Our Team

Kamal Siddiqi

Kamal Siddiqi


Email: ksiddiqi at iba.edu.pk

Kamal Siddiqi is the Director of Center for Excellence in Journalism at IBA in Karachi. He has over twenty-six years of experience in journalism. Formerly he was the editor of The Express Tribune, an English language national daily affiliated to the New York Times. He is a fellow of the Center for Democratic Development and Rule of Law (CDDRL) at Stanford University. He has an MSc Economics with specialization in Media and Communication Studies from the London School of Economics. He was also a lecturer in journalism at Monash University, Australia.

Christie Marie Lauder

Christie Marie Lauder

Program Manager

Email: cmarie at iba.edu.pk

Christie Marie Lauder is the Program Manager at the Centre for Excellence in Journalism. A Hampshire College and Temple University alumni, she has a BA in American Studies, with a minor in religious studies. Her career has included writing on popular culture and women's issues for a number of international outlets, as well as being a founding editor at Persephone Magazine and The Powder Room.

Lauder served as acting director of CEJ from May 2015 through April 2016.


Madiha Shah Modi

Senior Executive Communications

Email: msmodi at iba.edu.pk

An ICFJ exchange fellow, Modi brings with her diverse experience of digital journalism, public relations and communications, and currently serving as a Senior Executive Communications at the CEJ-IBA. During her tenure as a multimedia journalist, she remained associated with the renowned media organizations of Pakistan including Geo News, The Express Tribune and Business Recorder. Her competency as a digital storyteller and communicator led her to a fellowship at the biggest online news aggregator, The Huffington Post in Washington, DC in 2014. She holds an MA in English-Linguistics from the University of Karachi.


Syed Muhammad Ali

Senior Executive Finance

Email: sali at iba.edu.pk

Ali is an experienced Accounts and Finance professional with over 8 years of industry experience including utility, trade, manufacturing and educational businesses. He holds MBA Finance with versatile experience in professional arena. He has worked on various financial systems and remained a key player in the implementation of Oracle E-Business Suite 11i/R12 and Sidat Hyder Financials. Before joining CEJ, he remained associated with Sui Southern Gas Company Limited.

Ali is a modern day finance professional with workaholic attitude and flexible approach towards work. He possesses excellent human management skills and multitasking capabilities under pressure situations. At CEJ, his role has evolved from a financial expert to that of a business decision maker within his area of responsibility. He values his spare time with playing cricket, swimming and reading books.


Syed Mehboob A. Rizvi

Executive Administration

Email: smarizvi at iba.edu.pk

Syed Mehboob A. Rizvi is doing his MBA- Marketing from IQRA University, Karachi. He has served as an Executive Admin & Corporate Events at a pharmaceutical industry. He joined CEJ-IBA in January 2015, and currently serving as an Executive Administration. He loves fishing and outing with his two kids. He is also on board of Studies, Health & Fitness activities related with CSR in IQRA University.

Muhammad Ali Baloch

Muhammad Ali Baloch

Technology Officer

Email: abaloch at iba.edu.pk

Mohammad Ali Baloch is the Technology Officer at the Centre for Excellence in Journalism at CEJ-IBA. Having 12 years of broadcast engineering experience, Baloch remained associated with Geo News in the past. He holds a BE Degree in Electronics from Dawood Engineering College Karachi. He also has an LLB from SM Law College, and MBA from SZABIST, Karachi. His association with Geo News groomed him in areas like TV production, morning shows, live news, election transmissions e, entertainment programs, and many others.

Baloch is a professional engineer affiliated with Pakistan Engineering Council.

Hira Siddiqi

Hira Siddiqui

Program Executive

Hira Siddiqui is the Program Executive, Centre for Excellence in Journalism at IBA in Karachi. She has been associated with journalism for the last eight years. Formerly she was the City Editor of The Express Tribune, an English language national daily affiliated with the New York Times. She is an Asia Pacific Leadership Fellow, Generation '16, at the East-West Center in Hawai'i. She has an MA in Political Science from the University of Waterloo, Canada, and a BSc in Economics and Politics from the Lahore University of Management Sciences.

Ayesha Azhar Shah

Ayesha Azhar Shah

Grant Writing Officer

Email: ayeshaazhar at iba.edu.pk

Ayesha Azhar Shah is Grant Writing Officer at Center for Excellence in Journalism at IBA in Karachi. She has over seven years of experience in both print and broadcast journalism. Formerly, she was associated with the Express Tribune, an English language national daily affiliated to the New York Times. She has a Masters of Arts and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University and a BSc in Social Sciences from the Lahore University of Management Sciences.

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