Maj Gen (Retd) Waqar Ahmad Kingravi was commissioned into the Punjab Regiment in 1974.He joined Pakistan Army Aviation Corps in 1978. He is qualified on Fixed Wing as well as Rotary Wing aircraft. He was one of the pioneers who established Army Aviation Combat Group and flew armed Cobra helicopters extensively. He is a Qualified Helicopter Instructor. He also served as a Company Commander at the prestigious Pakistan Military Academy. He has the degree of MSc War Studies from National Defense University. The pinnacle of his career was command of Pakistan Army Aviation Corps during 2007 and 2008, once high intensity security operations against militants were being carried out. After serving on various command, staff and instructional appointments, he retired in 2012. He has been actively supporting the establishment and development of Autism Society of Pakistan right from the conceptual stage. He has vast experience of management and a keen interest in actively working for social uplift causes.
Farida Kingravi has spent her lifetime in volunteer activities in Pakistan in various roles. She has worked to teach homeless children and kids playing around or looking for food in dumpsters. She has also spent a significant amount of time working with individuals traumatized due to displacement and loss of relatives after the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan. She has also taught elementary school children for several years. She traveled to the United Sates and had the opportunity to work with autistic children at Woodfords Family Services in Portland, Maine and United Cerebral Palsy Autism Center in Bangor, Maine (USA). Farida received her undergraduate degree in Economics, Psychology and English from Kinnaird College, and also holds a Bachelor in Education from Multan University.
Mrs. Bushra Suhaib is the mother of a child with autism. She received her bachelor’s degree in Applied Psychology and English literature from Kinnaird College for Women, Lahore and did her Masters in English Literature from University of the Punjab. She is an ABA certified therapist for autism and has also attended several training workshops on autism. She has extensive experience of managing children with autism. She is one of the most active participants in inception and day to day running of the Autism Resource Centre (ARC), Rawalpindi.
Brig Tahir is a renowned pathologist and immunologist who served in the Army Medical Corp for more than 32 years. He did MBBS in 1981 from Army Medical College. He selected pathology as the field of interest and completed FCPS (Medical Microbiology) in 1988. He went to UK for specialized training in Immunology and completed FRC Path (Immunology) in 1992 after training in UK at St Thomas HospitalLondon and John Radcliffe Hospital Oxford. Brigadier Tahir pursued a distinguished carrier and Initiated FCPS and M Phil training in Immunology. Immunology serves patients in need of transplant, patients with autoimmune diseases, allergy, immune-deficiency and haemato-lymphoid malignancies. He also served as a member of biological experts committee at Ministry of Health for over 10 years. He is presently serving as a consultant immunologist at Shifa International Hospital Islamabad with additional appointments as the visiting Professor at SIUT Karachi, Professor Adjunct UHS Lahore, Member National Vaccine Advisory Group Ministry of Health and Country Advisor for Royal College of Pathologists UK.
Maj Gen Suhaib Ahmed (R), HI (M), himself an affected parent, is associated with ASP since its inception. He did MBBS from King Edward Medical College Lahore in 1980. He is Fellow of Haematology from the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan and also has PhD in molecular genetics from University College London. He has served in the Armed Forces for over 32 years where he mostly worked at the prestigious Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. In 1994 he started the first clinical service for prenatal diagnosis of thalassaemia and other genetic disorders in Pakistan. He has over 50 scientific publications in the International and National medical journals. He is also author of books on Genetic Haemoglobin Disorders in Pakistan and PCR in Diagnostic Pathology. Presently he is working as Professor of Haematology at Riphah International University, Islamabad. He also heads the Genetics Resource Centre at Rawalpindi that does over 800 prenatal diagnoses each year for various genetic disorders in Pakistan. He is the past President of Pakistan Society of Haematology (PSH) and is currently the President of Association for Molecular Pathology Pakistan (AMPP) and Pakistan Thalassaemia Welfare Society (PATHWEL). He is also the convener of HEC National Technology Council (NTC) sub-committee on Allied Health Sciences.
