Faraz joined SDDirect's technical team in October 2016 working on the delivery of DFID's Infrastructure and Cities for Economic Development (ICED) programme. His role involves driving the ICED facility's knowledge and learning portfolio as well as communications activities.
Faraz has a BSc in Urban Planning, Design & Management from the Bartlett School of Planning, and a Master’s degree in Urban Development Planning from University College London. His passion lies in understanding and managing processes that shape modern cities, and the creation of socially equitable and resilient urban spaces.
Faraz is skilled at conducting research amongst diverse communities, and using this research to formulate culturally and socially sensitive policies for urban development. He recently worked with Social Life, a consultancy specialising in the role of communities in placemaking. His work has revolved around embedding social sustainability at the heart of a number of new developments and urban renewal projects across the UK. This has included the production of a social sustainability strategy for a major housing development in Aldershot; the production of a community engagement toolkit for Waltham Forest in London; and participatory asset mapping in Cheltenham.
Faraz is also skilled in the use of digital and communications technology, and is interested in the role this technology can play in facilitating social impact. He has led on projects using big data to map resilience and wellbeing in UK cities, aimed at informing better decision-making around local communities.
He has also worked with international campaigns group Global Witness on their digital campaigning strategy. This included the use of modern digital tools and platforms to tell narratives around corruption, conflict, and environmental destruction. He worked on developing Global Witness's website into a modern online campaigning platform, and built a social media strategy to boost campaigning reach and influence.
Faraz also speaks fluent Urdu and enjoys travelling, writing, playing squash, and international cinema.