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Agahi Awards – Beyond 2015 welcomes journalists from all over Pakistan to nominate their best work. This year we celebrate diversity, culture of self-regulation, fairness, impartiality, credibility, knowledge equity across 35 different categories.

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VALUES AND ETHICS CELEBRATED AT AGAHI AWARDS – BEYOND 2015

Islamabad, PK – 25 April 2015 - The AGAHI AWARDS, Pakistan’s most sought after journalism awards held today at the Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA) in Islamabad. Leading opinion makers, senior journalists, policy makers, diplomats, academicians, leading professionals from the media industry and representatives from think tanks attended the award ceremony.

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  • Johann Brandstatter
    Johann Brandstatter, 49, native of the beautiful city of Salzburg in Austria. He started photography with landscape and nature after his father gave him a camera on his twelfth birthday. During his career in the armed forces he began to shoot photo reports, focusing on military and defense issues. From 1989 onwards he documented several trekking and diving expeditions. With the digital revolution ...
  • Ashutosh OC Tiwari
    Ashutosh Tiwari is the CEO of Sherpa Adventure Gear, a leading for-purpose, branded outdoors apparel manufacturer in Kathmandu, Nepal. Sherpa exports its made-in-Nepal high-end apparels to 21 countries – providing, in the process, jobs to about 1,500 workers, most of whom are rural women. From 2010 to 2014, Ashutosh was the Country Representative at WaterAid in Nepal. In that capacit ...
  • Jehan Ara
    Jehan Ara is the President of the Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES (P@SHA. She has to a great degree been responsible for developing the P@SHA brand and for creating linkages between P@SHA and local and international partners. Jehan has 29 years experience in Marketing, Communications and interactive New media in Hong Kong, the Far East, the UAE and Pakistan. She is a moti ...
  • Dr. Ghulam Shabir
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  • Dr. Najma Sadiq
    Dr. Najma Sadiq carries over 10 years of professional, teaching and research experience. She received doctorate in Communication Studies, specializing in conflict and war reporting related to Tribal Areas of Pakistan in 2011. She is the first female in Pakistan with a foreign PhD degree in Communication Studies. She is currently working on two HEC-funded projects related reporting in Pakistani med ...
  • zehraarshad
    Zehra Arshad is currently serving as the National Coordinator of Pakistan Coalition for Education (PCE) for the last ten years. She has been leading PCE for last 10 years while linked to education sector for more than 15 years. Under her leadership, the coalition undertakes evidence based public policy advocacy on different aspects of education through engagement with policy makers ...
  • Shazia Javed
    Shazia Javed is an educationalist, an entrepreneur and a social activist. She has over twenty four years of progressive experience in the education sector. Having held senior positions, she has the requisite qualifications in Training, Curriculum Development, Quality Assurance, Monitoring and Evaluation, School Management, Human Resource Development and Teaching. She is currently working as Direct ...
  • Wendy Dent
    WENDY DENT is an award winning investigative documentary film producer, writer, speaker, and entrepreneur. She is also a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader (2013-2018), the founder of the Industry Intervention, Cinemmerse, and Human Rights On Film, and a consultant on film, technology and international issues. Ms Dent served as 2012 Visiting Filmmaker/ Scholar at University of Southern C ...
  • Ayesha Eirabie
    Ayesha Eirabie is a senior development communication specialist. She has served as Member Development Communication at the Planning Commission of Pakistan. Eirabie has also worked as Executive Vice President, Marketing and Communication at Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL). She was also responsible for corporate communication at TETRA-Pak Pakistan. She was with the Karachi Electric ...
  • Sohail Naqvi
    Dr. S. Sohail H. Naqvi joined LUMS as the fourth Vice Chancellor of the university in July 2013. He has served as the Executive Director of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) for 8 years. At the HEC, he helped develop and implement a comprehensive strategy for the revival of the higher education sector of Pakistan. With a PhD in Electrical Engineering and extensive teaching and research experie ...
