By Rimsha Ali Shah.
Standing in the center of the Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA) ground for the third installment of Music Mela, Kamran Javed was feeling the mid-day April heat but his focus did not falter. Having previously served as the logistics lead for the first two Music Melas, Javed was now promoted to Project Coordinator for this year’s Music Mela, where he was in control of multiple teams working to finalize the set up: sound, stage, seating, check! The now confident young leader recounts his experience of 2007 as the first batch of students in the English Micro-scholarship Access Program and could not have imagined he would be heading logistics for the biggest music festival in Pakistan, in addition to conducting his own Alumni small grant project, serving as an international scouts trainer and a mentor to young access students and alumni and being recognized as an Emerging Leader within the Pakistan-U.S. Alumni Network (PUAN). We sat down to talk to Javed and learn more about his experiences now and as an Access student.