Design for Pakistan is a community of college students committed to use design to create social impact. The mission of the organization is to prepare social innovators and leaders by fostering collaboration and learn by doing. We are inspired by the Design for America community based out of Northwestern University founded in 2011.

Executive Members 

Ahsaan Rizvi
Curator & Founder - Design for Pakistan

Ahsaan Rizvi is an electrical engineer by profession, associated with the telecom industry for more than five years and founder of Design for Pakistan. He became interested in the subject of Design Thinking by serving as an active member of Design for America for 1.5 years in North Carolina, USA where he was part of multiple design projects and completed multiple courses on design.

He received his bachelors in electrical engineering from NUST, Rawalpindi. Three years later, he was awarded the prestigious Fulbright scholarship for Master in Engineering Management at Duke University, USA. He is the author of technical book published in Germany and also has one international paper publication in the field of engineering.

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Duresameen Raza Raja
Communications Executive

Duresameen Raza Raja completed her A-levels from Beaconhouse Margalla Camplus Islamad and is currently doing a Traineeship at Hashoo Foundation in Banking and Pastry Arts.

While playing a vital role in MUNs world, Duresameen recently joined National Youth Assembly Pakistan.

She has been a part of major fund raising campaigns for the education of underprivileged children and is presently working as a Diplomat Executive in an Islamabad based NGO - HUNEHAR and as a Public Speaker at Ghecho Roshti (NGO).

Raiha Akram
Media Executive

Raiha Akram is a student of Media and Communications at Foundation University, Rawalpindi. She is an alumna of the Global UGrad Program in Pakistan.

Raiha is foremost a writer and a blogger with a vast experience in writing for different platforms from college newspapers to web content.

In the quest to find her niche, Raiha has interned in NGOs, public relations, the production industry, and has done radio shows.

She is a believer in gender equity and working for social good; she hopes to make a mark in people's lives, both professionaly and in doing social work.

Saba Mahmood
Creative Lead

Saba is a recent B Arch graduate from National College of Arts, Lahore. In her project "Story Map of Earthquake Pakistan" through the Laajverd Visiting School, she collected oral narratives of the locals affected by the earthquake of October 2005 and developed a checklist for designing frameworks for disaster management and aid delivery.

She has also volunteered as a Design Consultan for a local charity school.

Saba believes that giving autonomy to the local communities in decision making processes is the best way to achieve a sustainable and a positive social impact.

She has been a volunteer for Design For Pakistan's workshop at NUST and looks forward to contribute to DFP's mission through creative and technical expertise.