Hajra Hafeez-ur-Rehman

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Asia Pacific Leadership Program, '10

Hajra recently moved to New York City to work as a consultant for UNICEF headquarters in the area of nutrition. Prior to that, she was based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she worked with UNICEF to help the Ethiopian government set up a multi-sector nutrition program. She had also worked on sexual and reproductive rights, youth issues and HIV/AIDS surveillance for at-risk populations in South Asia before pursuing her Master’s in Public Administration at Cornell University. Before joining EWC, she was a Hansen Peace Fellow at San Diego State University. Hajra runs her own youth-led NGO called Youth Dividend, which is focused on youth empowerment through information, communication and technology for development.

Place of origin: Quetta, Pakistan   Current city: New York

Education
BSc (Hons.), Economics and Finance, Lahore School of Economics
M.B.A., Lahore School of Economics
M.P.A, Cornell University

Languages
English, Urdu, Punjabi

Reflections:
"APLP has been very instrumental in shaping me into who I am today, both personally and professionally. It gave me opportunities and exposure that offered me the chance to push myself out of my comfort zone and turned my time in the program into a beautiful experience that brought such inspiring friends in my life. Reflecting back on what I envisioned for myself during APLP, I have achieved what I wanted by taking an uncertain road, and still use the skills to check where I am now and who I seek to be.”

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