Sahar Khan  Research Assistant

Education

MPhil Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom 2015

Visiting Scholar, Magdalen College, Oxford University, Oxford, United Kingdom 2011

B.A., with Honors and Distinction, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, United States of America 2013

  • Class rank: top 15%
  • Award-winning Thesis on Legal, Economic and Linguistic Factors of Violent Conflict in India – qualitative research in three languages

I.B. Diploma, ABA (previously known as American-British Academy) An IB World School, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman 2009

  • Ranked first with highest GPA and IB score in the graduating class
  • Recipient of ABA Award for International Understanding 2009

Experience

Ms. Khan is the founder of an India-based non-profit technology that employs design thinking (an interdisciplinary school of design at Stanford University) to connect women who have faced violence with legal, economic and medical assistance. This platform was incubated in a California not-for-profit formed to collaborate with similar organizations in India and Stanford’s Sensa Accelerator, and nominated for the Ashoka Changemakers and UNESCO competitions. Ms. Khan also recruited a core team to design and build the first domain. The first pilot was launched in India with certain other countries to follow.

Ms. Khan won a Stanford Haas Fellowship to work at a leading Hague institution that undertakes legal research and innovation in international law. Ms. Khan researched, managed and wrote the Women’s Report for the first comprehensive survey of Yemen’s justice needs. During this period, Ms. Khan also developed a law and economics framework for analysis of surveys and questionnaires and was instrumental in the development of an online divorce platform.

Ms. Khan has worked at a barrister’s chambers in the UK and in Oman and has gained experience in a variety of litigation and corporate matters involving public and private sector parties.

Ms. Khan also advised Stanford Law School’s Afghan Interpreter Project.

Awards

  • James Birdsall Weter Prize for Outstanding Honors Thesis – June 2013
  • Stanford Haas International Public Service Fellow – March 2013
  • Member of Vice Provost Harry Elam’s Student Advisory Group – 2012/2013
  • History Department Advisory Board Member – 2012
  • Stanford UAR grant for independent research related to honors thesis – Summer 2012
  • US State Department’s Critical Language Scholarship (Advanced-Level Persian) – 2012 (declined)
  • Stanford ‘Muslim Student of the Year’ Al-Mojel Scholarship awarded at the Muslim American Contribution Award ceremony, Palo Alto, California, USA – 2011
  • National Winner of Toyota Community Scholarship – awarded to 12 out of 8,000 – June 2009

Publications

  • Redoing Afghan History: Undoing “Nation,” Reimagining Space (Stanford Herodotus History Journal, Volume XXII) – May 2012 (introduced by Professor Robert Crews of Stanford University)
  • Comparing the Emergence of Nations and National Projects in the Middle East (Avicenna – The Stanford Journal on Muslim Affairs, Volume 2, No. 1) – November 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • Participant and Speaker at the Nobel Prize Series, New Delhi, India – January 2017: Ms. Khan represented Zariya India at the Nobel Prize Series Symposium and discussed two symposium themes: ‘Innovation and its uses to spur societal benefits’ and ‘Innovation and Economic Growth.’
  • Keynote Speaker at the ‘Code for India’ Summer Convocation, Bangalore, India – August 2014: Ms. Khan addressed the positive role of technology in social empowerment and recruited volunteers for Zariya technology development.
  • Keynote Speaker at a European Commission event, Brussels, Belgium – May 2014: Ms. Khan spoke to a group of ‘Blue book Stagiaire’ trainees (those who have passed all EC selection stages) in Brussels about the importance of the social enterprise model in policy-making and access to justice, and conducted a short workshop on how to develop a social enterprise idea.
  • Participant and Speaker at Stanford Bing Overseas “Islam in Europe” conference, Cordoba, Spain – November 2012: As a member of the Oxford team, Ms. Khan presented legal solutions for the successful and effective integration of Muslim minorities in various European countries with a special emphasis on the UK, Spain, France, Germany and Italy.

Interviews and Features

Ms. Khan has given interviews or been featured in the following media:

  • Startup Journal interview, Pakathon, USA – January 2017
  • Feature Friday interview with Akhila Kolisetty, USA – January 2017
  • Inspirational Interview Part 1, The Pixel Project, USA – February 2016
  • Inspirational Interview Part 2, The Pixel Project, USA – February 2016
  • Albawaba News, Toyota Awards US$1 Million in Scholarships to 100 High School Seniors, Middle East News – June 2009

Activities

  • Stanford ASSU Community Action Board (CAB): founded Data Collection Committee to support minority and diversity-relevant advocacy – 2012/2013
  • Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Avicenna (a Stanford Journal): procured sustained funding from the Stanford Publications Board – 2010/2013
  • Wolfson College Boat Club, Wolfson College, Cambridge University – 2014
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