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Mushtaq Chhapra

Co-Founder and Chairman, The Citizens Foundation

Skoll Awardee


Mushtaq Chhapra is a businessman and philanthropist, also serving as the honorary counsel general for the Nepalese Embassy in Karachi.

Chhapra hails from the Memon community (immigrants to Pakistan from Gujarat, India after the Pakistan-India partition). In 1966 he joined his well-established family business of textiles after completing high school, getting involved in community welfare organizations from a young age.

In 1985 Chhapra was part of the ground of founders of the healthcare nonprofit The Kidney Centre, which provides free or subsidized high quality kidney related treatment for the poor, and serves as a teaching, and research institution for nephrology, urology and associated fields.

Chhapra also headed the Jinnah Patients Aid Foundation and is currently serving as the Chairman of its executive committee. The watchdog committee provides funding and management oversight to the patient servicing department of the Government run Jinnah University Hospital, reconstructing unmaintained buildings, and providing equipment and resources where the Government funding is restricted.

In 1995, Chhapra cofounded The Citizens Foundation (TCF), a civil society nonprofit with the mission to provide formal primary and secondary education to the poor. With the belief that education was the solution to many problems prevalent in Pakistan, TCF started with 5 schools in Karachi, and has now grown to the nonprofit is privately owned low cost formal schooling in the world. He is currently serving as chairman of the board at TCF.