5 minutes with...Ameena Saiyid

Ameena Saiyid OBE is the Managing Director of Oxford University Press, Pakistan. She is the first woman in Pakistan to become head of a multinational company, and in 2010 Ameena founded and organised the Karachi Literature Festival - the first literary festival of its kind to be held in Pakistan.

OUP Pakistan were the winners of The Publishers Association Copyright Protection Award at the inaugraul International Excellence Awards, held at LBF 2014. Read on to find out why Ameena loves her job, what's next on her reading list, and who her literary idol is.

What was the last book you read?
Thinner Than Skin by Uzma Aslam Khan.

How did you buy it?
By going to a bookshop in Karachi and buying it off the shelf.

And what did you read it on? 
I read the print version.

What’s next on your reading list?
Kamila Shamsie’s A God in Every Stone.

Which writer would you love to meet – and why?
Germaine Greer because I think her views have really helped give women confidence in themselves.

What do you like about your job?
I find it rewarding that Oxford books are being read by children from all backgrounds and in particular from low income families who are being provided with opportunities for a good education through such reading materials.

The single biggest challenge facing the publishing industry right now is…?
Copyright infringement.

Which great novel have you tried to read – but failed?
A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth.

What was your first job?
School teacher.

When was your first London Book Fair (LBF)?
2012 was my first time at LBF.

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