Syed QudratUllah

Syed QudratUllah


  • Program Year
  • 2015-17
  • Country of Current Residence
  • Pakistan
  • City/Town of Current Residence
  • Quetta
  • Current Position
  • Sauvé Fellow
  • Organization
  • Jeanne Sauvé Foundation
  • Profession(s)
  • Educator, Community Developer

  • Sector(s)
  • Advocacy, Education, NGOs
  • Language(s)
  • English, Pashto, Urdu, Persian
  • Mentor
  • Malika Banerjee, Assistant Professor, Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University
  • Interest(s) / Expertise
  • community, education, empowerment, youth
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Impact Statement

Syed is determined to uplift young people educationally and culturally and to equip them with skills and confidence. He is passionate about education, reading, politics, traveling and hiking.


In 2010, Syed completed a Master in Business Administration (MBA) at Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering and Management Sciences (BUITEMS). After his MBA, he formed a youth-led organization: the Organization for the Development of Youth (ODY). For each ODY project, youth from the provinces were engaged in different activities like Youth Talent Hunt, Youth Conferences, Public Speaking, Capacity-Building, Negotiating Skills, Confidence-Building, Drama, Singing, Debate, Arts and other trainings. ODY has trained up to five thousand youths from different districts of Balochistan so far.

In both his professional and social life, Syed is fully committed and determined. He has volunteered with multiple organizations, such as School of Leadership, The Citizen Foundation, and Y-PEER Pakistan. On the basis of his services to the community and his leadership skills, he was offered a Fellowship with the International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) under the theme of “Young Leaders: NGOs and Civic Activism” by the U.S. State Department.

As a Fellow

In alignment with their program’s theme of Public Leadership for Culturally Diverse Societies, the 2016-17 Sauvé Fellows decided to collectively explore the complexities of refugee integration in Canada. To advance their learnings, they led a critical reading group, conducted site visits, and met with a wide range of relevant stakeholders, including refugees and parliamentarians. Their team project’s goal was to develop and pilot an approach to refugee integration in a holistic and practical way that delivered both impact and thought leadership while espousing core values of agency, inclusivity, fairness and cultural sensitivity.

In tackling the issue of refugee integration and implementing their team project, the Fellows wrote a policy brief (which they presented to several ministers while in Ottawa) and an op-ed, produced a short film on refugee experiences in Montreal as well as organized a series of public events exploring refugee integration in Canada.