Dr Syeda S Hameed is a former member of the Planning Commission, Government of India. She is the Chairperson of the Dalit Foundation and the Faiz Centre, India, and the founder trustee of Women’s Initiative for Peace in South Asia and the Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation. She has been the Chancellor of Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad and a founder member of the Muslim Women’s Forum and South Asians for Human Rights.
Dr Hameed graduated from Delhi University. She holds a doctorate from the University of Alberta, Canada. She has taught at the University of Alberta and at the Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi.
Among the books she has written is ‘Beautiful Country: Stories from Another India’. Dr Hameed was awarded the Padma Shri in 2007.