The founders of The CSR Journal firmly believe in the positive power of economic growth. While this dramatic development can at times come at the cost of the fragile natural environment – and silent segments of societies, there is a growing mindset shift: business must hold hands with society and the environment, ensuring triple bottom-line prosperity. 

S. Arif Ali
The Founder

S. Arif Ali believes in the great power of empathy and the ability of humans to transform the world into a better place for everyone, without any discrimination of class, race, religion or gender. It is with this belief that he started his social work in 1985, and then went on to establish Help International Welfare Trust (HIWT) in 1994 ... with a commitment to serve humanity however possible.

Alongside founding and running HIWT, Mr Arif has worked for several not-for-profit organisations, and has recently also founded Help Welfare Society, CSR Association of Pakistan and The CSR Journal.

In 2005, HIWT launched a countrywide campaign and started its Thalassemia Care Center in the heart of Karachi. This Thalassemia Care Center aims to make Pakistan a Thalassemia Major free country. In order to achieve this, HIWT has been working tirelessly to educate and treat underprivileged people, and currently has 220 registered thalassemia major patients who receive free blood transfusions, treatment, medicines and lab services.

Mr. Arif Ali and his wife Mrs. Sumaira Arif have a shared vision of eliminating a number of social and medical problems from Pakistan, and to fully serve the underprivileged people across all provinces. Their passion for philanthropy can be summarised by their favourite quote, the secret to living is giving.

Mr. Abdul Rauf Tabani

Mr. Abdul Rauf Tabani is a well known businessman and social personality. He is presently the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Belarus, and was previously the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Tajikistan for 15 years.

He is the Founder ... President of Pak Russia Business Forum and Pak Sri Lanka Business Forum, and previously filled the role of Chairman of Pakistan Russia Business Council of FPCCI and the Founder Member of Pak Romania Business Council. He is also an active member of various other clubs, forums and business associations including the FPCCI and KCCI, along with being the current President/CEO of Tabani Trading International (Pvt.) Ltd.

Among his many other other achievements and vast business experiences, Mr. Tabani was the Vice Chairman of Aero Asia, the largest Private Airline in Pakistan.

Professionally he is a B.E. in Civil Engineering, and has successfully completed various other courses and trainings. He holds a great interest in social work, and is currently associated with various social organisations to help create positive impact in the world.

Mr. Rafiq Rangoonwala

Mr. Mohammed Rafiq Rangoonwala is a globally renowned social personality. He is currently the CEO of Mon Salwa.

In 1980, he started his career in Fast Food restaurants at KFC in Houston, and then transferred to the Caribbean region as Franchise Service Manager ... in 1987. In 1988 he moved to Cairo as Field Service Manager for Saudi Arabia and Egypt, and was appointed Market Director of Middle East in 1989. He stayed with PepsiCo in the Restaurant Division for over 18 years. In 1997 to 1999 he joined Americana as head of its UAE Fast Food Division.

He joined Artal Restaurants International as CEO in October 1999 and he has headed KFC, Indulge, Freshens, Casa, LalQila, LOccitane, My Super Store & Saint Cinnamon.

Vast experiences of Mr Rangoonwala in business also include being General Secretary of Pakistan American Association of Greater Houston, Board Member of Islamic Education Institute of Texas, Councillor of Islamic Society of Greater Houston, Treasurer of YPO Young President Organization, among many other roles and responsibilities in both local and global organisations.

Mr. Rangoonwala did his BA (Hons.) from University of Karachi, and then traveled to the USA in 1979 to enrol in the Executive Development Course at Whittemore School of Business, University of New Hampshire. He has since then completed several management courses from the US, UK, Canada, Australia and Singapore, and has an MBA in marketing.

Mr. Faisal Zahid Malik

Mr. Malik is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Pakistan Observer, and holds a Masters in Journalism degree from the University of Punjab. He has over 29 years of experience in the journalism industry, and has worked at the Reputable Hurmat group of newspapers, including Al akhbar, weekly Hurmat and Pakistan Observer - which he ... owns and manages.

He has played an active role in numerous global conferences on topics including the media and trade. His professional travel experiences include journeying to the USA, UK, Japan, Uzbekistan, Thailand, China, Turkey, Iraq, Dubai, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan and Algeria.

