Sophia K. Kasuri
Project Director, The Early Years & Gymboree Pakistan
Sophia Kasim Kasuri is Director of The Early Years, a leading child development centre in Lahore, as well as master franchisee for US-based Gymboree Play & Music for both Pakistan and Belgium. Having been involved in early childhood development for the past 17 years – initially as Founder and Director of The Early Years, and later as the Project Director of Gymboree Play & Learn – Sophia Kasuri has paved the way for a better understanding of the importance of early childhood education in Pakistan. As Director of Gymboree Play & Learn, she is involved with the implementation and strategic development of the franchise as well as teacher education and curriculum development. Ms Kasuri’s mission is to create greater awareness of how children’s experiences in their first 5 years shape their social, emotional, cognitive, and behavioural frameworks – often for their entire lives. Shei has received the award for Woman of Inspiration as a ‘Trendsetter Educationist’ of Pakistan. She was also selected for a ‘Wonder Women’ award by the National Hero Foundation, an organisation that recognises and honours exceptional Pakistani women.