President: Ayesha Bengali
Ayesha Bengali has been a consummate volunteer in the Chicagoland area for the past 25 years. She brings passion, experience and dedication to all of her endeavors. She devotes a majority of her time to education and charity-based non-profit organizations to fulfill her drive to help those in need. She is a mother of three and grandmother of four.
Ayesha founded the non-profit organization: Women for Education. The aim of the organization was to provide the highest quality education to young children. Aside from founding the organization, Ayesha served as the Secretary. Ayesha has recently stepped down from WE in order to devote her time to The Hunar Foundation. She has spent the last several years working as the Office Manager for Recycle Processes Inc in Naperville IL. At her local mosque in Chicago, Ayesha is involved in various capacities. She serves as a Board Member for the Women’s Committee at Islamic Foundation. Further, Ayesha was an active volunteer at the Avery Coonley School – an institutions focused on gifted education. She served as volunteer for 11 years.
Mrs. Bengali currently resides in the western suburbs of Chicago with her husband and youngest son. She can often be found enjoying time with her grandchildren and giving nutritional advice to those who seek her counsel.
Secretary: Fatima Khan
Fatima Sultan is a Retail Design Planner with Management and Marketing degrees.
Fatima is the Executive Director and co-founder of Zanbeel Art Inc. a non-profit art educational organization, which aims to build bridges between South Asians and Americans via art educational programs. Utilizing art as a tool, the program helps to reduce racism and diffuses post 9/11 fear and racism against South Asian youth.
Fatima also launched South Asian Art and Literacy for Youth, SAALY– providing art programs in low socio economic (SES) public schools in Los Angeles, where art programs were affected by the statewide budget cuts. SAALY empowers students, transforming them from neighborhood kids to global citizens.
Fatima resides in Pacific Palisades California with her husband.
Vice President: Shimmi Kidwai
For the past thirty years, Shimmi has focused a great deal of her time and effort on supporting social causes and raising funds for charities in the USA, Pakistan and the Washington DC Metropolitan area. She has supported and raised funds for a number of Pakistani and American charities such as Edhi Foundation, Layton Rahmatulla Benevolent Trust (LRBT), SOS, The Kidney Center, Fatimid Foundation, The Imran Khan Foundation / Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital, CHAL, JANUM, AMAN Foundation, Children’s Hospital, Lombardi Cancer Center and others.
She is on the board of the non-profit organizations Friends of Pakistan Club, which recently celebrated their 65th anniversary, and the Association of Pakistani Women in America (APWA).
Prior to the formal establishment of The Citizens Foundation in the US as a 501-C organization, Shimmi Kidwai started TCF in the US and helped in collecting funds. Her dedication to TCF stems from her belief that education, especially education provided to the under privileged children, is the only hope for Pakistan.
She was on Board of TCF USA and currently serves as an adviser to the Board. She also serves as the President for the TCF Washington DC Chapter, she is also a Trustee / Director of The Hunar Foundation, USA.
Director: Aslam Khaliq
Aslam Khaliq is presently serving as Chairman Reckitt Benckiser (Pakistan) Ltd. He was former Chairman and adviser of Pakistan Tobacco Company Ltd, a subsidiary of the British American Tobacco Company, which employees over a 100,000 people, with operations in around 180 countries and is a market leader in more than 50 countries selling over 300 brands.
He is also presently Chairman of The Hunar Foundation & CHAL Foundation (both Not for Profit NGO’s), as well as being on the Board of Governors of Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Pakistan International Airline (PIA) & PIA Investments.
He has served on the Boards of Oil & Gas Development Company Ltd, National Data and Registration Authority, Govt. of Pakistan (GOP), Islamabad Stock Exchange, Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission Bio-Sciences (Pvt.) Ltd.
He has also served as member of the Board of Governors of Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture, Karachi, National Vocational and Training Commission, GOP, and Intellectual Property Organization, GOP.