Moneeza Burney has been associated with several development sector projects in Pakistan while working as a researcher, script writer, a freelance journalist, and leading youth programs of her own. Since 2014, Moneeza has served as a Director of the LSU, a platform for youth community service and social leadership, where she launched the ‘Community Service Initiative’ that has placed over 2000 students in 75+ partner NGOs, social projects and civil society initiatives across Pakistan and the ‘Youth Social Leadership Program,’ that has supported over 20 youth social initiatives to date. Over the past year, she has also introduced two new programs called the ‘Peer Mentorship Program’ and ‘Library Initiative’ which have been designed to engage the youth in community development projects. Initially based in Lahore only, LSU expanded its operations to Karachi, Islamabad and Quetta in 2021. Apart from LSU, she has been writing for DAWN newspaper as a feature writer since 2013 and is currently working as a Database Coordinator for Knowledge Production Project at Arab Studies Institute.
Moneeza is a recent graduate of New York University after completing her Masters in Near Eastern Studies as a Falak Sufi Scholar, and has a BA (Hons) degree from Sheffield Hallam University, UK, in Business Economics. Her research interests include conflict resolution and the youth, with focus on religious and ethnic minority groups.
The Grief Directory has had the honour of knowing Ms Moneeza since TGD-LSU partnership in 2016. We appreciate Ms. Moneeza’s support regarding our youth internship program over the last 8 years. TGD’s young peacemakers family continues to grow, thanks to Ms. Moneeza’s personal efforts and compassion towards the cause of youth development and empowerment of victims of terrorism in Pakistan.