Muneeza Shamsie was born in Lahore, Pakistan and educated in England at the Wispers School. She is the daughter of the writer Jahanara Habibullah,
Shamsie lives in Karachi and served two terms as the Regional Chairperson (Europe and South Asia) of the Commonwealth Writers Prize in 2010 and 2011. She is the Bibliographer (Pakistan) for the Journal of Commonwealth Literature, and was guest editor of The Journal of Postcolonial Writing "Special Issue: Literature, Violence and Politics in Pakistan" Vol 47 No. 2 May 2011. She has also contributed to several other scholarly publications, including Archiv fur der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen, Commonwealth Essays and Studies and the online The Literary Encyclopedia, and The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century Fiction].
Shamsie is a regular contributor to the Dawn newspaper, as well as the Herald and Newsline magazines on literary affairs. She is also on the editorial board of the Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan Studies.
Shamsie has spoken about Pakistani English literature at many literary forums, conferences, and seminars. Her short fiction has appeared in various anthologies, The Toronto Review, and Nephra. She is a founding member of Karachi hospital the Kidney Centre and Life member of the Association of Children with Emotional and Learning Problems (ACELP). She also taught music and mime at ACELP's school, as a volunteer in the 1970s.
Shamsie's most acclaimed works are her compilation of the works of Pakistani authors writing in English. The American edition of her third anthology And The World Changed: Contemporary Stories by Pakistani Women was published with an expanded introduction and new headwords by The Feminist Press at CUNY and won several awards, including the 2009 IPPY (Independent Publisher of the Year) Gold Award and the 2008 Foreword Magazine Book of The Year Bronze Award – both for the best anthology by an independent publisher.