Nasreen Mahmud Kasuri
Founder & Chairperson, Beaconhouse Group
Mrs Nasreen Mahmud Kasuri is the founder of one of the largest privately owned education systems in the world. With a student body of over 315,000 the Beaconhouse School System has spearheaded the introduction of a progressive, broad-based approach to education and the concept of global citizens. She received the ‘Sitara-e-Eisaar’ award from the Government of Pakistan in 2006 for her philanthropic and humanitarian contributions. She received the ‘Fatima Jinnah Award 2014’ in recognition of her meritorious services in the field of Social Sector Entrepreneur. In 2012, she received the ‘Women Power 100’ award in London. She has made a significant contribution to the transformation of private education in Pakistan and has played a pivotal role in women’s empowerment in the country. 62% of Beaconhouse’s nearly 18,000 employees are women, with a high percentage of them in the upper management cadres. She has been active in promoting women’s empowerment through her own organisation and has also been an active member of the women’s action forum (WAF). Mrs Kasuri has been recently presented with the honorary ‘Living Legend Award 2022’ by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), in recognition of her invaluable contribution towards the development of the education sector in Pakistan.