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it’s the 5th LADIESFUND® Entrepreneurship Conference (LEC 2014), hosted by Dawood Global Foundation (DGF) in Karachi. “Anything is possible for Pakistani women,” she told the large crowd of women entrepreneurs, professionals and students. With a Pakistani mother and Indian father, Ms. Jiwani was born in Africa and raised in Brussels and today is a leading woman of influence in Canada and the world. She led the day’s celebrations of UN Women’s global “HeForShe” campaign, saluting the number of men of influence in the audience who had come with their daughters and wives to celebrate Pakistani women achievement.

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Keynote speaker at #LEC2014 was mountaineer Samina Baig, who along with her brother Mirza Ali Baig, drew multiple standing ovations and inspired the packed audience to great heights. “Pakistani men should stand side by side with the women in their lives and applaud them for their achievements,” woman rights activist and mountaineer Mr. Baig stated. “You took can make your dreams come true,” added the very petite and slight Samina, who often carried 170 pounds while walking 9 hours a day up Mt. Everest.

“I have donated 50 scholarships to DGF’s Educate a Girl and encourage others to do the same,” stated Brazilian-Korean documentary filmmaker Iara Lee, who spoke on the eminent panel of Dr. Tilo Klinner (German Consul General), Murat Onart (Turkish Consul General), John Tucknott (British Deputy High Commissioner) and Abdul Kader Jaffer (former Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK), moderated by Barbara Wickham (Head of British Council Pakistan). Ms. Lee interviewed 27 of her scholarship girls at #LEC2014 for a documentary she is making on the Educate a Girl – mission 1000 project of which more than 300 scholarships were announced to have been funded to date.

#LEC2014’s theme was “Extreme Entrepreneurs” and the event featured a special message by former UK First Lady Cherie Blair, a social media for business inside scoop by Kamal Faridi, an inspiring talk by Amin Hashwani, a panel of leading women across sectors Asma Yusuf, Dr. Huma Baqai, Saira Hussain and Senator Rukhsana Zuberi, moderated by Zahid Mubarak. The event was jointly compered by Educate a Girl scholarship winner Jaweria Ali as well as RJ Khalid Malik of CityFM89. There was also a comedy routine by Akbar Chaudhry, a rare Latifi Raag performance and blessing. Ms. Ali, who is today a host on HTV Pakistan, announced that she is donating a scholarship, showing the incredible impact of this project.

The event was sponsored by Platinum sponsor Philips and Panel Sponsor UNDP GEF SGP, as well as Gold Sponsor Khushhalibank, who returned to be part of #LEC2014 for the third year. LEC2014 was a huge success and a milestone for Pakistan.

DGF President Tara Uzra Dawood shared that DGF is now truly global with its next event being held on October 25, 2014 at the Pakistan Consulate of Toronto, Canada, in partnership with the Turkish, Indian and Sri Lankan Consulate of Toronto, and the Canadian-Pakistan Business Council.

       LEC 2014 Credits


LEC 204 is organized by Dawood Global Foundation the UN Women National Committee Canada, UNDP-GEF SGP, British Deputy High Commission, British Council, Turkish Consul, Afghan Consul, German Consul and Honorary Brazilian Consul.


Philips Pakistan (Platinum), UNDP GEF SGP (panel), Khushhalibank (Gold), Lodhie Foundation (Presentation) and Arena, Fecto, BRR Security Vault & Triumph (Legacy)


Media (CityFM89), Beauty (Shamain), Educational (IU and Institute of Journalism), Graphics (Firefly), PR & Events (TUD PR), Fan Art (AlySam), Food (14th Street Pizza), Water (Ab-E-Hayat), Music (EMI), Style (Ellemint Pret), Digital (Daas) and MS Collections, 32 Woman, SKA Style, Cartolina, Khazana Handicraft, Allaya Khan Designs, Uzma Javeri-Silver Jewelery, Mehwish Lucknow Chikankari, Shahzeen, Khanaza, Weight Loss Pakistan and Awaan Ul Hayaat

EY Global
SHRM Forum, ADA, The Craft Company, Sana Salman, Nadia Rehan, Aneesa Unus, Nadia Ellahi, Kolhart, INSAM, Artel by Bina Ali, Open Karachi, R. A. Creationz, Nimra Khalid, Desire, Enigma & Festive All

Special Thank You to the Media:

We especially thank the media for their constant friendship and support for our 5th LADIESFUND® Entrepreneurship Conference and to change entrepreneurship as we know it in Pakistan. Such entrepreneurs will not improve their own lives, but this change will start a cycle of changes that will change the community and our beloved Pakistan. You can help bring this change by constantly supporting us, without your support this change will not be possible.



Dawood Global Foundation was registered on December 01,2010, under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. LADIESFUND is a vehicle through which Dawood Global Foundation (the parent organization) gives back to the community and supports the upliftment of Pakistan women with activities such as LADIESFUND® Women’s Awards, LADIESFUND® Entrepreneurship Conferences, LADIESFUND® Women of Influence Luncheon Series, LADIESFUND® Internships, LADIESFUND® mentorships and LADIESFUND® Magazine. DGF is renowned internationally for its community projects and charitable work including its partnerships with initiatives such a SOS Children’s Villages, BABYFUND® Flood Relief campaign, LADIESFUND® Fellowships/Scholarships, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and Google, The Citizens Foundation, etc. 

LADIESFUND® Conferences:

DGF conducts “The LADIESFUND Entrepreneurship Conference (LEC) to promote, highlight and showcase the Pakistani female empowerment to the world. The Conference is an exhibition of the works of women entrepreneurs to promote business development for them and networking teas and lunches to promote business dialogue and synergies.



National Awards for Women are an annual event.The primary objective of LADIESFUND® Awards is to recognize and celebrate female leaders and role models in various fields, particularly entrepreneurs.


Educate a Girl:

Educate a Girl is a programme of vocational scholarships in media studies at the Institute of Journalism, Pakistan, 3 month certificate courses in radio, print and TV with top students being placed in internships at top media and corporate outlets.



  • Celebrating phenomenal women
  • Supporting women with high potential
  • Highlighting positivity in Pakistan
  • Promoting advancement of women in Pakistan


LADIESFUND® Advisory Council:

Amir Adnan, ByramAvari, Dr. Ishrat Husain, GhalibNishtar, Khalid Mirza, KhushBakhtShujat, NasreenJalil, SaadAmanullah Khan, Shafqat Sultana &Sultana Siddiqui.

LADIESFUND® milestones include:
– LADIESFUND® Women’s Awards

– LADIESFUND® Entrepreneurship Conferences

– LADIESFUND® Women of Influence Luncheons

– LADIESFUND® Speed Networking

– LADIESFUND® Girls’ Night Out

– LADIESFUND® Magazine

– LADIESFUND® Internships

– LADIESFUND® Nominations for AllWorld Network’s Pk100 and Arabia500

– LADIESFUND® Nominations for Cherie Blair Foundation for Women’s Women in Business Mentoring Programme

– LADIESFUND® Scholarships

– LADIESFUND® Fellowships

– LADIESFUND® Power Lunches

– LADIESFUND® E-daily newspaper:

– LADIESFUND® Educate a 1000 Girls Programme

– LADIESFUND®Speednetworkers (Karachi & Toronto)

– LADIESFUND® Evening Seminar