Najma Minhas has close to twenty years of experience working in international organizations from managing a policy consulting group to working in economic advisory and financial institutions. She has worked in New York, London and in several cities in Pakistan (Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad). As part of her diverse work experience she has worked with government regulatory authorities, donor agencies, non-governmental organizations, research organizations and think tanks.
She has worked on a variety of issues ranging from peace building through curricula reform; helped to create a manual (Valuing Diversity: Pakistan) to teach diversity, for the Centre of Dialogue and Action at Formans Christian College University. She has worked on conflict resolution issues related to KPK and Afghanistan/Pakistan, is the facilitator on the Pakistan Policy group for Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung as part of their reinforcing peace and security program. Is member of the team that produced the document ‘Joint Declaration on Regional Peace and Stability for Afghanistan post 2014’ and its outreach program. Created and tracking monthly a series of indicators for peace building between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Other work includes capacity building of provincial parliamentarians on governance issues on public health from family and population planning, budget planning to health personnel resources, on the latter garnered support for the Health Personnel law for Sindh. Manages and publishes two Newsletters: South Asia News Monitor and Health Watch.
Her research interests include role of education in countering violent extremism, community policing and rule of law, tracking foreign policy through the lens of non-state/state actors and women as change actors. She is a trustee on the Indus Heritage Trust, an economic livelihood project for women artisans being funded by the World Bank. She is member of Track II Dialogues on Afghanistan/Pakistan and India/Pakistan. She has published extensively on regional, women, health, social and governance related issues in Pakistan and the regional countries. She has appeared on national TV programs. She is a director on the Corporate Social Responsibility committees of Lahore Stock Exchange and Bestway Cement.
During her work in private sector banks (Lehman Brother & Standard Chartered Bank), she worked on evaluating risk factors for emerging markets based on their economic and political situations. Her first job was as an economic consultant in a US Economic Consulting firm (NERA), where she worked closely with US government organizations such as the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission as well as the World Bank on regulatory issues.
She has two Masters degrees, Masters in Economics (with Distinction) from University of London and a Masters in International Affairs (with focus on Economic Policy) from SIPA, Columbia University, New York. Her undergraduate degree was in Economics from the London School of Economics.
She has a mix of international and local country practice both in consulting, advisory and in the financial sector. She has worked and interacted with senior stakeholders (both from the private and public sector), written and edited reports along with conducting presentations and workshops. She has many years of experience in research, dissemination of research and using it for outreach. She brings senior management capability in being able to identify strategic issues and take responsibility to drive the strategy forward through collaboration of all stakeholders..