As a research officer, Qudsia Shah is responsible for commissioning research and developing educational materials on the key issues that impact the religious and cultural identity of Ismaili community in their varied regional contexts on issues related to bio-medical ethics, values, religious rituals and practices, law and authority in Shia contexts, among others.
After finishing her M.Sc in Economics, Qudsia started her professional career in development and worked with Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP) in Gilgit, Pakistan. Subsequently, took a gap from work and joined the Institute's Graduate Programme in Islamic Studies and Humanities (GPISH class of 2006). After finishing her studies in London, she went back to continue working within the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and joined First MicroFinance Bank Ltd. (FMFB), in Islamabad with a very dynamic group of people in developing non-financial services and development initiatives. Before joining IIS, she was working with the Emergency Response and Recovery Programme (ERRP) of Save the Children in Pakistan and played a key role in the organization’s humanitarian response to the flood affected communities in 2010 and internally displaced populations in 2012.
The approaches and skills developed in working closely with local communities in her development work provides very relevant background when dealing with ethical issues related to bio-medics, values and many other issues that Muslim societies constantly face in an ever changing, globalised world.
Qudisa holds a M.A Social Anthropology of Development from SOAS, UoL(2006); is a graduate of GPISH (2006) and holds a M.Sc. in Economics from Quaid -e- Azam University (2002), Islamabad.