The BPF Women’s Programme Advisers consists of a group of professional, talented and committed British Pakistani women representing a wide range of sectors including Management Consultancy, Fashion, Philanthropy, Pharmaceuticals, Finance & Technology, Law and the Commonwealth Office. Below are some of our advisers:

Ahmereen Reza

Ahmereen Reza is the Country Director of Aman Foundation UK and is the founder of Developments in Literacy Trust UK, a registered charity in England and Wales dedicated to educating children in underdeveloped and rural areas of Pakistan and assisting women from within multi-ethnic communities in England and Wales.

Ahlya Fateh

Ahlya Fateh is a director at BPF and was appointed as Managing Director of luxury lifestyle brand Amanda Wakeley in 2014; she was previously the Managing Director of Tata Naka for four years. Ahlya began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers before moving, in 1996, to Condé Nast Publications where she launched Vogue in Russia and spent 9 years at the helm of society magazine Tatler as its Managing Editor. She also serves as a mentor for the Young Professionals Programme at BPF.

Sakeena Lalljee

Sakeena Lalljee is a Client Relationship Manager at Aquis Exchange, with over seven years’ experience in the European exchange space. A member of the team that led Aquis to a timely and successful launch, Sakeena is part of the Sales team at the Pan-European equities exchange.

Marium Qaiser

Marium Qaiser works for GlaxoSmithKline HQ as Manager of Quality Medicines for Africa & Developing Countries. She has been in the Industry for almost 9 years with expertise in Research & Development, Global Manufacturing and Supply following graduating from Queen Mary University of London in Pharmaceutical Chemistry.

Saira Awan Malik

Saira Awan-Malik is a corporate lawyer. From 2009-15, she was an associate in the London office of international law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP focusing on corporate and financial transactions, including cross-border mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and capital market issuances. In June 2015, Saira left Cleary Gottlieb to join her family business, TCS (Pakistan) Limited, which is a dominant player in the courier and logistics industry in Pakistan. She is working to develop the international and e-commerce side of the business.

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Saira received an undergraduate degree in History from Yale University in May 1999. She read Law at Cambridge University (2001-3) and subsequently completed the Bar Vocational Course at Inns of Court School of Law in London. She was called to the Bar of England and Wales in October 2007. Saira has served on the board of the British Pakistan Foundation since 2012. In April 2013, she launched the BPF Women’s Network. She is also a founder member of the British Pakistani Lawyers’ Association.


Laleh Habib

Laleh Habib is a development professional with over 8 years of experience across three continents and various sectors including media, education, intergovernmental and foreign affairs. She has experience in programme and project management, including experience in managing an India-Pakistan experience, and in Monitoring and Evaluation and Results Based Management at the Commonwealth Secretariat. She is currently working as a Research Officer at The Commonwealth.

Zahra Shah

Zahra Shah has a background in management consultancy with over a decade of experience at Accenture (Capital Markets Practice Area) focusing on global investment banking clients in the planning, management and execution of complex high impact projects in areas related to anti-money laundering, credit and market risk control and management, risk planning, cross border sanctions, asset management and counterparts migration. She is also an experienced international property developer and investor. Zahra obtained her MSc. ADMIS from the London School of Economics.