Brig Tariq Mahmud served in the Pakistan Army on key assignments including command of troops both within and outside the country and has wide experience of both staff and instructions for more than thirty years. He also served as Secretary, Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) that broadened his vision, improved his skills in developing strategies, and sharpened his ability to achieve goal oriented results. In private sector, he was involved in the management of a “Group of Industries” at corporate level. He holds an MBA degree and has attended numerous courses on subjects related to management /finance in LUMS Pakistan and regulatory affairs in the University of Florida USA. A resourceful and committed person, who as a commander of Troops in UN Mission, made handsome contributions in helping the poor and war affected community in Cambodia. His innovative approach to involve the local community in eradication of epidemic in Cambodia, welfare projects for the crippled segment of the society which suffered due to mines, provision of clean drinking water and rehabilitation of refugees not only earned him gratitude of the people of Cambodia, but also great respect amongst the community of Nations. He is an author of a book written on one of the subject of United Nations, which is a reflection on reconstruction of a war torn community under hostile environments. As a member on the Board of Directors of Autism Society of Pakistan (ASP), we are looking forward to capitalize on his enormous potentials to pursue the goals of the society.
Shahid Kardar is an ACA from England and Wales and an Oxford University graduate (PPE). He is currently the Vice Chancellor of the Beaconhouse National University. He has been Governor, State Bank of Pakistan (September 2010 to July 2011) and Minister for Finance, Planning & Development, Government of Punjab (November 1999 and January 2001). Shahid Kardar is an ACA from England and Wales and an Oxford University graduate (PPE). He has been Governor, State Bank of Pakistan (September 2010 to July 2011) and Minister for Finance and Planning and Development, Government of Punjab (November 1999 and January 2001). He has also been Honorary Treasurer, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP); Member Board of Governors, Beaconhouse National University; Director, Royal Bank of Scotland (Pakistan), Shaukat Khanum Hospital,Industries Limited, Pakistan Security Printing Corporation, Systems Limited, Imran Khan Foundation and South Asia Free Media Association; Chairman of the Punjab Education Foundation that launched internationally acknowledged programs during his tenure, Member of — National Commission for Government Reform — Banking Laws Review Commission, — Task Force on Education established by the Government of Pakistan and the British Government; — Advisory Board of Kashf, the largest micro-finance institution in the private sector, in its formative years; and — Several government Committees and Task Forces set up by the Federal and Punjab Governments at various points in time since the mid 1980s; and Visiting Lecturer: Pakistan School of Public Policy and National Defence University. He was also appointed to the first Independent Monetary Policy Committee of the State Bank of Pakistan. He has authored three books, contributes to journals and newspapers both within and outside Pakistan and is interviewed regularly by both local and foreign televisions and radios. He has provided consultancy services to a number of multilateral and bilateral lending agencies like World Bank, Asian Development Bank, DFID, ILO (ARTEP), UNDP, etc. on the financial, fiscal, external trade, urban and rural development, social protection and social sectors (Education, Water Supply).
Khalid Anwar has been working in finance with multinational corporations around the world for more than 25 years. During this time he has been involved in numerous volunteer activities ranging from community development to Big Brother programs. Over the last several years he has been working on helping children with special needs to play in sports that they normally would not participate in (soccer, baseball, basketball, etc.). He has a daughter who was diagnosed with autism.Khalid received his Bachelor degree from University of Wisconsin and an MBA from University of Chicago, and is also a CPA. Khalid has been one of the most ardent promoters of Autism Society of Pakistan and helped in creating the much needed link with like-minded organizations in the United States. Khalid holds dual nationality of Pakistan and USA.
Fatimah Asif completed articles with A.F.Fergusson in 1985 and joined the Agha Khan University Hospital in Karachi. In 1989, she joined Lasmo Oil as a senior accountant and a joint venture accountant. Later she worked with Globe Merchandisers as a Financial Consultant overseeing its garments export business before joining the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) in 2002 where she rose up to be its Finance Director. Since 2006, she is volunteering as Financial Consultant for Behbud Association of Pakistan