CEO’s message:

The fact that the quality of education in Pakistan needs to be im
proved is a given.  While improving the academic level of children from less privileged backgrounds is at the heart of AAP’s mission, we believe that education without strong morals and values is meaningless, or worse, dangerous. True social change in Pakistan requires an improvement in education as well as the moral values of our society.

In terms of moral values AAP kay Loag – AAP Trust focuses on:

Honesty and integrity.  One of the most pressing issues in our society has to do with the lack of honesty and integrity.  The seeds of this disease are planted at the school level where cheating is common practice.

At the school and college level the currency is ‘marks’.  Children who learn to justify cheating as acceptable at the school level are likely to engage in corrupt and dishonest practices when they enter the work force.  At AAP kay Loag – AAP Trust we constantly reinforce the importance of honesty and why getting marks through cheating is not the right thing to do.

Respect for others.  Another major issue in our society is that people from various racial, ethnic or religious groups look down on others whom they feel are not entitled to the same rights.  This problem is particularly visible among children from less privileged backgrounds.

At AAP we reinforce that all human beings should be treated with respect regardless of their background.  No one is inherently inferior or superior to anyone else. Moreover by encouraging values of equality and meritocracy in the children now, we can hope to prevent the culture of nepotism from being as rampant in the future as it is today.

Hard work: Raw intelligence alone will not help our children succeed in the long-run.  For our children to be successful in the long-run we need to help them to internalize the hard work ethic. This will serve them for the rest of their lives.

We at AAP accept this double onus and, with your help, aim to give the less privileged youth of today the tools to empower themselves and empower their country.

arif

Arif Irfanullah – CEO

Arif teaches Finance at IBA and heads the Irfanullah Financial Training Institute, where he prepares candidates for the CFA exam. AAP Trust was started by Adnan Lawai and Arif in 2009. Arif is deeply involved in directing all AAP operations. Arif has held senior management positions at MindTree USA and Oracle Corporation. He has a B.E. from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

adnan-lawai

Adnan is the co-founder and CEO of Folio3, a software services company that develops products outsourced by technology companies in the US. Adnan and Arif started AAP together, and since then he has been looking over all major projects at AAP, especially those related to technology integration. He holds a B.S. and an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from MIT

umair-khan

CEO of SecretBuilders, Executive Chairman at Folio3, Charter Member and Co-Founder of OPEN Silicon Valley and an Advisor at MIT-Stanford Venture Lab, Umair wears many hats. As an AAP Advisor, he has helped us in streamlining our course of action and continues to support and guide us. He also holds a B.S. and an M.S. degree from MIT.

azim-khan

Mr. Azim is an accountant by profession, a Fellow of CIMA, UK, as well as of ICAP. He served Unilever Pakistan for 38 years. He even wrote a book for Unilever on “Successful Retail Marketing”. He is a widely traveled and experienced person, who drove overland from Germany to Pakistan in a Volkswagen. He still possesses the same zeal and energy and looks over finances and operations at AAP

huda-ahmed

An ardent idealist at heart, Huda left her dentistry career in 2011, to pursue her lifelong passion of educating the less privileged. She joined the first cohort of Teach for Pakistan, and after the two year fellowship continued working with non-profit organizations like Reading Room Project and Alif Ailaan, trying to understand the education crisis better. She joined AAP in September 2014, and has led it to new heights since then.

adiya

Adiya, being passionate about entrepreneurship, started Neeni’s Bakery soon after graduating from IBA. She has worked at The Citizens Foundation (TCF), where she leveraged her business skills to facilitate donations to construct schools for children in low-income communities. Currently, Adiya is leading the ‘Educating through Technology’ project at AAP.

nadeem

Nadeem is a Math teacher who has been involved with AAP since 2010. He has helped define the curriculum to teach Math using innovative methods and activities. He has done his B.Ed and M.Ed from Allama Iqbal University. He is also actively involved in several other teaching institutes, like Whitehouse Grammar School, Rahnuma Public School and Ghulam-e-Abbas School.

madam-kaukab

Madam Kaukab has been in the teaching profession for over 40 years. She is a natural when it comes to teaching English, and her philosophy and pedagogy has helped AAP at every step. She is running AAP’s English Teacher Training Project with TCF and Roshni School.

madam-munira

Madam Munira also has over 40 years of teaching experience, but she still goes on strong because of her love for educating children. Her exemplary teaching style has helped AAP define many of its training sessions. She is also involved in AAP’s English Teacher Training Project with TCF and Roshni School.