Our Board of Directors

Zarrar Sehgal

Zarrar Sehgal

President (New York)
Zarrar Sehgal is an attorney and received his JD from Georgetown University Law Center and his undergraduate degree from Boston University.

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He is a partner in Clifford Chance’s US Finance and Restructuring Group and Co-Head of the Asset Finance Practice. Mr. Sehgal is also head of Clifford Chance’s Global Transport & Logistics sector group. He has extensive experience representing underwriters, lenders, lessors, and governmental agencies in a wide variety of asset finance transactions. Zarrar was named as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He was also recognized by Chambers USA in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.

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Arif Gafur

Arif Gafur

CEO & Director (Houston)
Arif Gafur has served on the Board of TCF-USA since 2013 and accepted the position of Chief Executive Officer in April 2015. Arif is a Professional Engineer and has worked for

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Major Oil Companies in a range of senior leadership positions. As a volunteer community organizer in Houston,Arif has initiated and led successful political grassroots effort to mobilize local communities in US political process. Arif has a Master of Science in Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He and his wife Najma have two boys and live in Houston. Najma is committed to TCF, and also volunteers as a Physician Assistant at a local Charity clinic.

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Faraz (Farri) Khan

Faraz (Farri) Khan

Treasurer (Austin)
Farri is currently the Chief Financial Offer for the Gonzaba Medical Group in San Antonio, TX. Prior to that Farri was the VP of Finance at the Seton Healthcare Family and Controller at

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the Presbyterian Healthcare Services. Farri was one of the founders of the TCF-USA Austin Chapter and has been a longtime supporter and volunteer for the cause. Farri has an MBA in Finance from Arizona State University.

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Amjad Noorani

Amjad Noorani

Secretary (San Francisco)
Amjad is a retired Physical Therapist and Safety Consultant. He completed his education at the School of Physiotherapy, University of Karachi, graduating in 1969.

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He operated a clinical practice in California 1971-1999 and has served on boards and committees of professional and non-profit organizations at the local, state and national level. He has been associated with TCF since 1999 and worked in leadership positions in TCF-USA since 2004. Personal interests include hiking, music, tennis, photography and gardening. He and his wife Najma live in Los Altos, California.

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Barbara Janes

Barbara Janes

Director (Chicago)
Barbara Janes was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Peshawar from 1961-63. In the early 2000s her Returned Peace Corps group, Friends of Pakistan USA, decided to do

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support girls’ education in Pakistan.
The group has been raising funds to provide scholarships for ten girls to attend TCF Phanghali Girls High School outside Lahore. In 2007 she visited Pakistan to do teacher training workshops for TCF in Karachi and Lahore. In 2009, Barbara and two other former Peace Corps volunteer worked with TCF teachers to run summer science camps. Friends of Pakistan USA has also raised money for earthquake relief in 2005 and flood relief in 2010.

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Haji Mody

Haji Mody

Director (Dallas)
Haji Vali Mody is the president of a hardware distribution business in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. Prior to starting his own business in 1991, Haji worked for Greyhound as the Director

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of Accounting.
He has an MBA in International Business from the University of Dallas in Irving, TX and a Bachelor degree in Commerce from the University of Karachi. A volunteer at the mosque in Richardson, TX and in inter-faith activities. A long-time supporter and one of the founding member of the TCF-USA Dallas Chapter. Haji and his wife, Jane, live in Dallas and have two children.

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Azher Khan

Azher Khan

Director (Indianapolis)
A native of Karachi, Pakistan, Azher Khan came to the United States in 1972. He earned a Bachelor’s in International Relations from the University of Mankato in Minnesota in

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1975 and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the American University in Washington, DC in 1979. Azher is President of Calderon Textiles Inc., formed in 1983 in Indianapolis. Azher has served as Treasurer at Al-Fajr Masjid for the past 24 years. He is also Treasurer of the Muslim Alliance of Indiana and President of Seeds of Learning, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to building goodwill, friendship, peace and tolerance between the peoples and cultures of Pakistan and America through education. Seeds of Learning raises funds for the construction and continued operations of TCF schools in Pakistan. Azher and his wife, Pinky, have three children.

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Alia Faiz

Alia Faiz

Director (Dallas)
Alia Faiz is the CEO of Medfolio Inc, a Health IT company in Dallas, TX. She is a Mgmt and IT Consultant with expertise in Business Strategy, Processes re-engineering, Program

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Mgmt
and IT Risk Mgmt working for firms like KPMG. She played an instrumental role in defining and establishing Solution Delivery Methodologies and forming Strategic Vendor and Service Provider alliances with multi million-dollar budget responsibilities for Fortune 100 companies like AT&T, Texas Instruments, Citigroup & Alcatel.
Alia played a key role in establishing ‘The Charlie Wilson Chair’ in Pakistan Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, the first ever alumni chair in Pakistan Studies at any US college or university. She was an advisor to the ‘Jarvis Christian College Call Center Project’, providing on-campus employment and training opportunities to the African American community in Hawkins, Texas. She was involved in establishing the DFW local chapter of APWA (All Pakistan Women Association). She holds a bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA in MIS from University of Texas, Dallas.

