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.