Ameena Saiyid recently retired after  30 years as managing director of Oxford University Press (OUP) in Pakistan. In 2005, she became the first Pakistani woman to be awarded the Order of the British Empire for her services to democracy, women’s rights, education,  intellectual property rights and Anglo-Pakistan relations. In February 2013, she was conferred the prestigious French award of Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters for her work in promoting literary culture and in 2018 she was awarded the Sitara-e-Imtiaz by the President of Pakistan for contribution to education and courage in publishing. She is also the founder of the Karachi and Islamabad Literature Festivals and the Founder and Director of Adab Festival Pakistan

Editor and Publisher

AMEENA SAIYID  OBE     Ordre des Arts et des Lettres     Sitara-e-Imtiaz   

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Born and raised in Lahore, Moni Mohsin is an author and freelance journalist now based in London. Her novels include the prizewinning The End of Innocence and Tender Hooks. Her best-selling collection of satirical columns The Diary of a Social Butterfly and Return of the Butterfly are  based on her long-running column for The Friday Times. Her writing has also appeared in The Times, The Guardian and the Economist among other publications

Author and Columnist


Irfan Husain is a freelance columnist and author of Fatal Faultlines: Pakistan, Islam and the West. He has been writing for Dawn for over 25 years, and has contributed to many other publications, including The Economist, the Times of India and the Cairo Times

Author and Columnist


Sadia Quraeshi Shepard is a writer and documentary filmmaker. The author of The Girl from Foreign: A Memoir (The Penguin Press), Shepard’s writing has appeared in Guernica, The Washington Post, Vogue India and The New York Times, among other publications. Her credits as a producer include The September Issue, (A&E Films), The Education of Mohammad Hussein (HBO) and The Other Half of Tomorrow (Margaret Mead Film Festival, Opening Night Selection). She teaches at Wesleyan University and lives with her family in New York City

Author and Filmmaker


Muneeza Shamsie is a literary journalist, award-winning anthologist and author of a literary history, Hybrid Tapestries: The Development of Pakistani Literature in English.  She is Bibliographic Representative (Pakistan) for The Journal of Commonwealth Literature and serves on the Editorial Board of The Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies as well as the Advisory Boards of The Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Bengal Lights and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. She was also Regional Chairperson (Eurasia) of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, 2010, 2011.  She writes regularly for Dawn, Newsline and Newsweek Pakistan

Writer and Editor


Having worked for several years at Allen Lane, the non-fiction imprint of Penguin Books, Shan Vahidy is now a freelance editor working in London. She is the granddaughter of Zeenat Haroon Rashid

Editor and Granddaughter