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.
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
Rana Faizan Ali
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.
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.”
Qazi Akhyar Ahmad
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.
Nasir Ali Mazari
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.
MS in Public Relations and Advertising, BNU (Gold Medalist)
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.
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
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.
Sahal Manzoor Sheikh
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.
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.
PhD Scholar Mass Communication
B.A Honors Media Studies from Kinnaird
MA Mass Communication, BNU
Waqar Ahmed Seyal
M.Phil Mass Communication (Ongoing)
Teaching Assistant - TFT
BS. Mass Communication (Gold Medalist), Superior University
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
Amjad Islam Amjad
Pride of Performance, Writer, Poet.
Pride of Performance, Former Managing Director VUTV, NTM
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.
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.
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.
Actor / Director / Producer
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.
TV and Film Artist/Social Activist, Entrepreneur, Academician and Trainer
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.
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
PhD International Relations
Dr. Aamir Bajwa
Executive Creative Director MIDAS, Orient Communication
Agha Nabeel, Regional Director
Former CEO Fashion Avenue Quarterly
Former Editor, Express Tribune
Former Chief Editor, Pakistan Times
MA Mass Communication, LLB
Former Marketing Manager Coca Cola Bottlers, Lahore
Dr. Waqar Malik
Lecturer Department of Mass Communication, Punjab University
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 is a senior sub-editor at The Express Tribune’s Lahore desk. She handles has written extensively for several national and international publications.
Former Senior Reporter Daily Imroze, Lahore
Mohammad Akbar Bajwa
M.A Mass communication, BNU
M.Phil Mass Communication, Punjab University
Producer/ Correspondent, SAMMA News
Dr. Sohail Chand
Ph.D Statistics (UK)
Punjab University Lahore
Ms. Qurratulaeen Jafar
Academic Coordinator - TFT
Mr. Rafique Ahmad
Video Lab Assistant (TFT)
Control Room Operator / Studio Supervisor (TFT)