Syeda Henna Babar Ali
Syeda Henna Babar Ali's Story
Syeda Henna Babar Ali, Advisor Business Unit Consumer Products, Packages Limited, Chairman DIC Pakistan Limited, Director Packages Constructions (Pvt.) Ltd., and Member of Packages Group Advisory Board, is involved with the Strategic Planning and decision making process together with the Senior Management of Packages Group looking after a manufacturing business turnover of over $ 500 Million, investment portfolio of $ 1 Billion.
From 1989-2008 Ms. Ali consolidated the Tissue Paper Business, initiated marketing strategy and supervised implementation of Business Plans through sales and brand teams. She was responsible for creating and maintaining market leadership of the Packages Tissue Business from 1986 to 2008.
From 1989-2001 Ms. Ali created a marketing cell in the Consumer Products Division for branded business, created, nurtured and developed three brands: Rose Petal, Tulip, Double Horse for the tissue business, achieved and maintained 70% market share through aggressive advertising, product quality improvement and innovation. She also worked as Publication Advisor from 1988 till 1989, and as Special Assistant to Syed Babar Ali from 1982 to 1983.
From 1981-1982 Ms. Ali established Indus Publications (Pvt.) Ltd to produce quality books for children at affordable prices, produced two books, Tote Botote authored by Sufi Ghulam Mustafa Tabassum, illustrated by Afshar, and Wet Sun, her first book of illustrated poetry.
Henna was schooled at the Convent of Jesus and Mary, Lahore where she completed her Senior Cambridge 1972, and Higher Senior Cambridge 1975, from Cathedral School, BA 1977 from Kinnard College as a private candidate of Punjab University, stood first in geography and Music. BA 1979, MA 1981 in English Literature, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. She believes in continous educational training and has attended several Professional Development Programs in leadership, marketing strategy, brand management and has received certifications from leading educational institutions in Pakistan, Europe and USA.
As a poet, she has self-published 9 books of poetry, 1 in Urdu and 8 in English, which are: Urdu: Gardish-e-Douran, English 1) Wet Sun 2) Midnight Dialogue 3) Dream and Reality 4) The Luminous Path 5) To Discover The Unknow 6) A Rose 7) Rainy Days 8) The Nest.
In recognition of her poetic excellence she received the Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah Award 2007 for Best English Poet. Best Pakistan English Poet, Bolan Cultural Academy of Pakistan 2003, Winner of Spring Summer Poetry Award, Houghton Mufflin and Company, 1985.
To promote literary activities in Pakistan, she founded P.E.N. Pakistan Centre, managed and sponsored it from 2002 – 2013.
She composed music for Hamd-o-Naat, Sauz-e-Salam, in a CD Raushan Kinara, sung by Sana Nur.
Ms Ali is on the Board of 3 Family Foundations, Ali Institute of Education and WWF-Pakistan, Charter Member, Lean In Pakistan (2016 to present), Friend 2014-Present, US Pakistan Women’s Council and Advisor, US Pakistan Women’s Council 2012-2014, Asia Society Global Council Member 2002-2016.
Widow of Syed Faisal Imam, Henna has one daughter, lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan.