Saima Asghar Riaz
CEO & Founder
Saima Asghar Riaz is a TESOL specialist with an MA from the University of Warwick and has been representing the University’s International Office (now Student Recruitment Outreach and Admissions Services) since 1998. The key component of her work with Warwick involves counselling students and parents on graduate study and career options, engaging with stakeholders including sponsors and referees, and conducting trainings and skills seminars for students and faculty at local educational institutions.
She is also a British Council trained IELTS professional and trainer. She has most recently developed and delivered professional development training for Ali Institute of Education and Punjab Judicial Academy.
Saima has extensive teaching and teacher training experience, having taught at Kinnaird College for Women on their English Language Teaching, and Applied Linguistics Masters degrees. She has been a member of the adjunct faculty at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), where she taught Composition and Writing, Research Writing and Communication Skills to undergraduate students. She has also taught English for Academic Purposes (EAP) at Warwick University and English for Specific Purposes (ESP) for Virtual University. Her video lectures are currently part of the Virtual University syllabus televised for VU students nationwide and internationally.
Saima has been the Director for Faculty Development & Internationalisation at Lahore College for Women University (LCWU), Pakistan, where she worked closely with the Vice Chancellor and relevant Deans/Directors to guide on improvements in curricula, assessment techniques and implementation of international standards in the respective faculty/institute by successfully setting up a Faculty Development Centre, an International Resource Centre and Pakistan’s first university level mandatory Citizenship programme in collaboration with the British Council. She was thus responsible for supporting the enhancement of teaching and research capability of the university, creating linkages with local and international partners, enabling students in social entrepreneurship projects, and raising the university profile on an international academic platform.
She is the founder of the entrepreneurial kids activity centre called The Rainbow Garden and the Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) book club which aim at engaging children in arts, crafts and reading activities.