Saturday, August 15, 2015

Naween Mangi

Naween A. Mangi has been a financial journalist for the last 20 years. She began her career in 1995 and has since worked for several local and international news organizations in Pakistan and the U.S. From 2006 till 2015, Naween worked as the Pakistan Bureau Chief for New York-based Bloomberg News. She currently contributes to Dawn, The Express Tribune and Newsline Magazine.

As a free-lancer prior to joining Bloomberg News, Naween contributed to The Friday Times, Herald Magazine and Dawn Newspaper, the three most premier English-language publications in Pakistan. She has also been a contributor to Asia Times, CNBC Asia, CNN, Businessweek Magazine and Forbes Magazine in New York. In 2002, she became the founding business editor of The Daily Times, a prominent English-language newspaper in Pakistan, a position she held for three years. She worked as a staff reporter at Businessweek Magazine in New York before that. Naween was assistant editor of Pakistan Business Update from 1997 to 1999, the nation's first privately-produced business news television program. She has received journalism accolades including the Agahi Media Award and the Citibank Journalism Award.

Naween received master’s degree in journalism from New York University in 2000 with a specialization in business and economic reporting and was the recipient of the Edwin Diamond Award for most outstanding graduate journalism student. She also won first prize and a scholarship from the Foreign Press Association in New York. She received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the London School of Economics in 1995. She attended the Karachi Grammar School in Pakistan where she completed O' level and A' level examinations through the University of Cambridge, U.K.

Naween reported on Pakistan’s rural economies, focusing in particular on poverty among farming communities in the south. In 2008 she established a charitable trust, which is registered with the government of Pakistan. The objective of the Ali Hasan Mangi Memorial Trust, named in honor of her late grandfather, is to create a model of development in a village called Khairo Dero in southern Pakistan. The plan is to create a model that can be replicated elsewhere as a way to galvanize community-led development in this neglected area of a war-torn country.

Naween is the Managing Trustee and runs the organization as a small family trust with mostly individual donations. She does this on an honorary basis while working as a journalist. The trust's project village is a settlement of about 500 households and is run with 25 paid community workers from the village, all of whom Naween has recruited and trained. 

The organization covers all aspects of development and projects include one primary school with an enrollment of 700 children, adoption of two previously non-functional government schools with 270 students, and a Community School that functions as an early learning centre catering to 100 students. We have also built and run a Community Clinic that sees 500 patients a month and provides free testing and medication and a Community Centre that includes a playground, a library with over 4,000 publications, a computer lab for technology literacy classes and adult literacy/vocational training. We also run projects in low-cost housing, water and sanitation, community infrastructure and microloans for women.