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Nasreen Samad

Nasreen Samad

Biography

Nasreen, born in Chitral, a district in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and raised in Karachi, returned to her place of birth to serve as the operations manager for MOGH Ltd, the first publicly traded company in Chitral, set up by the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme. (Shareholders in MOGH Ltd are the Chitrali women who embroider, the Chitrali men who weave, local artisans and craftspeople, including those who work in the honey production, set up and supported by the Hashoo Foundation.) As Operations Manager, Nasreen oversees 32 village based centers across Chitral town, engaging over 2000 female artisans. While she has received offers to work with other companies elsewhere, she remains committed to the community in Chitral, where she believes there is a lot to be done. She is passionate about empowering women and an advocate for the equal participation of women in economic activities in her community. She recently completed her Masters in Development Studies from the University of Melbourne, as an awardee of Australia AID’s development scholarship. She was also selected as the participant for Summer Program on Islam held at York University, Toronto, in August 2014, where topics of study included ways to promote diversity and pluralism in Muslim societies, encountering Islam, Islam as a civilization and the contemporary Muslim world.

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