Start the year

with a BANG! 
January 2017
We look forward to seeing you all throughout this exciting year! 

Note from the Chairman

Dear Members, 

It is with immense pleasure that I would like to start this new year by informing you about the tremendous progress we have made within the last year through launching our Finance and Medical professional networks, providing professional development workshops under our Women’s Programme and supporting our future generations under the Young Professional’s Programme.

This year we plan to launch additional networks: Law, Professional Services, Property etc. with the aim of providing professional development opportunities to our members. We will continue to provide mentorships, internships, work placements and job opportunities to our members within the different industry sectors.

We will, also, continue to provide a platform for our female members to benefit from the prospects to learn from other professional women and exchange potential opportunities to transform their career and businesses under the Women’s Programme.

The British Pakistan Foundation will be partnering with universities across the United Kingdom to provide our Young Professional Programme members with greater opportunities to receive mentoring and work experience.

This year you will see us continuing our regular professional networking events to enable members to make valuable business connections, provide peer to peer support and connect with their mentors. We will continue to provide jobs and other opportunities to our members through our monthly newsletters. We look forward to collaborating with other organisations to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Pakistan this year with a series of cultural and other events.

Our members' feedback is always valued, we would like to see greater engagement from our members on our social media under our weekly topics for discussion. We also need support from our community to continue with our valuable work for the community and are looking for donors and sponsors. If you would like to donate to BPF or sponsor one of our events, please do email our office at
All the best

In this issue:

  • BPF Past Events
  • Upcoming Events
  • News & Highlights
  • Book of the Month
  • Outstanding British Pakistani of the Month
  • Jobs & Opportunities 

BPF Past Events
BPFSocial! Professional Networking Event, Las Iguanas, 26th January 2017:
What a promising start to this new year! Being at full capacity amongst some of the finest and most inspiring members. It was lovely to catch up with some old members and to meet some new ones. What a pleasure it was to hear our Speakers / Mentors: Asif Rangoonwala, Riz Malik and Omar Soomro talk about their "Recipes for Success" within their respective fields of Social Enterprise & Entrepreneurship, Property and Finance. A big thank you to R3 Mortgages for sponsoring our event!

View pictures Here

Upcoming Events
 Women on the Frontline, Asia House, 1st February

Don't miss this exhibition featuring stunning photography from Khaula Jamil, founder of Humans of Karachi, who unveils the role women are playing as change makers in eradicating polio in marginalised communities across Pakistan. 

A panel discussion with key women advocates and voices in the fight against polio will commence from 6pm onwards at Asia House, 63 New Cavendish St, Marylebone, London W1G 7LP.

Panellists include: 
  • Khaula Jamil, Khaula Jamil Photography
  • Miriam Doan, Rotary International
  • Ahmereen Reza, Aman Foundation UK

Despite worldwide efforts to eradicate polio in Pakistan, it remains one of the last few countries where the disease is still active. Global One is leading the way for developing a diaspora and women-led initiative to wipe out this deadly disease and mobilise more women to take an active role in preventative methods. 

Join us for this unique photo exhibition and panel discussion and together we can #ShiftTheNarrative on polio eradication efforts in Pakistan!

This event is being hosted in partnership with Charities Aid Foundation, Rotary International and British Pakistan Foundation.

Please book your free place Here. 
Generation M, Young Muslims Changing the World - The Frontline Club, 15th February
From fashion magazines to social networking, the ‘Mipsterz’ to the ‘Haloodies’, halal internet dating to Muslim boy bands, ‘Generation M’ are making their mark. Shelina Janmohamed, award-winning author, journalist and leading voice on Muslim youth, investigates this growing cultural phenomenon at a time when understanding the mindset of young Muslims is critical. 

The talk will take place at The Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, London, W2 1QJ at 7pm on Wednesday, the 15th of February.

Please book tickets Here!
Young Professionals Programme: Pakistan Awareness Week Festival, 20th - 26th February
British Pakistan Foundation in collaboration with The Pakistani Foundation, Pakistan High Commission and WCOP brings to you a week long celebration during the "Pakistan Awareness Week Festival" of the beauty and diversity of the culture of Pakistan in the run-up to the 70th Anniversary of the Independence of Pakistan. This festival will take place during the week of the 20th - 26th February at various locations across London.

