Faryal is a postgraduate student at the University of East Anglia, UK, pursuing her MSc in Climate Change and International Development 2017-2018. As part of her degree, she is currently undertaking a Development Work Placement at the African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI), University of Cape Town from June to September 2018 for which she has won ‘Tropical Agricultural Association Fund Award - UK’. During her time at ACDI, she is assisting Dr. Nadine and the research team on Water-Energy-Food Nexus project. She did her undergrad in Business Administration with specialisation in Human Resource Management. She also holds an MSc. in Sustainability, Entrepreneurship and Design from Brunel University London.
Born and brought up in Pakistan, Faryal carries an immense passion for sustainable development. Her major focus is on strengthening rural communities mainly women to ensure their equal participation in designing their own creative solutions to the challenges they face; and ultimately, making this world a better place for themselves and for the future generations.
On her outstanding academic achievements and active youth engagement, she has been nominated to represent her country in Women Leadership Programmes in the United States and the Middle East on several occasions.
She has served the largest training institute in the not-for-profit sector in Pakistan. As an experienced trainer, she has worked with the urban and rural communities in the UK and Pakistan on social and ecological sustainability issues. Additionally, she has developed several sustainable proposals both for developed and developing countries.
Having huge interests in: Adaptation to Climate Change, Participatory Climate Governance, Climate Justice, Food Security, Role of Cities in Mitigating Climate Change, and Strategic Sustainable Development, she aims to pursue her career in the development sector and academia with specific focus on Asia and Africa.