Shehnaz Ismail is the Founder and Dean, Faculty of Design at The Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture (IVS). She has spent most of her working life in Academia, including a 13-year stint in secondary education. Since the inception of IVS, she has led the Textile Design department resulting in it being the best in the country. Shehnaz serves on various Boards including the National College of Arts, Lahore, Aurat Foundation, MUET Jamshoro, Academic committee of BNU Lahore, Board member of AHAN (one village one craft) and Senate of Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design, Lahore. In recognition of her academic achievements and professional expertise she was made an Associate of the National College of Arts, Lahore and has been awarded the President’s Pride of Performance for her work in visual art and education in the year 2014. Shehnaz holds undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from the National College of Arts and Hornsey College, London in Textile Design. She currently holds the title of Professor Emeritus at Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture and serves as adjunct faculty in the department of Textile Design.