Areej is a senior Electrical Engineering student at Habib University, Pakistan’s first liberal arts university. Her interest includes identifying social and civic problems through design research, designing resource sustainable interventions through technology and creative innovation. In 2017, she co-founded ConnectHear, a social startup promoting deaf inclusion in Pakistan. Currently, she is working to improve water management in Karachi through underground utility mapping through her venture, Shape of Water. She strongly believes that with accurate data, policies can be meaningfully structured to bring practical change to sort the chaos in the city.
Her journey with entrepreneurship and social innovation started at Harvard University in the summer of 2016, where she was first introduced to the innovation ecosystem in a course. She has also been in the 2018 cohort of Silicon Valley Innovation Academy and the International Honors Program at Stanford University. In the past three years as a social entrepreneur, she has been a global finalist at Entrepreneur’sOrganization Global Student Entrepreneur Awards 2019, won the Diana Award for young social innovators 2019, and shared her journey on various platforms including Harvard Conference HPAIR 2019 and TEDxUIT 2018. She is a One Young World Ambassador and a proud Resolution Project Fellow.