Laaleen Sukhera is a British Pakistani writer, media professional, television personality and public speaker. She is the editor and one of seven contributors of Austenistan, an anthology inspired by Jane Austen and set in contemporary Pakistan, published by Bloomsbury India in December 2017 and forthcoming from Bloomsbury UK and Bloomsbury USA in 2018. Laaleen works as a communications consultant, media strategist and publicist and has appeared in 1843, the BBC, NewsTalk Ireland, The Times, and Vanity Fair Italia. On the occasion of Ms Austen’s bicentennial death anniversary, Laaleen was quoted in The Atlantic and The Economist as an authority on the subject. She has appeared as a panelist and speaker on multiple occasions in various countries.
Earlier in her career, Laaleen worked as a series coordinator and interviewer for an award nominated British documentary, as a field producer and advertising executive in New York, and in Pakistan as a TV producer and director in Lahore and a public relations consultant in Islamabad. She has lately been inspired by her personal experiences to champion the cause for stronger child support and alimony laws in Pakistan for single mothers. She counts breast cancer awareness as a primary social cause, along with her role at the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation.
Laaleen earned a BA (High Honours) in Screen Studies and Communication & Culture and an MSc in Professional Communications from Clark University in Massachusetts. She is the founder of the Jane Austen Society of Pakistan and is currently working on a novel and screenplay. She is represented by Jay Vasudevan at the Jacaranda Literary Agency, UK/Singapore/India.
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