Posted on: January 6th, 2015 by ZarAslam No Comments

Board Members

Zar Aslam

CEO and Founder

Zar Aslam, Founder and CEO is the driving force behind the organization. Zar has a Masters in Political Science with a focus in developmental economics from University of Kansas, Lawrence, and Bachelors in Economics and Political Science from the University of Peshawar, Pakistan. She has over twenty years of experience working for technology companies (IBM, Siemens, Nortel, Flexion, LGC etc.) in the Silicon Valley, California, ranging in size from small start-up ventures to blue chip firms. Zar has a strong track record of success in management, business development, marketing, sales and program/project management (including large scale international projects) working for technology companies.

On voluntary basis Zar has worked with Habitat for Humanity to build homes around the San Francisco Bay area. She has also built homes in Bangladesh, as part of mission with Habitat for Humanity (Zar is Member Partners Council, Habitat for Humanity). In the area of education, Zar has taught kids from the less affluent neighborhoods of San Jose. On part-time basis (adjunct faculty), she taught Political Science at Hartnell College, CA. Zar has also served on the board of Development in Literacy (DIL) San Francisco Chapter (an NGO involved with educating young girls in Pakistan).

Zar has developed a comprehensive network of personal and professional contacts in Silicon Valley where she has lived for the past thirty years. This will be instrumental in raising the profile of Environment Protection Fund within the community as well as having a significant impact on fundraising activities.

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Zar Aslam

Zar Aslam

CEO and Founder

MaryAnne

Board Member

MaryAnne Lauderdale, Board Member, has thirty years of consulting engineering and construction management experience in energy efficiency and conservation. She has developed, engineered, and constructed numerous energy conservation projects for schools, federal and local government agencies, and for commercial and industrial clients. Ms. Lauderdale is currently Regional Director of Engineering for Lime Energy, a design-build contractor which provides energy engineering and construction services nationwide. She has held positions with Siemens Building Technologies, Duke Energy, and Energy Investment, Inc., a consulting engineering firm. Earlier in her career, she worked for Hewlett Packard and Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

Ms. Lauderdale holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from San Jose State University. She is a Professional Mechanical Engineer and Certified Energy Manager. She also holds a General Contractor Class A license in the State of California.

Ms. Lauderdale served as National President of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) in 1993. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the Council on Women in Energy and Environmental Leadership, a council of AEE.

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MaryAnne

MaryAnne

Board Member

Dawn Bieser

Board Member

Dawn Bieser oversees all the Internet and Web Strategy for TEPF. Dawn has a Masters in Education, Instructional Technology from San Jose State University and Bachelors in Information Systems Management from the University of San Francisco. She also holds a California State Vocational Education Teaching Credential. In addition to building websites for small business owners, Dawn focuses her energy in teaching young adults the art of web design and computer applications skills and currently teaches part time on the faculty at the Art Institute of America.

Prior to her teaching career, Dawn had a long professional career of over twenty years working for Fortune 500 telecommunication companies inSilicon Valleysuch as Cisco Systems, Nortel, Aspect Telecommunications and Geotel Communications.

On a voluntary basis, Dawn is committed to uniting local residents with the outdoors by sponsoring and implementing organized adventures and hiking expeditions while at the same time promoting an understanding of and service to the natural environment.

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Dawn Bieser

Dawn Bieser

Board Member

Kalpana Trivadi

Board Member

Kalpana Trivadi has over 20 years of experience as a senior executive and seasoned manager at Fortune 500 companies and high technology startups. During those years, she has led award-winning documentation organizations, built worldwide training centers in the US and Europe, and spearheaded Localization efforts for simultaneous delivery of products in the UK, France, and Japan. Her efforts have included establishing world-class organizations ground-up, pioneering several process improvements, and assisting with mergers and acquisitions at ROLM, IBM, Siemens, Pure Software, PureAtria, and Rational Corporations.

