Our Team

Hira Ali – Founding Director

Hira AliLeadership Trainer, Motivational Speaker, Writer, Executive Career Coach and licensed Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner. Hira is a multi-faceted coach who has impacted hundreds of people from various industries and professions across the world. From teachers to students, executives to police officers, business owners to corporate career women, her client base is diverse, and her commitment to helping everyone achieve their highest potential is unwavering. With outstanding client reviews of 98%, it’s clear her clients find tremendous value in Hira’s unique approach.

Hira’s success as a professional coach is grounded in the belief that human potential is infinite. Helping others become the best version of themselves has been the most rewarding aspect of her career. It’s also enabled her to connect intellectually and emotionally with incredible individuals from a variety of backgrounds – people who have unlimited potential and just needed a focused guide to help them unlock it.

Hira is an Associate Certified Coach accredited by International Coach Federation and a professional member of the Association for Neuro Linguistic Programming. Her widely acclaimed leadership and coaching articles have been featured across a variety of leading outlets: The International Coach Federation, The Huffington Post, Thrive Global, Women @ Forbes, Ellevate Network, Entrepreneur, Women Entrepreneur and many more. Her recent blog on overcoming self-doubt and Impostor Syndrome was published on Thrive Global, shared by Arianna Huffington, and then retweeted, liked and endorsed by thousands in less than 24 hours. Her career development podcast, 8 Minutes of Learning With Hira Ali, has been featured in HuffPost as one of the top 100 rising podcasts with guests. She has also been featured in several podcast interviews that have inspired listeners across the world and are available on Advancing Your Potential.

Hira is also a registered coach and mentor at various international organisations including: American Corporate Partners, the National Health Trust, Mentor2mentees, and The Cherie Blair Foundation. She was nominated for the prestigious WATC rising star entrepreneur award, and is the recipient of the Top 100 Women – Lift Effects Star Award. She has also been selected as one of the top three finalists for the Baton Awards, Entrepreneur of the Year. Hira is extremely passionate about empowering and coaching high-performing career women. After training women in Asia, the Middle East, Europe, the US, Canada, and Australia, she earned the title of International Coach & Trainer for Women in Leadership.

In Her Way to the Top: The Glass Ceiling is Thicker Than It Looks, she highlights the career challenges women face globally and the cultural implications of these challenges. Those concepts and the strategies to overcome them are also reviewed in her new online women’s leadership program Career Excel. Career Excel is a comprehensive online leadership training program available to help women achieve their professional potential through live coaching, global networking, and an indepth curriculum. The program aims to empower women to be fearless at work, home and in life.

Gull Khan – Director

Gull KhanGull Khan is a former Banking and Finance Lawyer, who left her corporate job to pursue her passion and become a Money Mindset Expert and Healer. She helps Entrepreneurs break free from their limiting beliefs about money so that they can live a life of unlimited abundance.

Gull successfully overcame her battle with dyslexia and then completed her Law Degree at Queen Mary, University of London. She then went on to become a Barrister with Middle Temple (UK), Attorney with the New York Bar and a fully qualified Solicitor with the Law Society of England and Wales in the UK. As a lawyer, she has worked for some of the top international law firms, such as Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, and Herbert Smith as well as international companies, such as Shell Inc.

Gull is a trained Intuitive Life Coach and a certified Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) expert, with a special focus on money in each discipline. Gull has helped hundreds of men and women to heal their money stories and to manifest between $2000 to $830,000 within 8 weeks. Gull lives with her two children, two cats in London and has two passions, money and Bollywood.

Dr. Mariya Ali – Advisory Board Member

Mariya ali

At national level, Mariya has have over 25 years of experience injecting creativity to translate international human rights laws into practical programmes. She served as Deputy Minister for Health and Family in Maldives and then transferred as Under Secretary to the Policy Office, at the office of the President of Maldives focusing on social policy.

At international level, as a governing board member, she played an instrumental role facilitating the successful transition of the South Asia forum into a permanent regional institution, the South Asia Initiative to Ending Violence Against Children (SAIEVAC). Today she continues to research in the field of human rights as an Honorary Knowledge Exchange Associate of Oxford Brookes University, School of Law and sits on the advisory board for the International Child Redress Project, helping child victims of transnational sex crimes.

She is an award-winning women and children’s rights advocate. She was also selected as one of the 80 women around the world interviewed for London School of Economics studyon women in public life titled “Above the Parapet” in 2013.
Through working in human rights, senior political positions, NGO’s, charities, as well asresearch and consulting roles; she has experienced and observed the psychology of success and personal transformation within herself and collectively within the organisations she has worked for.

~ Global Impact Award for Children’s Rights (2015) ~
~ Ten Outstanding Young Persons’ Award for Humanitarian Work (2010) ~ ~ PHD in Human Rights (2013) ~
~ UNICEF International Human Rights Consultant (2016-present) ~
~ Under-Secretary to the President’s Policy Office, Maldives (2012-13) ~
~ Deputy Minister of Health & Family, Maldives (2009-11) ~
~ MA International Child Welfare (2000) ~
~ BA Social Work (1999) ~

Maheen Noor Soomro – Advisory Council Member

Maheen Noor SoomroMaheen has over a decade of experience as a Career Coach, Technology Recruiter & Headhunting Specialist, Employee Engagement Advisor and a HR Process & Policy Consultant in Information technology, Retail, Banking & Finance, Media, Manufacturing and Oil & Gas Industries. Her exposure to multiple industries in Consultancy and Senior HR Professional Roles has helped her immensely in building her network over the years in Pakistan, Middle East, USA, UK and Europe.

From working with C- Level Management, Senior and Mid Level Professionals to Young adults in Trainee and Associate Programs – She has worked on every level of hierarchy within an organization. This is probably why it helps and enables her to relate to a wider audience when it comes to Career & Management Advice.

She is currently a CEO running a successful Global firm Mushawar UK Ltd (a recruitment, web development & content/blog writing consulting company) http://www.mushawar.co.uk. She is also a Director at Mushawar Solutions (Web Development Solutions Company) http://www.mushawarsolutions.comin Pakistan.

As a trainer She has trained employees at SMEs, Startups and Businesses as well as Corporates on various Workplace Etiquettes, Workplace Professionalism, Career Growth Strategies, Personal Development Skills and Habits, Women Empowerment, Identity and Career Focus Initiatives.

As a Women Empowerment Specialist she has worked with various online and on ground initiatives & Groups in Middle East and Pakistan that are working towards building a stronger tomorrow for women around the world and in industries like Information Technology, Computer Software, Retail, STEM, Media etc.

Career Highlights:

  • Talent Acquisition Expert, Consultant for over 10 years for Information technology, Media, Telecommunication, Retail, Banking & Finance, Oil & GAs Companies, SMEs, Corporates and Startups
  • Launched the Employer Branding Concept in the ICT industry in 2013
  • Launched Women inclusiveness at workplace and Diversity Management programs in the ICT industry in 2013
  • Women Empowerment and Inclusiveness Support, with Workshops and programs for Corporates designed to help make the Organization Culture adaptable and accommodating
  • Organization Transformation Consultant, emphasis on Employee Engagement, Well-being and Retention
  • Youth Development Activist, with particular workshops developed for University and School Going Children on Career Planning and Career Development

At IWEE, Maheen is an Advisory Council Member who assists the Board Members in Strategy, Program Management, Conference Management and Outreach.