Ussama RQ. – C.E.O./ Head of Research & Development Deparment
A visionary and an educationist, has to his credit at a very young age, the only ECE school with the Waldorf Approach in Pakistan, by the name of Candy Club. Amongst his qualifications related to Art, Philosophy, and Education, he also holds a certificate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Harvard Business School in School Management and Leadership and The Science of Early Learning and Adversity. With his skills in fine art, sculpting, and wood art, he conducts project-based learning in collaboration with Karachi’s renowned schools like Karachi Grammar School, Bay View High, The Haque Academy, etc. These collaborations further his cause and vision to uplift the educational standards in Pakistan.
A gifted teacher for inclusive learners, he has also been part of the facilitation team at the Karachi Downs Syndrome Program and has led teacher training programs at Dow Institute of Physical Medicine & rehabilitation (DUHS). His phenomenal skills as a speaker, have led him to speak in seminars and conduct teacher training at prestigious universities like the Institute of Business Management (IoBM) addressing teachers on different topics related to ECE and Anthroposophy. Project Speak Up is his brainchild too, a teacher training platform through which he hopes to incorporate revolutionary practices into the prevailing educational system.
Adeel Hasan – Co-Founder / Director
Adeel Hassan having a vast experience in the field of corporate services his instinct of ‘guiding the troubled’ helped him reach the path he was seeking. With scientific background and being a sports enthusiast, his strive towards the betterment of the education finally landed him in the education and social service sector where he took on different roles as a counselor, facilitator, teacher and coach at various schools like Nixor College, L2L etc. Moving forward as an educational counselor he knew the glitch in the system and kept moving forward with his struggle to work for it. In 2015 he was introduced to the idea of Candy Club and its research program to which he instantly agreed to take forward and ever since he has been the driving force of Candy Club.
Talat Syed – Head of Studies
Talat Syed is armed with 30 years of global educational experience, she believes in providing education which goes well beyond classrooms. Having taught in various schools which include Froebel’s International School (Isl) and DHA as a Teacher, Coordinator, Vice-principal and Principal at the latter, she was instrumental in its growth. Ms Talat with a rich local experience brings constant innovation and adaptation to the world around us. She was also involved with Syed Publishers in revamping the Federal Board Curriculum. She is thoroughly committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our students and continues to shape children to be confident, independent lifelong learners and challenge them to make a difference.
Zulqurnain Hasan – Advisor
Zulqurnain Hasan has worked in the financial services industry in Multiple Countries / Regions around the world including United States, Middle East, Hong Kong and Pakistan. He has worked in some of the largest financial organizations in the world such as HSBC and Wells Fargo Bank. Additionally Mr Hasan has an MBA degree in Finance and Strategy from Olin Business School in the United States.
Mr Hasan is deeply involved in the strategy and long term planning of the Candy Club. He wants to ensure that Candy Club grows but at the same time stays true to its core values and beliefs and benefits the community as much as it benefits the students coming to learn and have fun.
Rohaan Syed – Projects Designer
Rohaan Syed is an electrical and electronic engineering student at the University of Nottingham, U.K & due to graduate in 2019 (tbd). By having gone through the UK education system, Rohaan is able to provide insightful ideas and teaching methods mainly focusing on science and the physics of electricity and electronics. In addition to this, he can explore different styles of teaching based on personal experience. Rohaan is excited in helping children find empowerment and self-confidence through education. It is a passion of his to help people achieve their goals and learn new things. Rohaan believes strongly in good mental well-being and the impact mental illness has on a person and how it affects them.
He has a strong background of working in the corporate sector; with a decade and a half in the field of airlines. He changed direction and went into the voluntary sector and charitable work in 1992. He has been a part of many reputable aid agencies including the humanitarian wing of the UN & Muslim Aid Islamic Relief Convoy of Mercy.
For the last fifteen years he has also worked in the Community based sector therefore is a community leader as well as an activist.
Mr. Mazhary is also a TEFL and CELTA Qualified trainer and has a good command on multiple languages such as French, German, Arabic, Turkish, Persian, Spanish, etc. He also is an extensive traveler and learner. He has travelled over 90 countries around the globe across the 5 continents and vows to enhance and keep Candy Club updated with the educational developments going around the globe.