Benazir Bhutto Leadership Program
Consistent with our mission to support positive change, ClassACT has developed the Benazir Bhutto Leadership Program (BBLP) in honor of our classmate, the first female Prime Minister of Pakistan. The fellowships support scholars enrolled in the Edward S. Mason Program (MC/MPA) of the Kennedy School of Government. For more information on the Mason Program, visit the MC/MPA Edward S. Mason Program webpage.
Using fellowships, relationship-building, and public education as our tools, the BBLP advances peace and human rights consistent with the principles--democracy, equality for women, reconciliation of religious and cultural differences, and education without gender or religious bias. While at Harvard-Radcliffe and later at Oxford, Benazir Bhutto came to value these principles as governing concepts essential to successful modern societies. We are working to accomplish our goals through identifying, educating, connecting and supporting promising leaders from predominantly Muslim countries who share these values. Since women are under-represented in public service and politics in this arc of Muslim majority countries, enhancing their lives, while improving their influence on public policy will be critical to our success.
ABOUT THE FELLOWS
Nadia Rehman - (2019-2020)
Nadia is currently working on national Covid response as the Tech and Innovation Advisor to the Ministry of Health, Pakistan.
She has worked extensively on enhancing regional economic cooperation with the aim to create geo-political stability in the region. She has advised the government of Pakistan on free trade negotiations with China, Iran, Afghanistan and other key trading partners. Nadia served as Pakistan’s Trade and Investment Diplomat in Prague where she was a part of the core team which negotiated Pakistan’s access to European Union’s scheme of Generalized System of Preferences.
Nadia is a social and political activist. She strongly believes in expanding the space for women’s participation in economic and political spheres. She has headed the local operations for Iqra Fund, a not for profit organization that works on girls’ education in remote and conservative tribal areas of Pakistan.
Nadia completed her Master in Public Administration with a concentration in Development Economics from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She also holds a Master in Artificial Intelligence and Distributed Systems from Duke University. While at Harvard, Nadia was elected as the President of Pakistan Students Group and the Co-chair of South Asia Engagement Forum.
Natasha Jehangir Khan - (2018-2019)
Natasha Jehangir Khan holds an LLM from University College London and an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School as a Mid-Career Mason Fellow, where she was one of the recipients of the first Benazir Bhutto fellowship. A licensed Advocate of the High Courts of Pakistan, she has over 15 years of experience in constitutional, administrative and regulatory work. Her career started with the office of the Attorney General of Pakistan, and she later went on to join the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan, where she eventually served as the Head of Legislation and General Counsel Department. In the recent past, Natasha has worked with JICA and the Asian Development Bank as a consultant advising the Federal Government of Pakistan on regulatory reforms, enhancement of investment climate in the country and was instrumental in development of legislation for transitioning Pakistan’s electricity sector from a single buyer to a competitive market structure and legislation for streamlining fiscal and administrative discipline of government owned entities. After leaving the Kennedy School she has successfully established her own legal practice in Islamabad, Pakistan under the name ARK Law.