The week-long festival will include the following 5 main events:
  • Flash Mob: Showcasing traditional Pakistani dances in central London.
  • Movie Premiere: An exclusive Pakistani film premiere in central London.
  • A Qawwali Evening (Afreen - Ek Shaam Pakistan Ke Naam): A charity Gala dinner featuring some of the finest Qawwali performances and delicious Pakistani cuisine in central London.
  • Leaders of Tomorrow Conference: A conference covering highly acclaimed speakers and panellists across the following four sectors: Politics & Public Services, Sciences & Medicine, Business & Finance and Sports & Media with a focus on inspiring the next generation of the British Pakistani youth and developing the "leaders of tomorrow" in central London.
  • Pakistan Food Festival: A celebration of Pakistani cuisine with specialities from different provinces for the whole family to enjoy.

So please "Save these Dates" and more details will follow soon.

Samara Productions in collaboration with the British Pakistan Foundation present Sajjad Ali, 22nd March
The legendary semi-classical, pop and rock singer, poet, actor, director and producer from Pakistan, Sajjad Ali, performs live in London for the first time in 10 years!

Ali studied classical piano at the University of Karachi, graduating with a BA. Sajjad’s first classical hit album, Master Sajjad Sings Memorable Classics was released in 1979 by EMI Pakistan. The musicians on the album were Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Mehdi Hassan, Ghulam Ali and Amanat Ali Khan, while most of the songs were written by Hasrat Mohani, Momin and others.

Join us for this magical evening at Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, Belgravia, London SW1 X9DQ  from 6:00pm-11:00pm on Wednesday, the 22nd of March. 

Click Here to book tickets!

BPF Women's Programme: Wellness Seminar - Inner & Outer Wellbeing, Lansdowne Club, 23rd March:
Please join us for the BPF Women's Programme: Wellness Seminar to benefit from the guidance of our panel of experts on how to achieve and maintain inner and outer wellbeing.

Our experts include:
  • Shakiba Rangoonwala - Homeopath and Nutritional Therapist.
  • Neeta Naidoo - Yoga expert specialising in Iyengar, Kundalini and Vinyasa forms of yoga. 
  • Dr. Rabia Malik MRCGP MBBS BSc. (Med) DCH DRCOG DFSRH DHMSA - Cosmetic and General Practitioner with a specialisation in skin rejuvenation.
Come join us at the Shelburne Room in The Lansdowne Club, 9 Fitzmaurice Place, Mayfair, London W1J 5JD from 6.15pm to 9.00pm on Thursday, the 23rd of March.

Click Here to book tickets!
BPF Focus on Law Panel Discussion and Networking, Mishcon de Reya LLP, 4th May 
Please join us for the Focus on Law Panel Discussion and Networking event with our impressive and inspirational speakers.

Our highly acclaimed law panel includes:
  • Omar Shah, Partner at Morgan, Lewis and Bockius
  • District Judge (Magistrates' Court) Tanweer Ikram
  • Shaheen Rahman, One Crown Office Row
  • Farmida Bi, Partner at Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Mohammed Khamisa QC, Partner at Mishcon de Reya LLP (Moderator)
This event will take place at Mishcon de Reya LLP, Africa House, 70 Kingsway, London WC2B 6AH from  6.00pm to 9.00pm on Thursday, the 4th of May.

Click Here to book tickets! 

News & Highlights
Mohammed Ali - 16 year old British Pakistani Tech entrepreneur and computer programmer
At the young age of 16, Mohammed Ali from Dewsbury, Yorkshire is self-taught in computer programming languages - Java, web language, C++, XML, Swift and has gained sufficient knowledge in security. While this may sound alien to most of us well over double his age, this young tech entrepreneur already has his own media agency (developing web applications and mobile apps), has created a popular game (Project 2006), was the CTO of World Currency Gold Rates, has delivered speeches to countries worldwide to inspire other entrepreneurs and, lastly, has single-handedly coded the WeNeed1 platform from his bedroom!

