What do you do?
I support space agencies and commercial space companies worldwide through strategic consulting, research activities and economic analysis.
Why did you choose this field?
I have an background in electrical engineering and experience working in a broad spectrum of industries including oil & gas (where I worked on a Russian oil rig for a year), quantum computing and financial services. My main passion though has always been space (I am a big Star Trek fan!) and when I moved to Canada to pursue my MBA at the University of Toronto, I began to revisit my interest and explore the Canadian space sector. I got involved with non-profit organizations in the space sector (like SGAC, WSWA, etc.) and through my volunteer activities was lucky enough to find out about the role of space consultant which complements both my technical and business skills.
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
I worked at an oil rig for 1.5 years on a Russian island called Sakhalin. Younger me from a conservative Pakistani upbringing might never have thought that was possible but I now know you can break all barriers and overcome all hurdles by working hard and believing in yourself.
Why do you love working in STEM?
I love working in the space sector. We are in an era of technological breakthroughs and as an engineer and business graduate I am so excited to see the commercial space sector take off and for the wider population to be able to access space.
Best advice for next generation?
Do not be scared of dreaming big and taking on interesting challenges. All challenges are meant to be solved and STEM is a great toolkit equipping you with skills to address these challenges.
Inspo quote / fun fact / role model
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” - Wayne Gretzky