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 22 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.

Isra Arif

Isra Arif


Isra has joined Eye on Ivy as the Editor and Creative Writer. When she is not writing, she is helping others to write or reading up on ways to write better. With no formal education in writing, she considers this a self-taught skill, cultivated steadily through freelance work and a lot of passion over the span of two years.She has studied business administration in Australia and has worked at schools and volunteered at NGOs under the administration umbrella for seven years in both Pakistan and U.A.E. She has also played field hockey at a national and international level during her time in the Middle East and still springs up at any opportunity she gets to play the sport or any sport for that matter. Legend has it, her hockey stick is always under her bed.


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 Hydra 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.


Ahmad Raza Khan

External Relations and Competitions Manager

Ahmad Raza Khan possesses a Masters in English Language & Literature and is responsible for keeping our international contest division running smoothly and overseeing administrative support. His responsibilities range from supervising, mentoring, training, and coaching our office staff and delegating assignments to ensure maximum productivity. He also coordinates with national and international partners.

Mina Sohail

Mina Sohail


Mina is a journalist with a Masters from New York University where she went on Fulbright scholarship. She has worked in media for over 10 years as an anchor/writer/reporter with publications in international papers. She now works for Eye on Ivy as an editor.

Ayesha Ibrahim

Ayesha Ibrahim


Ayesha completed her Masters at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London on the fully funded Commonwealth Scholarship. She completed her undergraduate studies at Lahore University of Management Sciences, majoring in Economics with a minor in Social Sciences. She studied Business, Economics and Accounting in her A Levels and has a keen interest in following economic issues and business trends. In her free time, Ayesha enjoys reading and travelling. Writing is a skill Ayesha has honed patiently over the years, as a student, researcher and lecturer while working in academia in Pakistan and the UAE.

Zeshan Ali

Zeshan Ali


An academic at heart, with Masters in Philosophy in English Applied Linguistics, majored in computational linguistics, carries over 4 years of English Language teaching experience at The University of Lahore. Trained in writing and editing, expert in strategic communication and communicative behaviors.

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Muhammad Shahzad

Manager Admin and Finance

Muhammad Shahzad holds MBA Finance Degree and works as our Finance Manager; he is responsible for managing the financial health of our organization in order to promote success and growth while maintaining legal financial practices. He is responsible for financial planning to determine how to pay off liabilities and grow the business, reviewing financial documents to ensure tax-compliance and collaboration with other departments to achieve monetary goals.


Shahid Saleem Baig

IT Manager

Shahid Saleem Baig, our IT Manager, is responsible for the smooth running of our computer systems. He supervises the implementation and maintenance of our company’s computing needs by ensuring security of data, network access and backup systems.

Maria Farooq

Maria Farooq

Placement Officer

Maria is heading the Placements Department. She has 10 years of experience in the education sector and multinationals. She holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Environmental Law and Masters in Environmental Sciences from Kinnaird College.

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