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

Homaira Haqdad
Homaira HaqdadPresident
Homaira 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. She is currently working in program management within the healthcare sector.
Serena Arman
Serena ArmanVP Social Development
The VP Professional Events focuses on identifying, developing and hosting social development events (e.g. mix & mingle, summer BBQ, hangouts, etc.).
Moska Rokay
Moska RokayVP Marketing
Moska is responsible for APO’s marketing strategy and online presence. She works alongside Ghezal and Serena to market all APO events and initiatives. She is also pursuing her Master’s at the University of Toronto.
Ghezal Hamidi
Ghezal HamidiVP Professional Development
Ghezal strategizes and plans for professional-related events. Her vision includes more digital-oriented events and strengthening APO’s network. As a polyglot, she also wants to promote the development of both human and computing language skills. Ghezal works in the medical tech industry as an analyst and freelances as a web developer.
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.
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.
Iqbal Temor
Iqbal TemorProfessional Development Associate
Iqbal is a Civil Engineer working in the public sector while concurrently pursuing his Masters at the University of Toronto. Iqbal works closely with the VP of Professional Development to effectively plan events.
Palwasha Zerghune
Palwasha ZerghuneSocial Development Associate
Palwasha is a 3rd Year Undergrad student at the University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus. She is completing her Bachelor of Arts, with a Major in Sociology and a Double Minor in Public Law and Women & Gender Studies. She wishes to enter the legal field upon graduation. She works alongside the VP of Social Development as they plan and execute social events.
Sayeda Akbary
Sayeda AkbaryMarketing Associate
Sayeda is an interdisciplinary visual artist based in Toronto. She is an OCAD University medalist with a BDes degree in Graphic Design and a minor in Integrated Media. Sayeda’s practice focuses on creating immersive experiences that aim to reset the boundaries dividing the “developing countries” from the western world. In APO, she works with the VP of Marketing on APO’s brand, promotional materials, and online platforms.

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.
Waheed Faizi
Waheed FaiziBoard Member
Waheed sits on the Board of Advisors alongside Roian and Homaira. As a co-founder, he has held various roles in APO since inception. Currently, he focuses on strategy development, implementation and providing oversight of events to ensure it meets APO’s Vision while being in line with it’s three pillars. Waheed is currently on the Finance team at Bell Canada.

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