Hi, I am Qazi Fazli Azeem, an Assistant Professor of Design @SZABIST Media Science in Karachi, Pakistan.

I am Pakistan's first and South Asia's only regional self-advocate for the Autism spectrum since 2006.

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This is a summary of Assistant Professor Qazi Fazli Azeem, Media Science department at SZABIST Karachi - for SZABIST Students:

Qazi Fazli Azeem is the paternal grandson of Fazli Khalil, founder of Pakistan’s first Type Foundry (Karachi Type Foundry - KTF), which introduced locally manufactured typefaces and offset printing for the first time in East and West Pakistan, training the first generation of graphic designers and printing presses. Some of these designers learned how to design on Pakistan’s first Apple Computers (imported by KTF Systems) and became the first generation of Art directors in the advertising agencies that were established here. In this way, KTF directly influenced all Printing presses, publication houses, newspapers, and advertising agencies in Pakistan, before and after 1971.

Fazli Azeem’s maternal grandfather was Khawaja Ikram-ul-haq, an ex-British army soldier (Pre-partition) who became Quaid -e-Azam’s personal guard during public appearances after 1947. The President of Pakistan Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto awarded him a medal of achievement in 1972 for his work on the All-terrain vehicle nicknamed “Chand Gari”.

With artistic potential shown by winning Art prizes during his education at the Karachi Grammar School, Fazli Azeem was trained in fine arts (sculpting) at the national school of art and then at studio art (under Visual artist Naheed Raza). This was followed by learning graphic design on the job on for over a decade at Karachi Type Foundries offshoot press Printing Impressions. In 2004 Fazli Azeem did a two-year advanced diploma in multimedia from Arena Multimedia Defence Centre Karachi (Arena Multimedia was brought to Pakistan by KTF Systems) and over seven years taught hundreds of graphic designers, photographers, video editors, animators and artists who are now working at TV Channels, Advertising agencies and newspapers all over the world. In 2006 he completed his 4-year HEC recognized undergrad BS degree in Multimedia Design from the Newports Institute, Karachi. He then left Arena and became a fulltime lecturer of design at the Department of Communication Design at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture where he taught for four years, while teaching adjunct courses at the Media Science department at SZABIST. During these four years, Fazli Azeem created the ASIM JOFA brand and advertising campaigns for Movenpick of Switzerland Ice cream in Pakistan, and did projects for Aga Khan University, Lowe & Rauf Ad Agency (now MullenLowe group), PIA Inflight Duty-free catalog, Bay View Academy Annual yearbooks and many freelance clients.

In was during this time 2006-2012 that Fazli Azeem’s non-profit Autism awareness and advocacy programs started which led to interviews on all major Pakistani Tv Channels’ morning shows, major newspapers and radio stations (including an interview on ZabFM by my SZABIST Media science student Hammad Sarfaraz). This also led to being national keynote speaker at Autism research conferences in South Asian Countries (India and Bangladesh, and later in Bhutan) and the US.

In 2012, while at IVS, Fazli Azeem won the US State Department’s Fulbright scholarship and completed his two year terminal degree MFA in Design from the Dynamic Media Institute, Massachusetts College of Art and Design (Boston USA) with his electives and thesis completed at the MIT Media Lab (Cambridge USA) under LEGO MIT Professor Mitch Resnick. His graduate-level startup Curious learning was incubated at the Harvard Innovation Lab and exhibited his ed-tech designs at an educational conference for the US White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in Washington DC. He also did product design work at the MIT Media lab for the internationally acclaimed Artist and Design Olafur Eliasson, which was the subject of a short documentary by MIT and exhibited at the MIT Museum. His designs were also featured in a TEDx talk (now on YouTube) by his graduate co-founder Aya Sakaguchi at TEDxBeaconstreet in Boston in 2014.

While in the US for his Fulbright scholarship, Fazli Azeem also co-authored a book with American self-advocates of the Autism spectrum of disorders and researchers “Been there, done that, try this! An Aspies guide to life on earth” which was published by Jessica Kingsley Press UK in 2014. He also represented Pakistan as a speaker at the 2nd April 2013 United Nations Autism awareness day event in New York at the UN Plaza, the video of which can be seen on the UN videos website.

After graduating with the MFA in Design in 2014, Fazli Azeem returned to Karachi, Pakistan as per his agreement with the US State Department to serve Pakistan. His first project was as the designer and advertising campaign manager of the IAM Karachi Film Festival 2015 (funded by Creative Associates/USAID). In 2017 he was nominated by NOWPDP (AKDN) for the IAM Karachi Ardeshir Cowasjee award for Inclusion for his Autism awareness and advocacy work.

A bench designed by Qazi Fazli Azeem is permanently installed at the Karachi Cantonment Railway Station which was part of the 2014 Pursukoon Karachi exhibition of hand-crafted benches donated to the city by prominent artists.

In 2015, Qazi Fazli Azeem became the founding Head of Department of the Department of Design (B.Des undergrad degree) at the Karachi Institute of Technology and Entrepreneurship (KITE), a newly-established Sindh-HEC chartered undergraduate

university in Korangi. For nearly five years, he created the course outlines, hired and evaluated faculty, taught courses and workshops, created the universities advertising materials, managed social media accounts and participated in the Sindh-HEC evaluation meetings.

Qazi Fazli Azeem was one of the few people selected from Pakistan to attend the US State Department’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya which was presided by US President Barack Obama. During the next two years 2015-2016 Qazi Fazli Azeem trained two batches of Acumen Pakistan social entrepreneurship fellows in lean startup methodologies and design thinking.

