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Advisory Wing 

Tanveer Lateef
Patron-in-Chief 

Tanveer Lateef is a seasoned educationalist, peace & human rights scholar and senior policy maker. She is Patron-in-Chief of Press for Peace. She has contributed greatly to incorporate the notion of Kashmirit (Kashmiriness) in curriculum for elementary education in Pakistan Administered Kashmir. She is an expert in Local geography, art, culture and political history. she has also contributed significantly for the promotion of peace, sustainable development and women empowerment. 
No stranger to charity; she began her career as an educationist but soon turned to be an education social worker. 

Eva Maria Teja Mayer
Writer,Author, Spiritual Healer 

Eva is a devoted peace advocate, down-to-earth believer in human values and renowned human rights activist. She was born in 1962 in Vienna, Austria. She is also a prolific writer, researcher and freelance journalist. She has extensively studied ancient history and antiquity, archaeology, oriental and western cultures and different religions of the world. She has been in constant contact with eastern societies and ever been determined to go through the intricacies of Sufism and spiritualism. She has a lot of literary, social and educational work in her credit. Eva is also qualified in alternative healing techniques, energy work and psychology ( Reiki etc.). She has working on various assignments in Austria and Germany. As a special initiative, she undertook an in-depth study of the Indian culture and society as well as Indian Healing Methods. She has been in Czech Republic, Croatia, Serbia and Romania to participate in various activities. She was awarded Mira Lobe Scholarship in 2005 for Children and youth literature. As a social worker and peace activist, she has bestowed her love to the people of Jammu and Kashmir, especially the people of quake-hit areas in Pakistan Administrated Kashmir and demonstrated her unflinching adoration for the noble cause of working for the welfare of ailing humanity. She visited the quake-hit areas of Kashmir in 2006 to find intimate overview of the situation and upon return wrote a book "A New Morning for Munir: A tale from Kashmir", which is a story about youth responsibility, friendship, brotherhood and faith in God. Email:eva@pressforpeace.org.uk 


Khurshid Ahmed
Environment Consultan
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Khurshid Ahmed is an advisor and consultant on environmental issues. He holds M.Phil in Environmental Education. He started his teaching career from University of Peshawar in Pakistan. He has been holding key positions with prestigious organizations within country and abroad. He has been working with WWF-Pakistan as an environmental specialist and the focal person for ITA (Idara-e-Taleem-o-Agahi). Ahmed holds a special flair for environmental education. He has been facilitating and coordinating research across the key themes of environmental education; climate change, water preservation, sustainable energy, biodiversity and global warming. He has strong teaching and research interest in environmental management issues like solid and hazardous waste disposal, air quality deterioration and natural or manmade environmental hazards. He has been collaborating with a number of education and research institutes to initiate and conduct workshops and training sessions for teachers in environmental education. Currently he also holds the position of Secretary Rotary Club Peshawar. His affiliation with Press for Peace is longstanding. He is among one of the earliest advisors who has backed, patronized and steered our environmental vision. Email: khurshid@pressforpeace.org.uk

Sumera Mehboob Qureshi
Sociologist

Sumera Mehboob Qureshi is working as a Field Officer in PFP. She is a dynamic ,organised and determined field professional. Her passion is to work with the highest possible degree of devotion and dedication for the achievement of personal as well as organizational goals.She has M.A Sociology degree on her credit from University of the Punjab. She has excellent computer skills along with a Diploma in Women Extensions from Extension Services Management Academy. Currently she is doing LLB at Kashmir Law College Muzaffarabad, Azad Kashmir. As regards her working experience, she worked with International Labor Organization (ILO).In Information Technology Board, Muzaffarabad, Azad Jammu & Kashmir she worked as Assistant Manager in Human Resource Management (HRM). Sumera also worked with International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) as a Manager Emergency Operations. She was a master trainer at Mountain Glacier Protection Organization (MGPO).She is a silent volunteer in many fields.Now she is active and reliable member of PFP.
sumera@pressforpeace.org.uk

Mansoor Shahid Rathore
Writer, Poet, Enterpreneur
Mansoor is a textile engineer by profession and poet by passion. ,He is an active member of Press For Peace (PFP). He is graduated from a leading Engineering institute of Pakistan. He also holds a professional diploma in Visual Basics and Database Management from the UK. 

His first publication “ Chalo Main Haar Jaata Hun” is collection of Urdu poems. The book has been acclaimed by local literary and social circles. Widening social injustices and economic disparities are the crux of his writings.

