Shaakira Chohan

Shaakira Chohan is an Architect and Urban Development Specialist who has achieved catalytic success in integrated, transformative development using a human-centred approach. For her, healthy, thriving cities represent opportunities to nurture healthy, thriving citizens, and her ambition is to enable this value-creation with social and environmental impact as guiding forces. She is passionate about People, Places and Social Impact, and works at the intersection of human, and urban development to transform cities to places of inclusive prosperity for all. She holds an MSc in Urban Management and Development from Erasmus University in the Netherlands, as well as a Masters in Architecture from the University of Cape Town, a Bachelor of Architectural Studies (honours) from University of Cape Town and a Bachelor of Architectural Studies from University of Witwatersrand. Based on her leadership within her field, Shaakira has been recognised as one of Mail and Guardians Top 200 Young South Africans, is a Mandela Washington Fellow as part of the Young African Leaders Initiative and TEDx speaker, and a previous finalist for the Pioneer in Innovation for Women in Construction Award and Standard Bank Rising Star Award.