We do look forward to the future of this, already successful, entrepreneur and hope that he continues to inspire the next generation of British Pakistani entrepreneurs!

Read the full article Here
Himalayan Tales by Rashid Naeem
As a child in Gilgit-Baltistan, Rashid Naeem was told many exciting and magical stories by his parents. These stories have been passed from parent to child over many generations, without ever having been written down. Rashid has collected ten of these stories and translated them from Shina, his native language, into English. A friend has illustrated them. Three have been published so far: Sparrow, Zoro and the Witch and The Proud Hen.
The stories for children have talking creatures, good and evil. They introduce great dramas that are eventually resolved and lead to a happy and contented life. They carry an uplifting theme of how we must care for others, especially those who are downtrodden in life.

Visit his website to learn more about and buy his books Here
Lord Mayor of London visits Pakistan
Lord Mayor Dr. Andrew Parmley visited Pakistan recently in regard to building a "new golden era" of Pakistani-British relations that go back 70 years. The purpose of this trip was to strengthen trade links between the two countries and continue to focus on the shared efforts for education, trade, culture and people-to-people links. He recognises that Pakistan's growing economy has much to offer and that British businesses, in turn, have many opportunities to build or grow in Pakistan. 

Lord Mayor Parmley met senior figures from the business world and the government in Karachi and Islamabad. His delegation consisted of British businesses looking to expand (or set up) their operations in Pakistan including Ali Abdul Aziz from Deloitte amongst others.  

Read the full article Here
Founder of AliBaba shares 3 key trends to define future of Technology at the World Economic Forum
Jack Ma, founder of AliBaba, gave his opinion on the worldly affairs pertaining to the incoming Trump administration and the backlash from globalisation. This took place on the second day of the World Economic Forum in Davos in a one-on-one interview with him. In Ma's opinion, the generation we should watch out for are the 30-year-olds of this time - they are our "internet generation". According to Ma, each technology revolution takes about 50 years and after seeing the rise of internet giants such as Google, Ebay, AliBaba etc. - we need to focus on what is coming next.

In conclusion, Ma predicts that we need to give companies 30 years to grow from now, with people that are 30-years-old and who have 30 or fewer employees!   

Read the full article Here
World Economic Forum's Global Future Council on Migration - Migration supports economic growth
Recently, we have seen a travel ban imposed by President Trump for 90 days on individuals from these 7 countries from entering into the United States: Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Sudan and Syria. Keeping away from controversial aspects of this decision, the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council on Migration was "surprised" to hear about this ban from a purely economic point of view - keeping in mind President Trump is a former businessman. Some of the facts highlighted clearly show that there is "clear evidence that migration promotes economic growth", it is often immigrants that settle in foreign countries that become the most entrepreneurial. Examples of successful companies set up by immigrants in the United States are Google, Paypal and eBay amongst others - in fact over half of Silicon Valley start-up employees are skilled immigrant workers!

Read the full article Here
Sadiq Khan on why we must avoid a 'Hard Brexit' at the World Economic Forum
Sadiq Khan gave a speech on why a 'Hard Brexit' would be detrimental to both Britain and Europe at the World Economic Forum in Davos highlighting the key challenges facing both Britain and Europe due to Brexit. Khan brought to view that securing a good Brexit deal is in the interest of Britain and every European nation. Cutting off from Europe through a 'Hard Brexit' would cost everyone involved - as business leaders would then be looking to move their operations to New York, Hong Kong and Singapore instead.

On the human side of things, Khan feels that many people are uneasy with the changes experienced in the past decades due to globalisation. A lack of social integration leads to people from different backgrounds not being able to understand one another that creates issues for all parties involved. Khan has no doubt that London will "remain as Europe's leading business and economic capital".  

Read the full article Here
Iran seeks 'Triangle of Cooperation' with Pakistan, Iran and China under CPEC
In a time of uncertainty for certain regions of the world due to new policies being introduced globally, the chairman of Iran's parliament committee on foreign and security policies, Alaeddin Broujerdi has visited Pakistan to reaffirm and strengthen ties between Iran and Pakistan.

