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Faculty & Staff

SMC’s faculty members are on the cutting edge of the business. Our faculty members at the Department of Journalism & Mass Communication keep themselves updated on journalistic issues and media practices. At TFT, courses are taught by a diverse faculty of accomplished filmmakers, professional practitioners, scholars and writers, representing a wide range of approaches and backgrounds, who have earned national and international distinction in their areas.

Permanent Faculty

  • Dr. Taimur-ul-Hassan
    Professor and Dean of SMC
    Educationist, Researcher, Media Specialist

    PhD Mass Communication
    Former Group Managing Editor, The Sun
    Former Executive Editor, The Frontier Post
    Former Assistant Editor, The Pakistan Times
    Former Joint Editor, The Post, Associated Press (America), Instructor AAJ TV
    Former visiting faculty Kinnaird College, Lahore, Government of Punjab Management and Professional Development Department
    Freelance commentator
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  • Rana Faizan Ali
    Assistant Professor
    Head of Department- Journalism & Mass Communication

    M. Phil Mass Communication, BNU
    M.A in Mass Communication, BNU
    Former News Reporter GEO TV,
    Former Asisstant Producer (Left Right GEO TV)
    Strategy & planning Head (Koh-e-Noor TV)
    Host (Gardish-e-Halat Kohe-e-Noor Tv )

  • Mr. Urooj Zafar Samdani
    Educationist, Producer, Writer, Researcher
    Head of Department - Theatre, Film & TV

    M. Phil in Mass Communication Management (Ongoing)
    MA History (University of the Punjab)
    Diploma in Direction (Film & Television), The New University of Cinema & TV, Rome, Italy
    Former Head of Programming, Waqt News
    Former Senior Producer, Express News, Business Plus, Aaj News
    Former Producer, Geo TV, ARY Digital
    Bureau Chief, Business Plus TV, Lahore

    Profile: Urooj Zafar Samdani has directed & produced a number of Italian short films in Italian language during his education in Italy. His work as a filmmaker, director & producer has appeared on all major Pakistani TV channels. He has held leading positions in most of the major TV networks of Pakistan and has produced as Executive Producer more than 500 TV shows on entertainment and Infotainment. He has been a noted film critic writing for some of the Nation’s leading English newspapers. He is also a regular contributor for Daily Times newspaper.

    Contact: urooj.samdani@bnu.edu.pk

  • Dr. Wajiha Raza Rizvi
    Educationist, Producer, Writer, Researcher

    Profile: Professor Dr. Wajiha Raza Rizvi is trained in USA, UK and Norway. She is also Co-Chair of the Gender & Communication Section of International Association of Media & Communication Research and was also the Project Director to set up Department of Film & Television at NCA (2003 – 2006). She studied at NCA, Lahore, was awarded Chughtai Award for Excellence in Design. She then received scholarship under FCOSAS to study television production techniques at North East Media Training Centre (European Media School) Tyne & Wear UK and did her MA in Television Documentary from Goldsmiths’ University of London on Chevening and PhD from University of the Punjab Lahore. She has been working for the public and private sectors, and has about 100 television productions and commercials to her credit. She produced 65 SAF Stars Quiz Shows to raise funds for the 9th SAF Games among the seven SAARC nations in Pakistan in 2001. She went on Fulbright to Oklahoma State University, specializing in film research and production. She is internationally published, and her work is included in readings for courses at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and at the US Army War College. Presently she is working on “The Censorship of Visual Pleasure in Pakistani Cinema.”

    Contact: wajiharaza@yahoo.com

  • Qazi Akhyar Ahmad
    Lecturer

    M. Phil in Mass Communication Management (Ongoing)
    M.Sc. in Computer Sciences PUCIT
    Certificate Course Video Production NCA Lahore
    Certificate Course Documentary Film Production Institute of Media & Communication, Iqra University Lahore

    Qazi Akhyar Ahmad has been teaching at TFT since 2011. He is full-time faculty teaching Videography, Post Production and Graphics courses. He has worked for 2 years at an advertising agency cum media production house in Lahore. He has worked for 6 years as Program Director at one of the Pakistani prestigious leading TV network channel HUM TV. With his previous years of work in telefilms, dramas, documentaries, magazine shows etc., he brings valuable industry expertise to the editing portion of the program.