  • Catarina Tully
    Cat Tully is director of FromOverHere, a consultancy providing strategy and foreign policy advice. Its mission is to support organisations – particularly governments - navigate a complex world. Cat has extensive experience as a practitioner, helping governments, civil society and businesses be: more strategic, effective, prepared for the future, and global citizens in an intercon ...
  • Paula Bronstein
    Paula Bronstein’s many nominations and awards span decades and represent only a small space in what is simply a lifetime of phenomenal frontline news and documentary photography across the globe. She sits alongside the most important female photographers of our time, as a multiple nominee and award winner of contests including The Pulitzer, Pictures of The Year Internation ...
  • Dr. M. Zafar Iqbal
    Dr. M. Zafar Iqbal is a chairman of Department of Media and Communication Studies International Islamic University Islamabad. He aims to accomplish his department in such a manner that can be useful for the media professionals, academic scholars, researchers, NGOs, policy makers and regulators. ...
  • Aliya Rashid
    Ms. Aliya Rashid is presently serving in National Accountability Bureau (NAB) as Director General Awareness & Prevention Division NAB , which is the Apex Anti-corruption Agency of Pakistan as Director General (Awareness and Prevention) - BS-21. She did her Masters from Punjab University and joined government service in 1995 as a Senior Research Officer (BS-18) in PMs Literacy commission. In 19 ...
  • Dr. Naif A. Al-Mutawa
    Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa is the creator of THE 99, the first group of comic superheroes born of an Islamic archetype. THE 99 has received positive attention from the world’s media. Forbes named THE 99 as one of the top 20 trends sweeping the globe and President Barack Obama praised Dr. Naif and THE 99 as perhaps the most innovative of the thousands of new entrepreneurs viewed by his Presidential Summi ...
  • Ilhan Niaz
    Ilhan Niaz is Assistant Professor of History at the Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan, and the author of Old World Empires: Cultures of Power and Governance in Eurasia (New York: Routledge, 2014), The Culture of Power and Governance of Pakistan, 1947-2008 (Karachi: Oxford University Press, 2010, 2011) and An Inquiry into the Culture of Power of the Subcontinent (Islamabad: Alhamra, 2006 ...
  • Qadeer Baig
    Qadeer Baig has been working as the Country Representative, Rutgers WPF, Pakistan since January 2007. He has formal qualifications in ‘Management of NGOs’ from the London School of Economics (LSE), UK and has published a number of articles and papers on NGO related issues in National and International publications. He has represented civil society as part of the official Government delegation ...
  • Dr. Abid Suleri
    Dr. Abid Qaiyum Suleri is Executive Director of Sustainable Development Policy Institute since 2007. He earned his PhD in Food Security from the Natural Resources Institute (NRI), University of Greenwich, United Kingdom. Currently, he is also serving as member of National Economic Advisory Council; member of Advisory Committee of National Planning Commission; and member of the National Advisory Co ...
  • Major General Athar Abbas
    Major General Athar Abbas (retired) was commissioned in October 1976 in the Pakistan Army. Being a cavalry officer, he has served in various command and staff appointments before retiring in June 2012. He is a graduate of Command and Staff College, Quetta and Armed Forces Staff College, Malaysia. He is a participant of the Executive Course at Asia Pacific Centre for S ...
  • Syeda Najma Shakur
    Syeda Najma, President (Founder) Women welfare Organization Poonch (WWOP) has given 18 important years of her life for the formation and well-being of women rights in Kashmir, Pakistan. Her area of expertise covers planning for learning and Change, advocacy and policy Influencing, Networking women groups and campaigning, participatory appraisal and evaluation, peace building and disaster managemen ...
  • Ahmad Mukhtar
    Ahmad Mukhtar has 20 years of experience in public, private and international development sectors, working on national and international/multilateral assignments in the areas of international economic and trade policy, commercial diplomacy, bilateral and regional trade issues and implementation of trade and investment policies. At present, he is working with the United Nations (UNC ...
  • Syed Abid Ali Shah
    Dr. Abid is the Chairman of Department of Civil Engineering at Sarhad University of Science & Information Technology, Peshawar. He did his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Germany in 2004 and successfully completed postdoctoral research fellowships with Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences (JSPS), Matsumae International Foundation (MIF), and Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany a ...
