Top Pacific Alumni to Follow on Linkedin Spotlight: Mahrukh (Maya) Hasan

Mahrukh (Maya) Hasan

Global DEI Educator & Community Builder | Award-Winning Entrepreneur | Global Aid & Development | Equity Design | Intersectionality Matters, Fearless Project

☀️ Mahrukh (Maya) Hasan

Average Post Engagement: 45

What I use Linkedin for:

I use LinkedIn to explore and share new ideas, keep in touch with colleagues, and build new and meaningful relationships across disciplines.

Number of Followers:



Design, International Development


Who am I:

I am a champion of social and equity design, raising awareness of biases we all hold and pushing for systems and organizational change, while amplifying the voices of marginalized people, especially in the social sector.

What I do:

I’m a social + equity designer, strategist, and researcher working at the intersection of organizations, human behavior, communications and technology.

I’m the founder and director of Azura Labs, a social design + research studio that builds capacity of international NGOs and UN agencies serving communities in Sub-Saharan Africa and South and Southeast Asia.

I help organizations understand the needs of their staff and users to design equitable and accessible organizations, services, and products. I leverage networks of highly skilled technical and local experts for evidence-based, context-appropriate, and sustainable solutions that people trust, use, and enjoy.

I am a champion of organizational psychology, behavioral science, and equity design, raising awareness of biases we all hold, while amplifying the voices of womxn, BIPOC, LGBTQI+, and people with disabilities, as a core outcome of any engagement.

I’m on the leadership team of Fifty Shades of Aid, a global support and advocacy network of 25,000+ humanitarian aid workers.

I’m also preparing to launch a new social business, The Fearless Project, which will champion equity in the social impact sector with a focus on 1) transforming organizations and 2) building leadership and community among womxn of the global South.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

You should follow me if you’re interested in big and small ideas, initiatives, and tools to nurture sustainable social change in your organizations, communities, and industries.

Who I follow on Linkedin

On LinkedIn, I follow these people that represent a variety of backgrounds and disciplines:

Within the field of social and equity design, especially as relates to race, gender, and technology, I follow the self-described pissed-off optimist George Aye, social and service designer Alvin Schexnider, and algorithmic bias researcher Joy Buolamwini.

Within the field of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) for leaders and organizations, I follow DEI leaders and consultants Michelle Kim, Lily Zheng, and Patrice M. Palmer.

Within the field of accessibility, inclusive technology, and persons with disabilities, I follow disability specialist Shani Dhanda and Microsoft Chief Accessibility Officer Jenny Lay-Flurrie. For cross-cultural psychology and applied behavioral science, I follow behavioral scientist and consultant Elina Halonen.

For creating spaces for and facilitating open, honest, and effective conversations, I follow conversation designer Daniel Stillman.


Alvin Schexnider

Emancipatory Designer | Founder, GraffitiVersal

Dr. Joy Buolamwini, The Algorithmic Justice League

Michelle MiJung Kim

Author of The Wake Up & CEO, Awaken

Lily Zheng

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategist and Consultant, Independent Consultant

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This is a LinkedIn article full of practical tips that I wrote recently to support aspiring or struggling social designers and researchers. I want to highlight it as a resource to those who are seeking to join me and the broader social mission-driven community on this timely, relevant, and important work.

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