In this episode of the Anthropology in Business podcast, Mujtaba Hameed speaks with Matt Artz about her career as a business anthropologist.Mujtaba shares his journey from undergraduate studies in archaeology and anthropology to his current role as a senior research consultant at Stripe Partners. The discussion highlights the value of anthropological thinking in the business field and emphasizes the importance of bridging the gap between qualitative research and data science. Mujtaba also emphasizes effective communication of anthropological insights to clients and stakeholders, ensuring their integration into business strategies. Throughout the episode, listeners gain insights into the transformative potential of anthropology in business research and strategy, the integration of qualitative research with data science, and the relevance of anthropology in understanding the impact of technology on society.
About Mujtaba Hameed
Mujtaba Hameed is a Senior Research Consultant at Stripe Partners, specializing in research and strategy for technology-led businesses. With extensive experience in leading multi-country projects, he assists clients in understanding market dynamics and product development strategies. Mujtaba also serves as the overseer of the Stripe Partners newsletter, Frames, where he applies social science frameworks to address business and technology challenges. With a background in anthropology and a diverse range of roles in strategy and research, including at Canvas8, Sylvain Labs, Inc., and Bamboo Crowd, Mujtaba brings a wealth of expertise to his work. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Archaeology & Anthropology from the University of Oxford and a Master of Science degree in Social Anthropology from UCL, specializing in UX research.
00:01:21 Mujtaba’s interest in anthropology and how he got started
00:06:27 Mujtaba’s role at Stripe Partners and the type of work they do
00:08:53 The value of anthropological thinking in business
00:11:15 The importance of data science in anthropology
00:15:29 The concept of pathfinding in anthropology
00:20:38 The future of anthropology and its potential impact
00:26:00 Stripe Partners’ thought leadership and resources
00:29:18 Mujtaba’s vision for the future of anthropology
00:31:43 How to get in touch with Mujtaba and Stripe Partners