Mushamir Mustafa is the founder of Humans of Kuala Lumpur (HOKL), a popular photo and video journalism platform where he photographs and interviews the people of KL and their stories to portray the transformation, changes and diversity of Malaysians. The first in Malaysia, his work has been viewed by 22 million Malaysians, with 133,226 followers to the page, and featured on all major Malaysian media outlets as well as inspired other similar ‘Humans Of’ around Malaysia. He now leads a team of 21 storytellers and videographers.
Mushamir grew up in 5 countries including Bangladesh, Brazil, Kosovo and Namibia and studied International Relations with French at the University of Nottingham. Mushamir was also a speaker for TEDx Taylor’s College, where he presented on ‘How Storytelling Can Change The World’, and gives career talks on the fields of journalism and social media marketing, as well as photography workshops to the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Sudanese Media Centre. He is also the Founder of Vintook Photography and Videography Services
HOKL has been featured on The Star, BFM 98.9, Young Corporate Malaysians, Poskod.my, MixFM, Oriental Daily, Coffeeticks, OddOneOut Magazine, World of Buzz, The Vocket, Says.My, OhBulan! and Malaysian Digest. The project was also a finalist at the DIGI WWWOW Awards in the Social Movement/Gathering category. Mushamir has also been featured on Young Corporate Malaysians and selected by the Prime Minister in a roundtable talk on how to improve the Arts & Culture Scene in Malaysia with major Malaysian figures including Malaysian cartoonist Datuk Lat. He was also selected as a TEDx Speaker and presented on “How Storytelling Can Change The World And Make An Impact”.
Having touched on several topics from the the homeless people, the Teddy Mobile Clinic, stroke victims, cancer survivors, the importance of public transportation, and going with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on a trip around Sarawak documenting underprivileged women and girls in remote, rural areas facing health and living problems, HOKL has transformed into being a storytelling advocacy platform. His first major corporate client was Prasarana, owner of Rapid KL, Malaysia’s biggest public transport service operator.