In 2017, Fazli Azeem completed a two week certificate in advanced documentary production from the Centre for Excellence in Journalism at IBA Karachi, taught by Professor Brent Huffman of the Medill School of Journalism, North Western university USA and Oscar and Emmy award winning film-maker Asad Faruqi (Alum of Media Sciences Department at Szabist). Fazli Azeem’s name is featured in the list of CEJ Alumni on their website. The same year, Fazli Azeem was Design mentor and judge along with faculty of the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture at the PTCL LIVE Design Challenge during the 2017 National Digital Design Conference (N2DC) in Islamabad. The same year, he represented Pakistan as National speaker at the 2017 International Conference on Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders in Bhutan where he was invited by the Government of Bangladesh and the UN World Health Organization.

Since returning to Pakistan six years ago, Qazi Fazli Azeem has been invited twice to Islamabad at the US embassy to evaluate and judge Fulbright Masters and PhD scholarship applications and has been invited again virtually this month in August 2020.

In August 2019, Qazi Fazli Azeem became a fulltime Assistant Professor at the Department of Media Sciences at SZABIST Karachi. During Fall 2019 he took 1 course of MoA (Theories of Communication), 1 course of MSMD (History of Advertising) and two BSMS courses of Animation, supervising three MoA thesis students. During Spring 2020, he taught four BSMS courses (Three batches of Design Practices 1 and one senior class of Interaction Design), supervising six undergrad BSMS thesis students. His current summer BSMS class is “History of Commercial Art” and is supervising six undergrad BSMS students in thesis-2.

Qazi Fazli Azeem’s Fall 2019 MSMD SZABIST Media Sciences student Nida Aslam won the "Short film" first prize award (Rs 150,000) from all over Pakistan on 11 February 2020 in the "4th National Purazm awards 2020" by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MoIB) - Government of Pakistan. This is the first time a SZABIST student has won first prize during the Government of Pakistans Purazm awards (a SZABIST student won 3rd prize in 2019).

During Nov 1-3, the 2019 Karachi conference at IBA was attended and a detailed summary report of all the panel speakers was made for Dr Mukati on the request of the Media Science HoD.

A poster designed by Qazi Fazli Azeem was displayed at the MIT Campus in Cambridge, MA USA on 18 October 2019

In December 2019, Qazi Fazli Azeem (representing SZABIST) co-authored an international paper "An Expert Discussion on Autism in Adulthood in Low- and Middle-Income Countries" -in a journal "Autism in Adulthood Vol. 1, No. 4, 2019"

On 9th April this year Fazli Azeem gave an online Resume writing workshop for applicants of the Fulbright scholarship as requested by the United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) and the video recording has been seen by more than 13 thousand people till now.

The following verified online certifications have been completed by Qazi Fazli Azeem during the covid-19 lockdown:

The Fundamentals of Digital Marketing by Google Digital Garage
Learning to teach online - University of New South Wales UNSW Australia by Coursera.org


This is an older summary below:

I am an Assistant Professor of Design at the Department of Media Sciences at SZABIST University in Karachi, Pakistan .

My research interests are in the intersections between design, inclusion, education and social entrepreneurship. I have decades of experience as a Graphic Designer and have been involved in the International movement for Autism awareness, inclusion and research since 2006 in Pakistan and South Asian countries (India, Bangladesh, Bhutan).

I have an MFA in Design from the Dynamic Media Institute at MassArt Boston USA through the US State Department's Fulbright Scholarship. My graduate research was at the MIT Media Lab which resulted in two graduate projects, the Curious Learning App and the Little Drop UV Water purifying straw . The Curious Learning App was a semifinalist in MIT 2014 $100K Entrepreneurship competition, won incubation at the Harvard Innovation Lab, was featured in a TEDx talk and presented at the 2014 Education Datapalooza expo in Washington D.C USA. The Little Drop was a sister product of the Little Sun solar Lamp designed by MIT's 2014 McDermott Art Award winning artist Olafur Eliasson, who I got feedback from.

Before Sep 2012, I was a Senior Lecturer for Communication Design at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture at Karachi, Pakistan, where I represented IVS in a national consortium of universities led by the Pakistan Software Export Board who won the 2011 bid for the World Bank's mLab South Asia mobile education research project.

I am Pakistan's 1st & South Asia's only International self-advocate for the Autism Spectrum since 2006. I spoke at a panel at the United Nations in New York on 2nd April 2013 - World Autism Awareness Day and presented at Autism Conferences in the US, UK, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India & Qatar. I served on the Advisory Board of "Artpreneurs for Change," Pakistan's pilot Art-Therapy teacher training program. My interview was published in the 2010 book by Adam Feinstein (UK) "A History of Autism: conversations with the pioneers" and my Art was featured in the 2010-2011 Art of Autism books in the US by Debbie Hosseini. My essays on mentoring youth with Autism spectrum disorders were published in the Feb 2014 book "Been There. Done That. Try This! - An Aspie's Guide to Life on Earth" by Jessica Kingsley UK.

last updated July 14, 2020 - Karachi/Pakistan time 18:00 GMT +5

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A video summary of my non-profit Autism advocacy work in Pakistan and South Asia and my Fulbright Scholarship to the USA (2012-2014) and interaction with American disability advocacy organizations.

A short documentary of the design work I did for a project with Dutch-Icelandic Artist Olafur Eliasson at the MIT Media Lab during 2014. I can be seen in the video.

An interview of me by the US State Department during my Fulbright scholarship in the US, this was recorded during the Social Entrepreneurship workshop at American University DC, USA (2014)

Get in touch at mail@fazliazeem.com / +923362456606