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Being an entrepreneur, why is community building important?
What’s the most difficult task of community building as it’s tough to take everyone along?
Ease of doing business is difficult for women compared to men as per World Bank report, how can communities led by you two are or can play an important role in making it easy for women?
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Tehmina is an Innovator and Entrepreneur with experience in business leadership. Having studied Entrepreneurship from IBA, Karachi, she is highly experienced in all aspects of business including business formation, operations, marketing and management. Tehmina is the co-founder of @INSTA Foods Industries (Pvt.) Ltd that is a pioneer of dehydrated products manufacturer to provide an Alternative to the Conventional Food Industry and has over the years grown into Pakistan’s First Brand of “100% Natural Food Powders”. She has been selected in one of Canada's Top Accelerators (Toronto Business Development Center);First Business ever from Pakistan under the Innovative Business Category. She is also the Official Representative of Pace Global Advantage in South Asia, a Law & Business Consultancy Firm based in Toronto, Canada where she supports & guides Entrepreneurs to work Globally.
Tehmina also runs a Social Enterprise for Women -#ConnectedWomenPakistan which is also associated with an international organization ‘ConnectedWomen’ that aims to facilitate women entrepreneurs and professionals in their career and entrepreneurial journeys.
Ayesha Nasir is an accomplished journalist and writer who has been published in BBC South Asia, The Washington Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Granta and Reader's Digest and others. Ayesha Nasir has held senior positions in the media industry of Pakistan such as Senior Executive Producer at Express News and National Correspondent at Dunya News. Ayesha Nasir has won numerous awards for her journalistic work including awards from the Governor House Punjab, an award from the Deadline Club NYC, award from the Overseas Press Foundation amongst others.
About 18 months ago, Ayesha Nasir began Scaryammi, Pakistan's first ever mothering brand which is aiming to become the world's first ever desi Ammi brand. Scaryammi has rapidly grown into one of the largest mothering platforms in the country. A truly multi-platform initiative Scaryammi encompasses support for mothers along with products, services and information for mothers. Scaryammi has made headlines across the world by being covered by NPR in the US, Independent UK, BBC South Asia and more. Scaryammi has also received awards and accolades from the CM Secretariat, CEO Club and others. Scaryammi has been incubated at Plan 9 and has also been selected as one of the 20 businesses in the Standard Chartered Women In Tech Cohort 2.
Mahrukh Qadeer is the founder and CEO of communal workspace, Co-Wired. Qadeer started her multifaceted professional career after receiving an M.S. in Computer Science. Having 12+ years of experience working for several multi-national organizations and social gaming giants like DeNA, she developed expertise in designing mobile applications and app monetization frameworks for smart devices. Qadeer is also a visiting faculty member of a national university. She works as a consultant to a number of organizations as well as engages in a myriad of public speaking opportunities including Global Entrepreneurship Week 2016, Berlin where she was invited as a speaker and also moderated a panel discussion.
Previously, she has served as CEO at Mahir Online that connects people with local eateries. This versatile experience led her to start Co-Wired in April, 2017. The ideology of Co-Wired lies in its slogan – Create, Communicate, Collaborate. She laid down the foundation of Co-Wired on philosophy of supporting the entrepreneurial ecosystem by conducting training programs and connecting its members to resources, support networks, and mentors. This co-working space acts as starting point for entrepreneurs to lay the first brick of their idea. Currently, a number of startups, multinational offshore companies and other corporates are also utilizing Co-Wired as a workspace along with other small-scale businesses. The flexible packages complemented by state-of-the-art working facilities cater to all types of requirements. For example, Mompreneur package is designed specifically for working mothers of school going kids, looking to work in dynamic environment to maintain discipline in their workflow.
Co-Wired also led into unprecedented collaborations of businesses leading to better work opportunities. Several focused workshops and vocational trainings are conducted on topics like Growth Hacking, Website development, Videography, Design Thinking and Social Media Marketing Certification. Hosting entrepreneurship-related discussion sessions is also a regular practice at Co-Wired where various professions like healthcare, finance, music and media are discussed in the context of technology and consumer behavior.
She is a Facilitator for British Council's DICE Fellowship Program. DICE is a pilot program that takes a holistic approach to address entrenched issues of economic and social exclusion. DICE takes an 'ecosystem' approach to nurture economic inclusion, with a focus on women and girls, young people, disabled people and other often excluded groups. DICE is delivered by an interdisciplinary and inspired group of colleagues and change-makers in Pakistan, Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, South Africa and UK.
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