The American Pakistan Foundation welcomes Suhail A. Shaikh, Co-Head of U.S. Direct Lending at Alcentra, a multi strategy credit manager with over $37 billion of assets under management. He is also the Co-President of Alcentra Capital Corporation, a publicly traded business development company. Before joining Alcentra, he was a senior investment professional at Solar Capital, a private credit fund manager with over $4 billion of investable capital, where he was responsible for originating, structuring, and managing principal investments. Prior to Solar Capital, Mr. Shaikh was in investment banking for over fifteen years as a leveraged finance specialist and financial sponsor banker, most recently as a Managing Director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML). He has also worked at JPMorgan, CIBC and Bankers Trust and has significant experience in raising capital and investing in companies in a wide variety of industries in the US, Europe, and Asia. Mr. Shaikh holds an A.B. in Computer Science and Economics from Middlebury College and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
“APF’s mission to strengthen the Pakistani American community with a focus on advancing development in Pakistan compelled me to join,” Mr. Shaikh states, “Having experienced first hand the educational system and conducive entrepreneurial environment in the U.S., I am eager to help to empower the next generation to succeed.”
“Suhail’s dedication to providing Pakistani students with higher education scholarships in the U.S. is commendable,” notes APF Board Chair, Riaz Siddiqi, “We share a common drive and motivation to empower the next generation.”