Our Team


Salman Sufi, CEO/Founder

Salman is the Founder of the SSF. He is an International Public Sector Reforms and Gender Strategy Specialist, and the driving force behind some of Pakistan’s most progressive gender equality initiatives. In the last four years, he and his team have introduced over 30 historic reforms, including the Punjab Protection of Women Against Violence Act 2016, the first comprehensive legislation of its kind ever passed in Pakistan, Violence Against Women Centers, Women-on-Wheels, Motor Vehicle Camp; Tax reforms and social reforms, including Shehr-e-Khamoshan Model Graveyards and legislations to protect senior citizens and transgender persons.

Hafsah Lak, Director Global Partnerships

Hafsah is our Director Global Partnerships. Hafsah brings in extensive experience and expertise working on gender-based violence as well as women, peace and security initiatives in Pakistan and abroad. She was previously the Project Lead for Pakistan’s first Violence Against Women Center in Multan, and has worked on Countering (and Preventing) Violence Extremism programs in Africa and elsewhere.

Zainab Najeeb, Director Strategy & Partnerships

Zainab is our Director Strategy and Partnerships. Having a compelling academic background in Social Sciences with a specialisation in Gender Studies, paired with professional experience in planning and execution of a variety of projects, Zainab is responsible for designing and implementing our projects. 

She also supports the team as a Gender Analyst to ensure that current and future campaigns are cognizant of the evolving narratives of women empowerment to ensure the safety, personal development and well-being of all female applicants and participants.

Shahzeb Naeem, Director Operations & Implementation

Shahzeb is our Director Operations and Implementation. Shahzeb has worked for the Government of Punjab (Pakistan) on some of the most important projects related to citizens facilitation and women empowerment for 3 years and brings his expertise vis a vis operational management, designing interventions and execution of high-scale projects to the table. Shahzeb is directly responsible for all projects on the ground, from beginning to end and leads clusters of teams dedicated to different projects as well as intervention design