Dr. Fozia Tahir
Dr. Fozia Tahir is a Post-Doctoral Fellow and an Adjunct Faculty at the Centre for Water Informatics and Technology (WIT), School of Science and Engineering (SSE) at Lahore University of Management Sciences LUMS. Prior to this she completed her D Phil in Engineering Science from the University of Oxford (Dec, 2018). Together with her friends she has started a discussion and awareness forum called ‘Meer-e-Karwan’ where focuses on content and discussions around the environmental and women rights. She is currently working on a research on micro-plastic in Pakistan to help change the behaviour of a consumer, and use it as a knowledge in all sectors including tourism to keep it responsible.
Karachi is an interdisciplinary collective which aims to open up public space for cultural production–as an open-air gallery, theatre, laboratory and playground– by highlighting different parts of the city as inclusive urban retreats. Since its inception in 2015, Numaish-Karachi has hosted over 5 dozen site specific installations and artefacts across Pakistan with an outreach of over 70,000 people of all age groups, gender, ethnicities and socio-economic groups. Playing at the intersection of design, culture, science and technology, these interventions have been created by designers, artists, filmmakers, scientists, engineers and students. The projects that form part of these urban interventions intend to not only provide recreation to children and adults but also serve to underscore the issues that each city encounters. Encouraging curiosity and ownership of the public realm, we endeavour to dissolve perceived barriers between disciplines, the private and the public sectors and different strata of society. Numaish translates as ‘exhibition’ in Urdu.
OLOMOPOLO Media has established itself as an interdisciplinary cultural and social enterprise pivoted around the design, production, promotion, advocacy and training of performing arts and visual media, while at the same time cementing its own merit as an important aspect of community building and providing a safe space for all forms of expression. Since its establishment in 2013, OLOMOPOLO has been producing and conducting various projects for social intervention and empowerment. The core objective of the organisation is to enhance the value of visual and performing arts in facilitating social sensitisation for public awareness exploring narratives addressing ethical development and socio-cultural acceptance and sophistication. Our focus has been on creating projects and activities that support, empower and propagate an open-minded culture of encouraging dialogue and discourse through our multidisciplinary approach using visual, media and performing arts. We also focus on capacity and community building so that the community that we build keeps growing and encourage diverse youth groups to take part in many of our activities. Using language, literature, theatre and other forms of communication we share the message of overall acceptance and tolerance so that we can celebrate diversity as a strength in our society.
Entrepreneurship and Community Development Institute
Entrepreneurship and Community Development Institute (ECDI) - A founding curatorial partner, ECDI is supporting the design and delivery of the WOW festival for the third year. ECDI is a not-for-profit capacity-development and knowledge-based institution that facilitates the social and economic empowerment of women through small and micro enterprise promotion. The institution was established in 1990 to address women's developmental concerns and expand their economic potential through entrepreneurship promotion and advocating for their integration into mainstream markets and business sectors in Pakistan, value chain and market development, facilitation of business development services to urban and rural micro-enterprises, undertaking poverty-alleviation projects and consciousness-raising on gender issues.