Board of Trustees

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The Hon. Dr Paul Flather (Chairman)

Secretary-General of the Europaeum and Fellow of Mansfield College, Oxford. He is a former academic, human rights activist, and journalist. His main research has been on Indian politics. He worked with dissident movements in Central Europe in the 1980s, and with race equality groups in the UK. He is involved with many charities and civic bodies, and was an elected member of the London Council in the 1980s. He was founding Secretary-General of the Central European University. After running international and external programmes for Oxford University for five years, he took over the Europaeum, an association of leading European universities, as Secretary-General.

Sir Nicholas Barrington KCMG, CVO

Retired British career Diplomat who served twice in Pakistan as First Secretary during the Ayub era (when he first got to know Lady Noon). From 1987 to 1994, he has British High Commissioner, his last post. After retirement he has helped build bridges between the UK and Asia, including acting as chairman of the Pakistan Society and raising money for Islamic studies at Cambridge University. He is an honorary fellow of Clare College, and lives in Cambridge and London.

Dr Humayun Khan

Dr Khan has had a distinguished career as a civil servant in Pakistan and for the Commonwealth. He is a Former Pakistan High Commissioner in New Delhi and in London, and also served as Pakistan Foreign Secretary, the top civil service post in the department. He was then appointed Director of the Commonwealth Foundation, based in London where he served with distinction for many years. He was a founding Trustee of the Noon Educational Foundation and a close friend of Lady Noon, serving as Chairman in the mid-1990s.

Professor Haroon Ahmed, ScD, FREng

Master of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He also holds the Chair of Microelectronics at the University of Cambridge and is Head of the Microelectronics Research Centre of the Cavendish Laboratory. He has taught in the Engineering and Physics Departments and is the author of several books and research papers on electronics. He was elected a Fellow of Corpus Christi College in 1967 and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 1990 and recently appointed a non-Executive Director of the NHS Addenbrooke’s Trust.

Dr. Rosemary Raza

After graduating from Somerville College, Oxford, she became a career diplomat in the British Foreign Service. She resigned on marriage to Rafi Raza, and returned with him to Pakistan where he served as a Federal Minister in the cabinet of Z. A. Bhutto. From the late 1970s she lived with her family in London, where she pursued her interests in antiques, art and journalism. In the early 1990s she returned to Somerville College to undertake a D.Phil. on British women writers on early colonial India. She now researches and writes on the subcontinent, particularly on art and the work and lives of women writers, and has contributed to the New Dictionary of National Biography.

Ehsan Mani

Ehsan Mani is a former President of the International Cricket Council (ICC). He is a Chartered Accountant by profession. He is on the board of United Trust Bank Limited in London and is also a non-executive director of Places for People Group, one of the largest Registered Social Landlords in the UK. He chairs the Audit Committees of both the companies. He is a member of the Board of Governors and chairman of the Audit Committee of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre in Lahore, Pakistan. He is a trustee of Sanjan Nagar Educational Trust which provides high level education to over 600 under privileged children (mainly girls) in Lahore. He is a consultant to Dubai Sports City in the UAE and to a number of Cricket Boards around the world.

Mrs Naila Amat-un-Nur

Mrs Naila Amat-un-Nur is the daughter of late Manzoor Hayat Noon, former trustee of the VNEF and son of Sir Feroz Khan Noon. She completed her early education at Lahore Grammar School, and graduated from Kinnaird College Lahore, in Political Science in 1988. She is currently completing her Masters’ dissertation in Comparative Philosophy. She serves as a representative and teaching guide in the Sufi Order International. She has presented papers at various international symposia and written articles on Spirituality, Islamic Feminism and World Peace. She currently resides in Lahore, Pakistan.

Professor Andrew Goudie

Former Professor of Geography, Pro- Vice Chancellor, and Master of St Cross College (2003-11) at Oxford University. A main research focus has been the Karakorum Mountains, where he led a Royal Geographical Society expedition in 1980 to examine where the tectonic plates collide, and the numerous intensive and destructive natural phenomena that result, such as earthquakes, mud flows, and floods. He received the RGS Royal Medal in 1991, Royal Belgian Academy prize in 2002, and has been President of the International Association of Geomorphologists and the Geographical Association. He was a Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford, from 1984 to 2003. He devotes a chapter to Pakistan and India in his textbook Great Warm Deserts of the World (OUP 2002).