On this 3 day visit to Islamabad, he is perhaps the first authoritative figure from Iran to openly articulate the importance of Iran, Pakistan and China's cooperation as being a factor of regional stability under CPEC (China Pakistan Economic Corridor) Recognising these 3 countries as important from the region - Broujerdi seemed keen to put together a long-term strategy to strengthen  ties already in place under CPEC.

Read the full article Here
Gender disparity in Pakistan comes at a cost - $150bn (US)
Unfortunately, Pakistan is at the lower end of the spectrum when it comes to gender equality (cited by the Gender Parity Score), alongside the rest of South Asia. After taking into account statistical data from Pakistan's Finance Ministry, Bureau of Statistics and recognising the McKinsey report - Pakistan could potentially add $150bn (US) to its GDP in a decade!

Out of a population of 60 million people, less than 1/4 of the labour force consists of women. From this portion, the majority of them are employed in sectors that are financially less rewarding such as agriculture, forestry, hunting and fishing - as well as there being no upward progress or benefits for the female workforce. 

Another factor to take into account for the under-representation of women in the labour force is the cultural tradition of the women taking care of every aspect of the house. This includes jobs such as cooking, cleaning, taking care of children and looking after ageing family members - although important tasks, these do not result in income generation for the family!  

Read the full article Here

Book of the Month
The Golden Legend by Nadeem Aslam
A coming of age tale set in contemporary Pakistan, The Golden Legend, is the fifth novel from British Pakistani author Nadeem Aslam (recipient of the Windham Sandy M. Campbell Literature Prize). The story revolves around Nargis, an architect whose life is destroyed when her husband is murdered and she is ordered to pardon the killer publicly. Thereon begins an adventure of hope that triumphs through resilience and love of the human spirit over adversity amidst a sea of corruption and intolerance. 

Click Here for a detailed review.

Click Here to buy the book!



Pakistani of the

Month - Shaista Aziz

"...Use everything that makes you different to your advantage: your language, your background, your community and use it in your creativity..."

Shaista Aziz is a freelance journalist specialising on Pakistan, women's rights, gender, race and identity. She is a former BBC News and Aljazeera journalist, an experienced aid worker, stand-up comedian and writer. Shaista won the respected King Gong Open Mike competition at the Comedy Store in Manchester that kick started her comedy career and she has performed stand up for the BBC, Edinburgh Festival and at international comedy festivals.  She is a women's rights and anti -racism campaigner. Together with journalist Aisha Marwari she is the co-founder of the Women's Advocacy Hub (WAH) working to advance women's rights in Pakistan in collaboration with grassroots women's groups. 

Follow her on Twitter @shaistaAziz


Tell us a little more about your background, and how you started your career? How important is it to have role models, especially for young women growing up in the UK? What advice would you give to girls who are starting to explore the opportunities around them?

I am obviously British Pakistani and I was born in Oxford. From a very young age, I knew that I wanted to become a journalist (from the age of 4). I used to spend all my summer holidays in Pakistan. We would go back and it was obviously boiling hot, but it was the only time we could get off school and it was the way my parents made sure we were connected to our roots. Growing up I went to a Church of England school, we would go to church once a week and after school we would go to the Mosque. We were encouraged to know who we are, our roots and embrace all aspects of who we are. This was a privilege in my childhood as it helped shape who I am and what I became. I think a lot of British Pakistanis struggle with this. I remember very vividly going to Pakistan as a kid then as a teenager and my mind so overwhelmed by all the sights and smells of Pakistan that it became a part of my DNA. I spent a lot of time there and I feel very lucky that my parents gave me this gift. Pakistan is a very significant part of my identity.