    Contact: akhyar.ahmad@bnu.edu.pk

  • Nasir Ali Mazari
    Lecturer

    Freelance Documentary Filmmaker
    MA TV & Film (Gold Medalist), Beaconhouse National University, Lahore
    Diploma in Video Production, National College of Arts, Lahore
    Diploma in Multimedia Engineering, College of Tourism & Multimedia Computing, Lahore

    Nasir has been teaching at TFT since 2012 as a permanent faculty member. He teaches Cinematography, Documentary, Production basics etc. His film won National Award in Filums 2012. He worked in The Documentary project “One Day On Earth” by American Director Kyle Riddick as Cinematographer from Pakistan. His recent work was a Documentary named “The Language of Love” with Tamil British Singer Susheela Raman. Nasir is planning to work on a Feature Length Documentary Film in near future.

    Contact: nasir.ali@bnu.edu.pk

  • Neha Mehdi
    Assistant Professor

    MS in Public Relations and Advertising, BNU (Gold Medalist)
    PhD (ongoing)
  • Mehroz Sajjad
    Lecturer

    M.A Communication Management- Emerson College
    Fulbright Scholar 2013
    BBA (Hon.) NUCES (FAST)

    Mehroz Sajjad is a Public Relations and Communications professional with a penchant for research, especially pertaining to Soft Power & Nation Branding. She was a Fulbright Scholar to the U.S in 2013 where she completed her M.A in Communication Management from Emerson College with a concentration in Public Relations and Stakeholder Communication. During her time in the U.S she worked on a number of international public diplomacy and branding projects with Chile, Mexico, Spain and the U.S that allowed her to develop her skills as an international liaison and special events manager.
    She is currently working on a paper based on smart cities and soft power with Dr. James Gregory Payne of Emerson College.

  • Misha Mirza
    Lecturer

    M.A Communication Design - University of Salford, UK
    Diploma in Interior Design, Kinnaird College Lahore
    BCA, Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi

    Misha Mirza is a communication designer and a freelancer. Her work focuses on design for social change and developing eco-friendly products. She has not only worked on various briefs by multinationals but has also been creating experimental design on self-initiated projects, exploring mediums.

  • Sabah Sultana Najam
    Independent Television/Film production executive
    Lecturer

    Diploma in Producing for Film and Television from Whistling Woods International Institute, Mumbai India
    BA (Hons) in Theatre, Film and Television Studies from Beaconhouse National University.

    Ms. Sabah Sultana has extensively worked with various productions houses in Pakistan and India. She has worked as the Creative Consultant to Shoaib Mansoor at Shoman Productions (Pvt). She is the former Head of Creative Department (freelance) for Drama serial Ahista Ahista which went on air in 2014 on Hum TV Network, Pakistan. She has also worked on artist management for the Coke Studio show for MTV India with Red Chillies Entertainment.

    She has also worked with Moomal Productions (Pvt ltd, Karachi) as Producer for Hum TV drama serial “Daastan.” She has been associated with various other production houses both in India and Pakistan performing different production related duties.

    Contact: sabah.sultana802@gmail.com

  • Sahal Manzoor Sheikh
    Lecturer

    Master’s in Business Management from Fatih University, Istanbul, Turkey
    Erasmus Mobility program from Univerisdad De Leon, Leon, Spain
    Entrepreneurial workshop from Universitat Koblenz- Landau, Germany
    BSc (Hons) Double Majors in Economics and Finance from Lahore School of Economics

    Sahal Manzoor Sheikh's portfolio includes theatre and production experience in both Pakistan and abroad. He was the casting Director for a casting agency “Era Casting Agency” in Istanbul, Turkey. He has done professional theatre plays in Turkey, Spain and France and has done a total of 18 theatre plays in Pakistan. He is only Pakistani to get his article published in the well-known Eurasian Journal of Business and Economics.

    Contact: sahal.manzoor@bh.edu.pk

  • Harris Badar
    Lecturer

    M.A International Journalism (Bournemouth University)
    B.A (Hons) Accounting & Finance (Bournemouth University)

    Harris Badar is a freelance journalist. He has worked with “The News” as a contributor, mainly as a feature writer. He has completed his MA in International Journalism from Bournemouth University, where he contributed regularly for a news website “The Breaker.” While earning his earlier professional degree, he also worked with Mott MacDonald as Accounts and Finance assistant.

