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.).
Sayeda Akbary
Sayeda AkbaryVP Marketing
Sayeda is a multidisciplinary visual artist based in Toronto. She is an OCAD University medalist with a BDes degree in Graphic Design & 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. Sayeda is also responsible for APO’s marketing strategy and online presence.
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 UX design and communications for the Federal Government.
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.
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.
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.
Sahra Shams
Sahra ShamsMarketing Associate
Sahra is the Marketing Associate at APO. 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. Sahra works with the VP of Marketing on APO’s brand, promotional materials, and online platforms.
Samira Basir
Samira BasirProfessional Development Associate
Samira is a recent Master of Public Policy graduate from the University of Toronto. Previously, she completed her undergraduate degree at York University. She currently works at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Samira works closely with the VP of Professional Development to effectively plan events.
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.
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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