Masooma Sibtain is the Vice President Federation of Pakistan Chambers, Former President Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry Multan Division. She is fashion entrepreneur, a former school teacher and a mother of two daughters.
She was one of the founding members of the first women chamber built in Pakistan according to Trade Ordinance Act formally known as the South Punjab Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry now knows as Women chamber of Commerce and Industry Multan Division.
The potential she saw in this platform paved way for her to encourage, motivate and empower women until the chamber went into litigation due to unimplementation of the laws. At this point Masooma stood up for the women of the region and fought through it along side other members of the chamber emerging victoriously.
From then, She has been an active member and has initiated a number of policy advocacy reforms in Pakistan. Her main focus has always been highlighting women related issues and to be able to voice the perspective of the other 49% of the population which had been not heard of previously.
She has been working with on Policy Advocacy reforms with the State Bank of Pakistan and is a panel member on their SME focus group currently. She has also worked with the educationists and the mainstream academia in Pakistan to introduce Entrepreneurship as a subject in high schools. She is also a member of the waste management committee Multan.
She has also held board positions in various government entities such as APWA and Sanetzaar.
Masooma has a bachelors degree in Economics and Psychology but it has been practical knowledge and experience that had led her to the position she has today. She has had various training programmes and workshops to polish her skills. She is also a member of the South Asian Regional Networking Program by CIPE.
Interacting with women entrepreneurs and policy advocacy programs made Masooma realise that Pakistan lacks a set of gender specific policy reforms for women thus has initiated the Women National Business Agenda which will form a basic set of recommendations from women entrepreneurs and all major stake holders to formulate female specific policies for all government entities, trade ministry, Ministry of Commerce as well as become part of the Political Party Manifestos in Pakistan to promote gender diverse policies in Pakistan.
Masooma has been on the receiving end of many awards including the Prime Minister’s Appreciation Award.
Masooma Sibtain spoke in the session “Workplace diversity“.
Download her presentation here.