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Heritage Foundation is incorporated under Section 42 of Companies Ordinance 1984.
Pakistan’s Heritage, the best kept secret of the country, should be utilized to promote Cultural Pakistan.
To document and conserve the traditional and historic built environment of Pakistan; create an awareness of Pakistan’s rich and diverse historic architecture and art; and to promote cultural heritage for social integration, peace and development.
Board of Directors
Chair and Chief Executive
Yasmeen Lari is Pakistan’s first woman architect. She graduated from Oxford School of Architecture (now Oxford Brookes University), U.K. in 1963, was elected Member of Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in 1969 and retired from architectural practice in 2000. In 2006, in recognition of her services to the architectural profession and heritage conservation, she was awarded Sitara-e-Imtiaz (The Star of Distinction). In August 2014, Hilal-i-Imtiaz (The Crescent of Distinction) award was conferred on her by Government of Pakistan. Her architectural work is included in Phaidon Books UK (2013) publication devoted to the best examples of 20th century architecture. She is the recipient of UN Recognition Award 2002 for the promotion of culture and peace and her profile has been included among 60 Women from around the world who have contributed the most towards the objectives of UNESCO.
She co-founded Heritage Foundation of Pakistan in 1980 with her husband, noted historian Suhail Zaheer Lari, for undertaking research and safeguarding Pakistan’s cultural heritage. She has acted as UNESCO Islamabad consultant for several heritage projects and was UNESCO’s National Advisor (2003-05) for stabilization of the endangered Shish Mahal ceiling, WHS Lahore Fort
Since Earthquake 2005, she has devised several programs for post–disaster communities: Heritage and Tradition for Rehabilitation and Development, Build Back Safer with Vernacular Methodologies (BBSVM), and Women centred Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) that have formed the basis for the World’s largest zero carbon footprint shelter program, as well as disaster-compliant low cost initiatives which have fostered pride and self reliance among communities. By linking heritage with rehabilitation and development through green sustainable vernacular construction techniques and revitalization of craft skills, the programs have led to large-scale economic empowerment of women and economic regeneration within communities.
She has authored and co-authored several books on cultural heritage of Pakistan.
Afroza Bhamani is an eminent educationist and is the Founder Managing Director of the Hampton School, one of the best known schools in Karachi.
Afroza holds an MBA degree in Finance and Marketing from the prestigious Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi. She is a dynamic business entrepreneur and has been contributing to several welfare projects since her graduation.
She has served as Finance Coordinator, Home for Senior Citizens since 1986 and from 1999-2002 she served as a Portfolio Member, Women Development on the Aga Khan Economic Planning Board. Since 2001 she has been serving as a Trustee of Aga Khan Charitable Trust.
She is a Founder Managing Director of ERA Project, an HR Consultancy, Chairperson of Forum for Ismaili Educators, and Advisor on Curriculum of Aga Khan Education Services. She is Director of Ally Adil, A Fasion House and Founder President of Forum for Women Development.
She is among the early members of KaravanPakistan and is chair of KaravanPakistan Schools Initiatives.
Shaha Jamshed is a well known educationist, a poet and a writer. She has taught in several prestigious educational institutions and is currently the principal of the Hampton School.
She is among the early members of KaravanPakistan and has helped put up several KaravanPakistan events.
Shakiel Zaheer Lari
Shakiel Zaheer Lari is an eminent lawyer who began his practice in 1968. He is the honorary legal advisor to the Foundation.
Shakiel has served on the board of several private and public companies and is currently a member of the Privatization Commission constituted by Government of Pakistan.
Suhail Zaheer Lari
Suhail Zaheer Lari is a scholar and noted historian. After his early schooling in Allahabad and Lahore, he attended Karachi University before proceeding to St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University, for a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics.
He was Managing Director of Khyber Insurance Company, a public limited company for over two decades and served as director of a number of public and private limited companies, before retiring and devoting full time to writing.
As co-founder of the Society for the Preservation of Muslim Heritage and Heritage Foundation, Suhail has been instrumental in supporting the documentation and conservation of historic and traditional architecture since the late 1970s, including the pioneering work conducted on Thatta, the old capital of Sindh, and Makli, the largest necropolis in the world.
He was among the first civilians to go into Tharparkar after the Indians, who had occupied it in 1971, vacated it, to photograph and prepare a report for the rehabilitation of the area for the President of Pakistan.
He is an avid photographer and is the author of several books on history.
Hameed Mayet is a business entrepreneur.
Shanaz Ramzi is a noted journalist who has been writing for many prestigious newspapers and magazines both locally and abroad. She is a regular contributor to various magazine sections of the Dawn group of newspaper and monthly Newsline. She is also the Karachi Correspondent for the Dubai-based newspaper, Emirates Today.
Shanaz has been working for Eye Television Network Ltd. as Head of Publications and Public Relations since 2004, as well as Marketing since November 2006.
She has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations including Accident and Emergency Foundation and St. Joseph’s Alumni. She is a member of the Arts Council, life member of Karachi Ladies’ Association and Senator Jaycees International. As a founding member of KaravanPakistan and the chair of Events Management, she has helped organize innumerable KaravanPakistan events all over Pakistan.
Ms. Yasmeen Lari, CE
Head Office, Karachi
Ms. Mariyam Nizam, HF Manager
Ms. Hina M. Zaidi, Senior Architect
Mr. Ijlal Karim, Program Officer
Ms. Noor Jehan Sadiq, Spatial Designer
Mr. Ashfaque Ahmed, Senior Architect
Ms. Asfania Farman, Assistant
Mr. Ejaz Sharif, Attendant
Mr. Yad Husain, Driver
Mr. Lemoo, Driver
Field Teams, Sindh
Mr. Naheem Husain Shah, Project Manager
Mr. Nadeem Husain, Site Supervisor
Ms. Sumaira Shaukat, Social Mobilizer
Ar. Waseem Akbar, Architect
Mr. Ghulam Murtaza, Architect
Mr. Juned Ahmed, Architect
Mr. Noorullah Magsi, Architect
Mr. Saifullah, Architect
Ms. Heer, ParhoPakistan Teacher
Ms. Khalida, ParhoPakistan Teacher
Mr. Shad Muhammad, Artisan
Mr. Farooq, Artisan
Mr. Qurban, Artisan
Mr. Saboo, Artisan
HF Base Camp, Chattar, District Mansehra, NWFP
Mr. Nawaz, Attendant
Usmani & Co.