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Hifza Afaq

2023 Fellow

Co-founder/CTO, Kaarigar Mandi

Agra, India

Dr. Hifza Afaq leads Kaarigar Mandi, a transformative B2B platform for the footwear supply industry. Her mission is to strengthen the entire footwear supply chain by bridging the gap between bulk footwear buyers and small manufacturers while providing vital support to businesses.

With a background in computer software, a Ph.D. specializing in soft computing, and a passion for social work, Dr. Hifza brings extensive expertise to her multifaceted roles in IT, marketing, women artisans’ welfare, and training at Kaarigar Mandi. Her entrepreneurial journey has been enriched by prestigious programs at institutions like CIIE.CO, IIM Ahmedabad, and IIM Calcutta Innovation Park, including WISE Action for India and NSRCEL IIM Bangalore via the Goldman Sachs 10000 women program.

Dr. Hifza’s commitment to creating opportunities for marginalized communities led to accolades from the Government of Uttar Pradesh startup nodal agency. Dr. Hifza’s remarkable journey in technology-driven entrepreneurship continues to make a profound mark on the industry.