Kalaam: Intercultural Dialogue

An Intercultural Dialogue with the Ambassadors of Change, and boy was it surely an eye opener as a morning session dialogue/ session on a Sunday Morning.

We had guests from across various fields and each one of them are captains of their own ship,sailing it to a point where they want to take it, and how they want to take it is surely not decided by the winds of tide,but by their own inspiration, passion and the common sense which keeps knocking on everyone’s head.

A very dynamic panel starting off with Ms. Sidra Iqbal. She need not require much introduction. A famous face in the Media Industry with her eloquent talk shows, especially in the field of business and management. Sidra is also known to others as an internally acclaimed public speaker, who was and still is a passionate debater since her school days. She held the honor of being the youngest finalist amongst 167 participants from all over the country at the Prime Minister’s Shield 1999; the most coveted All-Pakistan Debating Championship.

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(Picture Credit Masood Akbar from Zsuzsanna Fajcsak DrZsu Album)

We had the pleasure of Mr. Deepak Parwani, who needs no introduction, is known as one of Pakistan’s well-reputed and brilliant fashion designers. He is more famous for men’s dress designing and is amongst those who established men’s fashion in Pakistan. His most claimed statement is his Signs that represents Power and Men’s confidence; but in a stylish way. He never follows the traditional or ongoing Fashion statement of the country; rather he makes his own.  He tells people ‘what to wear’ and ‘how to carry’ what they wear.

Dr Zsuzsanna Fajcsak is the founder of ALIVE™, that aims to build entrepreneurs, applied health practices; provide executive coaching services and is involved in several developmental projects in Pakistan.
Zsuzsanna has been schooled in Europe and the USA, and holds a Doctoral degree in nutrition, as well as Master’s degrees in Teaching Physical Education, Exercise Physiology and Clinical Nutrition. She is a Certified NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and Time Line Therapy™ Coach, Certified Nutrition Specialist (Member of the American College of Nutrition), Certified in Functional Diagnostic Medicine, who is passionate about the human mind and its power over physical health and performance.

And not to forget our very own notorious Khalid Malik of the Breakfast Show at City FM89. Khalid started off his career at a very early stage, and in his very young age, Khalid Malik has made huge strides. He is an actor, presenter, RJ and producer. His achievements include acting in movies like Superman Returns, Shanti, Love and Ice Tea, and Me and on TV for MTV and several other dramas and comedies. As an RJ, he has been on the Indian Link Radio in Sydney and currently hosts the Breakfast Show on City fm 89.

Among the celebrities he has interviewed are Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan, Rani Mukherjee, Lara Dutta, Ayesha Takia, Javed Jaffery, Pooja Bedi, Manisha koirala, Kabir Bedi, Arbaaz Khan, Meera, Shiamak Dawar, and many many more. Also amongst Khalid’s success stories have been his involvement with Chalo Australia and MTV Pakistan on World Music Chart shows and breakfast shows.

The session was moderated by none other than Mr. Abbas Husain, who is an M.A. in English Literature and M.Ed. (Teaching English to speakers of other languages) from Manchester University, UK. Abbas Husain received professional training at the Universities of Toronto, Pittsburgh, Louisville and Chicago. He served as Lecturer and Assistant Professor from 1981 to 1992 in Department of English at Karachi University. He is one of the founder members of SPELT and has participated in all national and international conferences from 1987 to date.

Abbas Husain is a corporate trainer and has been a guest speaker at the National Defense University, Islamabad, Pakistan Navy Staff College; Pakistan Air War College, at NIPA, Karachi. He has been a consultant for UNICEF at the Regional Conference in Khatmandu, Nepal.  He has presented on GEO TV, Indus TV, NewsOne, PTV and DAWNNEWS in educational and religious programs. As Director, Teacher’s Development Centre, he has conducted Master Teacher’s Courses and has so far reached over 35,000 teachers all over Pakistan and contributed 320 teacher trainers to the national pool of trainers. He is recognized as a source of original thinking in education and has been invited by several education institutions as a speaker across the country and internationally.

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