Ms Riffat Wani

Sociologist, HR Defender 

Riffat Wani is a dedicated human rights worker and sociologist. She earned her Bachelors in maths and statistics and M.Sc. in sociology from University of AJK. She has been working with prestigious organizations like UNDP, Save the Children USA, and USAID as human rights and child protection specialist. Being born and brought up in Indian administrated Kashmir she has witnessed the plight of victims of the conflict. Ms Wani migrated to Pakistan administrated Kashmir in order to protect herself and her family from Indian atrocities. She has raised human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir issue at different international for such as EU parliament, Institute of cultural diplomacy (ICD), Germany and so on. She has been campaigning and volunteering for various organisations, including Free Kashmir Organisation
Research & Policy Wing

Zafar Iqbal 
Founder

Zafar Iqbal, founder of Press for Peace (PFP), is a peace and human rights activist. He did his MA (Media & Globalization) from Nottingham Trent University, UK. He earned his post Graduation in Mass Communication from the University of Punjab, Pakistan.  As a journalist, he has specifically been interested in peace and security with special perspective on South Asia, press freedom, globalization and environmental issues. He has been in Switzerland, Norway and United Kingdom to disseminate philosophy and approach of his organisation. His role as a social worker after the catastrophic earthquake in 2005 was widely appreciated and acknowledged by different organisations, groups and agencies at local and international level. Since the inception of Press for Peace in 1999, he has devoted himself to the work of Press for Peace. 
zafar@pressforpeace.org.uk

Adnan Rahman
Peace Activist
Mir Adnan Rahman is a faculty member of law in the University of Azad Jammu & Kashmir and also an active civil society activist. He is a committed peace activist and has been playing a very significant role in bringing peace and harmony in Pakistan Administered Kashmir. He has been actively participating in various seminars, conferences, focused group discussions and dialogues etc particularly related to the subjects of Kashmir dispute, Human Rights, Good Governance and Constitutional Issues in Pakistan Administered Kashmir, Conflict Analysis and Conflict Resolution Mechanism, Cross LOC trade and Travel, Issues of Rights of Women and Youth. He has also participated in the Intra Kashmir Conferences held in Bangkok, Thailand and Jammu, Indian Administered Kashmir under the parasol of an international organization and attended a two week seminar on International Human Rights Laws in Kathmandu, Nepal. He has deep understanding and lot of experience of multifaceted issues related to the Kashmir as well as Pakistan.

adnan@pressforpeace.org.uk

Mazhar Iqbal

Human Rights Activist, Research Co-ordinator
Mazhar Iqbal is a peace & human rights activist and active member of Press for Peace. He He has been coordinating organization's activities during some of the important assignments. He hails from Rawalakot in Azad Kashmir. He is particularly interested in peace programme of the organization and has been involved in a number of programs and campaigns in this regard. Mazhar has compiled a lot of publications and reports for Press for Peace including the annual reports, seminars and dialogues reports, field activities reports and different conferences held in Muzaffarabad, Kotli, Bagh and Rawalakot. He also writes articles and research reports for Press for Peace. Some of his valuable contributions include his work on PFP's peace and human rights program in Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan. 
Email: mazhar@pressforpeace.org.uk

Dr.Nighat Younas
Social Researcher, Educationist

Nighat holds PhD degree from the University of Karachi with special emphasis upon role of depressive people in development and stability of society, particularly in reference to growing social ailment of drug and HIV aids in Pakistan.  Nighat has been associated with the International Union of Food , Beverage, and Tobacco.  Her praiseworthy social work and devotion has been widely honored by different social and charitable organisations. She has wide experience of training and human resource development in the fields of trauma, community mobilization and crisis and disaster management and has delivered her lectures in various training programs organised by prestigious international and regional organisations. 
nighat@pressforpeac.org.uk

Muhammad Aftab Alam 
Development Consultant

Aftab Alam is an environmentalist with extensive experience of inter-disciplinary research and sustainable development practices.
in developing countries. He did his MSc degree in Sustainable Development from University of Surrey Guilford (UK). He also holds a Graduate Diploma in Energy Planning and Sustainable Development from Norway and MSc (Chemistry) from University of Azad Jammu & Kashmir, Pakistan. Currently he is working as a Compliance Officer at ERRA Pakistan.Aftab is associated with PFP as Director Environment.
Operational Wing

Ejaz Ur-Rehman
Ecologist

Ejaz is an active member of Press for Peace (PFP) since 2006. He did his MSc in Habitat Creation and Management from Staffordshire University, UK. He has also MSc (Botany) in his credit. He has been affiliated with the United Nations Development Programme in Pakistan. Ejaz has extensive experience of working in the field of social mobilization and rural development. He is particularly well-versed in ecological surveys, identification skills and habitat mapping (GIS and DGPS technologies). He has been involved in a research work carried out at the mountains of Picos De Eurpa in Spain. His articles on ethno-botany, environmental issues, forest habitat situation and impact of armed conflict on environment have been published in different international journals and periodicals. ejaz@pressforeace.org.uk 

