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Maria Umar

TECHNICAL EXPERTISE

  • Gender and/or youth enterprise development or finance
  • Information and communication technology for development
  • Marketing
  • Sustainable business practices

CAREER-DEFINING EXPERIENCES

Became the first woman in a very conservative family from the tribal areas of Pakistan to get a master’s degree.

Started a social enterprise called the Women’s Digital League to help educated Pakistani women find positive computer-based work from home.

CURRENT LOCATION:

Lahore, Pakistan

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE IN THE FOLLOWING COUNTRIES:

Pakistan

LANGUAGES:

Pushtu, Urdu, English

EDUCATION:

Masters in English Literature

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY:

I love to innovate and see women avail opportunities to empower themselves. The lesson I learnt is not to rely on the government for handouts. Also, I learned to distinguish between those who are self-promoters and those who are genuine. Equality and sustainability are possible by locating opportunities and allowing those with talent to find their own way. Integrity and hard work are their own reward.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Name: Maria Umar
Title: Consultant, Sustainable Business Practices
Email: mumar@encludesolutions.com