Amreen Poonawala, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Amreen is a student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education studying Technology, Innovation, and Education. As an AKF Award recipient, she is passionate about bridging the equity gap in education through innovation and social entrepreneurship. Her specific areas of interest include public education policy, emerging technologies, and edtech product management. She formerly worked as a consultant at Accenture focusing on digital strategy and transformation in the government, financial services, and retail sectors. She also led Communications as a Canadian representative on a North America Action Team for consultants.
Amreen is an honors graduate from the University of Toronto where she studied Industrial Engineering, worked on two NSERC-funded research projects, and led multiple student clubs including Women in Science and Engineering (WISE), receiving over 15+ awards and scholarships. She represented Canada at the Global Grand Challenges Summit in Washington, DC and was the University of Toronto's first finalist at the CEOx1 Day Program where she shadowed the CEO of a top-tier automotive company in the United States. She most recently served as a Board Member on the Economic Planning Board for Ontario to support members from vulnerable families with entrepreneurial, employment, and educational resources.
Amreen hopes to leverage her background in technology and business to create a positive social impact in a global context. Some of her current projects include an AI-enabled edtech venture, product research at MIT, a strategic entrepreneurship roadmap for a university in Asia, and a Future of Work study with the Harvard Business School, Kennedy School, and the Graduate School of Education.
She is always excited to talk to fellow students about ideas to improve Harvard's social and outreach responsibility, and to find ways to collaborate on community-building and community service initiatives.
Past Chairs of Community Engagement
- Jessica Huang, 2019-2020
- Jayson Toweh , 2018-2019
- Tas Islam, 2017-2018
- Sana Saed, 2016-2017
- Alexander Rodriguez, 2014-2016