  • Zeeshan Zaigham Lecturer

    PhD Scholar Mass Communication

  • Werdah Munib Lecturer

    M.Phil in Media Studies

  • Anum Ikhlaq
    Teaching Assistant

    B.A Honors Media Studies from Kinnaird

  • Aqsa Maryam
    Teaching Assistant

     

  • Mariam Shahab
    Teaching Assistant

    MA Mass Communication, BNU

  • Waqar Ahmed Seyal
    Teaching Assistant

    M.Phil Mass Communication (Ongoing)

  • Zaira Muazzam

    Teaching Assistant - TFT
    BS. Mass Communication (Gold Medalist), Superior University

  • Maryum Yousaf

    Teaching Assistant Cum MS Coordinator - TFT

    MS in Film and TV (Ongoing), Beaconhouse National University, Lahore
    MA in Film and TV (Gold Medalist), Beaconhouse National University, Lahore
    Diploma in Graphic Design and Photography, National College of Arts, Lahore

Visiting Faculty

  • Amjad Islam Amjad

    Pride of Performance, Writer, Poet.

  • Tajdar Alam

    Pride of Performance, Former Managing Director VUTV, NTM

  • Shahid Malik

    Broadcaster BBC Urdu

  • Memood Aali

    Former Executive Programs Producer (PTV)

  • Muhammad Usman Rana

    MA - Masters in Music, University of the Punjab - 2009
    BSc (Hons.) - Musicology, National college of Arts Lahore - 2007

    Usman is a profound, contemporary and conventional Musicologist. He has more than 16 years of experience as a music educator, performer, music producer, arranger and guitarist. He has been associated and worked with main stream artists of Pakistan over the years like Mekaal Hassan, Ai Mustafa and Rustam Fateh Ali Khan of Patiala Gharana. His entire work span has the reflection of both academic and field work mainly in music production.

    He started his music career as a guitarist of “O”positive Band in 2000, performed in various stage shows/live concerts. He is a signed artist of two major record Labels Fire record in Pakistan and Worldwide records in India. The latest of his self-production was a solo song with a band Black n White - titled “ISHQ” in 2011 which gained recognition on national and international platforms.

    He began teaching career from Aitchison College Lahore and after that joined University of the Punjab as lecture, where he got a chance to taught Music elements , aesthetics , background scoring, recording techniques and orchestrations by using modern teaching methods. He is currently a CEO of Music Factory Studios. The studio is officially signed up with more than 30 gaming brands worldwide. From 2013 till now the studio provide sound facilitation to more than 3000 games.

  • Bilal Sami
    Assistant Professor
    Filmmaker, Screenwriter and Director

    MFA Film - Ohio University
    Fulbright Scholar 2009
    B.Sc. (Hon.) LUMS
    Executive Producer - MediaGENIC & KCGL Productions

    Bilal Sami is a filmmaker, screenwriter and director. His work has appeared on television channels and festivals both in Pakistan and internationally. He was a Fulbright scholar to the U.S. where he completed his MFA in Film from Ohio University in 2012. During his time in the U.S. Bilal produced, directed and wrote a number of shorts that have been screened at various international film festivals. He also worked on two hour-long documentaries that aired on National Geographic. His first feature length film titled ‘Lavender Rocks’ which he wrote and directed was shot in Ohio and is currently in post‐production.
    In 2013-14 Bilal collaborated with the acclaimed Pakistani musician and producer Mekaal Hasan on a short documentary series titled 'Dhun'. Bilal has also written lyrics for the vocalist Zeb Bangash. Their song 'Jaisain milain ajnabi' was featured in the Indian feature film 'Madras Cafe'.
    Bilal is currently writing his next feature length film ‘Sheher’ which he will produce in collaboration with the acclaimed Pakistani filmmaker and director Mehreen Jabbar. The film will be Executive Produced by Mira Nair.

    Contact: bilal.sami@bnu.edu.pk

  • Ayub Khawar
    Director / Producer

    Executive Producer at Dunya TV
    Former Director / Producer PTV and GEO TV
    M.A (URDU), Karachi University

    Mr. Ayub Khawar has worked with majority of popular stars of Pakistan, having directed famous drama serials such as Khwaja and Son, Fishaar, Din, Daldal, Inkaar, Ghareeb-e-Shehar, Qasmi Kahani, Nisaf Sadi Ka Qassi and Kahani Ghar. All of these serials were directed for PTV. Since he left PTV, he has done several serials for ARY Digital as well, the most notable of which was Gulzar Kahani. He is currently working as the Executive Producer of famous infotainment show Mazak Raat on Dunya TV.

