Ayesha Iqbal is the founding Executive Director of Alif Se Insaiyat based in Karachi, Pakistan. Ms. Iqbal is also a Barrister-at-Law of the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn and has been called to the Bar of England and Wales with outstanding academic standing.
As the founding member and the Executive Director, she shapes and approves the Foundation’s strategies, reviews results and determines the overall direction of the Foundation whilst spearheading causes, delivering talks and funding the organization.
Through her work as a founder of the organization, Barrister Iqbal has first hand witnessed the need for empowerment of the marginalized communities and how empowerment can bring transformational improvements in the education, health and economic lives of such communities. By providing them with basic facilities which such communities deserve but have been deprived of, there has been a noticeable improvement in the prosperity of families, communities and society with the work of the organization, under her leadership. Barrister Iqbal also routinely meets with partners, grantees, government representatives and various organisations to further the Foundation’s goal of improving equity in Pakistan and across the world.
Prior to the founding Alif Se Insaniyat, Barrister Iqbal has been the Director Law Programme at a University of London LLB (Hons) Programme, Recognised Teaching Centre spearheading the law programme and affecting the lives of many students as an Associate Professor of Criminal Law. Barrister Iqbal’s professional experience in the legal practice arena in Pakistan has also shaped her perspectives and has been an eye opener in matters relating to health inequity, social injustices, hindered access to justice and other preventable issues.
Along with Barrister Iqbal’s legal practice and Managerial commitments, she has been an integral member in creating economic opportunities for women in rural areas and creating educational access for young girls in remote areas. With financing and overseeing of building of all girls’ school in the district of Sanghar, Sindh, Pakistan, Barrister Iqbal has encouraged families to send their young girls to schools to receive basic education in a protected and safe environment in line with the customs and traditions of those localities.
Barrister Iqbal’s academic teaching and capacity building initiatives for hundreds of her students have provided her with an enriching experience to establish the social enterprise in Karachi, Pakistan to practise what she has professed and preached. In 2020, with the drastic change in the world owing to COVID 19, and in particular the increase in inequity specifically for women and marginalized communities, Barrister Iqbal took this as an opportunity to launch Alif Se Insaniyat and address the growing concerns pertaining to human rights and domestic abuse along with deprivation of economic opportunity especially for underprivileged communities.
Prior to Barrister Iqbal’s professional life, in recognition of her academic accomplishments, Barrister Iqbal was awarded a Full Scholarship to pursue the LLM in Transnational Crime & Justice from the United Nation Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute in Italy.
With Barrister Iqbal’s interest always been rooted in human rights and matter of policy, she specialized in Human Rights and Refugee Matters during her postgraduate education. Barrister Iqbal’s foreign professional qualifications and global experience in countries like Pakistan, Malaysia, United States of America, United Kingdom and Canada has laid the ground work for social welfare projects conduced in economically challenged countries like Pakistan.
Currently, Barrister Iqbal is serving as an Associate Professor at SZABIST Law School and various other educational institutes along with heading Alif Se Insaniyat.