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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)



Mahrukh grew up in the metropolitan city of Lahore in Pakistan. She graduated magna cum laude from Mount Holyoke College, located in a picturesque town of the United States, with a bachelor’s in Economics and Mathematics. She went on to write for some of the most widely read newspapers and magazines in the country and has been a recipient of Pakistan’s Agahi Awards for Journalism twice. While working at an international edition of MIT Technology Review, Mahrukh came to appreciate how new technologies can be used to solve hard problems and apply policies that can have a real and lasting social impact. Mahrukh also collaborated on government projects where she got an opportunity to see how information technology can be used to improve provincial governance processes and implement interventions to solve local issues. The MPP would provide her with a great platform to learn how to analyze public problems, with a focus on healthcare and the environment, instead of just reporting about them. In her free time, she enjoys books, nature, different cuisines and has eventually come to appreciate a good cup of tea.


Climate change health policy, science communication, technology policy