At university, I studied English Literature and Women's Studies. I started doing lots of work placements for major organisations and worked my way into regional organisations. I did some work with the Daily Mirror and because I was in London I wanted to make the most of the opportunities here. I did not have enough money to study for a Master’s degree straight away so instead I decided to work in the Media industry. I made contacts that were helpful and therefore I feel very strongly that it is important for young people to have Mentors, who can help steer them in the right direction and offer advice. Since mentoring opportunities are being cut at schools and universities. Now, more than ever, we have a generation of highly skilled young people, yet job prospects are dwindling, costs are high and there are massive issues around racism that are becoming more prominent. This is a difficult time for younger people to navigate through these issues. Therefore, Role Models and Mentors are needed more than ever. I tried hard to look for Role Models and Mentors within my community but could not find them and instead found them elsewhere (a mixture of people from different backgrounds). These Mentors were instrumental in helping me shape my thinking and broaden my horizons. If you want to do something you have got to work for it and that was part of my journey to journalism. I worked at BBC for 7 years. I went through the ethnic route – I interned at Marie Claire magazine and other leading publications. There was next to no diversity in those places. Someone like me did not belong there but I kicked down doors to get there. I struggled financially but the contacts I made opened doors. I worked at Eastern Eye newspaper and British Asian newspaper. I moved on to become Feature Editor and indulged my creative side by writing about British Asian films, fashion and music.

Even now if you are British and Pakistani you more often than not must go down this route, or a specialist media organisation that writes for the Asian market and there is nothing wrong with that. You get more exposure and experience, sometimes more responsibility, that works to your advantage. Use everything that makes you different to your advantage: your language, your background, your community and use it in your creativity and your work as people need specialists.

I was earning very little money and decided I wanted to get into broadcasting. I moved back home and went to work for BBC Radio Oxford. Often in our community we don't always encourage creativity because those positions aren't always well paid so we often steer our youngsters into solid pay paths where you know when your next pay check is coming in but this field is not about that. I pursued a permanent role in this field anyway, and was offered a trainee ship at the BBC. I spent a year training and working all the shifts in the newsroom and I did all the graveyard shifts. I was sent to Dorset where I was the only desi in Dorset - apart from the guy that ran the family desi restaurant. People used to ask if my parents owned that restaurant, which was sweet, because there wasn't much diversity.

Now looking back, people call me brave which I don't see myself but I look back and see what I have done and realise if I did not firmly believe in myself I wouldn’t have had those experiences. Sometimes in life you must lift yourself out of your comfort zone and see how far you can go. I was quite vocal about the lack of representation in the British Pakistani community which was appreciated by my colleagues. I am aware that a lot of young British Pakistanis don't have any recollection what life was like before 9/11 and so this is the only reference point they have today of what it is like to be Muslim and British Pakistani, which is damaging and negative. When I tell people I am from Pakistan they are shocked. In fact, a lot of British Pakistanis don't understand what being Pakistani is. Maybe you'll see a cousin, or marry a Pakistani - they don't see it beyond that and so that they don't have a full understanding. I am aware how younger people are facing pressures that they have never encountered before.

What do you feel has been your greatest achievement so far?
I am proud of the fact that I’ve managed to do this kind of work - it’s a privilege. My friends have told me that they have learnt about Pakistan through me - which I am proud of. A friend recently said I want you to know that I am grateful that you have taught me about Pakistan being a land of rivers, lakes etc. as I thought it was just full of dusty streets with too many people and chaos. It touched me and I thought that it was amazing. I have travelled and worked in Kashmir, Balochistan, FATA, Sindh and I have travelled all over the world. There is something very special about Pakistan. What I feel most proud about is posting a series: “Things you don't see in homeland" - this is part of my DNA. I did not think anything of it but started posting fruit vendors, mango pictures of Margalla hills, Sufis in Karachi - that took off and I got nice feedback about how beautiful Pakistan is. Global post got in touch and they wanted to run my page as a feature. I am a story teller and this is just about telling stories. I am not trying to get people to like Pakistan or counter any narrative, I am just telling people what is in front of my eyes which is a very powerful thing to do. 

