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Rahilla Zafar

Rahilla Zafar

Board Member and Interim Manager


New York






Board Member and Interim Manager

Board member since 2009 and current interim manager helping rebrand jewelry products, identify new suppliers, and develop a new sales strategy.

Be fashionable with a social cause, have an impact:

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Knowledge@Wharton/INSEAD Knowledge

The Wharton School/Co-founder of the community program Building Bridges to Wealth

•Reported from Colombia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for the flagship publication Knowledge@Wharton; interviewed Clayton Christensen, Muhammad Yunus and Fareed Zakaria
•Successfully piloted Professor Keith Weigelt’s six-course high school and adult business curriculum in Philadelphia inner-city schools; worked directly with the Executive Education Editor of the Huffington Post to produce original content
•Developed a partnership with Dubai Women’s College and Sheikh Nahyan, United Arab Emirates Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, to pilot our entrepreneurship curriculum
•Helped create courses with startups and companies such as GE/Habihut, General Assembly, and the Masdar Institute


NATO-led mission Afghanistan

Journalist/Print Editor

• One of three editors of Sada-e Azadi, Afghanistan’s largest circulation and only tri-lingual newspaper.
• Served as the organization’s spokesperson and prepared all press statements.
• Managed seven field reporters and five local staff; assigned editorial content covering four Afghan regions
• Increased readership by over 10% to 450,0000 by creating an op-ed section, Q&A and kids education page
• Partnered with all major donors and the Afghan Government to develop themes which raised awareness on public health issues and publicized major events such as vaccination campaigns

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International Organization for Migration

Public Information Officer

Raised the profile of IOM among local and international media and the donor community. Helped improve internal communications as well as manage donor relations to extend funding for projects.
• Served as the organization’s spokesperson and prepared all press statements.
• Developed an outreach campaign creating brochures, newsletters, fact sheets, and bi-weekly press briefings.
• Created a reporting system to improve communication among staff from all IOM’s seven sub-offices.


Springside Chestnut Hill Academy

Director of Outreach and Partnerships for the Center of Entrepreneurial Leadership

•Selected to co-present workshop at SXSWedu 2012 on ‘Entrepreneurial Leadership Through Design Thinking’
•Worked with General Assembly startup ElectNext to organize and host one of three nationwide White House App Challenges
•Developed relationship with NASA to create an offsite space for students to participate in the International Space Apps Challenge; SCH students were selected among the top 10 of 170 submission
•Organized speakers series with guests such as New Yorker staff writer Jon Lee Anderson and Peter Thiel fellow Eden Full
•Developed and taught entrepreneurship courses engaging students with lean startup methodologies; established a relationship with the Huffington Post and the National Geographic sponsored Out of Eden Walk where students regularly guest wrote
•Helped students receive internship opportunities with Urban Outfitters CEO/Founder Dick Hayne, Recycle Bank founder Patrick Fitzgerald, and the McDonald’s Corporation; Received a $50,000 grant for the NASDAQ Foundation
•Launched series where students met with entrepreneurs in industries including film, music, tech, art, education, journalism, apparel, pet accessories, international development and non-profits

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One Degree Solar

Outreach and Development

ODS provides affordable technology and connectivity to low income communities in developing countries

•Successfully pitched ODS to be selected into Wharton's venture program
•Facilitated 10k worth of consultancy services for the venture
•Developed and managed relationships with investors and partners


Vera Institute of Justice

Field Researcher

DePaul University, Department of Public Policy

Teacher's Assistant and Researcher

San Francisco Board of Supervisors

Public Policy Intern

University of Pennsylvania

Master of Science in Environmental Studies/Wharton Venture Initiation Program

London School of Economics and Political Science

MSc, Social Policy and Planning in Developing Countries

DePaul University

BA, Public Policy

Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Summer Career Discovery Program, Summer 2001

University of Chicago

Urdu language studies, 2003