ISTANBUL (Staff Report) – Noted Pakistani philanthropist and Chairman of Taaleem Foundation Dr Zafar Iqbal Qadir received the Global Good Governance Award on behalf of his organization at an impressive ceremony during the Global Donors Forum 2016 -a biennial event of the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists.
Ambassador of Malaysia in Turkey H.E. Dato’ Amran Mohamed Zin conferred the award on the Taaleem Foundation for bringing female education in Pakistan in line with global good governance practices.
The Global Donors Forum (GDF) was held from 25-26 May in Istanbul. It was co-chaired by HE Datin Paduka Seri Rismah Mansor, First Lady of Malaysia, and HRH Dr Shaikha Aisha Bint Faleh Al-Thani Qatar.
Prominent leaders from the government, business, and non-governmental sectors as well as academicians and researchers discussed critical issues including social finance, the impact of philanthropy for SDGs, resilience and radicalization, diplomacy and strategic communication and philanthropic response to refugees’ crisis.
The first GDF was held in Istanbul in 2008 and was chaired by then Prime Minister of Turkey Mr Recep Tayyip Erdogan. GDF 2016 also discussed the setting of new priorities and redefinition of the role of philanthropy, with a focus on the Muslim World in a changing global landscape.
Dr Zafar Iqbal Qadir established Taaleem Foundation as a non-profit community support organization in 1989. It is now imparting education in the far-flung areas of Pakistan.
Dr Zafar has been a senior professional in the public sector with a significant diversity in roles and experience from philanthropy to private sector support, corporate sector facilitation and public sector service delivery.