With a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering, Alifiya has also gained experience in Experimental Product Development, Industrial Training and works as Technology Entrepreneur at Sri Lanka’s biggest apparel manufacturer. Her passion lies in enabling people’s creative expression.

Her venture Colombo Design Market aims to build creative communities that fosters urban Sri Lankan culture by supporting creatives across disciplines – artists, designers, musicians, photographers and filmmakers, to connect with each other, sell their work and showcase what they do to the wider community.

Colombo Design Market hosts:
– Markets; every 3 months where vendors are able to sell their work, local musicians perform along with photo galleries and film screenings.
– Storytelling sessions; where creatives talk about their journey and process in creating.
– Design talks; where established artists and designers share their knowledge with emerging creatives.
– Workshops; where creatives share their skills.

She contributed to the Challenge with her experience with employee impact evaluation systems and her insights of the industry.