Board of Trustees
Our Board ensures oversight on progress, efficiency and sustainability, drawing together a diverse range of individuals committed to mountain sustainability. The Board’s responsibilities include:
Approval of annual budget and long-term sustainability strategy
Overview of standards
Appointment and oversight of the Implementing Team
Muzaffar Mahmood Qurashi, Board Chairman
Muzaffar Mahmood Qurashi worked in Pakistan’s civil service for 37 years, serving in districts, provinces as well as the Federal Government. He was member of the Board of several Development Finance Institutions, head of four, Member, Central Board of Revenue (now Federal Board of Revenue) and Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Finance before moving to the social sector where he served as Secretary to the Ministry for Population Welfare and Secretary for Social Welfare, Special Education & Women Development until his retirement in 1999. Mr. Qurashi is a member of various not-for-profit organisations such as the Association for the Welfare of Retired Persons (AWRP), Council of Social Sciences (COSS), Oxford & Cambridge Society of Pakistan, English Speaking Union of Pakistan (ESUP) and Margalla Hills Society. He delivers lectures at institutions for training of public servants and also lectured at the National Institute of Historical and Cultural Research, Quaid-i-Azam University.
Mansoor H Khan, Member Board of Trustees
Mansoor H Khan is a founding member of HASP who resides in Islamabad for the last 3 decades. His deep love for the mountains stems from his early academic years at Lawrence College in the Murree hills, where he connected with the raw beauty of nature. He completed his higher education in the US in the field of hotel management and returned to his homeland. Today he manages his consultancy & facility management business and, whenever possible, follows his old passion of visiting the mountains. During a recent visit to Skardu Valley in the Northern Areas he was touched by the hardships faced by the locals, especially the high altitude porters, which endeared him to this Society and strengthened his commitment to its cause.
Javaid Khan, Member Board of Trustees
Javaid Khan has been connected with the mountains since early childhood. He was born in the hill town of Simla, the summer capital of British India and received his early schooling at Lawrence College in the Murreehills before graduating from Punjab University. He spent 2 years with the Pakistan Air Force as a trainee pilot and joined the advertising industry for several successful years before returning to Murree to run a pharmacy. Mr. Khanretains his early love and keen interest in nature through photography as a freelance nature photographer and has won many national and international awards.
Tariq Iqbal Khan, Member Board of Trustees
Mr. Khan is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accounts with diversified experience of more than 40 years. A founding member of Islamabad Stock Exchange and served as President for 3 years. He also served as Member Tax Policy FBR, Commissioner SECP. Served as Chairman of committee to formulate Take-Over Law, Chairman and MD NIT, ICP Chairman Attock Refinery, Chairman SNGPL Served on the Board of 6 Banks 5 Petroleum Companies, 2 Pharmaceutical Companies, and 10 other listed Companies. His interest in the project is to protecting our northern heritage, its environment and providing better welfare to the mountain communities.
Hanniah Tariq, Chief Executive Officer
As Founder and Chief Executive, Hanniah provides strategic direction to High Altitude Sustainability as it works to improve the environment and social support to the area and porter communities through conservation initiatives, welfare activities and advocacy. Hanniah received her bachelor's degree in Social Sciences from Lahore University of Management Sciences, and her master's in Gender and International Development from the University of Warwick. She has been involved in strategic planning and M&E of development projects since 2007 and has previously worked with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Volunteer Mission Movement (VMM) UK & Ireland, Rio-Tinto Alcan Prize for Sustainability, Standard Chartered Bank, The International Business Leaders Forum UK, The Partnering Initiative UK, The Arif Habib Group and GIZ/ GmbH.
Ali Hussain Shigri, Baltistan Field Coordinator
Ali Hussain Shigri is an experienced high altitude guide and senior climbing instructor from Shigar. He manages the very diverse role of coordinating between field work, community engagement and administrative tasks. On our cleanup initiatives he also takes on the roles of Porter ‘Sirdar’, camp set-up/management, member of steering committee and leader for cleanup team 1 when in camp.
This group comprises key individuals who have been instrumental in building the organisation and providing valued espacialist advice through:
Ensuring the Association remains true to its vision and mission
Providing advice and ideas from their different contexts / expertise to inform HASP's growth and development
Current members include:
Christian Trommsdorff, Technical advisor
Christian is a mountain guide and sponsored athlete (Millet). He is the President of the GHM (Groupe de Haute Montagne / High Mountain Group), Vice-president of the French guides association (SNGM, Syndicat national des guides de montagnes) as well as the organizer for the Piolets d’Or event in Chamonix/Courmayeur, France.
Vincent Kenny, Strategy advisor
Vincent is the Chief Executive of Community Health International (CHI), Course Tutor at the Fordham University International Humanitarian Programme and the former CEO, Volunteer Mission Movement (VMM) UK & Ireland,, Ireland. Vincent brings a broad range of academic, technical and practical skills which include NGO Management, Health, Community development, Lab Technology, Photographic technology, art, electrical engineering and epistemology.
Zahid Hussain Rajput, Technical advisor
Zahid is a Balti high altitude guide and the president of Khurpa Care Pakistan (KCP), the only organization working with porter welfare, training and support in Gilgit-Baltistan since 2005. He is an important proponent of porter rights and welfare, accessible and safe tourism in Gilgit-Baltistan and is often involved in setting up stakeholder dialogue with tour operators, army and relevant government departments.