I am a communications professional with a decade of professional experience in writing, editing, and strategizing for media and public relations campaigns, mostly in the international development and human rights space. Here are a few things you might like to know about me:
- I was born and raised in the inimitable city of Karachi, Pakistan, and migrated to the Washington, D.C. area in 2007. As much as I love the capitol, I am fiercely partial to my chaotic hometown.
- Aside from nonprofit communications, I have worked as an editor in the specialized information publishing, a campaigner for children’s education in Pakistan, and a fiction editor for Papercuts, a literary magazine that gives voice to writers of South Asian origin.
- My most recent professional experience was with an international coalition of 14 research and advocacy organizations promoting forest and land rights for Indigenous Peoples and local communities in developing countries. There, I led production of a vast set of research and analytical publications aimed at international policymakers, and designed and implemented a host of exciting global media outreach initiatives, with a special focus on (though not limited to) our Asia program. I also trained development professionals in India and Nepal in messaging and outreach to international media.
- I am a lifelong advocate for civil society development in Pakistan, especially through education. In that regard, I routinely work pro bono with The Citizens Foundation, a nonprofit that runs excellent educational programs across many of Pakistan’s most neglected and impoverished communities.