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Zain Islam-Hashmi

Johns Hopkins University and The Maryland Institute College of Art

Business Administration and Design Leadership



Zain is a Pakistani-American queer progressive Muslim passionate about community engagement and design thinking. He has worked for offices and nonprofit organizations in Washington D.C., Japan, Ghana, Pakistan, and France. He has worked across a range of scales and disciplines, such as architecture, industrial design, real estate, curation, fashion, and production. His design and research work has been featured in several news articles and publications and presented at conferences across the country. Combining his passion for socially responsive design work with his interests in management, he hopes to continue supporting minority socio-cultural-religious groups as a professional by one day leading enterprises in fostering contextually responsible work that engages with underserved and underrepresented communities equitably and holistically. He currently serves as the international fellow for Domaine de Boisbuchet, a French arts and cultural nonprofit, and the co-chair for Hidayah US, an organization providing support and welfare for LGBTQIA+ Muslims across the world. Zain holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Carnegie Mellon University and is pursuing a Master of Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Art in Design Leadership from Maryland Institute College of Art.

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