Editor with over 20 years of experience including The News on Sunday (founding editor), The News International (op-ed editor), Himal Southasian (contributing editor) and Aman ki Asha (editor); taught journalism and non-fiction writing classes at Harvard Summer School, Brown University and Princeton University. Edited material for non-profits, non-fiction writers and academics (listed below).


homeless-at-home-india-wrnSome published work:

Series Editor: Women in Conflict – Community Conversations,  The Women’s Regional Network, 2016:

Editor: Exploring Ahmadi Women’s Voices,  The Women’s Regional Network, published in Constructing Pathways: Stimulating and Safeguarding Components of WPS, working papers for Women Peace Security Conference, U.S. Navy War College, April 2015

Editor: “Exploring Women’s Voices: Women in Conflict Zones: The Pakistan Study –  Community Conversations in Balochistan and Swat”The Women’s Regional Network, 2014

Eglar book cover-OUPManuscript editor for The Political Economy of a Punjabi Village in Pakistan by Zekiye Eglar, the Institute of Intercultural Studies, New York; published by Oxford University Press 2011

Editor: “We Are the Future”: A story of the Pakistani girl child, Family Planning Association of Pakistan, launched at UN Women’s Conference, Beijing August 1995.


  • “Beena Sawar has provided exemplary editing, writing and consulting services for the Women’s Regional Network: Afghanistan, Pakistan and India the past several years. Beena not only has an in-depth understanding of complex geo-political issues, as well as human rights, gender and media, but has the ability to synthesize these issues, and merge the research of an array of authors into a final document that flows seamlessly, making their work vibrant and accessible for students and academics in learning institutions; as well as civil society organizations seeking to expand their understanding and advocacy; and informs government policy-makers to ensure policy decisions reflects the realities of people’s lives.”
    Patricia Cooper, Founder-Convenor, Women’s Regional Network; Denver, CO

  • Beena is knowledgeable, creative, fast, and pays rigorous attention to details. She read my manuscript (The Lonely War, published by Basic books, 2014) and helped make it much more powerful. I highly recommend her as an editor.
    Nazila Fathi, author, speaker, communications expert; Washington DC

  • I highly recommend Beena as an editor. She did a large amount of editing work on my dissertation at the Harvard School of Education on a short deadline without compromising on quality, professionalism and attention to detail. I was most impressed with her ability to quickly understand what i was looking for. She also has tremendous knowledge of many fields, which was a great bonus in picking up assumptions I was making in my writing style. I would work with her again and recommend her to anyone needing writing, editing, proofreading, and/or copy-editing support.
    Mariam Chughtai, Country Director Pakistan, Harvard South Asia Institute at Harvard University, Lahore, Pakistan
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