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MovingWorlds Fellowship

This program was designed for high-achieving, mid-career professionals looking to use their skills and talents with impact-focused organizations around the world through the MovingWorlds Institute. Ms. Mahmood used her interior design skills to validate whether design could break socioeconomic barriers for a retail startup based in Malaysia. This startup supported low-income women and artisans by providing them with sustainable income from selling local heritage gifts and products. Ms. Mahmood provided four weeks of pro-bono design consulting, assisting with as-built architectural drawings and interior concepts for new retail expansion. After completion, she launched a Break Barriers magazine as a capstone to her valuable experience, and she continues to find opportunities to validate design for social equality to advance her skills in the social sector.

This fellowship was fully funded by the Fantetti Workshop , a full-spectrum architectural and interior design practice for luxury retail based in Vicenza, Italy, and supported by Kering Foundation , which combats violence against women, and the Social Impact Hub , which supports entrepreneurs who play an important role in solving social challenges.

Value: US$6,000

Entrepreneurship & Leadership Grant

BIM is part of the fourth industrial revolution and the most innovative platform for managing, collaborating, and sustaining building information throughout a project and a building’s lifecycle. More than 60% of construction projects in the Netherlands are executed in BIM. The global demand for BIM talent has increased drastically in the last couple of years, as real estate developers now demand BIM managers. Ms. Mahmood received this grant based on educational background and professional excellence in the hospitality industry. This grant is used to pursue a Masters in Global BIM Management in providing clients with all-inclusive BIM services for hospitality.

This grant is provided by BIM Freelance corporation, full consultancy and advisory services on BIM, covering implementation and educational programs for companies and professionals in the AECO industry and Zigurat a global Institute of technology providing the world's leading program for BIM Manager and increasing awareness of BIM methodology.

Value: Euro 4,000