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TECH NIH Fellowship Program

TECH-NIH Fellowship Program (1st Cycle)

The TECH-NIH Fellowship Program is a 3-month program -- a joint collaboration between the National Institute of Health and Code for Pakistan, where a team of talented researchers, designers, community organizers, and developers are collaborating to foster government innovation and improve service delivery.

A total of 7 fellows were selected after a round of interviews and technical test. Each fellow was selected based on their skill and the need of the fellowship program to deliver major outcomes. The TECH-NIH pilot program started in September and will conclude in December.

Apart from gaining experience by working on projects, the fellows will also learn from a curated curriculum which includes:

  • Introduction to GitHub
  • Introduction to Heroku
  • Introduction to Lean Methodology
  • Introduction to Agile Project Management
  • Dive into User Research
  • Communicating Effectively
  • Introduction to Best HR Practices
  • Introduction to Team Building
  • Civic Tech as a Process


Zaeem Hassan

Syed Zaeem Hassan is from Multan. At the age of 21, he moved to Lahore to pursue higher education. He graduated from Lahore Leads University in 2017 with a degree in Software Engineering, focusing on Object-Oriented Programming (OOP), Software Engineering (SE) and Data Structures (DS).
After completing his undergraduate degree, Zaeem started off his professional journey as a Front-end developer in Soft-bay Labs and then as a Full-stack Developer in Erudite Solution. He is currently working as a Front-end Developer at TECH-NIH Fellowship.
An ardent drawing enthusiast, Zaeem has always been passionate about video games and computing processes.Software Engineering enables his interest in numbers and aesthetics to coexist.
In his free time, Zaeem likes to play snooker, football and badminton. He was captain of his college and university football teams. Playing football helps him to unwind and also boosts his creative thinking abilities.

Nawal Zaheer

Nawal Zaheer is from Murree and currently resides in Rawalpindi. She holds an MBA from PMAS AAUR Rawalpindi, and is an accomplished writer.
She has worked on multiple projects for local and international clients, with her work published in the International Journal of Innovation, Creativity and Change. She also has an entrepreneurial spirit and has experimented with different business ventures.
As a fellow at TECH-NIH, she will be working as content writer to promote the adoption of civic innovation techniques.
Nawal spends her free time expanding her knowledge by reading and writing.

Zeeshan Rehmat

As a TECH-NIH fellow, Zeeshan Rehmat works as a Backend Software Developer. Born and raised in Karak, KPK, Zeeshan completed his early education before moving to Islamabad for higher studies. Zeeshan completed his F.Sc. in pre-engineering from the Federal Board, then graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Comsats University, Islamabad.
During his studies, he was introduced to the course ‘Visual Programming and Databases’ which further enhanced his interest in the programming field and solidified his decision to pursue his career as a Backend Developer.
After graduation, Zeeshan started his professional career as an Application Developer Intern at a small-scale software house, Glaxit, and then as a full-time Application Developer at KTL Technologies.
In his free time, Zeeshan likes to play Cricket and Badminton and enjoys spending time with his friends.

Salman Khan

Salman Khan belongs to Bannu, KPK. He did F.Sc in Pre-engineering from Govt Post-graduate college Bannu and has a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from University of Science and Technology Bannu. A hard worker and an exceptional student, Salman covered his educational expenses by taking up various gigs during his academic career.
During his time at university, Salman explored various fields of CS & IT before shifting to mobile app development. He has 2 years of experience in Mobile App Development in which he has developed a number of Android applications (like; EasyKaam, AiZi, Medicine finder, Polio, Facemask detection, GroceryHub, Fresh & Catch etc).
Eager to further his knowledge led him to start learning React Native technology in 2020. Currently, with 6 months of React Native experience under his belt, he was able to create the Craft & Stitch application. Now Under the TECH-NIH Fellowship Program 2021, he is currently working as a React Native developer.
In his free time, Salman likes to play cricket and learn about new technologies.

Tooba Waqar

Tooba Waqar is from Islamabad and graduated in Computer Engineering from the National University of Science & Technology.
For the past 3 years, Tooba has worked in the Pakistani startup ecosystem as a Designer and Researcher. She is the Co-founder & Design Lead of QuranTalk, an app that bridges emotional well-being with the Holy Quran. She also possesses sound experience within the field of Virtual Reality Development & Design by creating solutions for ed-tech.
Tooba is a multifunctional designer with Design Research, User Research and Prototyping as her main forte. With an aim to 'decolonize design', she is on a mission to make design processes more compliant to the Pakistani population in order to ensure better user research and in return, better solutions.
Tooba enjoys photography, post rock music & is currently working on how to tackle design challenges in her free time as this enables her to keep on learning constantly.

Hamza Khalid

Hamza Khalid was born and raised in Nowshera, where completed his Intermediate from Federal Government College.
Hamza pursued his higher studies from Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan, Pabbi campus, with a bachelor’s in Computer Science, graduating in 2020. During his final year of university, he developed a passion for Data Science and focused on Python in particular.
Hamza started off his professional career as an intern and Junior Back-end Developer at Senho IT Solutions.
At TECH-NIH Fellowship Program he is working as a Back-end Developer. In his free time, he enjoys playing football, cricket and snooker.

Program Managers

Laraib Saad Ahmed

Laraib has a BS in Microbiology and BS in Computer Science, followed by a 3 years diploma in Software Engineering, a year-long associate degree in Business Administration and lastly, MBA in Management Information Systems Over 10 years of experience in Project Management, she currently works as Business Analyst at Transformation & Excellence Centre for Health, National Institute of Health and volunteering as Program Manager for TECH-NIH Fellowship Program.

Abdullah Farrukh

Abdullah Farrukh was born in Quetta, graduated from AUIC in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering. Currently works at TECH BMGF Project as an IT Support Officer and is assisting the TECH-NIH Fellowship program.

Ali Raza

Ali Raza is Director of Technology at Code for Pakistan, a quintessential civic hacker who loves solving civic tech problems with simple solutions. He was the first manager of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Government Innovation Fellowship Program, and he has since then carefully cultivated a relationship at the federal level with Pakistan's National Institute of Health and leads a pilot fellowship program that designs digital innovations in health that are community-centered.

Bushra Mustafa

Bushra Mustafa was born in Peshawar, KPK and holds a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from the UET, Peshawar and Masters in Project Management with a Gold Medal from SZABIST, Islamabad.
A regular contributor to various publications, Bushra also served as the Editor for Daastan Literary Magazine. She is an alumni of Code for Pakistan’s KP Civic Innovation Fellowship Program batch of 2017 as a Digital Marketing Fellow for the crowdfunding platform project.
Currently, she is working as Program Coordinator at Code for Pakistan and oversees both the TECH-NIH Fellowship and KP Women Civic Internship programs.