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Introducing myself and my journal: Living for Change!!!

About Me:
Saba Ahmed is a Pakistani-American law student at Lewis & Clark Law School. She completed high school equivalency (O-levels) from The City School in Rawalpindi, Pakistan at age 15 and at 19 she graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelor of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering and Physics. Saba has been working at Intel Corporation for over six years in various different engineering and management positions. She also holds her Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification. She will be completing her law degree with a focus on International Business and Intellectual Property Law this year (2009) at age 24 from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. Saba recently took part in the National Lawyers Guild delegation to Pakistan, where she interviewed several lawyers, judges, civil society members and political party members. She has since been speaking at various events in Oregon and Washington about her trip and has been featured in the Oregonian, NPR News, and other radio stations and magazines. She has a unique American and Pakistani perspective because she has lived in both countries and sees the good and the bad of both sides in terms of education, values, human rights, economy, inflation, healthcare, etc. After law school, Saba hopes to focus on her patent law practice along with bringing about change in the U.S. Foreign policies towards Pakistan and the Middle East. Saba is currently working for the Oregon Governor's Legal Counsel.

My Passions:
Life, People, Human Rights, Democracy, Islam

My Challenges:
Being a Muslim woman in the United States, Bureacracy, Patriarchial culture....

My Vision for the Future:
World with people with consiousness instead of ego's...

My Areas of Expertise:
Law, Engineering, Project Management

Comments

JMKELLAM's picture

Congratulations

Saba:

Congratulations on all you have accomplished and all you will accomplish. Good luck with law school.

By any chance, do you have a recording of your story on NPR?

Jenna

sabiha nazli's picture

Wow ! That's great you have

Wow ! That's great you have achievced a lot , I hope you will do more too make this world free of egos which is not impossible . I would like to join you in this missin.

Sabiha

Congrats on everything you have achieved so far, and hopefully you will do even more. It's great to see that you manage to balance between different cultures, something that isn't always easy. I'd love to read a post about your experience of being a Muslim woman in the States, since you mentioned it as a challenge.

Kizzie's picture

Your experience seems

Your experience seems fascinating!

JaniceW's picture

Welcome

Saba, it is such a joy to have you join our community and I look forward to reading your insights, experiences and perspectives regarding policy between Pakistan and the United States. Your contributions are so vital and I know that you will be able to transform lives as you share your knowledge, dreams, ideas and hopes with the community.

Also, you may wish to consider joining our Pakistan Cafe group, a platform to spotlight the unheard voices of women leaders and changemakers, as well as those who support them. You can find it at:
http://www.worldpulse.com/pulsewire/groups/5053

Again, welcome and I know that you will find PulseWire to be engaging, inspiring and thought-provoking.
Janice
PulseWire Community Director

kelsang shakya's picture

very impressive!

i must congratulate you on all the fine accomplishments you have already achieved at such a young age. your family must be very proud of you. i am from nepal but from a Tibetan background. however, my accent is Indian because i was sent to a boarding school near Mumbai from the age of 4 - 16 years, and learned English there (it is my first language now) as well as Hindi and Marathi, therefore even if i can't write the Urdu script, i can certainly understand it very well. i love ghazals and the old Pakistani or Indian ghazal singers from past decades are my favorite. i have many muslim friends around the world because even though we all attended a christian missionary girls' boarding school in Panchgani, India, most girls were from Hindu or Muslim families. after about 25 years since leaving school in 1984, all my childhood friends since this summer in July 2009, have been reconnected to each other over facebook and we will have a large reunion in West Virginia (country roads, take me home! singing will be part of it i am sure) in 2010.

i live in Portland, Oregon and am married to an American from here, we met 20 years ago at the University of Oregon, just before he took off for India (was supposed to go for 2 months study program, but stayed 4 years because he loved the culture). i've had numerous jobs over the years, mostly in Banking, Accounting, and Office Management. I did a 6 month stint as Office Manager of the Portland office of Oregon DOJ, so I had some dealings with Lewis & Clark law clerks, who were in my care... my best friend of 25 years from Kathmandu, is also at DOJ and like you has a PMP certification since she is their Operations Manager. i am sure she would be just as thrilled as me to some day meet in Portland, she lives in Salem.

nice to read all about you on World Pulse, hope you will keep posting entries when you have the time. very interesting indeed.

Kelsang

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