Core Team

    Mrs. Benish Fatimah Sahi, Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Starting her career as the first female DDO(Revenue) Sheikhupura and Assistant Commissioner,Toba Tek Singh(a small town in the central Punjab), she has left her mark at various positions, she held during 14 years of her service. She had been Additional District Collector Sargodha, District Administrator Afghan Refugee Camp Kot Chandna (Mianwali) and team leader of Record Sifting Cell under the project titled “Development and Implementation of Integrated Computerized System” in Lahore Development Authority. More recently she has served as Additional Secretory in two of important departments in Government of the Punjab,i.e,Agriculture and School Education Department. Prior to joining as CEO PSPA, she has performing her duties as DG Child Protection and Welfare Bureau.

As CEO, Ms Benih Fatimah Sahi is responsible to oversee all matters related to the policymaking and practices of PSPA, providing strategic leadership to the organization and supervising the process of policy conception, formation and implementation. She also puts great emphasis on human resource management, finance, accounting, legal and management affairs of the Authority to optimise performance for beneficial outcomes of authority. Being a practitioner of participative leadership, she believes in team work and in creating synergies with all the actors working in the domain of social protection in Punjab, for robust and effective social protection planning and implementation.

 

    Waqar Azim, Director Programs

More than nineteen years of experience with both Government and Non-Government Organizations. He has gained extensive practical knowledge of Human Resource Management and Administration, Office Management, working with International Development Partners (World Bank, DFID, CIDA etc.), Evidence Based Planning, Performance Based Management, Contract Management/Services Outsourcing, Governance, Managing Change, System Development & Institutional Strengthening, Policy Formulation, Planning & Programming, Public Private Partnership, Organizational Management, Financial Management, Procurement, Social Mobilization, Participatory Community Development, Monitoring and Evaluation. At PSPA, Mr. Waqar Azim is ensuring smooth planning, designing, execution and feedback of all programmes. He is responsible for implementation, management, supervision and evaluation of all programmes in accordance with PSPA standards, board/government directions.

 

     Noman Ahmad Shah, Director (MIS)

Noman Ahmad Shah is an Information Technology (IT) and Project Management expert. He is a certified PMP, holds Master in Computer Science degree and ITIL certification, did several courses from international recognized universities and filed many inventions at USPTO. He has over fifteen (18) years’ IT/MIS & Project & portfolio management experience in public, private as well as research & development sectors. He has an aptitude for learning, solving and innovation. Previously, he has served at Ministry of Higher Education (Saudi Arabia), Ministry of Planning, Development & Reforms, Premier Systems and Electronic Government Directorate, Ministry of IT & Telecom. He is serving at PSPA as Director MIS. He is responsible for envisioning and development of IT & Information Security policy, Strategies, SoPs, Technical Vision and Operation Plans, Establishment and Operation of Datacenter, IT Infrastructure, MIS (ERP & BI Systems), Social Protection Registry and IT Enabled Services.

 

      Rehana Afzal, General Manager (Monitoring & Evaluation)

Rehana Afzal has an experience of more than 14 years in social sector as a Monitoring & Evaluation professional. She completed her MPA in 1998 from Institute of Administrative Sciences, University of the Punjab, Lahore followed by her MS in Development Studies from Szabist, Islamabad. She served PHE Department Rawalpindi as a Community Development Officer (BS-17), Punjab Education Sector Reforms Programme, Lahore as M&E Officer (BS-17), President’s Education Sector Reform Programme, Ministry of Education Islamabad as Evaluation Expert (BS-18), Gender Reform Action Plan Ministry of Women Development as a Deputy Director M&E (BS-18). Most recently she worked with Planning Commission as an M&E Expert (BS-19) under a Project of World Bank titled Social Safety Net Project Component IV.
She attended as well as organized several training workshops on M&E of social sector with donor agencies i.e. World Bank, UNIFEM, UNFPA, UNICEF, GTZ and ADB. She is responsible for the development and execution of M&E framework for PSPA.

 

       Muhammad Asim, General Manager (Finance & Accounts)

Mr. Asim has about 13 years work experience in Government, Banking and corporate sector. He has served at various management level positions. He is Msc. (Accounting & Finance) and M.Phil (Leadership & Management) from National Defence University. He has attended a number of training courses about financial managements as well as director training Programme (Certified Director).

 

 

 

 

       Mian Muhammad Kashif Saeed, General Manager (Policy)

He is an economist having 11+ years’ experience of working with academia, public sector and NGOs in Pakistan. He completed his Master of Applied Science in Economics from University of Karachi in 2003. Since then he has worked in the fields of public finance, economic development and monitoring and evaluation in different capacities. Most recently he served as Project Coordinator and Survey Lead at Centre for Economic Research in Pakistan. He was instrumental in introducing performance-based intergovernmental transfers in Pakistan in 2006 and shifting investment focus of USAID’s Dairy Project from Central Punjab to South Punjab in 2011. In future, he wants to play a more active role in public policy analysis and formulation. Kashif Saeed joined PSPA in July 2016. He is responsible for analysis of existing and emerging social protection programs in the Punjab and presentation of research findings to the PSPA management in the form of reports, policy briefs etc. to guide future course of action.

