Meet the Team

Meet the Team

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  • Islamabad
  • Lahore
  • Karachi

Islamabad

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Kathy Aziz

Manager - EducationUSA Advising

Kathy Aziz is from St. Paul, Minnesota. She manages the EducationUSA Advising Department at the United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan. She has a bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota and a master's degree from Columbia University. Prior to relocating to Pakistan in 2017, she worked for 15 years as a compliance officer at American Express Financial Advisers, later Ameriprise Financial, in Minneapolis.

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Mashal Khan

Senior EducationUSA Adviser

Mashal completed a master's degree in teaching and curriculum in 2017 from Syracuse University, New York.

With limited means and higher education opportunities in Pakistan, Mashal was able to pursue her passion in the USA as an exchange student on a scholarship.

"International education is the key to success in today's world," she says. "The exchange of ideas and cultures across borders developed international-mindedness in me and prepared me for culturally informed interactions. Studying in the USA was a life-changing experience for me, which is why I want to continue inspiring my fellow Pakistanis in my current role as an EducationUSA Adviser."

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Asad Ali Shah

EducationUSA Adviser

Syed Asad Ali Shah is from Gilgit Baltistan. He has been working with EducationUSA at the United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan since April 2019. He is passionate about international education and enjoys helping students find their path to academic success.

Asad first experienced international education in 2008, when he participated in the Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program - a U.S. Department of State high school exchange program. After receiving his bachelor's degree from the National University of Sciences and Technology in Islamabad, he completed a master's degree in public administration from the University of Montana. During his time at the University of Montana, he worked as a teaching assistant for the course 'Introduction to American Government'.

His time as a student in the USA highlighted the importance of international education - it equips students with skills that help them compete globally.

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Isma Aslam

EducationUSA Adviser

Isma Aslam joined the EducationUSA team as an adviser in January 2020. She is originally from New York City, with Islamabad now a new home. She has a bachelor's degree in English from Vassar College and a master's degree in South Asian studies from the University of Manchester. In her spare time, she enjoys watching cat videos.

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Raja Sohaib Jahangir

EducationUSA Adviser

Raja Sohaib Jahangir is from Rawalpindi. He has a bachelor's degree in finance from Whitworth University. Before joining the United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan as an EducationUSA adviser in November 2020, he worked as a billing specialist at Engie Impact, a multi-national billing company in the USA. He was also a research assistant for the Whitworth School of Business. Besides work, he enjoys travelling and reading books.

Lahore

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Aman Bashir

EducationUSA Adviser

Aman is from Lahore. He has a bachelor of science degree in economics from the Pennsylvania State University. He previously worked for five years as an operations manager for a school in Gujrat. Aman's success as an EducationUSA adviser has brought him into contact with hundreds of students, making him a key focal point for EducationUSA advocacy and outreach in the Lahore region. Reading tech news, FX trading and energy conservation projects are amongst his favorite hobbies.

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Maryam Zahra Khan

EducationUSA Adviser

Maryam traveled 7,614 miles away from home to get two graduate degrees from Missouri State University. At one point, she was the only Pakistani girl among more than 25,000 students on campus. It was then that she decided to work in the education sector upon her return home.

In 2018, she started working as an EducationUSA adviser at the United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan. She has since counseled thousands of students from across the country. Her expertise in securing graduate funding has helped many Pakistani students fulfill their dreams of getting U.S. degrees.

For Maryam, it has become a passion - a cause that she feels proud to work for.

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Ayesha Siddiqi

EducationUSA Adviser

Ayesha Siddiqi is originally from Karachi and has also lived in Dubai, Manila, and Chicago. She has a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Chicago and completed various Western Literature courses at KU Leuven in Belgium. Prior to joining the United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan in 2021, she worked with several publications and multimedia platforms, primarily as an editor and editorial consultant. She is now based in Lahore and spends her time outside work running after her two hyperactive kids, painting still life, and reading works of magical realism.

Karachi

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Syed Faraz

Senior EducationUSA Adviser

Syed Faraz has been working at the United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan for more than 10 years and is currently a Senior EducationUSA Adviser in Karachi. He has completed his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Chicago.

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Shiza Toor

Senior EducationUSA Adviser

Shiza Toor is a marketer-turned-EducationUSA adviser, passionate about transforming lives by advocating a U.S. college or university experience to Pakistani students. With over 8 years of experience in marketing, communications, and public diplomacy, she has a knack for developing and implementing creative strategies to promote U.S. higher education to key stakeholders in Pakistan. She also helps to manage the bi-annual U.S. university recruitment tours, which have gained momentum over the years. Shiza has an MBA with majors in International Business and Marketing from the National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan.

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Aliyah Sahqani

EducationUSA Adviser

Aliyah Sahqani has a bachelor's degree in economics and politics from Mount Holyoke College. She joined the United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan as an EducationUSA Adviser in 2019 and works with high school students interested in applying to the U.S. for higher education.

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Mirat Hyder

EducationUSA Adviser

Mirat Hyder joined the United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan in August 2019. A member of the Class of 2017, she earned her bachelor's degree in economics from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. Her work as an EducationUSA adviser has her advising prospective undergraduates as they take on the daunting but invariably rewarding task of applying to U.S. colleges and universities. An avid sketcher, several recent trips to the beach have turned her on to painting, because water is very difficult to draw.