In an interview with, you said “Pakistan, despite everything else, is a gem of a place for comedic observations,” What is some of the more amusing stuff you’ve come across?
I think Pakistanis are hilarious intentionally and unintentionally. We have these very strong characteristics and because I have spent so much time there - and I am a Punjabi - we know there are tensions between different groups in Pakistan, but people have always welcomed me in a protective and caring way. Since I am in a unique and privileged position - I am proud of being British and Pakistani - they often say they are proud of the fact that I am proud of being Pakistani. I was in a taxi in Islamabad talking to my mate in Urdu she switched to English so I switched to English. The Taxi driver kept looking at me and said “Madam!", I thought what’s going on here, so I got off the phone and asked him what’s up and he replied: “Your English! It’s perfect!” He got quite emotional about how good my English was and suddenly yelled: “You sound like Harry Potter! I said, "You think I sound like a pre-pubescent wizard boy - thanks a lot!"  It was hilarious but also so sweet that for this taxi driver, it was such an achievement that he had a woman in hijab in the back seat speaking perfect English.

What keeps you motivated in face of challenges and obstacles? What has been some of the most difficult things you have had to encounter, where you were challenged in unexpected ways?

Most people are challenged every day in some shape or form and I am too by virtue of being a woman, a Muslim woman wearing hijab and of Pakistani heritage. I think class is a massive barrier - UK is so class-centric and we like to gloss over this. Ahead of racism, sexism, Islamophobia is classism. I think people don't want to talk about it, the importance they attach to class. Journalism is still a class dominated arena. Our newsrooms are still very white and very Oxbridge. These are the challenges people like us face - we are facing a lot of barriers that are difficult to penetrate. I am a realist but I am optimistic too, now I know things are even harder but if you really want to do something - you are going to do it. You need perseverance, you need good Mentors (for advice and guidance) and you need to understand how something works. You must look hard for good Mentors…
The British Pakistan Foundation has undergone significant change in vision and rebranding last year; what do you feel is the most important part of the work we are trying to do?
I think the most important aspect of BPF is to support people within the British Pakistani community and open horizons. Working with young people is commendable, providing them with mentoring, work opportunities, providing them opportunities to learn about different fields of work, is vital and key to everything. It is about bringing aspiration and confidence to the young members of the British Pakistani community and make them understand that they don't have to put themselves in a box, even if people are trying to put you in a box. You still need to explore your options in the world around and BPF can provide them guidance in this respect. Still in our community there is a generational gap and this is the same for all young people - they often don't feel like they can have a conversation with their parents because there are differences in background and upbringing. Often parents don't feel equipped either. This is the most highly educated generation and the support that BPF provides, builds relationships and encourages interaction – this may seem normal but it requires work. Building relationships is so important.

I have talked a lot about mentoring and the importance of it. I am currently being mentored for a year by the Fabian Women's Network, a group actively working to ensure British politics is more representative in its is make up, encouraging women to enter public life. I can not recommend this mentoring enough, it is incredible to be on this journey with a very talented and diverse group of women.

Jobs & Opportunities

NYLA - a new upcoming art and design gallery boutique in South Kensington, London, is looking to fill the following 4 positions: 
Head of Operations or Asst Manager/ operations, admin & book-keeping (Full-time)
Assistant manager/designer
Assistant PR, marketing & event
Grants/ Bids writer (PT)
To apply for the above positions, please email your CV and Cover Letter to 
Alezeh at

Den - Wapping, London
We are reinventing the light switch and plug sockets. Our mission is to totally replace the existing standard of switches, by creating a smartes for.
We are looking for:
An Office Manager / Assistant who will be a part of a team that will bring revolutionary technology to the masses in a fast-growing, fast-paced start-up with offices in Wapping, London
To apply please email your CV and Cover Letter to 
Alezeh at

MEND - Central London
Looking to recruit a Head of Policy and Research (Full-Time)
Pay scale is £40k+
40 hours per week (additional time when necessary)
20 working days' holiday (+2 Eid days)
To apply please email your CV and Cover Letter to 
Alezeh at

Internships/Work Placements
Al Rayan Bank - Birmingham  
2 internships

Amanda Wakely
1 internship

1 internship

Quadreen Capital
1 internship

British Telecom
5 internships

Islamic Relief
1 internship 

Lucy Choi
1 internship 

Investment Firm

1 internship 

TKC Country Club
3 internships

Mundio Telecom
1 internship

Goldex Investments Group Ltd.  
1 internship

To apply for the above internships / work placements, please email your CV and Cover Letter to Alezeh at

