Interview with Muhammad Nawaz Wali

Interview with Muhammad Nawaz Wali

Nawaz Ali

Q: Is there something your town/city is famous for, or something interesting or unique about it?

A: I belong to South Waziristan, which is known by many for housing the Cadet College in Razmak. Another thing South Waziristan is famous for is the Jirga system. A head is nominated by presenting them with a turban, which is called Shamla in the local language. The head then resolves all community matters internally, giving him the edge of knowing people personally.


Q: Favourite subject in school? Favorite course at university?

A: I have completed my MSc in Computer Science from the University of Peshawar and my favorite subjects are Advance Programming and Database Management System. I like Programming because I don’t have a strong grip on the English language and programming isn’t restricted by any language boundaries. It is based more on logical creativity.


Q: Work experience?

A: I have 2 years of experience, working at APPSOLS where I managed everything from formatting to scripting, including working with Platform CMS (WordPress, Drupal) and PHP Frameworks (Codeigniter, Laravel).


Q: What do you do in your spare time?

A: I am always looking for ways to increase my knowledge and improve my skills and that is why I try and work on learning new web technologies and frameworks. Besides that, I enjoy playing cricket and spending time with my family.


Q: Why did you apply to the KP Government Innovation Fellowship?

A: To gain and improve my managerial skills and work in an organized work environment where tasks are pre-defined.


Q: Which government department were you assigned to work with? What solution did you work on?

A: Performance Management and Reforms Unit (PMRU), where we developed an Open Data Portal.


Q: What did you accomplish and learn during your Fellowship?

A: Being a part of the Fellowship has helped improve my managerial skills, I have built this capacity now to work in big teams and also be able to present and share my ideas with the tech community.


Q: Any other achievements you want to share?

A: During my time at the university, I led a community by the name of Coding SoftTech. Where we would teach underprivileged school-level students soft skills so they could earn a living.


Q: How has your experience of the Fellowship program and working with the government been like? What were the challenges? What were the positive aspects?

A:  Working with the CfP management team was a wonderful experience. I got to learn a lot from some very helpful people. 


Q: What was your favorite part of being a Fellow?

A: I loved the work environment! Getting to work with relevant people under the same roof has always been a dream.


Q: What is a unique quality you bring to the Fellowship that nobody else has?

A: The two major skills that I bring to the table are programming and quality assurance of the services.


Q: What have you learned?

A: Project Management skills and being able to work in a team.


Q: What do you hope will be the impact of the work that you did? What do you hope this will achieve?

A: I think the project which we did, will improve the government to citizen relationship and make it easier for researchers and developers to gather data.


Q: What is one civic/social problem in your community/hometown that you think needs to be solved urgently?

A: There’s a lack of education because of the security situation in the region. It would be great if steps were taken to resolve that and children are able to get an education. 


Q: What is your favorite book/movie/tv show and why?

A: My favorite book is Introduction to Islamic Finance by Mufti Taki Usmani. I like it because it gives me more clarity on different concepts of Islamic Banking. I also enjoy watching informative videos addressing social relationships and functioning of a society as a whole by Tariq Masood and Pur Zulfikar.


Q: What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

A: I surprised people in my internship by learning development within a week and developing custom themes and models in WordPress and PHP language.


Q: How would other people (friends, colleagues) describe you?

A: They would describe me as respectful, introverted and mellow.


Q: If you could have any superpower, what would you choose and why?

A: To be able to figure out people’s problems and solve them.

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