SDW International Advisory Board

Pervez Hoodbhoy is a known political activist, academic scholar, and physicist of Pakistan. He frequently
writes on science, politics, equality, and human rights.
With a doctoral degree in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in nuclear
physics in 1981, he also did post-doctoral research at Princeton and the University of Washington. He
taught physics at several universities in Pakistan, including the Quide e Azam university in Islamabad,
Lahore University of Management Science, and F.C. College, Lahore.

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Dr. Mehdi Hasan is a leading intellectual, scholar, political commentator, and media
analyst of Pakistan. With Ph. D. and Master’s degrees in Mass Communication from
the University of Punjab, He is a former Dean in the School of Media and Mass
Communication at the Beaconhouse National University,
Lahore. He also served as Professor of Mass Communication at
the same university in Lahore. 

He was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Colorado, Boulder, in the U.S.
He taught as Visiting Faculty for Kinnaird College, Administrative Staff College,
Civil Services Academy of Pakistan, and National Institute of Public
Administration (NIPA). He also worked as a News Bureau Chief for
Pakistan Press International (PPI).

As a profound advocate of human rights, he is an active member of the
Governing Council of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.
He has been contributing articles on political, social, and media issues
to newspapers and journals and authored several books on media and mass
communication. He is also known as an eloquent speaker and a frequent
commentator for national and international news media.
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Davinder Daman is a known playwright, actor, and stage director who has been committed to theatre for the last 45 years. He has directed and wrote several plays for the rural, urban and cosmopolitan audiences in India, U.S., Canada, and Thailand.

As a playwright, he has authored 12 full length and some one-act plays which have also been produced by several directors in the U.S., India, Pakistan, and Canada. Besides his plays, he has staged works of famous authors like Feodor Dostoevsky, Anton Chekhov, Rabinder Nath Tagore, Bhisham Sahni, Harcharn Singh, Harsarn Singh, Sant Singh Sekhon, and Kulwant Singh Virk.

Recently a book of his seven plays has been published in India, and he has also edited a collection of dramas of Indian playwrights on the life of Saheed Bhagat Singh for the National Book Trust of India.

Though as an actor, his love has always been with stage, yet he was invited by the known film directors like B.R. Chopra, Pamela Rooks, J. Om Parkash, Manmohan Singh, and others to act in their movies. He has acted in popular movies, including Train To Pakistan, Heer Ranjha, January, Josh Jawani Da, Karm, Asra Payar Da, Ucha Dar Babe Nanak Da, Ankheeli Muteyar, Rab Dian Rakhan, Baghi, Mela, Jee Aayen Nu, and Jag Jeondeyan De Mele. He has also acted in some Punjabi TV serials, including Rano, Chandigarh Campus, Sarhad, and others.

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Dr. Nyla Ali Khan is a Visiting Professor at the University of Oklahoma and former professor at the University of Nebraska-Kearney. She did her Masters in Postcolonial Literature and Theory at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, and Ph. D. at the same institution.

Her book, The Fiction of Nationality in an Era of Transnationalism, examines the writings of V.S. NaipaulSalman Rushdie, Amitav Ghosh, and Anita Desai.

Islam, Women, and Violence in Kashmir, is the first thorough study of the tragedy of Kashmir with a women’s perspective conducted by a Kashmiri woman. She uses the analytical tools of postmodern, feminist criticism to understand and highlight the role–passive and active–that women have played in Kashmir’s history.

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Krishanti Dharmaraj is Executive Director, Center for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers University. She is a feminist and human rights activist with over 25 years of experience working to advance the rights of women and girls. She is the founder of the Dignity Index, a human rights measurement tool utilized to ensure equity and inclusion to reduce identity-based discrimination. Previously, Ms. Dharmaraj was the Western Regional Spokesperson for Amnesty International USA. She is also the co-founder of WILD for Human Rights (Women’s Institute for Leadership Development) and the Sri Lanka Children’s Fund. Ms. Dharmaraj serves on the Steering Committee for the Feminist Alliance for Rights and the Board of Directors of IDEX; is a member of the Spotlight Civil Society Global Reference Group; a Trustee of THIRST (The International Roundtable for Sustainable Tea) and the North East Women’s Network in Sri Lanka; and is on the Advisory Boards of Amnesty International, the Human Rights Project of the Urban Justice Center, South Asia Democracy Watch, and Machik (an organization enhancing the wellbeing of those living in Tibet). She has also served on the Board of Directors of Amnesty International; Women, Law and Development; Horizons Foundation; and the Center for Asian Pacific Women.