President, Republic College
Nazli Saiyid is an Islamic scholar who has been researching and teaching the Quran with tafsir and Arabic interpretation since 1991. She has a Master’s degree in Islamic History, and is currently pursuing her PhD in History from Karachi University. Previously, Nazli has taught Comparative Religion at SZABIST and PAF Karachi Institute of Economics and Technology (PAF KIET), and Islamic Studies at College of Business & Management (CBM). She has also served as the principal of Kehkashan School in Mangla Cantonment.
Nazli has also served as Director of the Army Children and Women Welfare Centre in three different cities. In 1993, she founded Pakistan’s Retired Officers’ Wives Association (ROWA) and remains its President till date.
She runs the J. A. Saiyid Education Trust which supports and funds education of underprivileged children and training of skilled technicians. In addition, she has been a regular supporter of Siratul Jannat Orphanage since 2008, and also continues to support Teachers Resource Centre’s programme for the training of teachers of underprivileged schools.
Syed Fahd Husain
Chairman, Republic College
School of Media & Political Science
Fahd Husain is the Executive Director News at Express News TV & Executive Editor of Daily The Express Tribune. He began his career as a journalist at The Daily Muslim newspaper in 1991. Since then he has since held senior positions at The Nation and Gulf News Dubai newspapers and served as the Editor of Daily The News. In the 1990s, Fahd worked at PTV as an anchor for several shows. He has also worked at leading American TV channel CBS News in New York. Fahd was also the anchor of Pakistan’s first independent English talk show on Geo TV. He then worked as Director International Affairs at ARY TV.
Starting in 2006, as Director News he designed the entire setup for Express News channel, and established the channel as a leading news network. He also served as Director News of Express 24/7, which was at one point Pakistan’s only 24-hour English news network. Later he also served as Executive Director News at Dunya TV and Chief Operating Officer at Capital TV.
Fahd has spearheaded the launch of three channels in Pakistan: Express News, Express English, and Capital TV.
He has also served as Editor of major English newspapers: The Nation, The News and Executive Editor of The Express Tribune.
He has also hosted prime time talk shows on Express News, ARY, and Waqt News.
His international assignments include covering the US Presidential Elections in 2004 and travelling to Lebanon to cover the Hezbollah-Israel war in 2006.
Fahd did his schooling from Aitchison College Lahore, and got his Bachelor’s degree from Ohio Wesleyan University USA. He did his Masters in Television Journalism from Columbia University in New York, USA, where he became the first Pakistani to graduate at the top of his class. He was also elected president of his class, and awarded both the Pulitzer Travelling Fellowship and the Jack R. Howard Scholarship.
He lectures on Media and Politics at various institutions including Navy War College, Command & Staff College Quetta, Pakistan Air Force War College Karachi, National Management College (for senior Civil Services officer), Civil Service Academy as well as various universities and colleges.
Fahd serves on the Advisory Board of IBA’s Centre for Excellence in Journalism (CEJ) and is a member of the Board of Governors of Aitchison College Lahore.
Executive Director, Republic College
School of Architecture, Design & Built Environment
Hammad Husain has been practicing architecture in Islamabad since 1994 and has been associated with academia for over ten years. He has served as Head of the Architecture & Design department at Comsats University and has taught at National College of Arts, Rawalpindi campus; SZABIST Islamabad and University of Engineering & Technology, Abbottabad campus. He is the principal architect of Hammad Husain Architects and managing partner at Aleph Architectural Group Practice.
Hammad completed his undergraduate studies in Architecture from Middle East Technical University (METU) in Turkey in 1994, and got his Masters degree in Project Management from Pakistan. Prior to that, he did his schooling from Aitchison College, Lahore and Saint Mary’s Academy, Lalazar. He has designed over one million square feet of commercial space and half a million square feet of residential buildings including over 80 private houses & farmhouses all over Pakistan. His notable projects include the farmhouse of former President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf in Islamabad (2005), the Presidency building of Azad Jammu & Kashmir in Muzaffarabad (2012) and restoration of Fort Bala Hisar in Peshawar (2016). His work and interviews have been published in a number of local and international publications.
Hammad spent five months in Japan in 2003 on a Japanese Government fellowship where he briefly worked for Nikken Sekkei, the largest architecture firm in the world. He has the distinction of being the first regular architecture columnist of Pakistan and was Islamabad correspondent for Archi Times from 1999 to 2004. He contributed a chapter on the architecture of Pakistan in the book ‘Atlas: Architectures of the 21st Century’, published in Spain. He was one of the editors of a research study in Geneva, Switzerland, commissioned by Aga Khan Trust for Culture, titled ‘Architectural Education in the Muslim World’. He has served as a juror, panelist, thesis advisor and guest lecturer at several architecture schools of the country; has presented papers at national and international conferences (UIA 2005, Istanbul, ICHH 2008, Mumbai) and is the first TEDx Speaker architect of Pakistan. He has twice served as chairman of the Institute of Architects, Pakistan and is a recipient of the institute’s awards for excellence (1998 & 2010). He has also served as elected member executive committee of Pakistan Council of Architects & Town Planners (2000-2004) and is co-founder and convener of League of Architects Pakistan.
Aristia Education (Pvt) Ltd
(Parent company of Republic University College)
Brig Javed Husain, SI (M) (Retd)
Managing Director, Aristia Education (Pvt) Ltd
Advisor, Republic College
Brig Javed Husain (Retd) is a former Armoured Corps and SSG officer of the Pakistan Army. He is a graduate of the Pakistan Command and Staff College, Quetta and Armed Forces War Course at the National Defence College, Rawalpindi.
He was commissioned in 1959 in 20th Lancers. He served in the Special Service Group (SSG) from 1964 till 1969, where he participated in the 1965 war as a para-commando. He was Brigade Major of 7 Armoured Brigade during the 1971 war.
As a Lt Colonel, he commanded the 31 Cavalry and 51 Lancers and served as GSO-1 (Operations) of 1 Corps. After being promoted to the rank of Brigadier in 1978, he commanded the 7 Armoured and 5 Armoured brigades. He also served as Chief of Staff (COS) of 1 Corps in Mangla, Director Armoured Corps at GHQ, Rawalpindi and Log Area Commander in Karachi. After his retirement from service in 1992, he worked as Country Manager Operations of DHL Pakistan.
He was awarded Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Military) in 1986 by the President of Pakistan.
He writes columns on military related issues in daily newspapers Dawn and The News and regularly appears on national and international TV channels as a defence analyst.