Portrait taken by Kayhan Anjum Suleman.

Shehzil Malik

Designer + Illustrator

Shehzil Malik is a designer and illustrator with a focus on human rights, feminism and South Asian identity. She leads a studio that works on social impact projects through digital art, publications, textile and public art. Her work has been featured in CNN, DW, BBC and Forbes with clients including Sony Music, Penguin Random House, Oxfam, New York Times, GIZ and Google.

She is a Fulbright scholar with an MFA in Visual Communication Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology and is part of the International Development Innovation Network (IDIN). She was a contributing artist and panelist at the Oslo Freedom Forum 2019 and has previously worked as an art director at Ogilvy & Mather, Lahore.


Fellow at the Graduate School, Universität der Künste Berlin

Resident Artist, Housewarming by the British Council Arts & Create London
Virtual residency between London and Lahore

Exhibitor, Sharjah Art Foundation’s Event, FOCAL POINT2019
UAE 2019

Collaboration Across Borders: Artist Talk at Mil ke Chai cafe
Nepal 2019

Panelist and exhibitor at Oslo Freedom Forum by The Human Rights Foundation
Norway 2019

Exhibitor and Facilitator at the Frauenkultur Centre in Leipzig
Germany 2019

Workshop facilitator at Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig
Germany 2019

Collaborator, “Creating Heroines” international feminist comics project by British Council
Nepal 2019

Featured speaker, National Digital Design Conference
Pakistan 2017

Speaker, TedX Habib University
Pakistan 2017

Faciliator at International Design Development Summit (IDDS) Sisaket
Thailand 2017


Yvonne M.T. Hebert Award from UN Women
Recipient of grant for exceptional qualifications and outstanding contributions to the cause of gender equality and women’s empowerment

Australian Awards Fellow for Human Centred Design: Local Innovation for Development
Program between Australian social impact organizations and leaders from the Global South

Adobe Design Achievement Awards
Semifinalist for Web and Application Design for MFA thesis project

Fulbright Scholarship
Awarded to pursue MFA at Rochester Institute of Technology, USA
2012- 2014