Documentaries/TV Shows
Channel 4, Building the Dream - property series:
Fronted by architectural designer Charlie Luxton, it follows couples/individuals as they embark on a self-build journey to create their forever home. Each episode is one hour - features one project to completion. Further information is available on the following website: We are looking to start in the next few months and aim to be complete by Spring 2018.
candidates please contact Fiona Udahemuka via email:  or telephone: 0113 394 5490
Channel 4, Hunted - reality:
Looking for applicants for a new series that will try to go off the grid and become a fugitive in the UK! We are looking for men and women of all ages to try and evade capture from a team of expert trackers. We want people from a variety of backgrounds and professions who think they have what it takes to disappear in 21st century Britain! They could be doing this alone or with friends, family or colleagues.
A prize of £100,000 will be shared equally between the fugitives who successfully evade capture!
A reasonable pre-agreed loss of earnings will be covered for everyone who participates.
Apply now:
BBC, The Button - game show:
Looking for applicants who live in a household of 2 or more people to take part in a new game show pilot alongside family and friends to win a cash prize from the comfort of your own home! This involves taking part in a series of fun tasks together within the household. Filming will take place on the day of 12th February 2017.   
To register please contact BBC via the following email by giving details about your address, contact number, a bit about yourself and who lives in your household:
For any queries please contact: 0207 598 7293  

UK Department for International Development: The Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education Innovation and Reform (SPHEIR)
SPHEIR is a DFID fund which aims to transform Higher Education systems in target countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and the Middle East.  It is designed to catalyse innovative ‘partnerships’ to improve the performance, governance and influence of higher education systems and institutions.
SPHEIR funding is given to partnerships –a formal collaboration among a group of organisations that address HE in ways, and at a scale, that a single organisation cannot. Partnerships can access grant funding of up to £5 million to conduct 2 to 4 year projects with universities which improve graduate employability. Projects could include companies working with faculty to update and improve the relevance of course curricula, offer internships and skills development training and overall support students to gain the technical and soft skills in-demand in the market, for example. Applications are currently open and will close on 20 February 2017. For more information, see here: and join our linkedin group for potential applicants here:

Work with BPF!

We need volunteers! We are currently looking for energetic and experienced volunteers. Ideal candidates will have experience in working at events or a nonprofit organisation, enjoy working with a diverse team and willing to travel. Please send your CV to

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 Zahra at

Speak at BPF Events: If you are interested in speaking at our regular professional networking events, then please contact Zahra 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 email

Support BPF!
We need support! 

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: 113770). If you would like to make either a regular or one-off donation to BPF then please contact Zahra at
Sponsoring BPF Events: if you would like to sponsor a BPF event then please contact Zahra at
Advertise: If you would like to advertise in our newsletter or website then please contact Zahra at
Discounts for BPF members!
A 10% discount is available to all our BPF members who dine at the flagship TKC restaurant in Southall when they mention BPF 
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The British Pakistan Foundation (BPF) is a not for profit platform founded in 2010 working towards engaging, uniting and empowering the over 1 million British Pakistani community in the UK, in particular the youth. Our vision is to develop the British Pakistani community professionally, socially, culturally and intellectually. We deliver professional development workshops, seminars and speaker series, mentorships and internships, networking and cultural events, thought-leadership as well as a monthly newsletter for our members under our three key programmes: Business and Professionals Programme, Women’s Programme and Young Professionals Programme

In pursuit of this end we shall examine a wide range of issues: economic, political, social, cultural, religious and philosophic. The views provided here are thus not the views of the organization, nor should they be construed to imply that British Pakistan Foundation supports or opposes any specific public policy, legislation, or political candidate.  Any reference on this website to any specific commercial product, service, manufacturer, or company does not constitute its endorsement or recommendation by the organization or its employees or agents.
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Address: 87 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 9RL
Number: 0207 935 8890

Charity registration for England and Wales No: 113770

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