2019 is coming to an end and it has been a great year for the AKU Alumni Association of North America (AKUAANA). The last twelve months have been filled with momentous occasions such as the appointment of our alumnus, Adil Haider ’98 as Dean of AKUMC, Karachi to the presentation of Saad Omar (also ’98) to the US Congress. Our alumni have reached heights in academics, private practice, health policy, bioinformatics and as entrepreneurs across this nation.
Unfortunately, we lost three amazing and beloved alumni, Uzma Yunus ’95, Fida Khan ’97 and Asma Saleem ’90. The alumni community feels their loss and prays for their families. As this year ends, we celebrate all our alumni who are with us, and those who are not.
We had our annual Alumni Reunion in Orlando this July. Adil Haider ’98, first alumnus Dean of AKUMC and his family, honored us with their presence. It is these momentous occasions we look forward to as an ultimate way to give back to our alma mater. Thank you for your continued participation and support of this alumni association.
It takes every one of us to make this work, and together we can make sure that AKUAANA is here to grow and make a difference, not only in Pakistan and at AKU but also locally in the United States.
AKUAANA is 100% volunteer-run. As the President, I value every minute that is devoted by our Executive Council and member volunteers to our mission: to establish a platform to promote and facilitate healthcare, educational, social, and philanthropic missions of our community, and to nurture enduring ties with our alma mater.
Every year our volunteer Executive Council, Board of Advisors, and sub-committee members go above and beyond in their commitment and service to the organization, and we celebrate those individuals now: Ammar Javed ’13, Faiz Bhora ’92, Azam Kundi ’92, Nooruddin Punjwani ’92, Adnan Hyder ’90, Saleem Islam ’92, Fahim Rahim ’97 and Naeem Rahim ’98. AKUAANA thanks each and every one of these alumni for their dedication to this organization. We hope that they will continue to share their time and expertise with AKUAANA and look forward to recruiting more people like them!
In fact, everyone can jump in and sign up to become members and volunteer for various committees for the next year. One of the best ways to really get connected with other alumni is to become members of your alumni organization. Join us at our annual Alumni Reunion to reconnect with old friends, make new ones, to find mentors for career and other guidance, and most of all for coming up with ideas to strengthen and grow your alumni organization.
AKUAANA is a young association. We have a long way to go. If we want AKUAANA to be the resource that we think it should be, then there is only one way to do that. Join AKUAANA and participate as a member. Dream a small part of your dreams, through AKUAANA, to make it a household name, that your family and children can be proud of.
To those who have recently graduated; be curious, remain relentless, and don’t give up on your dream and you will reach greatness! And when you have, spread your wisdom and experiences through your alumni association.
I would like to thank our amazing Executive Council for 2018-19, Past President Habib Chotani ’95; Secretary Noor Afshan Khan ’96; Treasurer and President-Elect Faisal Cheema ’00 and Web Manager Abdul Basit Saeed ’07. I have had the privilege to lead our alumni association with such a great team of people for the past two years. That tenure is coming to an end, but not my commitment to advocate for our alumni here in the US. At the end of the year, I pass on the baton to Faisal Cheema ’00; I know that he will take the association in the direction that is best for us and look forward to working with him.
Namirah Jamshed ’96
AKUAANA President, 2018-2019