Shifa Thobani (she/her) is a Biotechnology Engineer by training and has over 3.5 years of work experience in the space of social development and policy implementation in India. She has worked with the Chief Minister’s Office, State Government of Maharashtra where she had led public-private partnerships and technology-driven projects towards implementation of policies in the tribal geographies. She was also a Youth For India Fellow with Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (India), where she had developed sustainable menstrual hygiene management and solid-liquid waste management initiatives under Swachh Bharat Mission (Clean India Mission). In her latest stint, she developed an e-commerce platform to market and sell the products of rural and indigenous artisans across India. She was also selected for Jagriti Yatra and Anubhav Lecture Series by the Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago. Voluntarily, Shifa also serves at the Aga Khan Education and Economic & Planning Boards, under the aegis of Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).
Shifa is the first generation of her family to attend University and therefore pursuing a graduate degree is of utmost importance to her. She wishes to build a legacy and empower other first-generation learners, especially women from low-income Muslim communities who she aspires to mentor in the future.
Through the MPPGA Program at UBC, she aims to understand, conceptualize, formulate and implement policies better. Rural development (specifically in India)- both social and economic, identifies as her current interest and that she aims to serve UBC.