Shagufta Pasta is a writer and social planner with a Bachelors of Arts from the University of British Columbia and a Masters in Planning with a specialization in Social Policy and Planning from the University of Toronto. Her Masters project examined how planners can better deconstruct and address conflicts that surround new mosque developments. Post graduation, Shagufta helped raise funds for poverty alleviation programs in British Columbia by managing and coordinating the UBC United Way Campaign, and organizing community projects through the United Way in Toronto. In 2010, Shagufta started Seriously Planning, a blog that discusses stories, faith and cities. The blog led to marriage and a move to Johannesburg in April 2015. New to Joburg, Shagufta currently runs a monthly book club that brings together her three favourite things: interesting people, great books and tea. Her goal for ASRI is to discover how she can best contribute to Joburg.