Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, President

Sharmeen is an Academy Award and Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker who has worked in over 13 countries for CNN, Channel 4, PBS and The New York Times. She launched her own film company called Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy Films (SOC) in November 2011.



Mariam Alsikafi, Chair

Mariam Alsikafi is the Executive Director for The Citizens Archive of Pakistan in North America and has worked with CAP since 2009. She attended Darmouth College and received an MBA from the Harvard Business School. She brings with her a unique perspective from time spent in finance and management, allowing her to refine and develop a sustainable and ambitious strategy for CAP that includes raising funds and developing access to cutting edge education policy and tools. With a deep understanding of the higher education landscape, an orientation to building partnerships and an emphasis on learning and growth, she has led Exchange for Change projects between schools in Pakistan and North America and a pilot history and culture project with the Google Cultural Insitute.

She has served on the Alumni Board at the Harvard Business School, as a Director at the Silk Road Theater Project and on the Women’s Steering Committee for CARE USA. She is currently a Chicago host for Free the Children, a member of the Founders’ Board at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and in the President’s Circle at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.


The Citizens Archive of Pakistan in North America is a non-profit dedicated to supporting Social Progress, Cultural Understanding, Historic Preservation and Educational Outreach primarily in Pakistan. Through our collaborations with The Citizens Archive of Pakistan (CAP), our mission is to challenge our communities internationally in seeking creative solutions to systemic social problems including prejudice, intolerance and inequity. With school-based educational programs, exchanges, exhibitions and festivals, we look to engage and inform our poupulace providing a thought provoking window into into the nation and region’s past and present. Through dialogue, reflection and exposure we believe our youth can shape a brighter, more progressive future both in Pakistan and globally.


The Citizens Archive of Pakistan in North America supports the activities of The Citizens Archive of Pakistan with funds and access to leading and cutting edge education and policy tools. The resources we provide include external expertise, exchange programs, partnerships with educational institutions, foundations and individuals.

CAP has developed the largest oral history archive in South Asia and its three main goals in Pakistan are: to preserve and provide access to the archive globally, to build and support educational programs, and to develop educational products based on the testimonies collected.

CAP intends to build the foremost museum and heritage center of Pakistani history, photography, culture, literature, architecture and historical documentation demonstrating the strength and spirit of Pakistan. Most importantly, in order to allow our most vulnerable demographic, children, to develop into responsible and informed global citizens, efforts have been focused on literacy, education and curriculum development at schools across the nation. We view these programs as a critical tool for tackling the larger scale issues of poverty, intolerance and fundamentalism facing these and future generations of Pakistanis.


Your contribution allows The Citizens Archive of Pakistan to create and fund transformational programs across the world, linking schools, institutions and individuals. To make a tax-deductible gift online:

Please email donations@citizensarchive.org for more information.

The Citizens Archive of Pakistan in North America is a registered nonprofit 501(c)(3) public charity (tax ID# 45-5047787). All donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowable by law.

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