AMCAP | Association of Media and Communication Academic Professionals

Working Group 2020

Working Groups

Media's Impact on Socioeconomic Progress and Social Justice

February 24-25, 2020


The 2020 Working Group held by AMCAP and Bahria University Karachi Campus hosted six sessions on various topics related to social and economic development. The first session focused on the role of CPEC as a game changer for Pakistan and China, and featured Mr. Li Bijian, the Consul General of China, as a guest speaker. The second session discussed how to bridge the communication gap between different stakeholders and bring social development initiatives to the grassroots level. The participants included the Education Minister, social activists, academicians, media persons and industrialists. The third session explored the portrayal of gender equality and social justice in media, and the challenges and opportunities for promoting positive change. The fourth session examined the potential of ICTs as a catalyst for developing countries, and the best practices and strategies for leveraging them. The attendees were academicians, analysts, media persons and businessmen. The fifth session analyzed the media ethics in reporting economic crisis and social injustice, and the implications for public opinion and policy making. The last session addressed the media education and the need for building human resource for future market, and the current trends and gaps in the field.


Working Group I): CPEC as a Game Changer


Mr. Asim Siddique (Director Marine Group of Companies)


Mr. Li Bijian (Consulate General of Peoples Republic of China)

Dr Ishrat Hussain (Former Governor State Bank of Pakistan; Ex Dean and Director IBA Karachi) 

Dr. Abid Qaiyum Suleri (Executive Director SDPI; Member Planning Commission of Pakistan)

Dr. Huma Baqai (International Relations Expert, Associate Dean IBA, Member Advisory Council Foreign Affairs)

Mr. Zhang Boazhong (Chairman, China Overseas Ports Holding Company, Gwadar)

Mr. Ikram Sehgal (Security and International Relation Expert, Author)

Vice-Admiral (r) Asaf Humayun  HI(M), SI(M), TI(M), Vice-Admiral(R),Pakistan Navy, (Security analyst)


Working Group II): Bridging the Communication Gap: Bringing Social Development Initiative to the Grassroots


Mr. Favad Soomro (Director Engro Foundation)


Mr. Saeed Ghani (Minister of Education Sindh) 

Shahzad Roy (Singer, Founder Zindagi Trust)

Farhan Malik (Director News Samaa Tv)

Faisal Siddiqi (President CMC)

Mr. Mubashir Mir (President Karachi Editors Club)

Mr. Raja Kamran (Reporter Neo Tv)

Prof. Dr Nabeel Zubairi (Director Evening Program University of Karachi)


Working Group III): Portrayal of Gender Equality and Social Justice in Media


Dr. Sadia Mahmood (Assistant Prof. University of Karachi)


Noor-ul-Huda Shah (Former Caretaker Minister, Playwright, Novelist)

Mahnaz Rehman (Director, Aurat Foundation)

Sidra Imran (MPA, Sindh Assembly)

Farhat Ishtiaq (Playwright and Novelist)

Tasneem Ahmer (Director, Uks Research Centre)

Mahim Maher (Editor, Samaa Digital)

Uzma Al Karim (Head of Gender Sensitivity, Geo TV)


Working Group IV): ICTs: The Pull String for Developing Countries


Dr. Saadia Ishtiaq Nauman (Asst. Prof. FJWU)


Fahad Mhamood (Asst. Prof. ICS, PU)

Mr. Salim Ghauri (CEO NetSol Technologies, the Leading IT company of  Pakistan)

Prof. Dr. Umar Saif (Information Technology Scientist; UNDP Consultant; Former VC ITU)

Mr. Muzzammil Aslam (Economic Analyst)

Mahim Maher (Editor Samaa Digital)

Raihan Ali Merchant (Chairman of Brainchild Communications Ltd and Blitz (Pvt) Ltd)

Muhammad Fahad (Head Digital Bulls Eye Advertising Agency)


Working Group V): Media Ethics in Reporting Economic Crisis and Social Injustice


Prof. Dr. Bushra Hameed ur Rahman (President AMCAP; SCS PU)


Mubashir Zaidi (Senior Journalist)

Mudassar Iqbal (Anchor Bol TV)

Kashif Hussain (Express News)

Faisal Aziz Khan (Senior Journalist)

Muhammad Junaid (Journalist GEO TV)

Prof. Dr. Nico Carpentier (Charles University, Czech Republic)

Aneeq Ahmed (TV Anchor; Analyst)

Shahzaib Ahmad (Anchor Samaa TV)

Fahd Husain (Senior Journalist)


Working Group VI): Media Education: Building Human Resource for Future Market


Mr. Jabbar  Khatak


Mr. Azhar Abbas (Managing Director, Geo News)

Mr. Nauman Nabi Ahmed (CEO-Brand Partnership)

M. Ali Sheikh (Vice-Chancellor-Sindh Maddarsat ul Islam University)

Taimur Suri (Head Department of Media Studies, SZABIST)

Mr. Aijaz Wasay (Head Departmentof Media Studies,IoBM)