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Global Agriculture Analyst
I work for a development finance organisation
About my work:
I’m the guy who loves chasing challenges, with technology, on the path towards commercially sustainable and scalable social impact.

Currently, part of Acumen Fund's Global Agriculture team supporting strategy and operations for Agriculture investments in Latin America, East Africa, West Africa, India and Pakistan. In my previous role, as the co-founder of Telenor’s mAgri Business Unit, I spearheaded efforts to devise, validate and implement Digital Solutions that uplift the Pakistani Agro value chain through Telenor's Network & Financial Services.

While representing Telenor in the GSMA mAgri Working Group as the Product Lead, I worked in coordination with over 20 local and international stakeholders in applying the principles of design thinking, agile processes and Monitoring & Evaluation best practices.

With around 4 years of experience in Digital Services and ICT for Development, I have exercised both the strategic (telco’s view) and operational aspects (vendor’s view) of providing value to end-users especially in verticals like Mobile Health, Education and Agriculture. Here’s a high-level preview of what I have achieved thus far:

» Won the GSMA mAgri Challenge Fund and GSMA Connected Women Advisory Support for Telenor Pakistan and assigned Project Lead, accordingly.
» Led In-Field Market Research (in areas of Punjab, Sindh & KPK) with over 100 in-depth interviews conducted with rural households (male and female) and quarterly rounds of research (focus groups with 150+ respondents)
» Launched Telenor’s Agriculture Info Service based on design thinking principles (ideation, storyboarding, prototype testing, rapid iterations and so on)
» Launched Pakistan’s first Mobile Health Information & Micro-Insurance Bundle with renewal-based monthly cover.
» Formalized partnerships with British Council, USAID, UAF among others.
Topics on my radar:
Agriculture, Base of the Pyramid, Education, Enterprise Development, Environment, Finance and Investment, Health, Inclusive Business Models, Measuring Impact, Nutrition, Social Enterprise, Technology

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