Ayesha Raza Farooq
Politician, Lawyer, and Educationist
Ayesha Raza Farooq is a business graduate from LUMS, a professor at the Lahore School of Economics, a partner at Ramday Law Associates, and a former MNA and Senator. A topper in her Senior Cambridge Examinations, a member of the Dean’s list at LUMS, and recipient of the gold medal from Punjab University, standing first in all three years of her LLB programme, her academic journey has been distinguished. After serving as a member of the lower house of Parliament, Ayesha was elevated in 2015 to the upper house of parliament, the Senate. In December 2013, she was designated as the Prime Minister’s focal person for polio eradication. Acknowledging her outstanding contribution and services to the children of Pakistan, the Government of Pakistan conferred her with Young Development Leaders Award in 2016 on the second anniversary of Vision 2025. In recognition for her exceptional leadership in turning around the polio programme, the President of Pakistan conferred Senator Farooq with the Sitara-e-Imtiaz, the third highest civilian award in the country, in 2018. She has served as Chairperson of Senate Committee on Delegated Legislation and as Chairperson of Senate Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges, and also on the Senate committees of Health, Law & Justice, Human Rights, and Finance. She is chairperson of the Special Committee of the Anti-Rape Investigation and Trial Act, 2021. She is a member of the Federal Task Force on Health and also the Partnership Council, Immunization Agenda 2030, a global-level immunization partner leadership group.