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  Sana Shams
Manager Research
  Ms. Sana Shams is Manager Research at CLE. She holds a Masters degree in Software Project Management from NUCES (, Lahore.  She has over 10 years of experience in local language computing research and development. 

In the area of NLP research she is leading a research team developing linguistic resources for Urdu language, including development of Part of Speech (POS) tagged Urdu Corpus, 5000 senses Urdu WordNet, mapping of Urdu WordNet to English Princeton WordNet 2.1, and Sense-Tagged Corpus that aid in development of language processing applications like online machine translation system, online dictionary, text to speech translation systems, etc.  She is also managing the development and annotation of Speech Corpus which specifically includes data extraction for voice recording from large text corpora, speech data annotation including speech segmentation and labeling, word boundary identification and labeling, stress marking, intonation marking, etc.  In addition she has also lead the development of a 14-44 point size text Image Corpus  from 500 Urdu books typed in Noori Nastalique font style. 

In the ICT4D research she has been executing action research projects focused on enabling ICT access to different digitally divided groups in Pakistan, e.g. women survivors of violence, rural school children of remote areas of Punjab.  In the same context, she has been awarded research grant to investigate the residual impact of ICT integration for a sustainable project design in the Global Research Competition, funded by GDN India.

Sana is also serving as a Manager at Center for Language Engineering through which she is responsible for development of project proposals, plans and budgets for seeking funding from national and international donors. She is involved in projects’ initiation and team building and then monitoring projects’ budgets.  She is also responsible for signing off project deliverables as agreed with clients, progress reports and financial reports. Sana has a number of research publications and has represented the Center’s research at many national and international form.
  Research Area of Interest  
Contribution of ICTs in social, economic development and gender empowerment.
  Research Projects  

Digital Story telling Album for Learning Action & Change (2011)

  • As a Co-PI, she is responsible for the overall project planning, design, implementation and evaluation

PAN Localization project (2003 - 2011), funded by IDRC, Canada

  • Regional research Coordinator on M&E where she is Responsible for development of evaluation design, using utilization focused evaluation techniques
  • Focal person in development of Gendered Outcome Mapping Methodology and its online tool (

Independent Consultant on Gender, Contracted by Overseas Development Institute (ODI), UK

  • Responsible for developing blog post on Gender Issues in Project Management, for Fostering Global Responsibility project, funded by European Union

Invited Speaker in “U-Connect 2005” Sept 13-14, 2005, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, organized by NiDA Korea

  Books & Chapter Authored  
  • Shams, S., Mustafa, M., Mirza, A., Daud, Y. Mahmood, Q.K. & and Hussain, S. (2012). Evaluation Findings of the PAN Localization Project, Lahore, Pakistan. University of Engineering and Technology. ISBN: 978-969-9690-04-4
  • Hussain, S., Shams, S. & Sarfraz, H. (2012). PAN Localization: Dareecha ICT Training Program for Public Schools in Rural Punjab. Lahore, Pakistan. University of Engineering and Technology.
  • Shams, S., Hussain, S. & Mirza, A. (2010). Gender and Outcome Mapping in Belawati, T. and Baggaley, J. eds. (2010). Policy and Practice in Asian Distance Education. Sage International
  • Hussain, S., Durrani, N. & Gul, S. (2005). PAN Localization: Survey of Language Computing in Asia. Lahore, Pakistan. National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences.
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  Honors & Awards  
  • Winner, OMLC Outstanding Resources Competition Award of €400, by Overseas Development Institute, (ODI), UK
  • Resource person,Gendered Outcome Mapping training for PANdora project team, Malaysia, 2008
  • Trainee, Organizational Assessment training program, conducted by International Development Research Center, India, 2008,
  • Participant, Global Knowledge Partnership GKP3Malaysia, 2007,
  • Participant, Utilization-focused Evaluation (UFE) of ICTs for Development, Malaysia, 2007
  • Participant, Global Gender Evaluation Methodology (GEM) Training Exchange workshop, Malaysia, 2007
  • Trainee, Grants 101: Professional Grant Proposal Writing, coursework completed on Program Development and Evaluation, Professional Grant Writing and Research, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh,USA, 2007
  • Fellow, Internet Culture Working Group, 9th Asia Pacific Networking Group Camp (APNG Camp), Xian, China, August 2007
  • Chair, Working Group on Internet Culture, APNG 8th Camp, National University of Singapore, June 2006
  • Participant Outcome Mapping Training, March 2006 organized in Sri Lanka by IDRC Canada
  • Invited Speaker in “U-Connect 2005” Sept 13-14, 2005, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, organized by NiDA Korea
  • Fellow, Internet Culture Working Group, 6th & 7th Asia Pacific Networking Group Camp (APNG Camp), in Taipei, Taiwan, 2005, and Osaka, Japan, 2004
  • Judge, SOFTEC 2005 organized by FAST- NU, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Scholarship holder from BISE (Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education) for the term Sept 1999 till Sept 2002