Ms. Noorulain Masood's Profile

Ms. Noorulain Masood is the Founder/ CEO of the Center for Social Innovation for Developing Countries (CSIDC). She received a Master’s degree in Public Administration/ International Development in 2009 from Harvard University.

Noorulain Masood leads CSIDC, part of a global response to the urgent challenges facing our world today: climate change, unequal opportunities between rich and poor, conflict and war, others. Addressing these adaptive challenges is key to our future, the future of other life forms, and the future of our planet. CSIDC exists to nurture and develop a new wave of leadership that can help address these challenges. Since 2012, Noor has been part of multiple international efforts to build capacities of social leaders including as CEO of Teach For Pakistan, a program that sought to build a cadre of leaders fighting for educational inequity. Her understanding of the practice of and need for leadership is deeply influenced by her spiritual practice, and the works of Professors Bob Kegan, Ron Heifetz, Marshall Ganz, and Otto Scharmer, based at Harvard and MIT. She was a student of Professors Heifetz and Ganz and has worked with them over the years.


Rethinking Social Change

Leading change is hard. It is not only physically taxing, with high stress levels and long hours taking a toll, it is emotionally difficult. People may resist our ideas, no matter how good they are, and stall our efforts. At times it is tempting to get out of the game. Noorulain Masood (Fulbright Scholar 2009), founder of Center for Social Innovation for Developing Countries (CSIDC), is passionate about cultivating leadership that will bring about social change. Mariam Aziz (Fulbright Scholar 2014), filmmaker / digital media producer, wants to harness agents of change through storytelling. They invite you to stay in the game, show you why you need to stay fully engaged, and how you can be more effective at deploying yourself in times of uncertainty.

Some of the brightest minds at Harvard and MIT are thinking about how people can be better at the practice of leadership. We bring in their perspectives using clips of their talks and presentations. We string together what we have seen and learned here. The presentation is also peppered with on ground footage to make a case for doing things now and doing things differently.

Ms. Noorulain Masood
CEO / Founder
Center for Social Innovation in Developing Countries

Fulbright Master’s
Harvard University




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