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Nayab Raza, a PhD Scholar at the University of Manchester, UK, is a distinguished academic and entrepreneur with a passion for sustainable agriculture and water management. As the Founder and CEO of ALGAVERSE, she has spearheaded the development of innovative products such as BHAAN, a native freshwater microalgae-based bio-fertilizer.  More Information:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/nayab-raza-b00010220/

Her ground-breaking research on the "Treatment of Real Textile Wastewater by Algae-Bacterial Consortium" has been published in the prestigious international journal Biomass and Bio-refinery, earning her recognition in the academic community. Additionally, she was honored to contribute a chapter on "CLIMATE-FRIENDLY AGRICULTURE AND LAND USE PRACTICES" to the Global Good Governance report 2023 by Cambridge IFA, UK.

Nayab Raza's achievements extend beyond academia. ‘Her dream is to build a first plant of microalage based biofertilizer in United Kingdom to make climate resilience and address the agricultural issue with sustainable production’.  She has represented Pakistan as a global semi-finalist in the Climate Launchpad competition and secured beamline acceleration funding from Estonia among worldwide competition showcasing her entrepreneurial prowess and innovative spirit. Her accolades include winning the Hackathon 3.0 by The Asia Foundation, the Experimental Innovation Challenge by Women in Energy, and the Green Innovators Program by UNDP, among others.

Furthermore, Nayab Raza is dedicated to promoting gender inclusion and climate-smart agriculture. She has trained over 500-600 farmers in Sindh, emphasizing the importance of sustainable farming practices and empowering women in agriculture. Her efforts serve as an inspiration for women in Pakistan and beyond, encouraging them to actively engage in environmentally conscious agriculture.

In summary, Nayab Raza's contributions to sustainable agriculture, carbon capture, and gender inclusion are remarkable. Through her pioneering research and entrepreneurial endeavors, she is making significant strides in addressing environmental challenges and fostering sustainable development both in Pakistan, Estonia, United Kingdom and globally.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Master in Science, Real Textile Wastewater Treatment Using Microalgae-Bacterial Consortium, Mehran University of Engineering & Technology

27 Aug 201812 Apr 2022

Award Date: 12 Apr 2022

Bachelor of Science, Bachelor in Biochemistry , University of Sindh

12 Jan 201315 Mar 2017

Award Date: 15 Mar 2017

External positions

ALGAVERSE (BHAAN: A Sustainable food for soil)

Keywords

  • Microalgae
  • Wastewater Treatment
  • AgriTech
  • Climate Change
  • Climate Smart Agriculture
  • Food Security
  • Zero Emission

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