Shifra Khan

I’m an 18 y/o taking a gap life year. I moved to Toronto from کراچی Pakistan when I was 12 years old. I’m currently building Faiza.Chat and am a Fellow on the Insights team at Invest2Innovate.

Most recently, I was on a team building a maternal mortality public health intervention with the Jigawa State Governemnt in Nigeria. Prior to that, I was a Data Analyst at CIBC, one of Canada's largest banks, feature engineering on the Advanced Analytics team. I have also been the youngest intern at KPMG Canada, building an internal tool for the Cyber Risk team. I’ve also controlled a 3D-printed car with my brainwaves.

I care deeply about emerging markets, improving the role of women in our economies, and understanding post-colonialism. When I’m not working, you can find me lifting weights, sending sappy multiple-paragraph messages to the people I love, or writing with the intention of not having anyone read.


Disclaimer The blurb above is a snapshot of the stuff I’ve done in the last few years. It is not a full reflection of my life or my inner experience. I have failed innumerably more times than I’ve done anything “cool” or “legit”. When I have done something, it’s usually been because someone way smarter than me was willing to take a bet on me and interested in my growth. I am forever thankful to all the people that have helped — from my mentors, to one-off coffee chats!

Hopefully, I’m currently nowhere near having reached my full potential. I certainly don’t feel as if I am. I’m still growing and still learning, and will inevitably fail quite a bit in my pursuits.

I hope I continue to love myself regardless.