  • Dr. Syed Abdul Siraj
    Syed Abdul Siraj is a Professor and Chairman Department of Mass Communication at the Allama Iqbal Open University Islamabad, Pakistan. He carries over 30 years of teaching and research experience at University level. He has been visiting scholar at foreign and national Universities. Dr. Siraj holds Masters’ in Journalism with distinction, Doctorate in Mass Communication (Pakistan) and Post-Docto ...
  • Michele Wucker
    Michele Wucker is the vice president of studies at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Her new book, The Gray Rhino: Why We Keep Missing the Most Obvious Threats -and How We Can Get Out of their Way, will be published in 2016 by St Martin’s Press. She also is the author of LOCKOUT: Why America Keeps Getting Immigration Wrong When Our Prosperity Depends on Getting It Right, a Washington Post B ...
  • Dr. Salma Umber
    Dr.Salma Umber PhD in Mass Communication, serving as Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Mass Communication in G.C. University, Faisalabad. Salma Umber has a unique experience of teaching and working journalist as well. She served as reporter in renowned media organizations e.g. The Nawa-e waqat, the Express, The daily Din. During this time period she worked on women rights with NGO's for the r ...
  • Khusniddin Olimov
    Dr. Khusniddin Olimov is a nuclear physicist, currently serving as Associate Professor in Department of Physics, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad. He received his PhD degree in physics from Institute of Nuclear Physics (Tashkent) of Uzbekistan Academy of Sciences in 2002. Dr. Olimov investigates the properties of a nuclear matter at extreme conditions of high densities and te ...
  • Melisande Lissa Middleton
    Melisande Middleton is a lawyer and entrepreneur with a focus in media and technology. She is founder of the Center for International Media Ethics (CIME) and of the Intrisis group. Melisande is an honours graduate of Stanford University and the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) where she completed an MA/MPhil in international development and economics. In 2009 she was a Visiting ...
  • Dr. Muhammad Ashraf Khan
    Dr. Muhammad Ashraf Khan is Professor and Chairman Department of Communication Studies, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Pakistan. He carries over 28 years of teaching and research experience at university level. He has been visiting scholar at foreign and national universities. Dr. Khan holds masters in Mass Communication with distinction, doctorate in Mass Communication (Pakistan) and Post-doctora ...
  • Dr. Masrur Alam Khan
    Masrur Alam Khan is one of the senior most professors of Mass Communication of the country (Pakistan) retired last year being founding head, Department of Mass Communication at National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) Islamabad. He was also heading Department of International Business and Marketing, NUST Business School during his tenure of four years at NUST. During his 44 years of p ...
  • Dr. Azeem Ibrahim
    Dr Azeem Ibrahim is a Research Professor at the Strategic Studies Institute and Lecturer in International Security at the University of Chicago. He completed his PhD from the University of Cambridge and served as an International Security Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and a World Fellow at Yale. Over the years he has met and advised numerous world leaders on policy developm ...
  • Asif Malik
    Asif A. Malik, is an Educationist, currently serving as Assistant Registrar at Principal Secretariat of COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad. He is a member of the National Academy of Young Scientists (NAYS), Pakistan, and Human Rights Education Associates (HREA), Community of Practices (CoP) USA. He writes for the Daily Times, Pakistan, and HEbeyond 2015 campaign of the Associat ...
  • Irfan Amir
    Founder and total communication savvy professional, Irfan has a diverse experience in advertising, marketing, sales, strategy & planning, visibility economics, business development, client and media relations. He also facilitates networking, corporate environment responsibility projects, and public relations. ...
  • Ghulam Nabi Kazi
    Born in Karachi in 1956, Dr Kazi graduated in Medicine from Dow Medical College, University of Karachi, in January 1982. After internships, he joined regular Government service in 1983 and worked in the management of Civil Hospital Karachi till 1994. Thereafter he was inducted in the Planning wing of the Sindh Department of Health. He attended a major certificate course on Financing Health Care in ...
