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Dr Ammara Farooq Malik: : My professional journey as an impact entrepreneur, legal practitioner, international development champion and leader of a women-led law firm

Season 3, Ep. 5

In this episode, Gemma Garrett, interviews Dr. Ammara Farooq Malik from Pakistan. Dr Malik is a corporate and impact lawyer, international social entrepreneur, and international development and policy expert with more than 23 years of professional experience across various multidisciplinary sectors including academia, legal practice, social and impact entrepreneurship, international development, gender and green infrastructure development. She is Founder Principal Attorney of AFMalik Law – a law firm comprising Attorneys & International Development Consultants, as well as Founder & CEO of Seplaa Consultants Canada Inc., and Seplaa Enterprises and the SEPLAA Foundation in Pakistan.


Dr Malik provides insights into her fascinating career journey spanning diverse practice areas, managing her work alongside her LLM studies and family, and how learning is a lifelong process. She shares valuable tips on choosing your legal specialism, entrepreneurship, networking, and building a career in international law. She advises listeners to try new things and not let self-doubt hold us back from achieving our full potential. 

Key points:

[02:01] - How will you describe yourself when you were studying for the University of London: a career changer, a career developer or a career starter?

[03:54] - Overview of your career

[10:14] - Description of Dr Malik current roles and her current projects in Impact Entrepreneurship. Legal practice and International Development

[18:26] - Where did you find the strength and the courage to raise awareness around taboo areas such as gender stereotypes?

[22:44] - Advice for students choosing a legal practice area

[29:10] - Advice for students interested in International Law

[32:28] - Did you ever have to cope with an unexpected event?

[36:03] - Tips for students building collaborations and connections through networking

Useful links mentioned in the episode:

AFMalik Law – – Attorneys & International Development Consultants Corporate Law Consultants

Seplaa Enterprises & Hub – Business Centre & Consultancy

Global Alliance of Impact Lawyers (GAIL) ( - Community of legal leaders

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