Ms. Trivadi is Vice President at Trivadi Inc., a communications firm specializing in technical communications, publishing, and online media. Currently, she serves on the board of Trivadi Inc., on the advisory board of Scene Magazine, and as an advisor at Astia, an organization that empowers and supports women founders and entrepreneurs. She has received the "Circle of Excellence" award for management excellence.

Ms. Trivadi holds a B.A. Honors and a Master's degree in English Literature (India), and an M.S. in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Kansas.

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Kalpana Trivadi

Kalpana Trivadi

Board Member

Ali Nadir Syed

Board Member

Ali Nadir Syed is an experienced Investment Banker with more than sixteen years o f Corporate Finance experience across Asia, Europe and the Middle East. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Fairfax Middle East based in Dubai, a subsidiary of Fairfax IS Plc, a middle market focused investment bank in the UK. Ali is responsible for building Fairfax's business in the Middle East and Asia region with a particular focus on the growing market of small and mid-sized clients.

Prior to joining Fairfax in 2009, Ali was a Managing Director at Millennium Finance Corporation (MFC), a Dubai based investment banking and private equity platform. While at MFC, Ali advised and worked for a number of corporate and private equity clients in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt, Pakistan and North Africa on a variety of cross-border M&A, restructuring, investment and capital raising assignments.

Prior to relocating to Dubai in 2005, Ali worked with Deutsche Bank in London where he was a Vice President in the Corporate Advisory (M&A) group and has previously worked with Bankers Trust and NatWest Markets in London. Ali started his corporate finance career in Pakistan where he worked for Citibank and NatWest Markets and worked on numerous assignments including being part of Advisory assignments for the Government.

Ali has a particular interest in development of small and mid-sized private companies in countries like Pakistan and is working on a number of initiatives in order to foster access to capital and funding to such enterprises. Ali has a Master's degree in Business Administration from Pakistan's pre-eminent institution, the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), and a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering. He currently lives in Dubai.

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Ali Nadir Syed

Ali Nadir Syed

Board Member

Yasser Bashir

Board Member

Yasser Bashir is a seasoned engineer and entrepreneur with a deep passion for coding. Yasser started his career at WorldWerx Inc. where he played an important role in the development of SuiteWerx: a comprehensive CRM solution for large-sized telephony companies. His next job was at Align Technology where he led a large team of engineers working on 3D applications for the modeling and visualization of orthodontic treatment plans, as well as web-based CRM and ERP systems. At Align, Yasser acquired strong skills in 3D Graphics, Computational Geometry, Orthodontics and some serious C++ programming. Yasser's next gig was a couple of years of research and academics at Stanford University where he worked on the Virtual Soldier project: a DARPA funded research to infer and predict the physiological and anatomical effects of projectile wounds from a foundational model of human anatomy and the 3D scans of the injured patient. Yasser also held the position of Director of Technology at OrthoClear Inc. where he played an important role in defining and developing customer facing web applications.

Yasser has several research papers and industry patents to his name. He holds a BS (Hons.) in Computer Science from LUMS and an MS in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University.

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Yasser Bashir

Yasser Bashir

Board Member

Issam Ahmad

Board Member

Issam Ahmed is a journalist with a keen interest in the environment and urban renewal. His work presently appears in The Christian Science Monitor (USA) and Herald magazine (Pakistan). He has previously written for The Guardian, Observer, Independent and New Statesman (UK) and Dawn (Pakistan).

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Issam Ahmad

Issam Ahmad

Board Member

Ms. Nasreen Shah

Board Member

Mrs Nasreen Shah is the Founding Director/Principal of Lahore Grammar School 55-Main Gulberg, Lahore. She has served as Information Officer at APWA (All Pakistan Women's Association), Information Officer at IPPF (International Planned Parenthood Federation), Research Officer at NIPA (National Institute of Public Administration) and Board Member at LAS (Lahore American School). She is also a founding member of WAF (Womens' Action Forum) as well as Simorgh Womens' Collective. She is co-author of "The Portrayal of Woman in the Media".

