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Ashfaq Ishaq



My road in life has been direct.
Grew up in a "privileged" family in Pakistan; had a comfortable childhood, excellent schooling.
Knew that he was lucky; all around him was a country in abject poverty.
Kept hearing "economics has the answers" to poverty; moved to the U.S. to study economics, worked at the World Bank.
Participated in research that found a "creativity slump" in fourth-graders; schools had trouble motivating, inspiring children at that age.
Realized poverty isn't just a bureaucratic issue; knew that giving at-risk kids creative outlets would help them down the line.
Started International Child Art Foundation in 1997; had trouble getting funding, found people hesitant to give to creative causes.
Says people still ask him why he works in child's art when he was a Ph.D., tells him to "grow up"; he maintains that this is his unique calling.
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I help foster creativity and develop empathy in children through children's art programs and festivals.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Problem Solving


Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation Immigrant