The APF Team


Jocelyne Jeannot, Director of Community Engagement

Jocelyne Jeannot manages and delivers APF programs that promote community engagement. She previously worked for a philanthropist who serves on the board of 15 non-profit organizations. As a J.K. Watson Fellow, she worked at the Institute of International Education, European Office in Budapest; the Conference Board; and the Central Park Conservancy. As a participant in the Edward T. Rogowsky Program in Government Affairs, she served in the New York State Offices of Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson, and Senator Liz Krueger. She worked at the NYC Mayor’s Office of Adult Education and the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation. She graduated from Macaulay Honors College at Lehman College with a degree in Psychology and Political Science and minor in Mass Communications. She is also an award-winning and published photographer.


Noor ShEikh, Executive Assistant

Despite having grown up on Staten Island in New York City, Noor Sheikh strongly identifies with her birth place of Pakistan. Her connection to the nation, and more broadly with South Asia, helped to develop her interest in international human rights. To pursue this passion, Noor completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Human Rights from the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College and the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute. Noor hopes to attend law school in the near future to work towards her goal of becoming an international human rights lawyer. Currently alongside her work with APF, Noor is also working as a preventive services case planner with Arab American Family Support Center to uplift and support South Asian households in NYC.


Fatimah Alyas, Mentorship and internship program coordinator

Fatimah Alyas is a Mentorship and Internship Program Coordinator with the American Pakistan Foundation and is pursuing graduate school at the University of Oxford. She has served as a Peacekeeping Adviser at the United Nations Headquarters with the Permanent Mission of Pakistan, as an Editorial Intern at the Council on Foreign Relations, and as a Research Fellow with the National Rural Support Programme. She has conducted field research in India, South Africa, and Brazil, and is passionate about political science and development studies. Fatimah focused on international affairs and postcolonialism at Columbia University, where she graduated with a degree in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies.


Jon Pearl, Assistant to the President

Jonathan Pearl is a 2nd year student of Middle East studies and international economics at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Born and raised in the Chicago area, Jon received a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Michigan. After graduation, he moved back to Chicago to work for the AmeriCorps in a north-side high school that received all the city's teenage refugees. Working with his amazing student cohort, who came from more than a dozen different countries of origin, inspired him to take a job as the chief of staff for the state representative responsible for that district. After completing his master's degree, Jon hopes to continue his career in the public sector.


Aleeza Ali, program Coordinator

Aleeza Ali works at the law firm Clifford Chance and is a a graduate of George Mason University with a degree in Global Affairs and Conflict Resolution. She previously interned at the Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the United Nations, and volunteered with Amnesty International and UNICEF.

Osman Khan, APF Fellows Program Coordinator

Osman Khan is a Management Consultant at Ernst & Young in New York City, where he develops strategy and leads implementation for his clients on their supply chain transformation journeys. He has served pro bono on leadership teams for organizations such as Net Impact, Teach the World Foundation, and Pakathon. He is the co-founder and program coordinator of the APF Fellows Program. You can find him discussing global affairs and history, brainstorming ideas for a new startup, or serving as an unofficial tour guide around NYC.

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Kirsten Roof, Research Fellow

Kirsten Roof is a recent graduate of Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies where she concentrated in Security Studies and International Economics. Prior to this, she was a research associate to foreign policy analyst Shamila N. Chaudhary for whom she analyzed U.S. Policy towards South Asia with a focus on Pakistan. She was also a Community Economic Development Volunteer for the Peace Corps, an Intern with AFRICOM, and speaks French. She hopes to continue her research on US-Pakistan relations and pursue a career in the public sector.

Adam Carte, CFO

As a founding member and Partner of Fairlead Advisors LLC and an Operating Partner to Denham Capital Partners, Adam Carte provides strategic, commercial, executive management and financial expertise to clients, a role substantially the same as the one he held previously at Alea Management LLC, which he also co-founded. He received a B.A. in Mathematics from Earlham College and an MBA with a concentration in Finance from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.


Hassan Saeed, communications + Outreach Coordinator

Hassan Saeed works on APF’s online presence. He formerly served as a Vice President for a Boston-based healthcare organization focused on delivery and care for the elderly. He holds a BBA from the University of Michigan. He grew up in Kuwait, Abbottabad, and Detroit, and currently lives in Boston.


Maha Rasheed Khan, APF AMbassador

Maha Rasheed Khan has been working with Developments in Literacy for the past 15 years, and is currently Houston chapter President of the organization. Within the Houston community, Mrs. Khan is a member of the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary, and was previously a board member of the Sweetwater Country Club Women’s Association. Mrs. Khan was also a chairman for the Super Bowl Extravaganza, Super Bowl 51, and is a board member of Historical Texas Treasures. She received her BA in Communications with a minor in Psychology from the University of Houston.


Riaz Karamali, Legal Counsel

Riaz Karamali is a partner in the Silicon Valley and San Francisco offices of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. He is a counselor and deal-maker who assists clients with negotiating and closing domestic and international venture finance, private equity, M&A and technology transactions. He has worked with hundreds of startup and emerging companies, guiding them from their pre-founding stages through their seed and venture capital financing rounds, significant commercial contracts and strategic alliances to their ultimate exit transactions. He received his law degree from the Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and his bachelor’s degree from Rice University.

Yasmin Causer, Accountant

Yasmin Causer is a Principal at KLR and has approximately twenty years of public accounting experience with strengths in providing comprehensive income tax compliance and planning services for high net worth individuals and their families. Yasmin received a BS in Accountancy from Bentley University and a MS in Taxation from Golden Gate University.