Rizwana Ashraf Celebrating Women in Project Management

Rizwana Ashraf Celebrating Women in Project Management

Rizwana Ashraf


Location: Lahore, Pakistan

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Name: Rizwana Ashraf
Current Position: Professional – R&D, Chinese Interpreter & MS Coordinator
Experience: More than 8 years of Working Experience in education and Industrial Sector both. Worked in China for 5 years and 3 years in Pakistan. Secured many awards from universities and officials from business.
Giving support to Chinese companies to work in Pakistan, proposals, TBP & Business TOR’s & ROI’s.

What is your project management super power?

My Super Power is never planning in illusion, Listen carefully and put things on paper as demanded, adding my WOW factor in it.
“No matter how good the team or how efficient the methodology, if we’re not solving the right problem, the project fails.” — Woody Williams

How can gender diversity be improved in the project management profession?

No work is big or small, no matter who is doing only thing matter is right person for right job with right skills that matters the most. Let’s all forget about the gender, explore the right professional personnel to do the job.

As the profession evolves, what skills do you think will be key for future success?

Key for future Success:
– Research & Development: Keep in search what world is doing and where we are & what need to be done.
– Time Management: Time is the scarcest resource and unless it is managed nothing else can be managed.
– Realistic Goals: There are no unrealistic goals, only unrealistic deadlines.
– Right Attitude: behavior matters the most.

How do you recover from difficult situations?

Star technique is good to handle difficult situation: Situation >Task >Action >Result.

What are your tips and techniques for conflict resolution?

Lack of communication is the root cause for arising of conflicts; only possible solution is Listen with curiosity. Speak with honesty. Act with integrity. The greatest problem with communication is we don’t listen to understand. We listen to reply. When we listen with curiosity, we don’t listen with the intent to reply. We listen for what’s behind the words.”

Which 3 words best describe why you enjoy being a project manager?

Most witty and funny thing about being a PM is; everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face. I got this punch once in a year for sure.




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