Mr. Russell Anas's Profile

Mr. Russell Anas pursued a Master’s in Operations and Technology Management from Boston University (BU). As a Fulbright scholar, Anas served as Treasurer of Questrom Asia Business Club and Vice-President, Graduate Entrepreneurship Club at BU. He interned as a Product Manager at Zynga, a gaming company, in San Diego. He also presented at LiveWorx Technology Conference on the transformation of IoT (Internet of Things). Anas is currently a Product Lead at Telenor.


Moments of Truth

According to Sebenius* (2009), there is a 60% chance that when we talk to a randomly chosen person from a country X, he/she would display characteristics that are outside the centrally representative range. We believe that the Fulbright Exchange enabled us to experience several moments of truth that helped us relate strongly to this idea that we cannot presume certain characteristics about specific cultures; that when we talk to someone from another culture, we do not talk to an average of characteristics, we talk to an individual with a unique set of characteristics. Such moments of truth have changed our perception of how we view people from other cultures and how these individuals view us.

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Through an extempore style narrative, we will share what each one of us had similar or very different moments of truth. Those moments of truth defined more succinctly what Pak-American friendship meant for us, especially through our rich interactions with members of the American community, both within professional and personal niche. Those interactions were a game-changer. They also brought out those hidden assumptions we kept inside us that we cannot be much more than what we were when we landed in the U.S. Contrarily, these moments of truth not only altered our beliefs about ourselves, but also how we viewed Americans in general in different contexts through shared academic and cultural exchanges.

*Sebenius, J.K. (2009). Assess, Don’t Assume, Part I: Etiquette & National Culture in Negotiation. (Working paper). Harvard Business School.

Mr. Russell Anas
Product Lead
Telenor Pakistan

Fulbright Master’s
Boston University




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