Introducing the Islamabad Hub’s newest Global Shapers
It took us time, but we did it right. It was a difficult task to evaluate a record number of applicants through a very diligent and thorough recruitment process, managed through extremely busy yet committed Global Shapers Islamabad Team. Our efforts and hard work paid, and following a merit based approach has allowed us to welcome the most wonderful people within our folds.
Please join into welcoming Islamabad’s newest Global Shapers!
Director Women Through Films
Madeeha loves film. In many different ways. She’s a filmmaker, a film teacher, and film curator. Pressed with the absence of women in the field of film and documentary making, she created “Women Through Film” as an outlet empowering women to tell stories about women. Her organisation provides a platform for young girls and women to learn and practice film as art and as a tool for social messaging. She’s the Director of Pakistan’s first Women International Film Festival. Her work has been featured by BBC Urdu, BBC Asian Network, The Times & the Sunday Times UK, besides Dawn, Express Tribune and The News. She’s given motivational talks at multiple forums, including TEDx, Creative Mornings, and Humans of Pakistan. Recently, she was announced as the recipient of the LifeEffects Star Award 2017 at Croydon, London.
Usama Javed Mirza
CEO & Cofounder Saving 9, Chief Learning Officer & Cofounder Naseem, Director Education Renaissance Pakistan.
Usama Javed Mirza is an educationist, social entrepreneur, activist and consultant. After recently graduating from Columbia University as a Fulbright scholar with a Masters of Eduction degree, and becoming certified as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) from New York State, he has co-founded several social impact organisations. He is the CEO of Saving 9, an innovative first aid education startup that aims to create effective emergency response systems in rural areas through community mobilisation and training. He is the Chief Learning Officer of Naseem, an ed-tech startup that is using Artificial Intelligence to create the world’s digital personal tutor (an Apple Siri for learning). And he is Director Education for Renaissance Pakistan, a chain of charity schools for slum children in Rawalpindi. Usama is also working in collaboration with advocacy groups to make education a very high priority in Pakistan’s political agenda, and to enrich public educational discourse.
Consultant Innovation at Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund
Neelam is an advocate for using technology and innovation for inclusion of marginalized communities. Currently, she leads the innovation division at Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund. Neelam is a Fulbright Scholar, with a Masters in Public Administration from The Ohio State University. During her time at Ohio State, she served on multiple diversity committees and trained over 150 persons on understanding and tackling implicit bias. Her passions include dissecting systems and processes to identify parts that causes exclusion, understanding intersections, and using innovation for inclusion.
Project Coordinator at the British Council
Mubbashir is a graduate with Bachelors in Business Studies from COMSATS University and is currently pursuing Masters in Project Management. He believes in versatility, enthusiasm and creativity to deal with life challenges. He is also a professional musician and plays variety of instruments such as the Guitar, Drums, Bass, Pipa and Hulusi (Traditional Chinese Instruments). He toured to China & India for concerts — collaborated with a few international artists and Coke Studio artists like Faraz Anwar and Naseer&Shahab. Currently works with British Council, Pakistan as a Project Coordinator and aims to make a difference in the shapers community through arts and music. He is passionate about motivating others and positively impacting people’s lives.
Sualeha is passionate about writing, social justice, literature and gender equality. After graduating from Barnard College, Columbia University in 2015 with double majors in Economics & Social History and English, and a concentration in Creative Writing, she worked on projects related to Strategic Security at public policy think-tank Jinnah Institute in Islamabad. From late 2016 to 2017, she completed her MPhil in Criticism & Culture at the University of Cambridge as a Chevening and Cambridge Trust scholar. As a literary writer, some of her work is available in Blue Minaret, Alt-Muslimah, The Missing Slate (for which she has been Assistant Fiction Editor) and Oxford University Press anthology I’ll Find My Way. She is also a recipient of the Anna Quindlen-Axinn Foundation Prize for Writing (2015).
Dr. Adil Ali
Adil is a Healthcare IT Specialist & Clinical Psychologist. He is currently serving as the Director of Operations for Health Information, IT & Enterprise Solutions (HIITES) which is a US-based organization in Islamabad. He is also the founder of Mahir-e-Nafsiyat, which is a blog focused on raising mental health awareness as well as a tele-psychotherapy service for Pakistanis. Adil also practices as a Clinical Psychologist at Global Medical Services in Rawalpindi.
Isra Zia Ansari
Programme Associate at the American Refugee Council International
Isra Ansari holds a Bachelor’s degree from Bahria University Islamabad in Development Studies. Isra currently works at the American Refugee Committee as a Program Associate and has completed multiple internships with the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform. She has also participated as a selected international representative at the World Culture Forum Symposium 2016 which took place in Bali, Indonesia, as well as completing youth centric Human Rights internship in Ankara, Turkey in 2014.
An avid reader, Isra also holds a background in Arts and Literature, working as an Assistant Fiction Editor for The Missing Slate, an online literary journal, and also as a selected participant in the LUMS Young Writers Workshop 2017 on creative writing taught by renowned author Bilal Tanweer.
Haroon Ahmed Butt
Haroon Ahmed Butt is currently in his last year, pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Materials Engineering at NUST. He is a motivated entrepreneur who is one of the partners of Pakstraw, a Social Entrepreneurship endeavor aimed at providing portable water filters in areas facing water scarcity. He is also the President of Rotaract Club of Islamabad Metropolitan, worked for organizations such as AIESEC in Islamabad, and Global Zero, and became a national finalist for L’Oréal Brandstorm 2017. All of this helped shaped Haroon’s entrepreneurial spirit and vision. Haroon’s desire for effective social change,coupled with his ambition tackle ongoing crises is what lead to the project, and the team’s goal is providing affordable solutions to impoverished communities with limited access to clean, drinkable water. He is proud to be on board with the Global Shapers platform and help work on and develop new and innovative projects.
Freelance Journalist and a Communications Professional
Hafsah Sarfraz is a development communications professional and a freelance journalist with a seven-year experience of Journalism in Pakistan. She has covered social issues, women’s and children issues, education, life & style and art & culture extensively for the leading newspapers of Pakistan including Dawn and The News. She has worked as an art & culture reporter at The Express Tribune, partner of The International New York Times and currently she works as a Communications Specialist on a USAID outreach and communication project for M&C Saatchi World Services, a global London based advertising firm. Hafsah is a graduate of Queen Mary University of London. She likes to travel, tell stories, portray the brighter side of Pakistan to the world, photograph and indulge in delicious food.
Haris Bin Saqib
Founder Destinations Unlimited
Haris Bin Saqib is a passionate traveler and dreamer from Azad Kashmir,Pakistan who loves to explore and connect with communities of different origins. He is currently working as project manager at Saadi Associates in a CPEC based construction project in Chakri. He is the founder of Destinations Unlimited and working to promote tourism in Pakistan. he is also actively involved in community work especially in the month of Ramadan and summer season. Currently, he is also working on building a platform where one cannot only provide monetary aid to the underprivileged but also a choice to work and become independent.
As the Curator of Global Shapers Islamabad, I am proud to welcome these wonderful Shapers in our community. I am also grateful for the hard work put in by my team, including the Recruitment Lead Ms. Madiha Neelum, and our reviewers, panelists and evaluators. Thank you!
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