Updated: Jun 26
Listen in to Baiqu’s journey on creating Art Represent, tips on how to be entrepreneurial, and advice on combining artistic interest with international development
ABOUT Baiqu Gonkar
Baiqu has worked at the intersection of creativity, tech, and social good since graduating from University.
Starting her first venture at 23, Baiqu has been leveraging her experience in tech entrepreneurship as a startup and investment consultant. From publishing to biotech, she has worked across multiple industries to build products that can make a positive contribution to people’s lives.
In 2015, Baiqu founded Art Represent, a non-profit with the mission to empower artists affected by conflict. Working with partners around the globe, Art Represent has launched impact projects in 5 countries across 3 continents, supporter over 50 artists from Syria to North Korea. Baiqu is regularly invited to speak on the importance of the arts and authentic representation in creating socio-political cohesion.
Here is a skip time for you :)
[0:27] Baiqu’ introduction
[0:58] Q1.So you founded art represents, a cultural and e-commerce platform that connects artists from conflict regions to a global audience, tell us about the journey of how the entrepreneurial venture came about?
[2:42] Q2. How is the platform now compared to how I was five years ago?
[4:55] Q3. What is your advice to young people who are thinking of launching their own startup or project?
[7:20] Q4. Would you say the path of startups is equally as promising as a path in the big corporation?
[9:20] Q5. Could you tell us more about how you manage to think creatively in your career?
[11:56] Q6. Do you have any tips or mental hacks for building resilience and grit for young professionals in the face of a freelancing career?
[15:32] Q7. Being a freelancer usually means that you have to juggle a couple of projects at the same time, what’s your usual approach for being a multitasker and efficiently manage your time?
[19:15] Q8. What are your plans going forward? What personal challenges and objectives do you have for yourself and your career?
[20:40] Q9. A lot of people who study social sciences are actually quite artistic, however very few of them actually end up pursuing an artistic path. As someone who managed to combine artistic interests with international development, what tips do you have for others to aspire to do the same?
[24:32] Q10. What is the most important piece of career advice that you would give to graduate and young professionals?
[26:24] Final thoughts
Thank you, Baiqu for sharing these amazing insights! If you have any questions for Baiqu feel free to leave a comment!
The RE: Project is a career-building platform and mentorship community for globally-minded students and young professionals working in international affairs, development and other social science related fields to better prepare them for the future of work.
For more interesting content on career building in international development/social science/humanity fields:
Follow our Linkedin page:
Join our LinkedIn community here:
Why should you join the RE:Project Community?
Our mission is to re-think, re-skill, and re-imagine the future of work for those in social science-related fields, with a focus on International Affairs and Development. We believe that technological changes have radically altered the way we work by disrupting skills requirements, creating challenges for young social scientists who largely rely on soft skills. Therefore, those pursuing generalist or qualitative disciplines will have to re-skill in an oversaturated job market favoring STEM and tech.
However, most universities’ career services do not yet offer such robust training for students. At RE: Project, we seek to help millennials and Gen Zs not only find a job, but build dynamic, “future proof” careers. We offer an active platform that demystifies career possibilities, helps build professional networks and supports re-skilling for a changing job market.
At our core, we seek to reduce growing unemployment among young social scientists in an increasingly technologised job market. Our cutting-edge content allows our community members to stay current and learn from experts at the forefront of their industry.
In the short-run, we offer tailored career support by creating curated real-life, authentic content generated by real people of the millennial generation working the industries. Practitioners with 4–7 years of experience can offer as many insights (or more!) as 50-year-old CEOs and Directors about how to break into the industry.
This way, young job seekers can interact with mentors using social media live (visit our Linkedin page, Instagram coming soon), and blog posts.
User-generated blog posts, interviews, and tips will also be very welcome.
In the long run, the ultimate goal of this platform is to grow into the forefront community for the Future of Work for social scientists.
You can also get involved with our work as a mentor, a community ambassador right on organizational capacity. Find out more here www.thereprojectcommunity.com/get-involved
If you got any good content ideas, any interesting people you’d like us to interview, or interested in joining the team as a content creator email us at