Interview with Rameen Sheikh | Code for Pakistan

Interview with Rameen Sheikh

Interview with Rameen Sheikh

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

A: I belong to Peshawar, which is famous for its food. Some famous Peshawari foods are Siri-Paaye, Patta Tikka, Karahi from Charsi, and Chapli Kababs.


Q: Favourite subject in school? A favorite course at university?

A: I’ve completed my BS in Software Engineering from Abasyn University Peshawar. My favorite subject is Calculus. I like Calculus because it doesn’t require memorizing content; one has to solve problems on the spot.


Q: Work experience?

A: I’ve worked as a Lecturer (Computer Science) in Govt. Frontier College for Women, Peshawar between February 2017-March 2018. I also worked as an Android Developer (internee) at KPITB between Jan 2016-June 2016. Furthermore, I’ve worked as a Graphic Designer (internee) in USAID funded project (Comsats University Abbottabad) between Jan 2015-May 2016.


Q: What do you do in your spare time?

A: I like to explore and learn new information. I also like to paint, sketch and bake and enjoy listening to music and playing badminton.


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

A: I joined the Fellowship Program because I wanted to create new solutions for government departments. I also wanted to sharpen my professional and leadership skills, learn about new networking opportunities, and gain a deeper understanding of the software design process.


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

A: I was working with the KP Assembly (IT Department), where we worked on improving the quality of the KP Assembly live streaming system.


Q: Any other achievements you want to share?

A: One achievement I’d like to mention is launching my clothing brand called Bohemian. Another achievement is making it to the Dean’s List at my university for scoring the highest marks.


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: Server configuration was a challenge, which created some delays. Other than that, the overall experience has been excellent. We met some great people and made connections, and this Fellowship has taught me how to be more professional.

After working in the Fellowship, I hope I will get better opportunities to work in well-known organizations. I also hope to launch my startup with all the learning during this period.


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

A: I liked the work environment that we had and the mentoring sessions.


Q: What was the unique quality you brought to the Fellowship?

A: Throughout the Fellowship, I was very responsible for the tasks assigned to me and delivered them in a timely fashion. I brought a sense of responsibility and proper time management to the team.


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

A: It will improve the citizen to government relationship and create more awareness about what initiatives and projects the government is working on.


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

A: One problem that I would want to solve is unemployment. I want to work on a project that generates more employment opportunities and equips people with the right skillset.


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

A: One of my favorite shows is Crime Patrol. I enjoy watching Crime Patrol because it’s based on real-life stories.


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

A: That I can paint.


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

A: Anyone in my close circle would describe me as an introvert.


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

A: I would choose invisibility because I am an introvert and what could be better than being able to be invisible as an introvert.


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