Amneh Shaikh Farooqui
Founder, Polly & other stories
Amneh Shaikh-Farooqui is a seasoned management-consulting professional and gender specialist with 12 years of experience in economic development, poverty reduction, environment and health initiatives. She holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Karachi and a Master’s degree in Public Policy with a specialisation in Development Administration from the Australian National University in Canberra where she received awards, both for the best graduate research project and for being the most outstanding student of the year. Amneh supports and helps lead a not-for-profit organisation called the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Institute, which specialises in microenterprise, technical skills development and value chain development programmes focused on women and young people in Pakistan. She also cofounded and runs a social enterprise called Polly and Other Stories (www.pollyandotherstories.com), an ecommerce initiative that helps develop and bring to market artisanal products, created by small producers or enterprises in their homes or in remote villages. She was a founding curatorial member for the Women of World festival, Karachi.