dissident movements in Central Europe. He was appointed founding Secretary-General (CEO) of the Central European University, set up by George Soros, before returning to Oxford as Director of External and International Relations. His research focus is democracy and he sits on a number of boards and trusts, and has taught at many international universities, most recently at Charles University, Prague. He has been VNEF Chair since 2001.
Sir Nicholas Barrington KCMG, CVO, MA
Retired British career Diplomat who served twice in Pakistan: as First Secretary during the Ayub era (when he first got to know Lady Noon), and from 1987 to 1994, when he was British Ambassador and High Commissioner. After retirement he has helped build bridges between the UK and Asia, including acting as chairman of the Pakistan Society and raising money for Islamic studies at Cambridge University. He is an Honorary Fellow of Clare College, and lives in Cambridge and London. He published this two parallel books of memories, Nicholas Meets Barrington and Envoy in 2013.
Professor Haroon Ahmed, ScD, FREng
Former Master of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He is now an Honorary Fellow of the College and is Emeritus Professor of Microelectronics at the University of Cambridge and was Head of the Microelectronics Research Centre of the Cavendish Laboratory. He has taught in the Engineering and Physics Departments and is the author of several books and research papers on electronics. He was elected a Fellow of Corpus Christi College in 1967 and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 1990 and was a non-Executive Director of the NHS Addenbrooke’s Trust. He is now a Visiting Professor at the Cambridge University Computer Laboratory, and he is now writing on historical books on Cambridge and Oxford. Cambridge Computing and Cambridge Depicted were published in 2013.
Dr Rosemary Raza
After graduating from Somerville College, Oxford, she became a career diplomat in the British Foreign Service. She resigned on marriage to Rafi Raza, and returned with him to Pakistan where he served as a Federal Minister in the cabinet of Z. A. Bhutto. From the late 1970s she lived with her family in London, where she pursued her interests in antiques, art and journalism. In the early 1990s she returned to Somerville College to undertake a D.Phil. on British women writers on early colonial India. She now researches and writes on the subcontinent, particularly on art and the work and lives of women writers, and has contributed to the New Dictionary of National Biography.
Former President of the International Cricket Council. He is a Chartered Accountant by profession. He is on the board of United Trust Bank Limited in London and is also a non-executive director of Places for People Group, one of the largest Registered Social Landlords in the UK. He chairs the Audit Committees of both the companies. He is a member of the Board of Governors and chairman of the Audit Committee of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre in Lahore, Pakistan. He is a trustee of Sanjan Nagar Educational Trust which provides high level education to over 600 under privileged children (mainly girls) in Lahore. He is a consultant to Dubai Sports City in the UAE and to a number of Cricket Boards around the world.
Naila Hayat Noon
Daughter of the late Manzoor Hayat Noon, former trustee of the VNEF, and grand daughter of Sir Firoz Khan Noon. She completed her early education at Lahore Grammar School, graduated from Kinnaird College Lahore in Political Science in 1988 and completed a Masters’ degree in Comparative Philosophy. She serves as a representative and teaching guide in the Sufi Order International. She has presented papers at various international symposia and written articles on Spirituality, Islamic Feminism and World Peace. She currently resides in Lahore, Pakistan.
Khwaja Ahmad Hosain
Khwaja Ahmad Hosain is one of Pakistan’s leading corporate lawyers, currently serving as the Additional Attorney General for Pakistan, ap- pearing on various matters before the Supreme Court. He is a Board member of two companies and a senior partner in a Lahore law firm in Lahore. He graduated from Oxford amd London and was called to the Bar in England in 1991. His current focus is mergers and acquisitions, corporate law, and finance, He teaches law at the Lahore University of Management Sciences, he writes on law in the media, and is an accredited mediator. He is married with three children, and enjoys skiing, golf and travel.
Ameena Saiyid OBE
A publisher for 30 years and a member of the federal education minister’s Search Committee for the selection of scholars for Pakistan Chairs in Oxford, Cambridge and other universities in the UK and US. The first woman in Pakistan to become President of the Overseas Investors’ Chamber of Commerce Industry (OICCI) in its 150 year history, and head of a multinational company. In 2005, she was awarded the OBE by the British Queen, in 2013, the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres by the Government of France, and in 2018, one of Pakistan’s highest civilian honours, the Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Star of Distinction) by the President of Pakistan for contribution to education and courage in publishing. She began the movement of literature festivals in Pakistan and is the founder and director of the Adab Festival Pakistan and the co-founder of the Children’s Literature Festival. She is on the board of Habib University Foundation, Karachi, Institute of Business Management, Karachi, and Institute of Art and Culture, Lahore.
Professor Faisal Devji
Faisal Devji is Reader in Modern South Asian History and Fellow of St. Antony’s College at the University of Oxford, where he is also Director of the Asian Studies Centre.He works on the intellectual history of India and Pakistan, as well as that of Islam more generally, and is the author of four books, including ones on Gandhi and Pakistan as a political idea.