Media Matters for Democracy’s Governing Board

MMfD’s Governing Board is responsible for organisation’s strategic direction setting, making major decisions and providing financial oversight. All of MMfD’s financial statements and audit reports are subject to Governing Board’s approval. The Board members bring expertise from academia, development sector and the media and remain a core strength of the organisation.

Governing Board Members

Dr. Faisal Bari – Board Chairman

Dr. Faisal Bari is the Director and Senior Research Fellow at IDEAS, an economic think tank. He is also an Associate Professor of Economics at LUMS and served as head of department from 2006-2008. Dr. Bari has over twelve years research experience in the field of industrial economics, development economics and education economics. He is a former executive director and current visiting research fellow at Mahbubul Haq Human Development Centre. He has also served as the Deputy Country Director for Pakistan with the Central Eurasia Project, and education economist for South Asia at the Open Society Foundation.

Dr. Bari has consulted for various multi-lateral and bi-lateral agencies including the World Bank, UNDP, DFID and the Asian Development Bank (ADB). He was also a columnist for the English daily, ‘The Nation’ and he currently writes for ‘DAWN’. Dr. Bari obtained his BA (Honors) from the University of Oxford and BSc from Government College, Lahore. He has an MA in Philosophy from the University of Punjab and a Doctorate in Economics from McGill University. Dr. Bari is the chairman of Media Matter’s for Democracy’s governing Board.

Aurangzeb Khan – Board Member

Aurangzaib Khan is a renowned media activist and development practitioner with a background in journalism over 20 years, including print and radio. As a media development specialist, including extensive advocacy, research and training experience, he has worked with journalists all over Pakistan, developing capacity in newsrooms and field reporting. He has assessed and worked with radio stations all over Pakistan including Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Balochistan, Punjab, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

He has also helped develop campus radio stations in universities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan and developed curricula on broadcast curricula for them. As a freelance print journalist and researcher, he has extensively researched and written on media and human rights issues.

Aurangzeb Khan is a member of MMfD’s governing Board.

Sahar Habib Ghazi – Board Member

Sahar Habib Ghazi leads the community-based newsroom at Global Voices, setting a unique news agenda that aims to builds bridges and global understanding. Sahar helps her team craft editorial and social media policies that empowers marginalized and misrepresented people across the world. She believes empathy-based reporting has the power to change perceptions, lives and societies. 

Sahar has worked for The New York Times, DawnNews TV, and Geo News TV in Pakistan, reporting on elections, natural disasters, militancy, human smuggling, and kidney tourism. In 2009, she produced a documentary series on US-Pakistan relations called the Disposable Ally. Sahar was a Knight Journalism fellow at Stanford University in 2010-11. She lives between the San Francisco Bay Area and Pakistan.