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The Founder

Motivation: I am dedicated to helping create a world that is more peaceful and more equal. I am dedicated to a future where we as humans live with deeper awareness of our interconnectedness with each other, other life forms, and the planet. I support this vision by supporting those working to achieve it.

Relevant work experiences: Since 2012, I have been part of international efforts that develop the capacities of social leaders. I have worked as a Teaching Fellow with Professors Marshall Ganz and Ron Heifetz at Harvard University in 2012, 2013 and 2016, and trained at the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute (USA), Teach For All (Mexico), OXFAM (South Africa), and Acumen Fund (Pakistan) between 2012 and 2016. I have also led endeavors through my career to produce leadership for social change. Currently at the Collective for Social Science Research Karachi, I am leading efforts for participatory research with rural populations in Sindh on child nutrition. In the past, I have been CEO of Teach For Pakistan, a non-profit that produces leaders for education.

Philosophy: My understanding of the practice of and need for leadership is deeply influenced by my spiritual practice, and the works of Professors Ron Heifetz, Marshall Ganz, Otto Scharmer and Peter Senge, based at Harvard and MIT. I was a student of Professors Ron Heifetz and Marshall Ganz while completing my Masters in Public Administration/International Development as a Fulbright Scholar in 2009 at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Between 2010 and 2013, I worked at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington DC, and am critical of conventional development models.

Public engagement: I have spoken at international conferences including the World Education Summit 2014. You can read about my work in national dailies such as Dawn, and international publications such as Der Taggesspiegel. I tweet occasionally at @noor_masood.

This is why I decided to set up CSIDC.