Meet Neda Naqvi
Learn more about Neda Naqvi, Alumni (Class of 2001)
Class of (or years attended):
Class of 2001, attended ISL Grades 4 through 12
Where are you living now?
What did you do after you left ISL?
Attended University in Geneva, Leiden and the US
What did you study at University?
Undergraduate studies: BBA, Minor in Psychology and human behavior and a Certificate in advertising, marketing and public relations (Webster University, St. Louis, USA, Geneva, CH and Leiden, NL). Masters: MBA in General management and finance (Webster University, Geneva, CH), Masters in Entrepreneurship and Innovation (Luxembourg business academy / Uni.Lu)
Do you feel your ISL education prepared you well for University?
Yes, indeed! I feel that ISL prepared me with a strong and stable foundation, enabling me to explore the world, build up my knowledge and experiences over the years to come.
What are you doing now?
I own two companies. One based in Luxembourg, an import / export company and a car workshop brand co-owned with my brother Ali Naqvi (also an Alum of ISL), the second a consulting company for entrepreneurs and project management based in the UAE.
Do you think that your time at ISL helped you pursue this? If yes, how?
I agree that my time at ISL offered me the opportunities to reach for the stars and empower myself, through its enriching open and multicultural environment, and through the various skills apprehended from the subjects taught by attentive teachers and staff members. Further, ISL created a safe surrounding and sense community.
What advantages has studying at ISL given you?
The exposure to learning multiple languages, communicating cross culturally with peers and teachers of international backgrounds, the flexibility to adapt towards different cultures, and understanding and learning to work within an international surrounding from an early age.
What advice would you give students to help them make the most of their time at ISL?
Make the most of sharing your knowledge with one another and learning about different cultures, languages, and expanding your outlook towards different traditions and values. Make the most of traveling or hosting students from other international schools be it for sports, arts various other projects.
Were you involved in any clubs/activities at ISL? What did you enjoy about them and what benefit do you think they have for students?
Yes! Art club, Sports; Vollyball JV team, Basketball JV team
Describe some of the things that ISL does above and beyond teaching and learning?
Like many others in our current time, ISL lays the groundwork for innovating and evolving with technology, and applying it toward positive use. Its successful interactive online platform, allows for the parents of students to be more involved in their children’s scholastic and skill development through their online portal for instance. Activities such the likes of fund-raising, and creating awareness of important topics (ie. Environment, cyber-security, general safety, bullying etc.), are some of many things that ISL does above and beyond teaching and learning.
How did your time at ISL help shape you as a person?
As I reflect back upon my years and education at ISL, I recall how close my interactions with my peers, teachers and staff were. This in turn gave me the sense of reliance and confidence to face challenges and to look beyond obstacles by resolving them together as one and not alone. Moreover, the teachers and staff motivated me to work harder because they see the true potential in their students and want them to succeed and work on amplifying each student’s strengths and guiding them as they work on improving their weaknesses.
What do you think is unique about ISL?
The sense of community and bringing cultures together in unison. Also, integrating and bridging student interactions between the local scholastic system and ISL.
Describe ISL in 5 words
International, Community, Welcoming, Proactive, Growing