Rizwana Seeham

Director, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion, Blueprint Medicines

Rizwana, a female Muslim immigrant of South Asian and Arab heritage, is an unwavering advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusion (ED&I) in all facets of life. Rizwana’s academic journey began with a Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from Boston University, followed by a Master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a specialization in Regulatory Affairs from George Washington University. Despite her scientific background, Rizwana’s career trajectory has taken a transformative path catalyzed by her lived experiences. She currently serves as the Director of ED&I at Blueprint Medicines. In this capacity, she leads the organization’s global ED&I strategy and programs, working within a dynamic and evolving culture and business model.  

Rizwana recognizes the criticality of challenging norms, dissolving barriers, and establishing equitable practices in every sphere. She passionately champions the voices of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), and other historically marginalized groups, understanding true creativity and innovation stem from honoring those who have been suppressed. Embodying the belief that collective action is the key to achieving sustained change, Rizwana’s dedication to ED&I extends beyond her professional role. In her forever roles as a daughter, sister, wife, aunty, and friend she is driven by a singular belief – together, we go farther.