“The American Pakistan Foundation platform enables the Pakistani-American community to collaborate with the objective of scalable impact in the U.S. and in Pakistan.” This sentiment, expressed by APF Founding Board Member, Riaz Siddiqi, not only resonates with the organization on a macro level, but also manifests in the work of Houston chapter members. The group has grown through an ongoing outreach campaign to reach more people who want to help by collaborating for impact to build bridges between the people of the U.S and Pakistan. Siddiqi is one of those members and the current Chair of the APF Board. Siddiqi, along with other members including Farida Abjani, Dr. Monira Hamid-Kundi, Ahmad Khan, Zahid Rahman, Mubashar Hameed, and Sabiha Rehmatulla, take on core responsibilities including development, recruitment, outreach, communications, coalition building, and fundraising to help support and strengthen the chapter.
One way the Houston group has demonstrated its impact is through their popular community events. In November, the Houston group hosted Pakistan’s Emerging Economy panel, the launch of a nationwide series with 150 attendees. Participants included Dr. Ishrat Husain, one of Pakistan’s most distinguished economists; David J. Ranz, the Director of the Office of Pakistan Affairs at the U.S. Department of State; Aisha Farooqui, the Consul General of Pakistan; Atif Khan, the Chairman and CEO of LMKR Holdings; Michael Kugelman, the Senior Associate for South Asia at the Woodrow Wilson Center; and Kalsoom Lakhani, the Founder/CEO of Invest2Innovate (i2i). The panel highlighted the potential for economic success and opportunity in the commercial and non-profit sectors in Pakistan.
APF serves to help build bridges between the United States and Pakistan, shedding light on positive efforts in Pakistan and by Pakistanis while dismantling negative stereotypes and promoting good work. Like many volunteers of membership organizations, the Houston team members are involved with APF to help make the world a better place. “As soon as I heard of it, I knew I had to get involved,” notes Zahid Rahman “I want to be involved in something that will be useful for my children.”
The Houston group continues to plan for expansion and success into the New Year. The chapter is planning an event for early 2017 to build connectivity within the community. The collaboration and work among the Houston team is a promising manifestation of the potential of APF. The APF Houston Chapter is an opportunity to utilize and build upon your skillset by collaborating with forward thinking individuals to help build a unique legacy institution.
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