  • Ahmad Rafay Alam
    Ahmad rafay alam is a lawyer and partner at Saleem, Alam & co., a law firm specialising in the energy, water, natural resources and urban development sectors. Rafay serves on the boards of directors of the Lahore waste management company and the urban unit and has served as chairman of the Lahore electricity supply company and director of the Punjab Saaf Paani company. He is also a member of ...
  • Afia Salam
    After doing Master in Geography, ventured into the field of journalism in 1978, became Pakistan first female cricket journalist. Has since gathered experience of print (Star, The Cricketer, Wings, Energy Update), electronic, (Dawnnews), and Web tv (www.247online.tv) different branches of the media, as well as advertising, by serving as the creative head of 3 different agencies. Entered developm ...
  • Majyd Aziz
    Majyd Aziz is an industrialist and head of his family businesses. He was born in Karachi, Pakistan on August 15, 1950. He did his Bachelors and Masters from Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, USA. He is a Former President of Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (the largest Chamber in Pakistan) as well as Former Chairman of SITE Association of Industry (the largest industrial Town Associa ...
  • Suzanne Temwa Harris
    Suzanne Temwa Harris is currently a Media and Communications PhD candidate with a Masters in Media and International Development. She has worked for various media-related organisations such as the Open Society Foundation as a Media and Youth Coordinator, a researcher for MTV's Staying Alive Foundation (multi-media HIV/AIDS campaign) and Beyond Good Intentions as a freelance journalist focusing on ...
  • David Hayward
    David Hayward is a journalist, writer, media consultant and founder of Hayward Black Media Ltd. He works with international news organisations, governments, NGOs, charities and corporate clients, designing digital media strategies. David was a journalist at the BBC for 18 years. He worked across the organisation, as a reporter, producer and senior editor, in network radio, TV and for the BBC Wor ...
  • Aidan White
    Aidan White is the Director of the Ethical Journalism Network, a global campaign to promote good governance in journalism across all media platforms, which was launched in 2012. During 2012 he has taken part in major debates on ethics and journalism at international level and has played a leading role in a national campaign on ethics, good governance and self-regulation for media in Pakistan (s ...
  • Dr. Andrea Calderaro
    Dr. Andrea Calderaro is a Senior Research Fellow at the Alexander Von Humboldt's Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG), and a Research Associate at the Centre for Media Freedom and Media Pluralism / Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute. His research focuses on Internet and International Affairs, with a particular focus on internet governance, EU inter ...
  • Athar Osama
    Athar Osama is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. He is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Pakistan Innovation Foundation (PIF). He has done his Bachelor's in Aeronautical Engineering from the Pakistan Air Force Academy and his PhD in Public Policy from the Pardee RAND Graduate School, Santa Monica, California. Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Muslim-Science.Com; Ch ...
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Past Winners

  • Journalism for Peace
    Mubashir Zaidi (DAWN.com)
  • Favourite Current Affairs Anchor
    Hamid Mir (Geo News)
  • Terrorism and Extremism
    Waheedullah Afridi (Samaa TV)
  • Emerging Current Affair Anchor(Male)
    Iqrar ul Hassan – ARY News
  • Health and Nutrition
    Sarwar Baloch (VASH TV)
  • Infotainment
    Usman Ghafoor (The News)
  • Conflict, Environment, Crime
    Haroon Baloch (Rohi TV)
  • Human Rights
    Ali Usman (Express Tribune)
  • Gender – Political Empowerment, Routine and Polio Immunization, Extremism and Terrorism, Minorities and Marginalised Communities
    Zia Ur Rehman (The Friday Times)
  • Human Rights
    Aamir Saeed (Pique Magazine)
  • Health
    Hanif Samoon (DAWN.com)
  • Corruption, Business and Economy
    Muhammad Ali Khan
  • Health and Primary Education
    Maliha Naz Rana (Herald)
  • Most Credible Current Affairs Anchor of the Year
    Ejaz Haider – Capital TV
  • Energy, Water, Food and Security nexus
    Mubarak Zeb (Dawn)
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