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Sabyn Javeri


Author and Academic

Sabyn is the author of  Hijabistan (2019) and the novel Nobody Killed Her (2017) as well as the editor of Ways of Being: Creative Non-Fiction by Pakistani Women (2023). Her writing has been published in The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, South Asian Review, The London Magazine, and Wasafiri, amongst other publications. Her short fiction has been widely anthologized and she has won the Oxonian Review Short Story Prize and was runner up for the Tibor Jones, Leaf Books and Jawad Memorial Translation Prize. She is a Senior Lecturer of Writing, Literature and Creative Writing and the Program Head of Undergraduate Writing at New York University, Abu Dhabi where her research interests include postcolonial feminism, South Asian literature, literary translation and creative writing pedagogy

Hasan Zaidi


Journalist, Editor and Filmmaker

Hasan is currently the Editor Magazines at DAWN, overseeing the newspaper’s weekly print magazines Eos, Icon, and Young World. Thrice recipient of the All Pakistan Newspapers Society’s award for excellence in journalism, he has worked for print, television, radio and digital. As a filmmaker, he has directed and produced a number of documentaries and music videos, and the pioneering digital feature film Raat Chali Hai Jhoom Ke as well as the international version of Moor. In 2003, the World Economic Forum nominated him as one of the Global Leaders of Tomorrow in the Media.

Victoria Schofield

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Historian and Author

Victoria is an historian and commentator on international affairs, with specialist knowledge and love of South Asia sustained by her friendship with Benazir Bhutto. In 2020 she published a memoir entitled: The Fragrance of Tears: My  Friendship with Benazir Bhutto. An acknowledged expert on Jammu and Kashmir, her other books include Kashmir in the Crossfire (1996), Kashmir in Conflict: India, Pakistan and the Unending War (2000) and Afghan Frontier: at the Crossroads of Conflict (2003). She is the author of the first full-length biography of Earl Wavell: Wavell: Soldier and Statesman (2006). Victoria is a frequent contributor on South Asian affairs to British newspapers and journals as well as to BBC World TV, BBC World Service and Al Jazeera.

Maarya Rehman

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Deputy Director British Council, Pakistan

Before moving to Pakistan in 2015, British-born Maarya had a successful career managing public libraries in the UK. Her first role in Pakistan with the British Council was  Director Libraries, leading the team that reopened the British Council libraries in Lahore and Karachi. She was Country Director at the British Council in Sri Lanka between 2019-2022 before returning to Pakistan to take up her current post. With a career track record in Libraries, it should surprise no one to know that Maarya enjoys a good book and is always on the lookout for the next great read.

Shan Vahidy


Editor and Granddaughter

Some-time escapee from Penguin Books, Shan is a freelance editor based in London. Much to her own surprise, she has accidentally specialised in heavy-weight non-fiction, although she also enjoys working on novels. Authors goaded in a professional capacity include Carla Power, Paul Mason, Moni Mohsin, Ian Morris and Victoria Finlay. She is the granddaughter of Zeenat Haroon Rashid and a permanent co-ordinating judge on the panel.

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