Already accustomed to living in a variety of places and meeting a variety of faces in different schools, Syed Jawaid Iqbal acquired the ability at an early age to absorb the subtleties of individual dialects, accents and nuances.
On completion of his studies, including a law degree from Sindh University and a graduate degree from Punjab University and an array of extra-curricular achievements, he quickly made his mark at one of Pakistan’s leading advertising agencies, handling stressful tasks with extreme adeptness and unmatched competence.
Demonstrating exceptional self-confidence, Jawaid resigned from a promising career in advertising to launch a new magazine and to explore the scope for his own independent enterprise in communications and public relations.
Over the past 25 years, Jawaid has achieved commendable success in several aspects of work. As a moderator and interviewer on TV, interacting with many notable personalities, be they General Pervez Musharraf or Nawab Akbar Bugti, he has elicited very interesting responses to his thoughtful questions. As the publisher and founding Chief Editor of SouthAsia, Slogan and Enterprise, he produces three major monthly journals containing useful information and lucid analyses of international affairs, national development and sectoral concerns.
As the head of SouthAsia Forum, he organizes stimulating seminars, public dialogue and conferences on important subjects. He also provides valuable support on a voluntary basis to art education as Chairman of the Central Institute of Arts & Crafts (CIAC), Karachi and to other laudable causes and organizations such as the National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA) where he is also a member of the Board of Directors.
As a marketing, advertising and public relations practitioner, he has helped raise professional standards, represented Pakistan at overseas conferences with distinction and helped strengthen forums such as the Advertising Practitioners’ Guild (as a co-founder) and the Pakistan Advertising Association.
Widely traveled, Jawaid has represented Pakistan in many regional and international forums. He has been Chairman Pakistan chapter of the Colombo-based South Asia Media Association (SAMA). He is also actively associated with a number of social welfare organizations and contributes to leading newspapers, writing on social and professional issues as well as international affairs. In 2003, he also published his book “On Record” based on subjects ranging from domestic politics to regional economic development.
Most of all, as an individual, Syed Jawaid Iqbal has a warm and ebullient personality with an infectious sense of humour, a taste for music and a charming family in the persons of his wife Zeba, son Wamiq and daughter Arsla.