Fahmida Azad

Nationality: Bangladeshi-American
Area of Expertise: User Experience Design, Advocacy

Fahmida graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Psychology. After graduating, she taught at an elementary school in Palestine and then went onto to work at a national anti-human trafficking crisis hotline in Washington D.C. Her passion and innate curiosity towards understanding human behavior and exploring why we do the things we do led to teaching, to advocacy and has now found a home in design.

For the past two years, Fahmida has been working as a User Experience Designer in New York City, focusing on mobile, tablet and OTT platforms for video-streaming products. She advocates for user centric solutions by bringing the voice and the pain-points of the user to the larger product team. Her passion for connecting with people, listening to and observing people, makes the research work fun and leading the user-testing sessions invigorating. She has recently been UX certified by the Neilson Norman Group.

Fahmida is intrigued by the possibilities that exist within the field of design because of the change it can create for societies. She is eager to dig deeper into Interaction Design at CIID to explore what it truly means to humanize technology. She wants to learn how to design experiences that are inclusive, thought-provoking, and leave people feeling hopeful.

In her free time, Fahmida enjoys working with an intersectional feminist organization based in New York, going on runs, and has recently found an interest in storytelling via comics.