Shehzia finds energy in supporting individuals to unlock their leadership potential and create more impact with their lives. She currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Amani Institute, and prior to this role, she spent 5 years as the Country Director of Amani Institute in India where she joined as one of the founding team members.
A passionate learning & development (L&D) professional, Shehzia has experience in the areas of coaching & mentoring, leadership development, social innovation and talent management. In the first ten years of her career, she predominantly spent time designing and delivering L&D interventions in the corporate world. She has worked with leading financial services companies like Barclays and Société Générale, where she has led their behavioral learning, leadership development and talent management initiatives. She has designed and implemented large-scale leadership development interventions and also facilitated programs to address transitioning into management roles.
At Amani Institute, Shehzia spent her first 5 years within the organization leading Amani Institute’s work in India, our base for supporting changemakers across Asia. In addition to leading our flagship Certificate in Social Innovation Management program in India, she was also an integral member of Amani Institute’s custom-design programs team and has led training sessions with the Rockefeller Foundation, Oxfam, University of Chicago, the U.S. Consulate General in Chennai, UN Women Afghanistan, Upaya Social Ventures, Clean Air Fund, and Nilekani Philanthropies, to name a few.
In her role as COO, Shehzia now leads the Global Hub team within Amani Institute and is responsible for strengthening the internal operations of the organization, to enable a shared value creation ecosystem that drives the Amani Institute engine forward. Her strengths and prior experience in the field of HR and organization development are key assets for this role, and she’s excited about bringing them to the fore as COO.
Shehzia is also an AIESEC alumna from AIESEC in Pune and started off her career with an AIESEC internship in the city of Wroclaw, Poland where she worked with a corporate training and consulting firm. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Fergusson College (Pune University) and a Diploma in Training & Development from ISTD (Indian Society for Training & Development, New Delhi). Passionate about the study of human behavior, Shehzia is also MBTI certified and accredited on Harrison Assessments. When she is not at work, she enjoys traveling & taking road trips, watching movies/binge-watching TV shows, exploring new eateries and coffee conversations with friends.