The Team

Our team comprises of policy practitioners who are leaders in their field.

Shanza N. Khan

Founder & Head Counselor

Shanza Khan holds a Masters of Arts in Public Policy from Harvard University. She was one of only two students to receive a fully funded Dean’s Fellowship and was the recipient of the Jane Mansbridge Award and Roy Scholarship. She graduated Summa Cum Laude in Economics from Emory University at the age of nineteen and Magna Cum Laude in Business Administration from Mount Marty College at the age of seventeen. She has been inducted as a member of both the Omicron Delta Kappa, National Leadership Honor Society as well as the Omicron Delta Epsilon International Economic Honor Society in USA.

She has over 18 years of experience working with top development organizations including the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the Federal Reserve Bank, the Aga Khan Development Network, MicroFinance Opportunities, Overseas Development Institute, DFID, USAID, GIZ, UNICEF, UNDP and was one of the founding members of Strategic and Policy Research Pvt. Ltd in Islamabad. She is a firm believer in the importance of research, systems, and management and founded Eye on Ivy on these principals.


Safiya Aftab

Essay Specialist & Mentor for Budding Economists

Safiya Aftab holds a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University as well as graduate degrees in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and Quaid-e-Azam University. She is currently pursuing an LLB degree from the University of London External Program through self-study. Safiya has had varied professional experience, including permanent staff positions with the Asian Development Bank and the UN World Food Program, and consulting (both as a freelance consultant and with international firms). She is presently the Executive Director of Verso Consulting. Her recent research focus is on the issues of political economy and governance, including social protection, minority rights, and the economic impacts of terrorism.

Eye on Ivy is delighted to have Safiya on board both as a Mentor as well as to work with selected students on their personal statements!


Fatima Burki


Eye on Ivy is pleased to have Fatima Burki on our Experts panel. She is a Master of Arts from the University of Sussex and Bachelor of Science (Hons) from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She holds a Certificate in Copyediting from the University of California (San Diego). Her previous work includes being a Research Editor at a publishing house, Imagination Publishing, in Chicago, USA, as well as Metro Desk and In-charge at Daily Times Newspaper, Lahore.


Ali Sultan

Interview Prep. Specialist & Mentor for Budding Legal Minds

Ali is an eminent international law specialist. Besides teaching law at Lahore University of Management Sciences and the Foreign Service Academy, he regularly advises public and private stakeholders on various aspects of international law.
After his schooling from Aitchison College Lahore, Mr. Sultan earned a full academic scholarship at Middlebury College, where he read philosophy, politics, and economics, and was a College Scholar for five straight semesters. Subsequently, he attended the prestigious University of Virginia Law School for his Juris Doctor (JD), where he also edited the Journal of Law and Politics.
Given his wealth of academic and practical experience, Eye on Ivy is thrilled to have Ali on board as an Advisor on the US College and Law School admissions process. Ali will also consul students on how to prepare for the all-important college interview!


Haroon Shah

Mentor – Equity Research, Corporate Banking & Development Banking

Haroon Shah is a Senior Manager in Scotiabank`s Global Capital Markets Teams, managing the banks trading and lending relationships with Financial Institutions in 69 countries. Prior to his current role, he worked in Global Risk Management evaluating the risk of the banks corporate customers. Haroon joined Scotiabank in 2012, having spent the prior 9 years of his career gaining experience through a diverse set of roles in equity research, corporate banking, and development banking.
Haroon earned an MBA degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and received a BA in Finance from James Madison University.

Mariam Zia

Mariam Zia

Mentor – English Language & Literature

Dr. Mariam Zia completed her PhD in English Literature from the University of Sussex, UK in 2016. Her thesis was on storytelling and the uncanny: particularly, on the dastan genre in the context of Dastan-e Amir Hamza. She is currently working as an Assistant Professor at the Lahore School of Economics. Dr. Zia worked at Dawn News Television for over four years in various capacities as copy-editor, assignment-editor and as a producer and anchor. Dr. Zia has two MA degrees, one from the University of the Punjab, Pakistan, in English Language and Literature (2004) and one from the University of Sussex, UK in Critical Theory (2006). She taught MA and MPhil classes at Punjab University and at Kinnaird College for Women before she began her PhD at Sussex in 2011.


Fatima Khwaja Rehman

Mentor – Biology & Scientific Research

Dr. Fatima Rehman holds a BSc. in Biology and Ph.D in Genetics and Molecular Biology from Emory University. She has worked at the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Center as a Research scientist and at LUMS as a visiting faculty in the School of Science and Engineering (SSE) for 3 years before moving to Jacksonville, Florida. In Pakistan, she worked to develop the basic science research labs and started the Cancer public awareness campaign at Shaukat Khanum. She was also part of the founding SSE faculty developing the curriculum and the teaching program for the department of biology. After her return to the US, she worked as a research associate at Mayo Clinic for 4 years before joining the Biology department at the University of North Florida (UNF) as a full-time faculty member. She has been at UNF for the last 5 years. She currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses, is involved in curriculum development and runs a research lab geared towards undergraduate student research.


Mashal Khan

Mentor – Transdisciplinary Design & Visual Communication

Mashal Khan holds a BFA in Visual Communication, Graphic Design from American University in Dubai where she won the Departmental Award for attaining the highest academic standing. She also has a MFA in Transdisciplinary Design from Parsons The New School, New York and continued to academically excel, winning the Departmental Award yet again. She is member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts and International Society for Typographic Designers.

Mashal has vast international work experience in the design and social sector having worked with Verge in New York, Global Intensive Studio in Hong Kong, Paris Tokyo Design and LeoBurnett in UAE, Graphic-FX in Tennessee, Blue Underground in Virginia, Land Art Generator Initiative in Pennsylvania as well as Bussolati, Discovery Creative, Insomniac Design and ArtDriver in Washington, D.C. Currently, she is using her skills for the greater good at Kaarvan Crafts Foundation in Lahore.

Mashal uses art and design thinking to inspire people to envision new modes of living. She problematizes social issues into open-ended questions that create opportunities for co-operating learning and crafting an alternative positive future of cooperation. Her superpower is making challenging content beautiful, compelling, and accessible.