10 facts about our Head of Research and Analysis, Haniah Shaukat

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Continuing the celebrations for our upcoming 10th anniversary this October, now only five weeks away, here are 10 interesting facts about our Head of Research and Analysis, Haniah Shaukat.

1.When did you join Hot Spots Movement?

I joined in 2012 and my first role at Hot Spots Movement was to support Professor Lynda Gratton as a Lead Researcher for her book, The Key – How Corporations Succeed by Solving the World’s Toughest Problems.

2. What is your role at Hot Spots Movement?

I am head of research and analysis at Hot Spots Movement. My expertise lies in advising corporations on how to deliver future-proofed people strategies and working practices.

3. What has been the most interesting project to work on?

I have had the opportunity to work on a menagerie of really interesting projects. However, what has really stood out for me is the Inclusion and Diversity (I&D) Research Consortium we ran a couple of years ago. We were able to challenge conventional thinking and our research went beyond the current discussions of I&D to anticipate what organisations must do now in order to attract, engage and unleash the potential of diverse talent in the future.

4. Which clients do you work with?

I work with a diverse mix of clients that span a variety of industries and geographies. It is absolutely fascinating to observe the various differences and similarities between them in their people practices and processes.

5. What has been your favourite piece of research to work on, or your favourite Masterclass?

The research we did for the Shifting Identities Masterclass really pushed the boundaries of our current understanding of the workforce. We found that organisations will increasingly be engaging with a workforce about which few assumptions can be made. In this context, organisations will need to rethink their people practices and processes and ensure that they are aligned to accommodate and engage multiple and shifting identities.

6. What is your favourite part of your role at Hot Spots Movement?

I love looking beyond the horizon and investigating the trends that will shape our future of work.

7. What has been your favourite place to travel with Hot Spots Movement?

Cambridge definitely, such a picturesque city.

8. What is the best book you’ve read in the last year?

I love South Asian Literature. I grew up in Pakistan so regardless of literary quality, they typically hit enough nostalgia to land well with me.  I would highly recommend Moth Smoke by Mohsin Hamid.

9. What does no one know about you?

When I get some free time, which is very rare between my 3-year-old son and a full-time job, I love studying architecture and interior designing. I truly love and have a passion for transforming a raw space into a beautiful room.

10. What one thing do you think will define your future of work?

The future of work will provide endless opportunities for transformation. I am really excited to explore and uncover my ‘possible future selves’.

To find out more or to speak to Haniah about her ongoing work, contact haniah@hotspotsmovement.com

Keep an eye out for next week’s 10 facts on our Research Manager, Dr. Anna Gurun!

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