Founding Trustee of the Aman Foundation, Fayeeza Naqvi was born in Karachi. She studied Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science, graduating in 1982. After a career in banking in London, she raised two young boys whilst immersing herself into volunteer work with social sector organizations in the Middle East and Pakistan over the last 25 years.
As a founding director of the Saharay Welfare Organization in 2002, a donor-driven vehicle that drove philanthropic funds raised into a range of NGO’s and charities across the region, Fayeeza was responsible for fundraising activities. In addition, she was the joint-lead coordinator on behalf of Saharay for providing immediate humanitarian relief on the ground during the earthquake and ensuing aftermath in Northern Pakistan in 2005, an activity that then morphed into the rebuilding and rehabilitation of a number of villages in conjunction with the Citizen’s Foundation (TCF).
Fayeeza is also a founding Trustee of The Aangan Trust in Pakistan since 2004, which offers access to education and medical care for young girls. Future plans include the provision of care and rehabilitation for abandoned/orphaned girls by setting up homes and day care centres.
She created the Aman Trust in 2006 which is a private family philanthropic trust that aims to champion dignity and choice for the underserved throughout the MENASA region, focusing on health, education and food security as its key pillars. One of its most visible initiatives has been the establishment of the Aman Foundation in Pakistan, where she serves as Trustee. The foundation is the largest privately endowed foundation in the country, with an endowment in excess of US$ 100 million (www.amanfoundation.org), active in the fields of healthcare, education and food security across Karachi, the largest city in the country.
Fayeeza’s other passion in life stems from her role as a significant collector of art from across the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (MENASA) regions. Her passion has helped to raise the profile of the artworks emanating from the region to enter the consciousness of important art collections from elsewhere in the world. She has been involved with Art Dubai since its inception in 2007, is a member of the MENASA Acquisitions Committee at the Tate Modern Museum and on the board of the Abraaj Art Prize.