Ishrat Bano was born and raised in Pakistan. Her interest in science, healthcare, entrepreneurship and environment manifested itself at an early age when she performed experiments using limited resources from her mother’s kitchen and father’s garden.
Dr Ishrat gained her MSc and MPhil in Pakistan. She worked towards a PhD while co-located at Quaid-i-Azam University and the University of Cambridge, supported by the International UNESCO L’Oreal Fellowship scheme. She has a Diploma in Entrepreneurial Skills Development Studies from the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. She joined Harvard University as a postdoctoral fellow.
Dr Ishrat has worked has worked closely with policymakers, healthcare professionals, educationalists and entrepreneurs. She has also worked with many highly reputable international organisations including:
- University of Cambridge
- World Bank
- Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, UK
- and UNESCO.
In 2013, Dr Ishrat received an Asian Women of Achievement Award and was invited by Samantha Cameron to 10 Downing Street. Other international awards and fellowships that she has won include:
- the international UNESCO L’Oreal Fellowship Certificate of Excellence Pasteur Institute, Paris
- the Einstein Young Scholar Award, Germany
- the Robert Bosch Stiftung Fellowship, Germany
- and the World Bank Fellowship, USA.
She has participated in the 60th Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau, Germany, in various mentoring circles and has volunteered for different charities. She has worked with the Stevie Award for Women in Business, New York, USA and participated in the judging panel for female entrepreneurs, executives, employees and the organisations they run.