Shehrbano was born and raised in Lahore, Pakistan, and moved to Massachusetts at the age of 18 to attend Smith College where she graduated with honors with a double major in Government and Film Studies. She returned to Lahore to work as a journalist with Newsweek Pakistan as well as an elementary teacher at Lahore Grammar School.
Shehrbano’s writing has global reach with articles published in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Daily Beast, and Newsweek International. She has been interviewed and made appearances on Al-Jazeera, BBC, CNN. She was awarded a Human Rights award by Human Rights First for speaking out for minorities and against religious extremism in Pakistan in 2012.
In 2011, she began running Sunday Times, Pakistan’s premier fashion and lifestyle magazine, discovering a passion for content creation, marketing, PR, communication, and fashion journalism.
Shehrbano co-founded a charity in 2017 called Be The Change Pakistan which aims to uplift the lives of low-income families and marginalised communities, and since 2019 she has been running a small food and lifestyle blog called @bhindifries.
CHEF FATIMA FOUNDATION
“I feel very privileged to have the honor of calling Fatima a friend like family. I was always inspired and in awe of her ambition, her clarity, her humility, her kindness, her passion – to name a few of her incredible characteristics,” says Shehrbano.
She continues, “She was one of the few people who had a fierce drive, but always in a way where others were included and never trampled upon, in her path to success. She never forgot where she came from, and she was always humble about how much she had. She had the incredible ability to rub shoulders with some of the most successful people in the world, yet she remained resolute in her conviction to remember and give a hand to those less fortunate.
“I am driven by my love and admiration for Fatima and her family in wanting to help Fatima’s incredible dreams come to fruition. I truly believe in the message and vision of the Chef Fatima Foundation and trust it will make our country and the world a better place, and improve the lives of so many people.”
Having set up her own charity, Shehrbano brings insight into the practical realities of trying to address what seems to be an infinite need here in Pakistan. Her networks and relationships in the media industry and experience running a large scale publication will elevate our ability to communicate and draw in more support from people around Pakistan and beyond.