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Faryal Ahmed

Biography

Faryal is an activist connecting youth to productive channels of change. She has worked in several capacities to address socio-economic issues, poverty, development, and vulnerability tied to Pakistan’s youth. Most recently, she graduated from Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) with a masters in economics and joined the Pakistan Strategy Support Program (PSSP), a country-wide policy analysis and capacity-strengthening program that was launched at the request of the Government of Pakistan. Previously, she was a consultant at a joint initiative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Planning Commission of Pakistan where she helped frame Youth and Community Engagement, a core pillar of the New Growth Framework of Pakistan (NGF). Under this umbrella, she initiated the first ever nationwide youth documentary competition to bring youth voices to policymakers. Faryal believes in Pakistan’s youth and feels that the greatest challenge facing the future of Pakistan will be engaging the youth bulge in productive activities. She aims to play her part in overcoming this challenge by lobbying for a strong entrepreneurship ecosystem in Pakistan that provides entrepreneurs with the resources they need and an environment that is conducive for their success.

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