Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Sidra Iqbal is an internationally acclaimed young celebrity public speaker of Pakistan and has been 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.
In summer 2006, Sidra was awarded a full scholarship to attend the International Relations Summer Program at the Oxford University, UK. After completing her research program, Sidra returned to pursue her calling in television talk show production & hosting and has many hard-hitting productions to her credit. Recognizing her excellent presentation skills, creative firepower and solid teaching ability she has been recently recruited to head the Public Relations division at Ogilvy & Mather Pakistan.
In 1999, she became the first Pakistani to win the prestigious English Speaking Union's International Public Speaking Championship in London, UK. She emerged a winner amongst 58 participants from 28 different countries, an accomplishment for which, she was feted at the Buckingham Palace and awarded the winner's certificate by HRH Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh.
This achievement propelled her personal and professional growth. What followed was a globe-trotting episode of eloquently representing the Pakistani youth at a number of highly esteemed and power packed conventions and forums.