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Ms. Nasreen Shah

Ms. Nasreen Shah

Board Member

Adeel Hashmi

Brand Ambassador/Board Member

Adeel Hashmi is a talented director, actor and creative producer behind several TV shows, documentaries, and commercials. Grandson of renowned poet and philosopher, Mr. Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Adeel comes from a family of artists, educationists and social activists.

Mr. Hashmi received his MBA from The Imperial College, London, England and his MFA in Film making from The Academy of Art University, San Fransisco, CA. He launched his career in 1996, and with his first play, "Teen Bata Teen", Pakistan's first sitcom, he became a household name and a celebrity in his own right. As a television personality he anchored several shows, appeared in over one hundred commercials including Coca Cola, UBL and Ufone. Adeel received Best Talent gold medal in 1999. He is also on the jury for Lux Style Awards (Pakistan's Oscars).

Mr. Hashmi's philanthropic work includes support for Shaukat Khanum, Namal University, UNICEF, UNDP and UNESCO. He is a Brand Ambassador for The Environment Protection Foundation (TEPF).

Mr. Hashmi is a visiting faculty at Beaconhouse National University (BNU) and Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) and now pursuing a degree in Classical piano.

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Adeel Hashmi

Adeel Hashmi

Brand Ambassador/Board Member

TEPF Team Members

Sara Naseem

Program Manager

Ms. Sara joined TEPF as an intern and currently she is working as Program Manager, based in Lahore. Sara holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences from Kinnaird College. Prior to joining TEPF, Sara worked as an intern at Lahore Waste Management Company (LWMC) and at SOS Village Lahore.

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Sara Naseem

Sara Naseem

Program Manager

Rehana Catherine

HR/Office Manager

Ms.Catherine started her career after completing her Masters degree in Social Sciences. She attended a course on communication strategies from Church World Services. While working in Not-for-profit sector for the past 6 years, she has worked with very prestigious institutions like Catholic Diocese of Multan as Bishop’s secretary and office manager. She served as Executive Assistant at the Catholic Board of Education Multan and later worked as a Consultant with them. She also worked with UBL bank in Faisalabad as telecommunication officer in Credit Card department. Her expertise is in office management and HRM.

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Rehana Catherine

Rehana Catherine

HR/Office Manager

Rubiya Arshad

IT Manager/ Videographer

Ms. Rubiya Arshad is working as IT Manager at TEPF, based in Lahore. After completing her graduation in Graphic design, Rubiya worked at ACE (pvt) Ltd, Rankers Direct and did a number of projects with City District Government, Faisalabad as a Consultant in City Beautification Project. She was also a member of City Design Committee, Faisalabad.

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Rubiya Arshad

Rubiya Arshad

IT Manager/ Videographer

Ameer Abbas

Accountant

Mr. Ameer Abbas is Sr. Accountant at TEPF. He has an MBA (Finance), from COMSATS Lahore and a B.COM from Punjab University, Lahore. Prior to joining TEPF, Mr. Abbas worked as a Sr. Accountant at Global Business Source Pvt. Ltd. Lahore.

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Ameer Abbas

Ameer Abbas

Accountant

Motahar Paracha

Marketing Manager/Content Writer

Mr. Motahar completed his Bachelor's degree in Political Science from LUMS in 2012.He has a diverse experience in both Non-Profit and Corporate sector. Before joining TEPF, he worked as Regional Hub Manager at Rocket Internet-Daraz.pk and as a Research Associate at Leadership Support Office-PTI. His expertise is in Writing, Research and Analysis, Management and Team Leadership. His job responsibilities include Report Writing, Research, Marketing and Fieldwork with the student volunteers.

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Motahar Paracha

Motahar Paracha

Marketing Manager/Content Writer
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