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Mahrukh 'Maya' H.

Principal, Azura Labs | Eval | Design | Comms

Master's DegreeJohns Hopkins University - SAIS



I'm the Principal and founder of Azura Labs, a social impact design and evaluation firm. My focus is on media, information, and communication projects, also known as communication for development (C4D) or social and behavior change communication (SBCC). I am a fan of mixed methods research with an interest in complexity-aware monitoring and evaluation. A proud third-culture individual, polyglot, and global nomad, I'm comfortable navigating ambiguity from San Francisco to Dakar, and Juba to Karachi. I'm big into design thinking and how it can transform the development and aid industries toward solving real world challenges in direct partnership with communities being served. I've facilitated design workshops and led research and communications contracts across organizations, donors, and consortiums involving Internews, Tetra Tech DPK, UNICEF, CDAC Network, US Department of State, USAID, DFID, United Nations, and more. A social scientist and designer by training, I have studied Design Thinking with IDEO, have an MA in International Economics and Strategic Studies from Johns Hopkins University, and a BA in International Relations and French from the University of the Pacific. Feel free to drop me a line at


  • architecture / design
  • research & development
  • monitoring / evaluation
  • market research
  • development
  • united states
  • Sectors
  • Funders
  • Countries
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