DWL Director Strategy
Afia was at the helm of Papercuts magazine from July 2010 to June 2015, spearheading the magazine’s conversion into a polished, high-profile publication that caters to a loyal readership and showcases work by writers from South Asia and beyond. Her book reviews and interviews with well-known authors became her trademark contribution to each issue of the magazine.
Professionally, Afia considers herself a bit of a turncoat from the development sector. She has an MPhil in Education from the University of Cambridge and has varied work experience, including coordination of a nationwide NGO programme for rural girls’ education, consulting for Pakistan’s National Education Policy team, research projects for DfID and USAID, and several freelance writing and editing assignments. Afia is also a blogger, a full-time mother to two toddlers, and a perennial writer in the making. She lives in Karachi, where she is working on her first novel.