Atlas Corps celebrates its 15th anniversary! It is time to celebrate the achievements of our amazing network of over 1,100 leaders from 110 countries and share stories on the global impact of our Alumni, Fellows, and Scholars.
Today we speak with Atlas Corps Scholar Ambreen (Cohort 2, Pakistan) from our Virtual Leadership Institute. Ambreen is a tech professional passionate about empowering women and youth in Pakistan. She works as an AI & Analytics Solution Architect at Ericsson. Simultaneously, Ambreen leads AKS Consulting Space, an organization promoting quality education, gender diversity, technological innovation, inclusive work environment, and economic growth through young individuals, women, and organizations in Pakistan.
Thank you, Ambreen, for your work on empowering women and youth through education and technology in Pakistan. We appreciate learning about your impact and your personal and professional growth. We wish you the best with this impactful work!
Name: Ambreen Kokab Shah
Home Country: Pakistan
Current Organization: AKS Consulting Space
Role at current organization: Founder & CEO
Social Issues that you have worked with: Gender equality, Industry, innovation and infrastructure, Quality education
Why is it important for you to work with empowering women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics?
I am an education enthusiast from ever since I can recall. I became passionate for social entrepreneurship including gender diversity when I realized how politics, conflicts of interest, favoritism, complacency, and gender bias can create a compromising situation for those who cannot raise their voices, lack awareness, and do not have relevant support. In these uncertain times of technology revolution and economic disruption, marginalized groups are going through a difficult riddle due to lack of right leadership, strategies, and balance. I believe that empowering through education and technology has the power to turn one’s life around. Be it personal, professional or entrepreneurial space, supporting others in their struggles have always given me sense of purpose.
How has Atlas Corps contributed to your professional and personal accomplishments?
Joining Atlas Corps has proved to be one of the best experiences in my leadership journey. The kind of networking platform it has offered of social change leaders, their initiatives and achievements has given me confidence in my own mission and enhanced my leadership and strategic skills. Moreover, the support system of Atlas Corps community is beyond expectations. I could brainstorm and collaborate with culturally diverse group of people sharing experiences which helped me develop global approach to vision making and strategic thinking. This facilitated the entire process of launching my organization.
What is your favorite Atlas Corps memory?
I thoroughly enjoyed doing all the activities and electives of the Virtual Leadership Institute. However, the most exciting and happening part for me have been the module launch calls where I could meet all the Scholars from around the world as well as the Atlas Corps team. I could also experience the enthusiasm which was always contagious. Specially the orientation call with Mr. Scott Beale was truly inspiring. Also the breakout and peer coaching sessions involving diverse conversations and reflections gave me the feeling of togetherness and a sense of community which I will cherish my whole life.
What advice do you have for applicants and current Scholars?
Atlas Corps is a powerful global community and being part of it is a unique opportunity to not only grow personally but also facilitate and showcase passion projects with such valuable support and compassionate global leaders. Don’t lag behind and get thoroughly involved and stay vigilant for deadlines of assignments and take every opportunity the program provides.
What message would you like to send to individuals who support Atlas Corps?
The aim with which Atlas Corps started to develop social change leaders is truly impacting the world. For so many individuals this community and experience has proven to be life-changing. It is not only helped them develop personally or professionally but also enabled them to become change agents and address their community problems in the most effective way. Thank you for your valuable support and consideration and hope that it will continue as the ripple effect of these efforts is beyond imagination.
On November 20, Atlas Corps celebrates 15 years of engaging social change leaders. Join us to honor our legacy of service with more than 1,100 leaders from 110 countries at the Atlas Corps 15-Year Anniversary Gala. We will convene friends of Atlas Corps from all sectors and regions of the world to reflect on 15 years of engaging social changemakers and inspire towards our future. Join to connect with our community, meet Fellows, and celebrate Atlas Corps!
Photos from the personal archive of Ambreen Kokab Shah