Former Team Manager, Human Rights Fund, Pakistan

Sofia Noreen left The Asia Foundation’s Pakistan office in 2017.

Sofia brings with her 23 years of experience in the development sector. Currently she works as Team Manager in the Foundation’s Human Rights Fund (HRF) program. This program is being implemented across ten districts of Pakistan, covering all provinces, providing facilitation and coordination through the Rights of Expression, Assembly, Association and Thought (REAT) Network, and offers supervision and direction to 15 implementing partners (local and national NGOs), consulting organizations and individual consultants.

Prior to her work with the Foundation, she worked with Federal Ministry of Human Rights and National Commission on the Status of Women with UNWOMEN and UNDP, Pakistan for nearly eight years. Before this work, she held the portfolio of Location Manager (Lahore) and Coordinator Capacity Building and Social Development Programs for Church World Service Pakistan/Afghanistan.

Sofia worked with Aurat Pubication and Information Service Foundation as provincial coordinator for its Legislative Watch Program and Advocacy for Action Program. Her main area of focus was Gender, Governance and Environment, both as manager and trainer. She has extensive exposure through national and international trainings in more than 20 countries across Europe, South Asia, Latin America and Africa, focusing on Gender and Environment. She is an alumnus and active fellow member of prestigious organizations like Salzburg Seminar and Leadership for Environment and Development Program as well as South Asian Food Security Network

Education: Sofia Noreen holds a master’s degree in Zoology from the University of the Punjab and she is currently completing another master’s degree in Gender and Women’s Studies at Allama Iqbal Open University.