The Pakistan chapter of Professional Women in Pest Management (PWIPM) plans to host a podcast series on the topic of “Impact of COVID-19, Pest & Safety Challenges to Professionals” to highlight pest management professionals (PMPs) who have learned how to sustain both their supply chain and service quality in an unprecedented time. Learn how to sign up for the podcast and more on the group’s Facebook page.
Per Ayesha Azam, an entomologist for Urban Pest Management Pakistan (UPM), the leader of the PWIPM Pakistan chapter, and host of the series, here are the first two episodes’ interviewees:
Episode 1, Aug. 27: Amina Khalid, National Manager, Quality Assurance, McDonald’s Pakistan
Khalid has been associated with McDonald’s for more than a decade, and has worked in various roles in the organization, including Operations, Supply Chain and Quality Management Systems. Her previous career experience also includes working in the cellular phone and wholesale industries. She has been a home-based entrepreneur during her residence in both Canada and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for a long time, and shares tips on how to still communicate with employees and overall be successful while working off-site.
Episode 2, Sept. 2: Shoaib Tahir, Head of Quality Assurance, KFC Pakistan
Trained as a food technologist, Tahir has been associated with KFC for more than 15 years. He is responsible for maintaining the corporate standards of quality throughout the supply chain, operations and everything KFC-related throughout Pakistan.
“Many more are in the pipeline,” Azam tells Pest Management Professional (PMP) magazine.
The Pakistan chapter of PWIPM began in early October 2019, and 42 members attended its inaugural meeting in December. As PMP reported at that time, “Women in pest management face unique challenges in Pakistan. For one, only a few universities in Pakistan teach entomology, and they do not have specializations focusing specifically on urban pests and effective management.” Azam told PMP that the concept of women entomologists joining pest management companies has only been in place in the country for about two or three years.