What is your previous work experience?
For about one and a half year, I worked as an Operations Engineer at Engro Fertilizers Ltd, which is Pakistan's largest ammonia and urea manufacturing facility. As a shift team lead, I was responsible for process optimization, chemical inventory management & disposal, and stewardship of health, environment & safety standards. During my time in this role, I focused particularly on waste segregation and natural resource conservation. I have led and managed various assignments, the most exciting one being the manufacturing site's first ever Water Footprint Analysis. This study was later bench marked against other large-scale fertilizer industries and has led to concerted efforts for water optimization.
In January 2019, I was transferred to Corporate Strategy and Business Development division at Engro Corporation, which is Pakistan's largest conglomerate. For the next 8 months, I worked as a business analyst. My main responsibility was to evaluate industries and projects (greenfield/brownfield) for deployment of USD 60 Million in equity. During this time, I developed and assessed feasibility for projects in energy, agriculture, water, and telecom infrastructure. My most interesting project here has been to develop a divestment proposition from Engro's business in coal-fired power plants.
Why did you choose the Nicholas School?
As an aspiring environmental consultant, I hope to explore the interaction of businesses with the environment they operate in. The client-based projects at the Nicholas School will provide me with the skills needed to assist businesses operate in environmentally responsible fashion.
Do you have any areas of interest or special focus you will undertake during your time at the Nicholas School?
I have recently completed a project related to the energy sector in Pakistan, and that has stoked a lot of interest in it for me. I am excited to carry that forward and explore the energy domain further.
What are you looking forward to as a new Nicholas School student?
I look forward to challenging and questioning ideas I have built upon through my work experience via a rigorous and practical curriculum at the Nicholas School.
On a side note, I really look forward to joining Duke Sailing!
What future plans do you have for your career after the Nicholas School?
My aspiration is to pursue a career in environmental consultancy. Having grown up in Pakistan, I have witnessed a gradual degradation of the environment owing to a host of reasons including unchecked and unregulated industrial growth. As both consumers and businesses become more aware, I shall enable them to achieve their economic motives without having irreversible environmental consequences.
Energy Strategy, Sustainable Agriculture, Water Resource Management, Environmental Footprint Reduction