I am deeply passionate about climate change advocacy, global environmental policy, and cleantech innovation. In the near future, I am looking to invest my time and efforts at the intersection of climate change policy, international development, and technology.
In a career spanning 16 years, I have written extensively to influence energy and health policies - mostly in Pakistan and more recently in Canada. My latest research paper – Canada’s Inadequate Response to Climate Change – examines Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions and stresses the need to amplify emissions reduction efforts.
In my early career, 2007 - 2014, I consulted on various poverty alleviation and behavior change communications projects, collaborating with international development organizations, including The World Bank, UNICEF, USAID, British High Commission, UNDP, Chemonics International, GIZ, and others.
In 2014, I co-founded Jaan Pak - a clean energy company eradicating open fires and reducing maternal and child mortality across Pakistan. Jaan Pak received international acclaim, accolades, mentions in the press, and roughly 0.5 million USD in grants from various donors including Grand Challenges Canada, UKAID, Inaara Impact Ventures, Dubai Expo 2020, etc.
I went 'back to school' in 2019 for a Micromasters degree in Data, Economics and Development Policy from MIT. In 2023, I will complete my Masters in Liberal Arts from Harvard in Global Development Practice, with a graduate certificate in Environmental Policy and International Development.
Since 2021 I have been working as a mentor and coach to cleantech and climate solution companies across Canada, which has brought me enormous learning and joy! I am an Acumen Fellow, a Mentor Capital Network Mentor, an All-Bar-None scholar at OYW and a SOCAP scholar.
I am currently leading a research initiative in collaboration with WWF and the Harvard Global Development Practice program to develop a comprehensive Air Quality Management Plan for the Government of Punjab, impacting 110 million people in Pakistan. This plan captures several key topics on emissions reductions, including carbon accounting methodologies and inventories, greenhouse gas emissions monitoring and reporting protocols, new abatement and energy transition technologies, carbon capture and storage technologies, socio-economic and health implications of poor air quality, energy poverty, and finally the economics of funding the clean energy transition.