Meet our alumni from the Class of 2009, Adeeb Tawseef.
Adeeb is currently the Director of External Scientific Engagement at Zealand Pharma A/S, a Danish biotechnology research company, which designs and develops peptide-based medicines. He completed his bachelor’s and master’s from the University of British Columbia and Karolinska Institutet, respectively, specializing in Natural & Medical Sciences.
Q: What is your most favorite memory from ISD?
A: I still recall spending hours and hours each day in the Visual Art studio working on my IB art portfolio. Getting the space, tools, and nurturing environment to experiment, think, and develop my skills is definitely one of my most memorable moments at ISD. I loved that the school let me in at 7:00am and let me stay well into the afternoon.
Q: What are you most proud of in your career so far?
A: I am very lucky to have been able to live and work in so many countries both as a student and as a professional. Through my work, I have been able to live in Sweden, Denmark, Australia, and most recently in Japan. I am sure the list will not stop here. It really is a privilege to be able to travel extensively and work with colleagues and individuals from across the globe.
Q: Where was your favorite place on campus?
A: The Swimming Pool! To have access to such great well-maintained facilities was truly a rewarding experience. Especially a swim during the hot summer months in Dhaka was such a pleasure. Thinking of it makes me want to go back to campus just for a swim!
Q: How has ISD helped you to be the person you are?
A: I truly believe the education I received from ISD, and the support from the ISD community, have prepared me to do the best I can on the world stage. Through my time at ISD I was able to build myself, develop skills necessary to excel in academics, and also find out more about myself. I am very thankful for the community that supported me through the years, and till today I try to keep in touch with all those who were there for me at ISD.
Q: What piece of advice would you like to give to yourself if you were still a student at ISD?
A: Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself. I wish I did not shy away from difficult or challenging subjects or look for easy grades. I think a school like ISD is a great place to develop grit, resilience, and character while still feeling safe and secure. This is truly the best part of being at ISD. I wish I realized that more and would encourage current students to keep trying harder and challenge themselves.