Ms. Sadiqa Salahuddin is recognized as one of the leading development professionals and a prominent contributor to the enhancement of Pakistan’s civil society with extensive national and international exposure. She had been the Chief Instructor at NIPA Karachi before joining as the first Director of NGO Resource Centre of the Aga Khan Foundation. She left AKDN in 1999 after serving 8 years and then set up an NGO called Indus Resource Centre (IRC) in 1999 with some of her likeminded professional colleagues. IRC is working in the rural areas of Sindh for empowerment of the marginalized rural communities particularly women.
Ms. Salahuddin has two Master’s degrees in economics, one from University of Karachi in Pakistan, the other from Syracuse University in the United States. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Management from the Management Education Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
Ms. Salahuddin has represented Pakistan in several international forums and has participated in numerous national and international conferences. She serves on the governing boards of several important government and civil society initiatives, and on a number of national task forces and working groups on women’s empowerment, poverty reduction, and education. She has carried out consulting assignments on strategic planning, monitoring of programs and projects, and issues related to local government bodies like USAID, SUNGI, PCE, UNICEF, SWISS NGO, INTRAC, Government of Pakistan etc. Her early experience as a management trainer for senior government officials became the foundation for capacity-building initiatives across the civil society spectrum. Her insight of government systems, combined with hands-on experience of capacity-building at the grassroots level, increased the effectiveness of NGO-government collaboration.
Besides providing leadership to Indus Resource Centre, Ms. Sadiqa is considered as a resource person on education in Sindh and is regularly invited to deliver lectures and talks in prestigious institutions such as IED, National College for Management, Lahore and other similar institutions. She has widely traveled and has participated as a presenter and keynote speaker in numerous conferences, seminars, workshops, symposiums and summits at national and international level related to social development issues and civil society.
As a writer, she has a number of publications, research papers, etc. in her credit.