Shehzil Malik

Designer + Illustrator

Shehzil Malik is an award-winning designer and illustrator with a focus on human rights, feminism and South Asian identity. She is an internationally published book illustrator and leads a studio that works on social impact projects and collaborations in fashion design, publication design and branding. Her work has been featured in CNN, DW, BBC and Forbes with clients including Sony Music, Penguin USA, Oxfam, New York Times, Sterling Publishing, 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.

Awards + Exhibitions + Talks

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
USA 2020

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

Recipient, Australian Awards Fellow for Human Centred Design: Local Innovation for Development
Australia 2017

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


Women in Tech
Illustrated book as part of the #ESkills4Girls initiative by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ)
Germany 2019

Bystander Anthology
Comic anthology by the Kadak Collective on the theme of migration featuring artwork by 55 selected South Asian artists
India 2019-20

A Girl Called Genghis Khan: How Maria Toorpakai Wazir Pretended to Be a Boy, Defied the Taliban, and Became a World Famous Squash Player
Children’s picture book on the true story of Pakistani sportswoman, Maria Toorpakai Wazir. Written by Michelle Lord, published by Sterling Publishing.
USA 2018-19

Amal Unbound 
Cover artwork for the novel by Aisha Saeed, published by Penguin Random House, USA. Now a New York Times bestseller.
USA 2017