Welcome To Afghan Professionals of Ontario

The Afghan Professionals of Ontario (APO) was founded on the belief that Afghans in the beginning and middle stages of their careers lacked the opportunity and the dedicated resources to connect with one another.

Through our various social, educational and charitable initiatives, APO hopes to build a strong professional community for the Afghan diaspora in Ontario. Feel free to connect with us through our LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter pages.

About APO

To connect, develop, and inspire Afghan professionals across Canada through a series of conferences, events and seminars.
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; show him how to catch fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.  
To organize top-notch events and conferences year round designed to help you grow your career .
We strive to connect you to Canada’s most accomplished Afghan professionals and industry leaders.

Our focus

Networking 100%
Inspiring 100%
Career Development 100%
Mentoring 100%

The Executive Team

Serena Arman
Serena ArmanPresident
Serena works closely with each of the portfolio owners to develop and execute against an annual plan. As the current President, she also has a seat on the Board of Advisors (BoA), where she works with the BoA members to ensure the annual plan is in alignment with APO’s mission and vision.
Iqbal Temor
Iqbal TemorVP Professional Development
Iqbal is a Civil Engineer working in the public sector while concurrently pursuing his Masters at the University of Toronto. Iqbal strategizes and plans for professional-related events.
Javid Karimi
Javid KarimiVP External Affairs
The VP External Affairs builds relationships with external organizations and businesses to provide APO the opportunity to expand into other markets.
Sahra Shams
Sahra ShamsVP Professional Development
Sahra is the VP Professional Development. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Engineering at Ryerson University.
Sahra worked alongside the Centre of Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Ryerson University as the Marketing Communications Coordinator.
Haroon Ashraf
Haroon AshrafVP Finance & Sponsorship
The VP Finance & Sponsorship focuses on developing an annual budget, event specific budgets, develops financial reports including filing for taxes, and leads sponsorship. Haroon is currently a Senior Analyst at CPP Investment Board.
Mustafa Sayedi
Mustafa SayediExternal Affairs Associate
Mustafa is a graduate of the Master of Global Affairs program at the University of Toronto and holds a Bachelor’s degree from York University. He has worked at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris, and more recently with the Ministry of International Trade of Ontario. Mustafa works alongside the VP of External Affairs to help build and manage relationships with key external stakeholders.

The Board of Advisors

Roian Shams
Roian ShamsBoard Member
Roian is a co-founder of APO and has previously served as APO’s President and VP of Finance. Currently, he sits on the Board of Advisors where he provides strategic advise to the core-team. He is currently a management consultant at Accenture Strategy.

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