Who Are We

The founding of Zonta International was a unique moment in women's history.
Established in New York, in 1919, early members were among the first generation of college-educated women, eligible to vote, and, entering the workforce.
The first Zonta club was chartered in Buffalo, New York on November 8,1919. And by 1920, a confederation of nine Zonta clubs was formed with 600 members.
Playwright and journalist Marian de Forest conceived the idea of an organization that would bring together women in executive positions, to network and help women reach their rightful places in the professions.
Zonta International is now a worldwide service organization of executives in business and professions with over 30,000 members in more than 1,200 clubs in 66 countries all over the world.

Expansion of Zonta in Asia
The expansion of Zonta into Asia saw the charter of the Zonta Club of Manila in 1952 as the 12th country to join Zonta in the administrative region 1 consisting of 12 countries.
This region was divided into Districts in 1979 and District 17 was formed consisting Bangladesh, India, Japan, Korea, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, and Thailand.
District 17 was divided into seven areas with Area 1 being Bangladesh, India, Pakistan & Sri Lanka with Mithra Shroff of Zonta Club of Bombay l as Area Director.

Formation of District 25
Recognizing the growth potential in our countries Zonta International divided District 17 in two and established District 25 in 1989 comprising of the countries India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
Zontian May George from the Zonta Club of Madras was an International Director in that Biennium hosting the District Conference in Madras.
Zontian Mithra Shroff from Zonta Club I Bombay had the honour of being the first Governor of District 25 and hosting the first District Conference of District 25 in Bombay in 1991.

Chartering of Zonta Clubs in South Asia
IndiaZonta Club on Bombay I 1959 Jer Patel
IndiaZonta Club of Madras 1966 Hannah Mabel Sharma
BangladeshZonta Club of Dhaka I1968Lyla Murshed
Sri Lanka Zonta Club of Colombo I 1968Lady Evelyn de Soysa
IndiaZonta Club of Bombay III1980Brinda Gambers
BangladeshZonta Club of Dhaka II1982Zarina Rashid
BangladeshZonta Club of Dhaka III1992Tamara Rahman Ali
BangladeshZonta Club of Chittagong 1992Dilruba Ahmed
BangladeshZonta Club of Dhaka IV1994Afreen Sultana Khan
Sri LankaZonta Club of Colombo II1994Manthri Perera
Sri LankaZonta Club of Kandy 2006Harsha Seneviratne
Sri LankaZonta Club of Colombo III2008Ratten Abdulhussein
BangladeshZonta Club of Greater Dhaka2012Dr. Zareen D. Mahbub
A new country Nepal was added in 2013
NepalZonta Club of Kathmandu2013Pramila Acharya Rijai

District Board 2018 - 2020

District Governor

District Governor

Shahnaz Nathani
Lieutenant Governor

Lieutenant Governor

Erick Elavira
District Secretary

District Secretary

Suzette De Alwis
District Treasurer

District Treasurer

Ratten Abdulhussein
Area 1 Director

Area 1 Director

Arlene Saparamadu
Area 2 Director

Area 2 Director

Shreejana Rana
Vice Area 1 Director

Vice Area 1 Director

Firuza Sena
Vice Area 2 Director

Vice Area 2 Director

Zareen D Hussain

District Committee Chairmen

Bylaws and Resolutions CommitteeChathuri RanasingheZonta Club II of Colombo
Membership CommitteeErrick ElaviaZonta Club of Bombay I
Service Committee Mahazaver DalalZonta Club of Bombay III
Fahmida KarimZonta Club of Dhaka III
Advocacy Committee Soni JoshiZonta Club of Kathmandu
Munira NaimZonta Club of Dhaka IV
PR and Communications Committee Amna RahmanZonta Club of Dhaka III
United Nations CommitteeNilufer ZafarullahZonta Club of Dhaka III
Finance Committee Maryam MarikkarZonta Club III of Colombo
Amelia Earhart Fellowship Committee Dhanya RatnavaleZonta Club I of Colombo
JMK Women in Business Scholarship Committee Ramola SivasundaramZonta Club I of Colombo
Young Women in Public Affairs Committee Sandra JayaweeraZonta Club II of Colombo
Leadership Development CommitteeFarahnaz QaiyumZonta Club of Chittagong
Z Club and Golden Z Club Committee Anosha SubasingheZonta Club II of Colombo
District foundation AmbassadorFarida LukmanjeeZonta Club III of Colombo
IT WebmasterRatten AbdulhesseinZonta Club III of Colombo
Centennial CommitteeDilruba AhmedZonta Club of Chittagong
Manthri PereraZonta Club II of Colombo
District HistorianManthri PereraZonta Club II of Colombo
Bylaws and Resolutions
Membership
Service

Advocacy

PR and Communications
United Nations
Finance
Amelia Earhart Fellowship
JMK Women in Business Scholarship
Young Women in Public Affairs
Leadership Development
Z Club and Golden Z Club
District foundation Ambassador
IT Webmaster
Centennial Committee

District Historian
Chathuri Ranasinghe
Errick Elavia
Mahazaver Dalal
Fahmida Karim
Soni Joshi
Munira Naim
Amna Rahman
Moji Akingbade
Maryam Marikkar
Dhanya Ratnavale
Ramola Sivasundaram
Sandra Jayaweera
Farahnaz Qaiyum
Anosha Subasinghe
Farida Lukmanjee
Ratten Abdulhessein
Dilruba Ahmed
Manthri Perera
Manthri Perera
Zonta Club II of Colombo
Zonta Club of Bombay I
Zonta Club of Bombay III
Zonta Club of Dhaka III
Zonta Club of Kathmandu
Zonta Club of Dhaka IV
Zonta Club of Dhaka III
Zonta Club III of Colombo
Zonta Club III of Colombo
Zonta Club I of Colombo
Zonta Club I of Colombo
Zonta Club II of Colombo
Zonta Club of Chittagong
Zonta Club II of Colombo
Zonta Club III of Colombo
Zonta Club III of Colombo
Zonta Club of Chittagong
Zonta Club II of Colombo
Zonta Club II of Colombo
Bylaws and Resolutions Committee
Chathuri Ranasinghe
Zonta Club II of Colombo
Membership Committee
Errick Elavia
Zonta Club of Bombay I
Service Committee
Mahazaver Dalal
Zonta Club of Bombay III
Advocacy Committee
Soni Joshi
Zonta Club of Kathmandu
PR and Communications Committee
Amna Rahman
Zonta Club of Dhaka III
United Nations Committee
Moji Akingbade
Zonta Club III of Colombo
Finance Committee
Maryam Marikkar
Zonta Club III of Colombo
Amelia Earhart Fellowship Committee
Dhanya Ratnavale
Zonta Club I of Colombo
JMK Women in Business Scholarship Committee
Ramola Sivasundaram
Zonta Club I of Colombo
Young Women in Public Affairs Committee
Sandra Jayaweera
Zonta Club II of Colombo
Leadership Development Committee
Farahnaz Qaiyum
Zonta Club of Chittagong
Z Club and Golden Z Club Committee
Anosha Subasinghe
Zonta Club II of Colombo
District foundation Ambassador
Farida Lukmanjee
Zonta Club III of Colombo
IT Webmaster
Ratten Abdulhessein
Zonta Club III of Colombo
Centennial Committee
Dilruba Ahmed
Zonta Club of Chittagong
Manthri Perera Zonta
Club II of Colombo
District Historian
Manthri Perera
Zonta Club II of Colombo