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Abdullah Jafri

Abdullah Jafri

Director (Houston)
Abdullah Jafari was born in Lahore in a family of educators and poets. After spending approximately four decades in commercial aviation he retired in 1998 from the position of President &

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CEO of Skyways
International, Inc. a company that operated large corporate jets. He has been involved in various charitable causes. February 28, 2008 was declared Abdullah Jafari Day in Houston by the then mayor of Houston Hon. Bill White for his outstanding social services. In the same year Alliance for Multicultural Communities Services, a United Way Agency, honored Mr. Jafari as the Star of the year for his charitable services. Jafari is presently the President & CEO of Shifa Healthcare & Community Services USA, Inc. a non-profit organization. He is a board member and secretary of SIUT North America, Inc. another non-profit benefiting the Sind Institute of Urology and Transplantation Karachi. He also serves on Daya’s advisory board. Jafari is member of the Houston Rotary Club and its past chairman of international services. He is a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary. Since 2010, Abdullah Jafari has led the TCF-USA Houston Chapter.

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Tariq Khan

Tariq Khan

Director (New Jersey)
Tariq Khan is actively involved with the Pakistani American community in NJ. Tariq is the founder of the NJ chapter of TCF-USA. Under his stewardship the chapter built two schools in

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Pakistan, the “NJ Campus” in Chakwal and the “Shaheed Aziz Bhatti Campus” in Attock. Tariq’s philanthropic activities have included organizing the New Jersey community to ship medical supplies and food in the aftermath of the 2010 floods and volunteering in Balakot, AJK after to 2005 earthquake in Pakistan. Tariq also led the effort of the Matawan, NJ Sunday School to establish a need based college scholarship program for deserving children. Tariq is a graduate of the St. John’s University- School of Risk Management and has worked for the Property & Casualty Insurance Industry.

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Jawaid Ekram

Jawaid Ekram

Director (Seattle)
Jawaid is a cloud computing industry veteran and an entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in engineering and operations of large scale systems. Jawaid is a co-founder of

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Uhuru Software, a Platform
as a Service company. He is a former GM at Microsoft, responsible for Global Foundations Services (Data Center) and Live Meeting Services (SaaS). Before Microsoft, Jawaid was CIO/VP Services of Placeware which was acquired by Microsoft for $230M. He served as Sr. VP of Visa International for 5 years, responsible for global engineering and operations. Jawaid was also at United Airlines where he was instrumental in the development of Apollo, one of the largest global airline distribution systems. Jawaid has served as a Board Member for Entrust Technology. Jawaid holds an MS degree in Computer Science from IIT. Jawaid’s passion is about providing education to under privilege kids so they have the same opportunity in life as middle and upper class kids.

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Advisors to the Board
Shimmi Kidwai

Shimmi Kidwai

Washington, DC
The importance of charitable service was instilled in Shimmi Kidwai at an early age by her parents. She has supported a number of American and Pakistani

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charities. Shimmi was one of the first supporters of TCF in the US, offering valuable assistance in raising funds across the country.
Shimmi has focused a great deal of her time and resources to assist TCF. Her dedication to TCF stems from her belief that quality education for the poor is the best solution for Pakistan’s many challenges. Shimmi is on the Board of Friends of Pakistan Club (FOP) and American Pakistani Women’s Association (APWA). She has served on the Board of Directors of TCF-USA and continues to serve on the Advisory Council. Shimmi leads the TCF Chapter in the Washington DC area.

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Mujtaba Hamid

Mujtaba Hamid

Seattle
Mujtaba Hamid is currently Director of Technical Strategy at Microsoft and is responsible for the executive relationship between Microsoft and Intel. Previously, he has held

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Corporate Strategy, Marketing and Engineering leadership roles at Microsoft, Xilinx and Rockwell Semiconductor Systems. Mujtaba has been involved with TCF-USA since 2006. Within the local community, Mujtaba is an active supporter of Childhaven, an early childhood therapeutic care non-profit in Seattle and has coordinated disaster relief drives for Swat refugees in 2009 and Pakistan Flood Relief in 2010. Mujtaba holds a BS in Electrical Engineering with a minor in International Relations from Purdue University, MBA from the University of Colorado and MS in Supply Chain Management from Penn State University. Mujtaba and his wife, Fauzia, have two girls and they reside in Redmond, WA.

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