He is also part of various associations, such as the Rawalpindi Union of Journalists, Green Park Investment, All Pakistan Newspaper Society, Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors, Marketing Association of Pakistan, and Islamabad Chamber of Commerce, among others.

Ms. Khadeeja Balkhi
CEO | Editor-in-Chief

A globally-cited sustainability expert, Khadeeja Balkhi’s insights are sought by GM & C-suite leaders from North America to Maldives, Saudi Arabia alike - & many in between.

Strategic Comms & Journalism
... She authored sustainability reports that won many awards, eg for Engro (formerly Exxon) & Akzo Nobel (ICI).

With 200+ published articles, Ms. Balkhi has won the CNN & CSR Europe Young Journalist Awards. Her business journalism passion took root in South Carolina, USA then Jeddah. She has written for Forbes ME, Arab News, The National & cover stories for Newsweek ME. She authored the Country Guides for The World Guide to Sustainable Enterprise for Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka & Maldives - & a Country Guide for The World Guide to CSR.

Community Leadership
She has worked with non-profits such as WWF & Mosaic. She serves on the Executive Board & is a Trustee of Tech For Change.

In her role as Chairman, FPCCI CSR Standing Committee, the apex democratic private sector body, she focuses on leveraging sustainability as a tool of national & regional uplift.

Strategy & Training
For Coca-Cola, she developed a Risk Mitigation Model & Strategy, acclaimed within the company’s global network for its ground-breaking models. She especially enjoys working with family businesses – & believes ‘Sustainability Starts @ The Board’. She enjoys coaching diverse groups. She conducted GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) trainings. With CSR Europe, she trained the media on corporate responsibility, co-developing a Media CSR toolkit in Turkey. As a thought-leader, her niches include sustainable hospitality & strategic communications. She spots emerging sustainable tourism trends, partnering with businesses to stay ahead & continue to be host-of-choice in their markets. Based between Abu Dhabi, Jeddah & Islamabad, & born in Malawi, her travels for work & study span 18+ countries.

Syed Shakil Hashmi
Ms. Shafaq Syed
Editorial Director

Shafaq has a diverse professional profile and has served in different roles in the government & non-profit sectors. She specializes in project management, business development, and social development. She is currently working as Analyst Direct Procurement at Jazz (previously known as Mobilink). Prior to joining Jazz, ... Shafaq was working as Assistant - Projects at the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Technology Board (KPITB), which is a government organization established for the promotion of Information Technology in the public and private sectors. She was an integral part of the projects team at KPITB and was actively involved in advocating for initiatives that are focused on youth and women. Her role at KPITB has given her much needed exposure to public policymaking.

She is passionate about social development and ensures the initiatives she is working on are well aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Shafaq also volunteers with the Code for Pakistan (a non-profit building a non-partisan civic innovation ecosystem working to improve the quality of life across Pakistan) as a Projects & Communications Officer. She has been working for over 03 years now for both government and non-profit organisations, which has significantly helped her evolve professionally.

Earlier, she was serving as an M&E consultant with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). During her term at the UNDP, she worked on the KP Economic Development Project, focusing on Demand-Driven Skills Training, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Supply Chain Management. The role demanded pro-activity, flexibility, effective stakeholder coordination, and constant supervision.

She is a Development Studies major from one of the most prestigious institutions in Pakistan – IMSciences.

Ms. Bisma Yusufzai

Bisma Yusufzai is very endowed and enthusiastic girl. She did her Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing in 2014 and worked with many renowned organizations giving her best for The Citizens Foundation (TCF), AIESEC, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) & Qineqt (Financial Media Firm)....

She is presently working as Senior Executive, Communications in Marie Stopes Society dealing with developing newsletters and publications disseminated to internal and external stakeholders and engaged with HIWT supporting in designing and other works on voluntarily basis

Mr. M. Farhan Khan
Editorial Desk

Mr. Khan is a professional graphic & web designer, has vast experience in IT field developing websites, web & mobile applications. He also gives his consultancy globally where he is known for his work to be submitted before the given timeframe.