  • Ali Tahir
    Actor / Director / Producer

    MBA

    During the 1990s, Ali Tahir rose to prominence as a promising actor with tremendous potential. Acting is something that ran in Ali's family as both his parents, Naeem Tahir and Yasmeen Tahir, have been associated with show business for decades. He has starred in various Pakistani Dramas, Theater and sitcoms.

    His recent performances have been witnessed in the sitcom 'Main Tujh Se Pyar Karta Hoon', airing on Geo TV and 'Rani', which recently aired on PTV and are much appreciated. He has also starred in the 2003 short film 'Kal', which was aired at the third Kara Film Festival.

  • Simi Raheal
    TV and Film Artist/Social Activist, Entrepreneur, Academician and Trainer

    MBA

    Simi Raheal is a veteran TV and Film artist who has to her credit countless famous TV Serials including Landa Bazar, Daastan, Maan, Dur-e-Shehwar, Manchaley, Najiya, Woh Ishq etc. She has also worked in films such as Films Khuda K liye and Mein hoon Shahid Afridi. Besides her acting commitments, she is a social activist, entrepreneur, academician and trainer on the areas of gender, media and communications.

  • Salman Shahid
    Actor (Theater, Film, TV and Voice Actor)

    Salman Shahid is a highly respected actor of Pakistan who is especially known for her power packed performances in various television plays. Besides being one of the most recognized actors of the Pakistan television industry, he has also worked in many stage plays and films. He has worked in number of Indian films, including 2010's Ishqiya and 2014's Dedh Ishqiya directed by Abhishek Chaubey.

  • Prof. Qamar Abbas

    Former Chairman, Department of History, Punjab University

  • Prof. Riffat Sohail

    Former Head of Department, English Language and Literature, Queen Mary College

  • Dr. Mohammad Tahir

    PhD Urdu FC College, MA Urdu, MBA, MA History, MA Political Science, MA Punjabi

  • Umar Hayat

    PhD International Relations

  • Dr. Aamir Bajwa

    Punjab University, PU FM

  • Shoaib Mir

    Executive Creative Director MIDAS, Orient Communication

  • Agha Nabeel, Regional Director

    Oktopus 360Media

  • Tahir Saeed

    Former CEO Fashion Avenue Quarterly

  • Attaullah Mussawer

    Former Editor, Express Tribune

  • Nasim Ahmad

    Former Chief Editor, Pakistan Times

  • Yasmeen Aftab

    MA Mass Communication, LLB
    Former Marketing Manager Coca Cola Bottlers, Lahore

  • Dr. Waqar Malik

    Lecturer Department of Mass Communication, Punjab University

  • Sameea Jamil

    Chairperson, Department of Journalism, Government College for Women, Gulberg, Lahore

  • Capt. (Retd.) Mohammad Arshad

    MA Public Administration, Punjab University, MS Business Education, UK
    Former Director General Public Relations, WAPDA

  • Asif Hussain Zaidi

    Graphic designer / Photographer

  • Dr. Aslam Dogar

    Director General Public Relations – DGPR – Punjab

  • Sarah Eleazar

    Sarah Eleazar is a senior sub-editor at The Express Tribune’s Lahore desk. She handles has written extensively for several national and international publications.

  • Tanveer Zaidi

    Former Senior Reporter Daily Imroze, Lahore

  • Mohammad Akbar Bajwa

    M.A Mass communication, BNU

  • Ali Anique

    M.Phil Mass Communication, Punjab University
    Producer/ Correspondent, SAMMA News

  • Dr. Sohail Chand

    Ph.D Statistics (UK)
    Associate Professor
    Punjab University Lahore

Administrative Staff

  • Yasir Sharif

    Coordinator SMC

  • Ms. Qurratulaeen Jafar

    Academic Coordinator - TFT

  • Shehzad Raza

    TV Studio/NLE incharge

  • Mr. Rafique Ahmad

    Video Lab Assistant (TFT)

  • Anjum Nawaz

    Control Room Operator / Studio Supervisor (TFT)