Sindhi Foundation Leadership
Dr. Maqbool A. Halepota is the Chairman of the Board of Sindhi Foundation. He was born in the City of Hyderabad. Built on the banks of the River Indus, it is the most historical city and old capital of Sindh, which is now a province of Pakistan. He graduated from Sindh Medical College, Karachi, Sindh in 1986, and moved to the United States in 1992. Here he completed Residency training in Internal Medicine in 1996 from the University of Kentucky, and was certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in 1997. He then practiced Internal Medicine from 1996 to 2000 in Kentucky were he was commissioned into the “Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels” by Paul Patton, Governor of Kentucky in 1999 for providing medical care to the indigent population in one of the poorest counties in Kentucky. He later completed Fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at the University of Kentucky in 2003, was certified in Oncology in 2004, and was granted Fellowship in the American College of Physicians (ACP) in 2006. Dr. Halepota is published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, the Journal of Clinical Advances in Hematology Oncology, and the South Asia Tribune. He is a member of the Community Oncology Alliance, he is a Medical Oncology Specialty Representative.

Mr. Munawar Laghari (Sufi Laghari) is the Executive Director of Sindhi Foundation.  A Sufi by heart and human rights activist by lifelong cause, Sufi Laghari is a familiar voice and face in Washington, making American public and policy makers aware of Sindh, Sindhi culture, its people, and their human rights. He is also the main representative of The Anand Ashram Foundation in DPI –United Nations.  Mr. Laghari has testified before the Congressional Human Rights Caucus on the International Day in Support of Torture Victims (1999) and the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2006 and 2007 Geneva, Switzerland. He has also testified before the Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs and the House Committee on Appropriations (2000) Washington, DC, as well as to the World Summit in Durban, South Africa (2001). He testified at Washington National press Club by Amnesty International (2001). Laghari is also a founding member of The Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC).

Mr. Laghari has been interviewed by the Washington Times, Voice of America, BBC, SABC, Times of India and ANI. He serves as a Sindh expert to policy makers, advisory committees and think tanks around the Washington DC. He is the former Executive Director of Sindhi American Political Action Committee (SAPAC) in Washington, DC. He is also the former Executive Director of the World Sindhi Institute (WSI) and International Representative of SINDH WATCH, a quarterly magazine published by WSI. Laghari holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Mehran University Sindh. He has spent most of his life advocating for human rights and humanitarian causes. In the process of his struggle, he sacrificed his academic career, family relations, and ties to his land. As retribution for his advocacy work in Sindh in the 1980s and 1990s, Pakistani forces held Laghari captive and tortured him. Due to threats of continuous persecution, Sufi sought asylum in the United States, where he has lived since 1994. He is the author of two books on his exile and human rights work in his native language Sindhi. Sufi has been best known as a disciple of Bhitai’s poetry. His next book as an Editor on Bhittai’s poetry. Sufi lives in Washington DC.

Shahid I. Talpur is the Treasurer and Secretary of Sindhi Foundation  Mr. Talpur is a Virginia and Maryland certified Professional Engineer who actively is associated with human rights and advocacy groups highlighting excesses committed against women and minorities in Pakistan. Talpur received his Bachelor of Science from Mehran University of Engineering and Technology in Pakistan as well as a Master of Science from Wayne State University in Michigan, USA.  He is currently employed as a Structural Engineer for ReStl Designers, Inc, in Maryland. In addition to his work with the Sindhi Foundation, he is affiliated with the American Society of Civil Engineers.  His awards and achievements include the “Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels,” holding the position of Chief of Medicine at Paradise Valley Hospital and the publishing of several articles regarding the health of the Pakistan nation.