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Making A Difference

Transforming the lives of the needy across Pakistan

Tarim Wasim (MBA 2005)

Having grown up in Pakistan, Tarim Wasim (MBA 2005) and other Boston-based students and professionals started the Association for the Development of Pakistan (ADP) in 2003 to support the best local nonprofits.

Wasim, a Baker Scholar at HBS, was motivated to launch ADP once he realized that thousands of small nonprofits in Pakistan that were doing amazing work on the ground remained undiscovered by mainstream donors. Borrowing from his private equity training, Wasim employed a metrics-driven approach to selecting the best organizations and projects. ADP also offered a unique platform for talented professionals across the world to help evaluate and support these interventions.

Over the past 10 years, ADP has funded more than 50 promising nonprofits to transform hundreds of thousands of lives by building schools, clinics, biogas plants, and drinking water and sanitation facilities. “The best way to catalyze lasting change is to support people who are entrenched in local communities and will be there for the long term,” says Wasim, a managing director at the private equity firm of Hellman and Friedman. He currently serves on ADP’s board of directors and lives in San Francisco with his wife and three children.

(Published April 2014)