Doctor Ahmad has led a gifted
life. It is rare that one can combine two
distinct, but totally dissimilar, careers and
achieve unprecedented success in both
endeavors. Dr. Ahmad has done just that.
A graduate of the University of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan with a Medical Doctor degree, she began her medical career at Services Hospital as an Internal Medicine Physician in the Senior Gastroenterology Department where she assisted with fiber optic video endoscopic procedures. Thereafter she accepted an appointment with the National Institute of Child Health as a Casualty Medical Officer working with emergency patients. She rapidly progressed with that clinic to Assistant to the Director, assisting in all areas of the clinic. Thereafter, she started her own practice - Family Practice Health Care Clinic for Women and Children, providing all types of medical healthcare services for women and children.
Deeply concerned about healthcare and its availability to underprivileged women and children, Dr. Ahmad subsequently built and administered the Al-Rehman Welfare Trust & Medical Center in Karachi, Pakistan. With boundless energy, Dr. Ahmad hired and trained competent staff, organized all functional areas of the clinic and facilitated assessment, treatment and care forthousands of women and children who might not have otherwise had ready access to such medical services. In addition to the hospital, a school was also built to serve underprivileged children.
As though her medical career wasn't enough to fill a busy day, Dr. Ahmad concurrently developed a second career in scriptwriting, directing, producing and hosting numerous highly popular television programs targeted at healthcare, nutrition, family planning and social issues. Comparable to a Martha Stewart of Pakistan, for many years, Dr. Ahmad hosted television programs on healthful cooking, family issues and nutrition.
She has graduated as a Health Counselor and qualified for national certification as a Holistic Health Practitioner by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. She has also received a certificate of completion for educational outreach from the Teachers College of Columbia University.
Dr. Samina Ahmad is presently the Business Manager for Junoon, (http://www.junoon.com) a highly acclaimed, internationally renowned, Pakistani rock band that specializes in Sufi music promoting peace throughout the world. She organizes tours, books engagements, and manages business affairs, finances and publicity for the band. She recently negotiated in collaboration with the United Nations, a south Asian college tour for the band, to travel to Bangladesh, India and Pakistan to raise AIDS awareness. Samina led the band to memorable venues such as the Nobel Peace prize concert in Oslo in December 2007 and a historic first ever concert in Kashmir in May 2008.
Together, Salman and Samina have launched their latest initiative -- the Salman and Samina Global Wellness Initiative (SSGWI). The New York-based NGO focuses on three main areas: interfaith and cross-cultural dialogue; global health and wellness; and music education. Throughout their lives, Salman and Samina have worked on raising awareness and bringing people together, through music, media and advocacy. Now, they are launching their non-profit to further enable them to confront health and social challenges and lend their voice to bringing people together.
Hashwani is one of Pakistan’s leading entrepreneurs, running businesses in commodities, mining, property and textiles. An alumnus of Cornell University, he served as the founding president of the India-Pakistan CEOs Business Forum and as president of the Pakistan-France Business Alliance. He has also been active in the internationally prominent Young Presidents Organization and has founded and managed cross-cultural networks to promote international commerce and peace.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, Rob Asghar is a Fellow at USC’s Center on Public Diplomacy. His essays and commentaries have appeared in more than thirty outlets around the world, including the Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, Denver Post, Japan Times and Huffington Post. Asghar is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy and the Los Angeles World Affairs Council.