Ameena Saiyid

Managing Director
Oxford University Press

Ameena Saiyid, OBE, is Managing Director Oxford University Press, Pakistan, and the Representative for Oxford University Press Pakistan, India, China, and Malaysia in the Middle East. She is the Co-Founder and Director of the Karachi and Islamabad Literature Festivals.She is the first woman in Pakistan to become head of a multinational company. In 2009, she was elected Vice President of the Overseas Investors’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OICCI) and, in 2010, she became the President of OICCI.  She is the first woman in the 150 years’ history of OICCI to become its  President. In 2005 Ameena was honoured by the British Queen with the award of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services for the promotion of Anglo-Pakistan relations, democracy, education, intellectual property rights, and women’s rights. 

In 2013, she was awarded the French Knighthood, Chevalier des Arts et Lettres, (Knight of the Order Arts and Literature) by the Government of France. She has been Chief Executive of Oxford University Press Pakistan since 1988. She built up OUP Pakistan’s publishing programme to such an extent that it began publishing a book a week from the earlier days of a book a year. These cover all aspects of Pakistan: its history, politics, literature, economics, sports, culture, art, and a wide range of affordable school text and library books. These books disseminate information and research on Pakistan and project a soft and positive image of Pakistan internationally. Ameena is the co founder of a travelling Children’s Literature Festival  which has been held 26 times in different towns and cities of Pakistan. She also organizes the Teachers’ Literature Festivals.