Director for Organizational Advancement
and International Relations Network
Shakeel was born in Pakistan in the city of Sialkot. He was raised within the confines of a close-knit Christian community which made him an ethnic native but a religious minority. As a child Shakeel learned to speak four languages, Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi and also read Arabic. Unfortunately English was not prevalent.
Shakeel holds a Masters Degree in International Relations from American University, and a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from BYU.
In the 2006/2007 school year, he was chosen along with nine other students to go to Washington DC., where they visited the White house and met law makers and trade officials who worked on bilateral relations with other nations particularly Pakistan.
In 2008, Shakeel was offered an internship with the Embassy of Pakistan as a minority leader to build relations with Islamic and Christian communities based in Pakistan and United States.
Prior to pursuing his education, he spent time as a volunteer in Singapore, Malaysia, Sri-Lanka and Pakistan building communities. Shakeel is a man with great heart when it comes to service. He believes with a little action in favor of the least privileged we can make the world a better place.