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A Bold Commitment to Sustainable DevelopmentFebruary 1, 2018

This W Booth School grad continues to build an impressive set of skills she’s keen to apply in her native Pakistan.

Maham Masood Sadiq (Master of Engineering and Public Policy, 2016) is captivated by the challenge of bringing reliable sources of electricity to the country’s most remote regions. This quest, which began during an undergraduate program in electrical engineering, led her to study engineering policy at the W Booth School under the supervision of Dr. Gail Krantzberg. Here she completed a practice-oriented master’s thesis that explores policy alternatives to support the creation of off-grid renewable energy infrastructure in rural Pakistan.

This degree opened the door to additional advanced studies at The Earth Institute, Columbia University where Maham is working toward a Master of Science in Sustainability Management. The program is focused on the business and organizational competencies required to implement sustainability policies.

Maham is also active outside the university. Last year she presented a draft policy resolution on behalf of Air Quality Asia at the Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund held in Washington, D.C.  She also completed a summer internship at the AT&T Smart Cities initiative. This provided an exciting opportunity to investigate innovative ways to lower greenhouse gas emissions in densely-populated urban centres.

Maham is a holistic thinker, open to novel ideas and fresh experiences. Her university studies — an eclectic mix of technical, policy and management programs — have provided a foundation to tackle complex problems in Pakistan and other parts of the world.

Asked to advise students new to the W Booth School, Maham offers three practical suggestions: Reach out to faculty and staff, engage in extracurricular learning, and connect with organizations that can offer a potential pathway to employment.

Photo: Maham Masood Sadiq