Sosan Aziz, The University of Sussex
Sosan is the recipient of the British Chevening Scholarship in 2007. She completed MSc in Gender and Development from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, UK.
She is currently employed at Economic Transformation Initiative, Gilgit-Baltistan (ETI-GB) as the Manager, Gender and Poverty. This is the sixth non-profit project she has been a part of and has an overall experience of 20 years working in the social development sector.
Sosan hails from a small village Gulmit Gojal located in the beautiful landscape of Hunza, Gilgit-Balistan. Her experience of studying from the UK allowed her the opportunity to work in her hometown in diverse roles including a forester, community mobiliser and a gender advisor.
She believes that studying in the UK has given her a major advantage to her professionally, and encourages young students especially females to pursue higher education and become equal members of the workforce.
Zunehra Taj, University of London
Zunehra Taj did her Bachelors of Law from University of London International Programme in 2010, and became the first female lawyer in her family.
After her graduation, she joined Roots College International, DHA1, Islamabad to teach Contract and Land Law to University of London’s International students.
In 2014, she joined the Contract Section of Legal Department of Mobilink, a Multi-International company, as an In-House Corporate Council.
Taj has also volunteered at various organisations including International Lions Club, Islamabad, and Mobilink Foundation etc. She is also the founding member of Al- Duha Social Welfare Society based at her ancestral village in Jhelum.
She is a motivational speaker and has spoken at various national and international forums about pressing issues of Pakistan including thalassemia and cancer, women rights, street Children etc, and also heading an INGO in Pakistan, "Save An Orphan Global".
Zunehra plans to specialise in International Human Rights Law from UK and expand her knowledge and understanding of how to help the marginalised sections of the community.
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Talat Jehan, London Metropolitan University
Talat is a Communications and Training UN Volunteer Pakistan in Quetta with Unwomen Pakistan. He worked in the facilitation process of voluntary events such as Youth Volunteering and Networks Workshop and Celebration of International Volunteer Day with UNV (Pakistan), City Cleaning Campaign & Youth Building Peace Workshop with UNDP Pakistan, UN Wall Campaign and Youth for Climate Change Project with United Nations Information Centre (Pakistan) and other voluntary and scouting interventions.
Talat has also worked as a project manager for UNICEF and USAID funded projects.
He has a Chartered Post-Graduate degree in Human Resource Management (CIPD) from London Metropolitan University, UK.
Bilal Shahid, The University of Manchester
Bilal is working with Renewable Energy Experts in Pakistan on renewable energy technologies and is managing projects on solar PV and bio-gas hybrid plants along with integrated energy and agriculture concepts.
Bilal completed his MSc in Renewable Energy and Clean Technology (REaCT) in 2016 from The University of Manchester as a Commonwealth Scholar. At Manchester, he was a postgraduate student blogger, the Student Ambassador for the Orientation programme and Student Representative of the Student Staff Liaison Committee of his MSc cohort.
He has been on the IDEAS exchange programme at Mälardalen University (MDH), Sweden, through the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship in 2012. Bilal has even represented Pakistan in the 41st International Chemistry Olympiad held at Cambridge, UK in 2009.
His study experiences gave Bilal a diverse cross cultural exposure and motivated him in his pursuit of developing clean energy technologies in Pakistan. He believes that the possible impact of climate change will affect us all globally and the need for renewable technologies is critical.
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