Raja Wasim Khan
Director Azad Jammu & Kashmir

Raja Wasim Khan is a journalist, human rights activist and social worker.He is active member of Press for Peace (PFP) since 1999. He has extensive experience in dealing with human development issues at grass-root level as he has been associated with a number of non-governmental and development organisations. He is particularly interested in post-disaster environment journalism, rural development and women development issues. He has been vigorously involved in PFP’s activities since its inception. He has skilfully completed many significant assignments during his stay in Press for Peace (PFP). He is gentle by nature and a shrewd campaigner. He has compiled many insightful reports and publications about women issues and journalistic trends in Pakistan. He has been associated with a number of newspapers, media organisations and news agencies. wasim@pressforpeace.org.uk

Aurangzeb Saifullah Jarral
Reporter, Human Rights Activist

Aurangzeb Saifullah is currently working for a Pakistani news channel  in Muzaffrabad. Earlier, he has worked for a number of tv channels, news agencies and newspaper. In his journalistic work he has focused news stories and features about Kashmir politics and other social and human rights issues in the region. He is amongst the highly trusted members of the PFP and has represented Press for Peace in various major national and regional conferences, seminars and workshops.
 aurangzeb.jarral@pressforpeace.org.uk

Muhammad Meraj Alam
Development Consultant

Meraj Alam has vast experience of development sector. He completed his postgraduate studies in Political Science from University of Azad Jammu & Kashmir. He worked with number of National and International organizations including Save the Children UK, UNDP, Johanniters International, Children First, Skill Development Alliance and ACT intentional.  His main areas of expertise are; project Management, program Development, Advocacy and Social Mobilization. Meraj successfully completed various development projects under his leadership. He is a person with goals, aspirations and professionalism. He is a fervent sociologist and development activist with extensive experience of inter-disciplinary development skill. Meraj has excellent communications ability, both with technical and non-technical audiences. He has outgoing personality, relating well to people in all walks of life both socially and professionally. Meraj is associated with PFP as Director Planning and Development since 2008. He was selected as Chevening Scholar by Foreign & Commonwealth Office for development studies from UK in year 2015. 



Jalal ud Din Mughal 
Columnist, PR Practitioner

Jalal is a Neelum Valley  based journalist and social worker. He holds master degree in Mass Communication.Currently he is also spokesperson for Press for Peace. 
 He has been working for different TV & radio Channels . Jalal has a keen interest in promotion, development and sustainability of tourism in Azad Kashmir. He has been writing articles about tourism prospects in Azad Kashmir. Jalaluddin.mughal@pressforpeace.org.uk

Amir udin Mughal
Broadcast Journalist

He is a assiduous and dynamic photo journalist and has been associated with some prestigious national and international media wires and outlets, including Reuters. During his ten years career in image industry, he has extensively covered human sufferings related issues to Indo-Pak conflict exertion along the Line of Control (LoC). Currently, he is working with a private TV Channel. His work has been highly acknowledged in environs and globally. He has been always ardent to explore new locations and appearances in the fields of tourism, indigenous people and environment. 
 amiruddinmughal@pressforpeace.org.uk

Yousaf Kashmiri
Journalist, Human Rights Activist

Yousaf Kashmiri belongs to mind-enslaving picturesque valley of Bagh, a District of Kashmir. He was born and bought up in Karachi and sought all his higher education from Karachi University. Spending his prime of life with liberal and progressive political activists of the country and having passed long span of his time in political arena, he returned to his native town with aims to work for the betterment and reformation of his native land in terms of political activism and to work for the social betterment of the bereaved ones on society.Mr. Yousaf Kashmiri is a committed and devoted social and political activist. He has launched numerous historical campaigns and events related to Kashmiri identity and to portray the basic rights of people of the state. He has borne the brunt as a result of his enlightened political approach suffered state brutalities and has been captivated by the state machinery for his long and noble struggle for the rights of marginalized communities. Before joining his current position in the PFP he worked as district coordinator where he proved himself as an exemplary enthusiastic activist not only for his local team, but his efforts and contributions have been highly admired at all levels.E mail:yousaf@pressforpeace.org.uk

Hamid Ali Sofi
PFP Webmaster

Hamid is a software engineer and social worker. He has been updating and maintaining PFP website since its launch and successfully completed a number of IT 

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