Ambreen Zaman (Riaz) is a Medical Doctor, Renaissance Scholar, Social Entrepreneur, TED Speaker, Tech Entrepreneur and advocate of women’s rights who divides her time between Turkey and Pakistan.

Her organization, ‘I Change Her Life’ provides financial support to women living in  impoverished communities in Pakistan and Turkey.The employees undergo a comprehensive training program that helps women become financially independent.

‘I Change Her Life’ is based on a unique business model. The organization empowers females by conducting workshops focused on capacity building, skill-based training, and mobilization of women and girls.The enterprise has been actively involved in the rehabilitation of IDPs and refugee women and girls in Turkey and Pakistan. The strategy and work model is inspired by ‘Theory of Change’ *. It highlights the significance of economic empowerment as a means to create long-term social impact.

Dr. Zaman’s career transition took place in 2008 after she worked as a volunteer doctor in an earthquake relief camp in the northern area of Pakistan. The lack of a platform for women empowerment and gender-related issues in the social welfare sector in Pakistan further enhanced her desire to serve the disadvantaged women.

Prior to this, she worked as a medical practitioner in the field of dermatology.

Ambreen has travelled extensively all over the world and has lived as an expatriate in many countries.

On the side, she is working on a startup called Uppshot, a video game that will help unhappy people find meaning in their struggle and disgruntled employees find purpose in their work.

*Theory of Change (ToC) is a specific type of methodology for planning, participation, and evaluation that is used in the philanthropy, not-for-profit (Wikipedia)




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