 

       Maliha Batool, General Manager Cash Transfer Programs

Maliha Batool has done Masters in Sociology from University of the Punjab and MSc. Education (Assessment & Evaluation) from University of Education, Lahore. She started her professional career from Programme Monitoring & Implementation Unit, Punjab Education Sector Reforms Programme (PMIU-PESRP) in 2006 as Monitoring & Evaluation Officer. She has eight years plus experience of heading three different conditional cash transfer projects of education sector: Continuous Professional Development Programme, Education Voucher Scheme and New School Programme being run under Public Private Partnership by Punjab Education Foundation. She is working as General Manager (Cash Transfer Programs) in Punjab Social Protection Authority. Her professional expertise in programme management, designing and introducing new initiatives for poorest of the poor is helpful in effectively implementing and managing PSPA’s cash transfer projects.

 

      Aqeel Feroze, General Manager (MIS)

Aqeel Feroze is pursuing his PhD in Computer Science with research focus on Datamining. Earlier, he did his MS in Computer Science from Government College University, Lahore. He had obtained Master degrees in M.Com. (Finance) and M.Sc. Computer Sciences from University of the Punjab, Lahore. He has also two Oracle Database Administration Certifications and a Diploma in Cost and Management Accounting. He has worked in various capacities with University of Education for almost seven years and Virtual University of Pakistan for about eight years as a head of MIS/IT specialization, projects and research theses. His accounting background coupled with good computer knowledge has honed his analytical skills, enabling him to develop a framework for analyzing diverse situations. His specific qualifications and areas of expertise include databases and various computer applications along with expertise in accounting and management practices. He has served as an editor of VU magazine for which he occasionally wrote articles as well. He has remained active in research and co-curricular activities besides being the part of organizing committees for many regional, national and international events. Before joining PSPA, he had acquired vast experience in both software development and network management.

    Junaid Amjad, General Manager (Programs)

Mr Junaid Amjad holds Master Degrees in Political Science and Economics. He has been working with different International and Government Organizations including USAID, UNDP & SNG(FCDO) and PSPA. He has extensive, hands on and updated experience of working in the development sector. His area of interests is evidence-based Program designing, formulations of implementation strategies and data analysis.

 

 

 

 

       Muhammad Kamran Akhtar, General Manager (Admin & HR)

He is currently working as General Manager (Admin & HR) at PSPA. Mr. Kamran holds a Master’s degree in Commerce from Hailey College of Commerce, University of Punjab.  He is experienced and versatile professional with over 20 years of proven successful track record in Finance, Accounts, Administrations, Monitoring & Evaluation, Policy formulation, project management and child & Bonded Labour issues in Pakistan. He is Master trainer on Gender issues and Public Procurement rules. He has extensive experience of working in different Departments and Ministries of Government of Pakistan in middle management positions. During his academic days he was actively involved in various social and cultural activities and received various awards.

 

 

       Muhammad Umar Sheikh, General Manager (Communication)

He is a highly motivated professional and research scholar with more than 12 years of experience in the field of Communication, Advertising, marketing, event management, copy writing, monitoring and evaluation. Having done his MSc in Advertising & Marketing from University oh Hull, England, he has varied work experience with government, media agencies and development sector agencies with firm background and training in areas such as Communication for Development, Behavioural change communication, Marketing, Promotion, PR, Mass Media, Administration in the office and out in field for organizing events. He arranged and managed national & international events at his university and at the agencies as Manager. His forte is working as a team leader in group projects. Considering his experience and interpersonal skills, he has also represented England as a Pakistani in delegation to Russia at World’s Biggest Youth event “SELIGER 2011”. He has also represented Pakistan in 10 members’ delegation to Korea for Youth Exchange Program 2008 from the Ministry of Youth Affairs, Government of Pakistan.
Earlier, he worked as Communication Specialist at IRMNCH & Nutrition Program, Government of Punjab funded by World Bank & UNICEF. He was the pioneer in initiating and managing a large-scale Community based behavioural change communication through diverse media vehicles related to Nutrition, Reproductive Health and Emergency Response. At PSPA, he is responsible for designing, managing and monitoring all the electronic & print media campaigns for effective outreach of PSPA’s initiatives along with all the internal and external communications of PSPA.

 

        Mrs. Saba Zahid, Deputy Director Admin

She has done her Master's in Social Work from University of the Punjab. She has about 23 years' experience of working in the public sector against different portfolios. She worked as Editor of the quarterly magazine of PSSB, Hayyaa Alal-Falah. She has a vast experience of arranging trainings for NGOs in collaboration with UNICEF, UNDP, across the Punjab. She also coordinated for holding conventions at divisional level. At PSPA, Mrs. Saba Zahid is responsible for day to day office administration, procurement and HR development at PSPA.