Dr Tahleel Javed ( Chief Executive Officer)
Dr Javed is a passionate young doctor hailing from Pakistan and currently working in the UK. She is a published author in peer-reviewed journals and has garnered various accolades during the course of her academic and professional career both nationally and internationally. Dr Javed is also a representative for the BMA WM region, a member of the Neurodiversity Steering group for NHS England, and the Autism development group for the Royal College of Psychiatrists. .
She has been previously featured on BBC , UK health radio, and various podcasts / magazines , including the Royal College of Psychiatrists Insight magazine and blogs.
Talking about her journey for that led up to the formation of STAND and started off with an Instagram page titled ” Insaan” ( Human) Dr. Javed says “When I was very young the only disapproval directed at me was worded as “insaan bano” which implies “don’t be naughty” but in literal terms means “become a human” . The literal me used to get very confused and even offended, after all if I wasn’t a human then what was I?
As I grew up I realized the term probably refers to becoming a human worthy of a title , reserved for a supreme marvel of nature, that ought to be different from other creation because of the highly developed intellectual and emotional capabilities.
While I am still searching for the answers , I have started appreciating many qualities that a human should ideally embody. To truly and fearlessly love and be loved . To live and let live, To appreciate the good in others, To feel a sense of responsibility towards all living beings , to get rid of the ego that blinds us by approaching everything with relation to the “self” . To stop the vicious cycle of hatred by reciprocating it with kindness ,without an expectation for it to be returned. Whilst the list is still incomplete , I can’t help but think about a world full of such humans, which I believe lies hidden in every one of us waiting to be found.
So I named the page Insaan ( human) in the hope that I come across and get to know many , who make the world better every day.”