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Irfan Bashir
Co-Founder and COO

My name is Irfan, and I am a co-founder, strategist, researcher, storyteller, and marketeer. I consider myself a creative soul with an analytical mind. As a person, I view the world through the prism of stories, connections, data, and opportunities. This allows me to think deeply about ideas and their relative place in the world.

I have done my Bachelor’s from the University of Rochester, New York, on a full scholarship. I have worked in the media fraternity as a journalist and editor for over five years in varied capacities — working both part-time and full-time. I have experience working as a digital media specialist, with knowledge in graphic design, video editing, 3-d printing, virtual reality, animation, after effects, and typography. Previously in 2016, I ran an NGO ‘The Federation for Peace and Development’ for two years in Kashmir, collaborating with government departments, schools, and police departments to create grassroots social impact.

In December 2020, I co-founded Project Nile — a crowdfunding research and consulting firm.  Through Project Nile, I consulted for some of India’s biggest NGOs and companies, helping them with content, PR, tech, marketing, and crowdfunding needs. I am also the co-author of India’s first book on the social impact and potential of online crowdfunding. The book employs a data-driven storytelling approach to capture the impact and potential of crowdfunding in a world governed by inequality. It does so while maintaining a constant grip on both the micro and macro perspectives of collective giving, social collaboration, and financial inclusion.

"To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest." - Pema Chödrön