Neelam is a strong advocate for using technology and innovation for economic, financial and social inclusion of the marginalized. Currently, she serves as the Innovation Specialist at Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund. Within her role, she identifies, source and test innovative pilots with high sustainability potential to help alleviate poverty in Pakistan. Previously, she was the program manager at Basecamp, spearheading a DfID funded education innovation initiative in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. Neelam also worked on knowledge management for financial inclusion of the poor.
Neelam is a Fulbright scholar with a Masters in Public Administration from The Ohio State University. In 2017, she attended a short course on incubation management and gender inclusion at the University of Queensland, Australia as an Australia Awards Grantee. She is also the vice-curator Global Shapers Islamabad Hub (World Economic Forum). Speak to her about intersectional inclusion, impact innovation, converting the bottom 10 million from beneficiaries to customers or her self-proclaimed epic(read: hilarious) fail stories!