Anum is a graduate from Middlesex University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with counselling followed by a multidisciplinary master’s degree in Development Studies: Technology & Policy from Information Technology University (ITU). Through her final thesis she aimed to understand the role of government expenditure in accelerating SDG 3 & 7 corresponding to health and energy in Pakistan. Her findings exhibited a nuanced understanding of how benefits accrued by richer segments come at at the cost of poor for each Province. She was awarded a graduate fellowship and was selected as the Gold Medallist of her Batch. During her fellowship, Anum contributed in Mapping SDGs in Pakistan; to understand data gaps in measuring SDGs, her paper was presented in the second Annual SDG Conference in Michigan.
After her degree, Anum worked as a circular economy pathfinder to identify the role of women in energy sector of Pakistan, her work highlighted gender disparity and stigma faced by women in her country through a thematic analysis. In Pakistan, Anum has been able to contribute her psychological skills in a project ‘Safer Society for Children’ by development of tools to prevent child sexual abuse in rural districts. Anum, views her research as multidisciplinary and her ability to work on different projects allows her to explore development as a holistic concept.
As an intern at UN-INWEH, Anum will be working closely on a report to integrate Responsible Artificial Intelligence in water-related SDGs under the supervision of Dr.Hamid Mehmood.