Exclusive Interview with Iqra Hameed | TeamLead Girlythings
“She is free in her wildness, she is a wanderer, a drop of free water. She knows nothing of borders and cares nothing for rules or customs. ‘Time’ for her isn’t something to fight against. Her life flows clean, with passion, like fresh water.”
Women’s in Pakistan are struggling to make a difference and having radical mindset’s, undoubted they are doing their best to make a change in male-dominated society. I have come across with so many peoples having breath-taking story, struggling for their dreams and passions. One of the story, I have interview recently shares its unique experience and struggle.
Iqra Hameed, cofouder Freightix and team lead at Girly Things, took media attention for being part of Pink Taxi startup and campaign. Born in Dera Ismail Khan, often abbreviated to D.I Khan, is a city of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, currently residing in Karachi. Having the ability to influence other and situation geared her to do something extraordinary. Recently, in 2018 she was selected for Tech women state department initiative in Washington DC, having no background of informational technology and technological advancement, being facilitated by a friend Haris, she was convinced to apply for the graduation and after a long wait she got selected. Iqra shares the inside story of ‘Tech women state department initiative’, having an opportunity to work on your parent country problem, underlining the causes and effects and sharing with the authorities, accordingly the idea is refined, grants are provided to find out solution of the problem.
Getting abroad, she worked in a dynamic environment having diverse people background form different countries, cultures and ethnicity. One of the prominent attributes was her professional mentorship and coaching. Working in different sectors, she was provided to consult and get help from the seniors and mentors at any occasion. Not limited to a state guest, she also visited Khan academy, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Quora, Yahoo, SalesForce, Adobe, Autodesk, and Semantic.
“It was an amazing experience. Facebook has its own small world, my visit was not as state department guest but individual, having 15 to 16 buildings and peoples working in a dynamic environment was great”.
She also stated her visit to Quora and interaction with the CEO of Quora, as she said;
“CEO of Quora is a very young man. He along his team were first working on Facebook, times when initially Facebook was on peak of its success. During that they were brainstorming about something unique and as a result Quora came into being”.
One of the academic and learning sites on the internet known as Khan Academy, she also met with the founder Salman Khan, that she describes an influential interaction that inspired her a lot.
“Salman is conducting research on behavior of a child towards technology. Generating report on children’s behavior and aware parents regarding the influence of technology on their children. He is planning to make an e-learning platform specially for children because they are more techie.”
Interviewing Iqra, she mentioned one of the important visit to the PayPal headquarters and one thing that is, unfortunately a bad news is, “PayPal isn’t in coming to Pakistan till 2022 and the reason is that they are already working in the market same as Pakistan and it’s not very beneficial for them”.
Iqra is amazed by the synergy, cooperation, and willingness of people for each other. She has learned that “Great Power Comes Great Responsibility”, one of the prominent experience was to enjoy the company of Founders and CEO’S and their acceptance for other in their sphere, that is totally opposite, not all but majority to the Pakistan’s side. Her message to the people, there is so much aggression, attitude, and ego in Pakistani people. Life will much easier for us if we eradicate these evils from our lives. Media is projecting negative image of Pakistani people all over the world.
below is the interview with Iqra hameed. do watch and comment your feedback.