Shaan was born in 1990 in Melbourne, Australia to a migrant family.
Shaan's mother was born in Pakistan and Shaan's father hailed from Bangladesh. Growing up, Shaan found passion in youth engagement and community leadership and in 2008 was selected to join the Muslim Leadership Program run by La Trobe University. The following year, Shaan joined the Multi-Faith Leader's Program run by B'nai B'rith in Melbourne.
Shaan completed a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne in 2010. He majored in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, with a passion for intercultural communication and socio-linguistics. In 2011, Shaan commenced a Juris Doctor law degree also at the University of Melbourne, completing it in July 2015.
Shaan completed specialisations in International Human Rights Law, Public International Law, Environmental Law, Institutions in International Law (Geneva), Street Law and Advocacy.
During this time, Shaan also completed internships at the Federation of Community Legal Centres (Victoria), the Australian Red Cross's International Humanitarian Law Program and the Flemington and Kensington Community Legal Centre. Shaan was a recipient of the Edward Walter Outhwaite Prize for International Human Rights Law from the University of Melbourne Law School in 2015.
Shaan's passion has always been sharing stories - sharing the stories of landscapes, faces, gatherings and connections. His passion for photography from a very young age has taken him from India to Morocco, Borneo to Central Australia and many places in between.
Shaan also has a keen interest in event, music and design photography.
During September 2015 and early 2016, Shaan covered the refugee crisis on the island of Lesvos in Greece. Between March and May 2016, he worked with refugees in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. In February 2017, Shaan travelled to Iran to work on a project entitled Faces of Iran. Crossing the land border into Iraqi Kurdistan, Shaan worked with local NGOs to distribute aid to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from the offensive in Mosul. Following this, Shaan returned to Lebanon to continue coordinating volunteers and photographing for a local NGO.
Shaan currently combines his study of Law with his love for storytelling and work as a Photographer.
Currently based in Copenhagen, Denmark.
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