DFC Pakistan is proud to announce our jury for Design for Change School Challenge 2011. We asked each of our jury members some questions about themselves. Here's what they had to say:
Najia Aliya Siddiqui
Your past experiences: I completed my B.A. from Wellesley College (major Political Science, minor Economics) and my MSc from University of London, in Managing Rural Change. I have worked as the Assistant Editor at SHE magazine for several years and have collaborated with IUCN on projects related to sustainable development and the environment.
What you do now: In 2007, I formed Adorn Online Pvt. Ltd, a social enterprise seeking to create marketing opportunities for skilled artisans and NGO’s working with them. Since then, we have developed a network of 11 NGOs which produce handicrafts, provide training and support to local artisans to help them earn income from these skills.
If you were a child today, what would you have designed a solution to: Coping with the various stress factors in today’s society.
Farahnaz Haider Shaikh
Your past experiences: Having been in the advertising and communication business for the past 20 years, I have worked with some of the most prestigious ad agencies of the country, including JWT where I was Executive Creative Director till last year. I have taught media studies in local institutions and have served as a juror at the IVSAA.
What you do now: I am currently working as a Creative Consultant to the WPP Group.
If you were a child today, what would you have designed a solution to: Giving children a platform to give their issues a voice and become aware of their rights.
Your past experiences: I graduated with a BA Psychology and Economics from Saint Josephs College, after which I received a Diploma in Special Education from the Hornsby International Dyslexia Centre, UK. I have been working in Special Education since 1986 and have conducted workshops on Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia.
What you do now: I am currently the CEO of R.E.A. Dyslexics (Pvt) Ltd. – an institute that specializes in remedial education of dyslexic children.
If you were a child today, what would you have designed a solution to: Motivating children to go to school and designing a curriculum that makes learning fun.
Your past experiences: I graduated from National College of Arts Lahore with a Distinction in Graphic Design in 1995. My work experience includes freelance projects for multinationals, private companies and charitable organisations. A passionate believer in volunteering, I have been teaching art to persons with disabilities since 2005.
What you do Now: Along with freelance graphic design, I conduct private art classes for children at the elementary school level. I also teach painting to differently abled individuals, with a focus on enabling them to earn their livelihood. A core team member of Design for Change Pakistan since 2010, I am also a founding member Volunteer Karachi, an initiative to connect volunteers to non profit organisations within Karachi.
If you were a child today, what would you have designed a solution to: I would have made education less competitive, more fun for children