About us

Behind every great company, is a team of great women who hold it together.

GirlDreamer has a small but mighty team! We each bring something different that makes us who we are and creates the foundation of values we are built on. Get to know more about who makes GirlDreamer possible.

MEET THE TEAM

Amna Akhtar

Co-Founder & Creative Director

Amna Akhtar

Co-Founder & Creative Director

Amna is the creativity behind GirlDreamer. From all the juicy ideas, creative programming & future planning – she makes sure we evolve the business. Fun fact, she’s also a TEDx speaker, ran an Olympic qualifying time in the 100m sprint and is a badass longboarder.

Kiran Kaur

Co-Founder & CEO

Kiran Kaur

Co-Founder & CEO

Kiran oversees all the operations at GirlDreamer. From finances, sustainability, handling logistics and leading on our consulting work – she makes sure we do business. Her efforts have earned her accolades such as “Birmingham 30 under 30” and “Best Digital CEO 2020” and when she’s not running a tight ship at GirlDreamer, she’s also a trustee at NCVO (National Council for Voluntary Organisations). When her work hat is off, Kiran enjoys activities such as archery, playing piano and following the practices of Eastern mindfulness and health/well-being through ancient Indian Ayurveda.

Nerea Pérez

Head of Design

Nerea Pérez

Head of Design

She is responsible for shaping all of our ideas in a unique and original way. She has a keen eye for detail and passion from the get go. Whatever she’s working on, she always find a way to exceed expectations! Fun fact, she is capable of following more than 7 TV shows at the same time!

Roshni Natali

Head of Facilitation

Roshni Natali

Head of Facilitation

Roshni brings her positive, solution-focused attitude to facilitating some of GirlDreamers main leadership development activities from school programmes to now the Chair of the GirlDreamer Advisory Board. When she’s not with GirlDreamer, she’s a Digital Comms pro and cares about supporting young people with social media and mental health. She also enjoys illustrating and experimental cooking!

Munpreet Kaur

Head of Research

Munpreet Kaur

Head of Research

Munpreet is a research fanatic interested in understanding and uncovering information and news. Passionate about inclusivity, social justice and community, she believes in equality and equity for all. Munpreet enjoys reading, yoga and basking in the sun.

Fathma Khalid

Head of Impact

Fathma Khalid

Head of Impact

Fathma specialises in social impact measurement and reporting, helping to showcase the tangible impact created by GirlDreamer through data analysis and storytelling. When not with GirlDreamer, Fathma runs the consultancy Social Impact Reporting and spends her free time running in nature and discussing ethics over lengthy dinners.

Zoe Harveen Kaur

Head of Content

Zoe Harveen Kaur

Head of Content

Hi everyone, my name is Zoe Harveen Kaur, my pronouns are she/her, I’m 22 years old and I am a digital artist! I was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, right by the mountains and I currently reside in Calgary as well. I’m the designer and artist behind ZHK Designs, co owner of Brown Girl Memes, host of Desi Girl Horrors on Rukus Avenue Radio, and I’m a fur mom! My artwork focuses on educating and empowering the South Asian community and beyond, as well as covering various topics with the intention of creating effective discussions. While my art focuses on the South Asian community, ZHK Designs is a safe space for all and all walks of life are welcome to my page!

Sanna Ali

Head of Social Media

Sanna Ali

Head of Social Media

Sanna is a design and creative enthusiast, a bit of a storyteller and an admirer of the mundane. A lover of sunsets, yellows and greens. Somehow always up for anything ‘adventure’. In her spare time you’ll find her climbing a tree or brushing up on her bouldering skills or spotting ‘Art’ on her walks and hikes.

Nina Ma

Head of Grants

Nina Ma

Head of Grants

Nina is a digital technologist and a diversity & inclusion advocate. She oversees grant allocations via the Dream Fund at GirlDreamer to support fellow women of colour-led organisations across the UK. She is passionate about social justice, women in tech, intercultural and interfaith understanding, and mental health. When not with GirlDreamer, she works as a Cloud Solution Architect at Microsoft and engages in arts and culture activities.

GirlDreamer Advisory Board

As well as  our core team, we are also governed by our board of trustees and these incredible women right here who make up our advisory board from all over the world. Since October 2020, they have been working hard to steer our organisation in a socially relevant, progressive and authentic way. They know our work, our community and the world around them and are perfect in supporting our mission.

Our advisory board members are (from top left): Zamajozi Sithole, Waseem Meghjee, Nina Ma (co-chair), Zachi Brewster, Vaidehi Gajjar, Yaa Adansi-Pipim, Roshni Natali (chair), Khadeejah B, Kei-Retta Farrell, Raveena Virdee, Kayalveli Sivakanthan, Aashifa Hussain, Sohina Sidhu, Milan Nguyen, Sally Laila Al-Abdullah, Rani Govendar & Linda Tieu (not pictured)

The Journey

2012
A conversation between two best friends about what the world would look like if women of colour had more personal support, professional development and access to opportunities to lead in life.
2013
Operating from our bedrooms and garden sheds, we put ideas into action and designed a programme leading to our first after-school enrichment programme for girls of colour aged 14-16 in Birmingham.
2016
After a few years of voluntary service and mentoring, we knew this is what we wanted to do so we officially registered and set up GirlDreamer - an empowerment platform for the next gen of women of colour.
2021
Five years on, we've met some world leaders, worked with some of the world's biggest brands, created some epic initiatives, won some awards but most importantly, we've connected with and supported thousands of women of colour on their journeys.
A conversation between two best friends about what the world would look like if women of colour had more personal support, professional development and access to opportunities to lead in life.

Our Values

We are proudly built on lived experience.

We use our relatable experiences and perspective to create real change in our community.
To do so, we ensure we always uphold these values:

AUTHENTIC

Everything must be done from a genuine place that seeks to create authentic support, change and growth from our individual and collective lived experience.

HOLISTIC

Everything is done with the intention to improve the overall wellbeing including: mental, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of the young women we interact with.

INNOVATIVE

Everything we create is to be done by “thinking outside of the box”. To create what has not been done before so that our products and services are unique to us and for the women we serve.