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LADIESFUND is Pakistan’s leading platform for urban women professionals and SME entrepreneurs with over 12,000 in its network. DGF and BDHC previously held the LADIESFUND Women of Influence Luncheon January 2011 and LADIESFUND Speed Networking Luncheon January 2014

President of Dawood Global Foundation – Tara Uzra Dawood said:

“Networking and building trust between working women is key for their advancement, business development and prosperity. This time, the LADIESFUND 2015 Women of Inspiration will also meet and mentor the women in attendance. We are honoured to partner with the BDHC for the third time to facilitate women development in Pakistan.”


Dawood Global Foundation (DGF) and the British Deputy High Commission, Karachi partnered to host Pakistan’s premier women professionals and entrepreneurs’ Speed Networking Luncheon 2015 on Saturday, 17th January at the British Deputy High Commission, Karachi; this year with an exciting “star” component with the announcement of the LADIESFUND 2015 Women of Inspiration: Aamina Sheikh, Atiqa Odho, Nadia Hussain, Saeeda Mandviwalla, Saman Malik, Seema Tahir, Shamaeel Ansari, Shamain Faruque, Shireen Anwar, Tina Sani and Wardha Saleem.

More than 100 women professionals and entrepreneurs from leading multi-nationals, retail, medical, accountancy, legal sectors, NGOs and youth programs gathered to form professional friendships, meet potential clients and build/strengthen their network for career advancement purposes.

LADIEFUND 2015 Women of Inspiration shot John Tucknott and Tara Uzra Dawood with the Stars of the LADIESFUND Star Speed Networking

Last year’s Speed Networking Luncheon was the first of its kind in Pakistan, which replicated the Harvard-style speed networking where more than 100 guests were seated face-to-face to network with each other, with a ringer every five minutes for the attendees to rotate to the next conversation.  This year, the networking was done by round tables and each table featured one celebrity successful Woman of Inspiration leading the networking and mentorship that took place. In addition to the 2014 LADIESFUND Women of Inspiration, iconic past LADIESFUND Award winners Sheema Kermani, Ameena Saiyid, Zeenat Saeed Ahmed and Raheel Tariq Khan also hosted tables.

John Tucknott and Tara Uzra Dawood with the LADIESFUND 2015 Women of Inspiration Crowd shot

The funds that were generated from the luncheon will be utilized towards the charitable efforts of DGF for women advancement. To date, DGF has educated 550 deserving girls to become journalists through its Educate a Girl programme and has just started #peshawar150 to educate girls in the name of innocents whose lives were lost in that tragedy.

The British Deputy High Commissioner – Mr. John A. Tucknott MBE said:

“We are delighted to partner with LADIESFUND® once again to host the Star Speed Networking Luncheon and look forward to many such partnerships in the future. Women Entrepreneurs and Professionals have become an important driver for economic growth and job creation within Pakistan. We congratulate the successful, talented and dynamic women of Pakistan today for not only enhancing their lives, but help Pakistan build a brighter and more prosperous future.”

The event was also an opportunity for young women entrepreneurs across the nation to showcase their artisan initiatives at the #LFStarSpeed Made in Pakistan Marketplace. Woodtones,  Petrichor Design Studio, Three Blue Pots, Glitterati, Block Prints by Afifa, ADORN, Pooja’s, Ghazal Pirzada Creative Studios, Kolhart, Meena Kari, Kanzah,Glitz, MFT, Paper Miracles, Aboriginal & Ethnic Art, Sunny Miracles, and Body Care Essentials. There was also an Educate a Girl booth.

With the extra efforts of the LADIESFUND Executive, Khadija Hashimi, Aneesa Unus, Bina Ali, Fatima Ahmed, Maliha Bhimjee, Munawara Sultana, Nadia Gangjees, Nazneen Tariq, Sarwat Nasim Shah, Shaheen Khan, Uzma Javeri, Varah Musavvir & Zeenat S. Ahmed, to bring dynamic Pakistan’s women professionals together, the Star Speed Networking Luncheon was a complete success.

Spotted in the audience was Minister for Culture Sharmila Faruqui, Chairman First Dawood Group Rafique Dawood, former Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK Abdul Kader Jaffer, Hon. Consul General to Chile.

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