January Edition

Dear Members

Welcome to the first British Pakistan Foundation's newsletter of the year! 

We hope you are continuing to maintain a positive outlook during this uncertain time, with infection rates rising once again. However, there is always light at the end of the dark tunnel.

The nationwide vaccine roll out is ramping up, providing fresh hope of a return to normalcy. Unfortunately, we have been hearing false rumours and misinformation in our community on the vaccine, claiming it is unsafe and discouraging some from taking the vaccine when being offered. 

Trustworthy health sources and professionals have confirmed that the Covid-19 vaccines are safe. We request you all to encourage your family, friends, and colleagues to take the vaccine in order, to stop the spread of this horrific disease and intense damage on our economy. 

In this edition: hear from our Outstanding British Pakistani, see our Upcoming Webinar, Members Corner. Look out for our Book of the Month, Our Corporate Member and opportunities! 

As always, we do hope you enjoy reading our newsletter. Email us with your feedback or if you have story to submit, on

Best Wishes,

BPF Team

Who we are & what we do? 

Outstanding British Pakistani: 
Ali Farid Khawaja

Ali Farid Khwaja is the Chairman of KASB Securities, a leading stock brokerage in Pakistan. He is based in London and lives with his wife Mubashira and daughters Mashal (10) and Manahil (7). He also works for the Asian Development Bank as a consultant. Prior to KASB, Ali was a Partner at Autonomous Research, a investment research company acquired by Alliance Bernstein. Before that he was the CFO of SafeCharge Plc and the CEO of SafeCharge Card Services. He has been a top ranked Technology Analyst in Europe at Berenberg and UBS. He has also invested in emerging markets as a fund manager at Kudu Emerging Markets. Ali is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and has done MSc in Financial Economics from Oxford. He has also done BSc in Economics and Computer Science (Double major) from LUMS in Pakistan.

Read more here

BPF Premier Club

Premier Member – Individual
The BPF Premier membership encourages the community to take part in supporting BPF’s key initiatives & receive a range of discounts, benefits & offers for this support.

BPF’s Premier Club membership contribution is only £10 per year, which goes towards supporting BPF’s 3 key programmes. 

Click here to join
Premier Member – Corporate
Our “Premier Member – Corporate membership”,  is for members who want to promote their events, products or services through BPF. 

Register your interest by clicking here

Upcoming BPF & Partner Webinars  

Join us for our upcoming webinar where we will be discussing ‘South Asian Art Through the Eyes of Wahab Jaffer’ on 9th February 14:00 pm GMT
The British Pakistan Foundation and the Asia Scotland Institution in collaboration with the ZVM Rangoonwala Foundation, are pleased to present a Webinar overview of “Father Figure: South Asian Art Through the Eyes of Wahab Jaffer”

Register here

Join us for our upcoming webinar "UK Market Trends and Metrics" on 16th February 10:00 am GMT.
British Pakistan Foundation is presenting, in collaboration with Colliers,“UK Market Trends and Metrics” by one of UK real estate’s leading commentators Dr Walter Boettcher on 16th February 2021 at 10:00am.

Register here

Corporate Member of the Month

We're happy to announce Voixenergy as our Corporate Member of the month! Voixenergy is one of the leading Energy Consultants. We specialise in providing the most competitive energy rates and giving our customers the best possible deal.
 We provide an independent service already helping thousands of sites across the UK to secure the best value Business Electricity and Gas contracts and offer an extensive range of business energy solutions to help manage costs effectively. Our business energy consultants will listen to your energy requirements and will tailor a personal service to help your business achieve your energy goals.
Read more here

Member's Corner  

British Pakistan Foundation's member, Aliza Ayaz is the second Pakistani student to be selected as a United Nations Youth Ambassador for SDGs alongside Malala Yousafzai. Aliza is also the first ever international representative at the UK House of Lords.
In February 2020, BPF proudly sponsored Aliza’s trip to the United Nations World Urban Forum where she delivered the keynote address on inclusive and diverse climate action.

Read more here

Book of The Month - The Greatest Women In History

Science, engineering, activism, poetry, politics and physics. Women of all ages, and from all over the world, have excelled in these fields - and so many more - despite the barriers they've had to overcome. * Many of these disciplines have been either completely closed to women, or so male-dominated that even being heard can be laborious. * Put together by historical experts from the ALL ABOUT HISTORY team, The Greatest Women in History is a celebration of just some of the inspirational women who put their mark on the world we live in, and reveals the stories, accomplishments and adventures of many brilliant women from throughout history. * Get to know the political trailblazers who achieved greatness through underground resistance or sheer determination. * Understand the amount of talent and hard work it takes to excel in mathematics and the sciences. * Meet the women who exploded into the world of art and redefined it. * Discover the stories of the queens who defied expectations and ushered in golden ages. 
Buy here

News and Highlights

Muslim Council of Britain elects Zara Mohammed as its first female leader
A woman is to lead the Muslim Council of Britain for the first time, in a move hailed as a landmark moment in the UK Muslim community.

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Bilquis Edhi declared ‘person of the decade!

Pakistan’s towering philanthropist and humanitarian Bilquis Edhi has been declared the ‘Person of the Decade’, along with human rights rapporteur of the UN Prof Yanghee Lee and the US ethicist Stephen Soldz.

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Sajid Javid leads calls to shut a legal loophole that lets sexual predators groom children and wants sports coaches and priests to face same rules as teachers 
Sajid Javid is leading calls to close a dangerous legal loophole to protect children from grooming by 'predatory adults', The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

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Pakistan has announced that it will shift entirely to e-visa services from the 1st of February, phasing out the currently antiquated manual visa system.
An official statement mentioned that "Pakistan government has decided to stop manual processing of visa cases, therefore, all visa applications will be processed through online visa portal only with effect from February 1, 2021".

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Jobs and Opportunities

MCB are looking for a Social Media volunteer for a short- or long-term placement (minimum 3 months) to help drive our online campaigns with national and international visibility.

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Youth & North Region Manager
The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) is the UK’s largest and most diverse national Muslim umbrella organisation with over 500 members including mosques, schools, charitable associations and professional networks

here for more information
The MCB are looking for a Grant Writing Assistant. This is a part time position that reports directly to the Operations Manager. You will be responsible for researching, writing and coordinating the grant application process; and as part of the grants application team, you will also ensure coordinated management of proposals and the maintenance of a donor/grants database.

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MCB Work Placement

Please complete the online application form below

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Work with BPF

Speak at BPF Events
If you are interested in speaking at our regular professional networking events, then please contact the BPF office at

Write for BPF
We love to hear from our members and would like to feature articles, blog posts etc. by our members on areas that impact the British Pakistan community. If you would like to contribute an article, blog post etc. for our monthly newsletter or website and need to know more about the different monthly topics then please contact the BPF office at


Partner with BPF

We need partners
If you are a business owner, entrepreneur or city professional who would like to offer mentoring, work experience, internships, or access to job opportunities to our top Young Professionals Programme members please contact the office at 


Support BPF

Donating to BPF
Please help us continue our valuable work for the community by making a donation to BPF (Charity registration for England and Wales No: 1137700). If you would like to make either a regular or one-off donation to BPF then please contact the office at

Become a BPF Patron or Ambassador
If you are interested in becoming a Patron or Ambassador for BPF then please contact the office at

Sponsoring BPF Events
If you would like to sponsor a BPF event then please email the office at
If you would like to advertise in our newsletter or on our website then please contact the office at

If you are looking for mentorship apply

If you wish to become a mentor, apply here

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