Samar is passionate about creating a positive impact, with more than a decade of experience in innovation and entrepreneurship, higher education, financial inclusion, governance & international relations. She received Young Alumni Award 2017 by the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, which has produced alumni such as Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General; Leonid Hurwicz, 2007 Nobel Prize Laureate in Economics and Saul Friedländer, 2008 Pulitzer Prize Recipient, Historian and Professor at UCLA. She recently established Epiphany, an impact-driven consulting firm and social enterprise.She is also the Team Lead for Epiphany Lab, a business validation lab in collaboration with Uncharted (formerly Unreasonable Institute), based out of Colorado. She has vast experience in designing and curating workshops, seminars and courses for industry stakeholders, ranging from digital credit, human centered design research,
e-commerce, blockchain technology, challenges of the startup eco-system, climate change, post-colonial higher education etc. She was a core team member of the taskforce that established Habib University Foundation and Institute for Advancing Careers and Talents (iACT) in Pakistan. Samar was also a driving force in the creation of the revolutionary liberal arts & sciences university in Karachi – Habib University and also served as a critical member of the team that conceptualized Karachi Institute of Technology & Entrepreneurship (KITE). She was one of the pioneering team members at Karandaaz Pakistan where she led the organization’s marketing, communications & advocacy portfolio; spearheaded its community mobilization, capacity building & entrepreneurial support; thereby making it a transformative financial inclusion agent. Samar has a postgraduate degree in International Relations, specialization in Political Science from the Graduate Institute of International & Development Studies, Geneva and an undergraduate degree in International Relations, specialization Political Science, from Webster University, Geneva. She was also recently selected for the prestigious Australia Awards short course on Business Incubation Management course at University of Queensland.