Profiles2017-05-08T12:58:19+00:00

A role model for others in remote areas

December 1st, 2017|

Sajida Raza, 22, is a 3rd year medical student attending Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan. She comes from the Chitral area in the mountainous northern areas of Pakistan. It has no hospitals, only a few medical clinics, and it is often cut off from the rest of the world for months during winter.

STEM education Part 3: A powerful tool for women

November 1st, 2017|

With it’s potential to have a significant influence on the development of a more equal society, pursuing a STEM career in the digital age provides real possibilities for women across the world Elvire's pursuit of a doctorate in forest sciences comes from her passion for fighting climate change and her ambition to be a positive role model and flag bearer for women in science.

STEM education Part 2: A powerful tool for women

September 1st, 2017|

As STEM industries continue to grow, so will their significance and power to drive societal progress. If women continue to make up just 29% of this workforce, the pace at which gender equality can be achieved globally will inevitably slow. But this doesn’t have to be the future,

STEM education Part 1: A powerful tool for women

July 1st, 2017|

The STEM—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—industries are at the forefront of the gender gap in the 21st century. As the world becomes increasingly digitized, the need for workers in STEM-related industries is exploding. Chahd Mazyan, a Palestinian medical student studying in Lebanon, is one such example of someone driving change in a STEM field.

Providing clean, sustainable energy to eradicate poverty

June 1st, 2017|

Zarrina Abdulalieva is a mid-career professional in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, who completed her studies at the LSE, UK, She returned to Tajikistan in early 2017, where she is with the World Bank, focused on the design and implementation of a comprehensive sustainable development strategy that addresses environmental challenges in an efficient and transparent manner. “Providing clean, sustainable energy is not only crucial to eradicate poverty but also to fight environmental problems such as global warming,” she states emphatically.

International Investment Agreements and good governance reform

May 1st, 2017|

Azernoosh is a dedicated 32-year-old pursuing her PhD in Globalization and International Economic Law at the University of Antwerp in Belgium. Originally from the Islamic Republic of Iran, Azernoosh was born into a society that had just gone through a revolution and radical change in government. She has a passion for research, international relations, international economic law, and development.

Being a blessing to others

April 1st, 2017|

Cindy's goal of pursuing a career in medicine at the Universidad Cristiana Autonoma de Nicaragua is to not only fulfill her desire to help others, but to also improve her family’s quality of life. By studying medicine, Cindy is ensuring a better life for herself and her family while also inspiring her younger siblings to work hard in the pursuit of their goals.

Improving care in refugee camps

March 1st, 2017|

Aya Al Sayed is a 27 year-old Palestinian refugee currently studying medicine at Lebanese American University in Beirut where she has completed four years and hopes to pursue pediatrics. “I want to come back to work in the camps. I feel at home in my community, they respect me, and I want to help them.”

Addressing the most pressing security challenges

February 1st, 2017|

Laylo Merali is originally from Tajikistan and moved to Geneva, Switzerland. Pursuing her education at the University of Geneva, Laylo earned a Master’s degree in international policy & security through a program that is partnered with the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP). This program fosters a genuinely global centre with individuals from a variety of backgrounds and fields of expertise. “I believe that stability and development are closely related – one cannot occur without the other one. I want to make a difference by ensuring that developing countries and international organizations have well-considered policies that promote stability.”

Driven by a desire to restore the environment in Syria

January 1st, 2017|

20-year-old May Al-Herek has been witness to atrocities people in nations at peace cannot begin to comprehend. May is from Syria, a country that has experienced civil war since 2011. ISIS controls parts of Syria’s territory and has carried out massacres near May’s hometown of Hama. In Syria, May was a top student, but with conditions deteriorating rapidly, she took the opportunity to leave the country on a scholarship to the Asian University for Women in Bangladesh with the help of a collaboration between the University and the Spark of Hope Foundation.

Promoting the training of locals in her community

November 1st, 2016|

Joanna is passionate about community development, particularly the development of infrastructure. She is frustrated by her country’s dependence on foreign firms to carry out local development projects while using locals as laborers, rather than passing on necessary skills and expertise. As a skilled civil engineer, Joanna plans to promote the training of locals in her community.

A passion for teaching

October 15th, 2016|

Tahira’s undergraduate professional studies have served as a key to achieve her goals, but she knew that to advance academically, she would need to pursue a graduate degree. She knows that her time at AKU-IED will be a key tool to help her broaden her vision and understanding as an educational professional. Tahira knows that completing her M. Ed. will allow her to serve her school and community more effectively.

Starting a school system in Northern Pakistan

October 1st, 2016|

The mountainous geography and harsh climate of the area where Seema Ali comes from makes it difficult for people to pursue education or secure employment. A lack of educational facilities has led to a high school dropout rate, high unemployment, and increased illegal activity and suicide rates. She developed a keen interest in the education and development of marginalized and financially disadvantaged people. Her goal is to start a school system in Northern Pakistan to make quality education accessible and affordable.

Fulfilling a dream that was ten years in the making.

September 2nd, 2016|

When Jodi-Ann began her MBA program, she was on her way to fulfilling a dream that was ten years in the making. In 2006, she set a goal to complete a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), and began working towards that goal immediately by gaining work experience and saving all her earnings to put towards her education. Her hard work paid off when, in 2015, she was accepted to the University of British Columbia.