We are pleased to inform you of two upcoming community events, the Soch: Columbia Pakistan Symposium and Women2Women's International Women's Day celebration.

Soch: Columbia Pakistan Symposium

The American Pakistan Foundation is serving as a publicity partner for Soch: Columbia Pakistan Symposium  presented by the Organization of Pakistani Students at Columbia University, taking place on March 9th. Since its inception in 2016, Soch has captured the spirit of intercultural dialogue and diplomatic exchange that is present throughout New York City. As one of the few conferences in the US to focus on Pakistan, Soch aims to foster constructive dialogue that can produce tangible change within Pakistan and the larger South Asian community.  Learn more about the symposium and this year's theme, "Health as a Human Right in Pakistan" here: columbiasoch.com 

Early registration promo code: SOCH19
Valid until February 21st

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Featured Symposium Speakers

Over the course of the conference, Soch is eager to explore pressing issues that exist in the public health system.  Soch aims to foster discourse on women's reproductive rights, current mental health infrastructure, and lastly, how poverty and violence serve as backdrops through which health inequities fester.

Kanwal Haq

Kanwal Haq is a medical anthropologist, researcher, and innovator who is passionate about reducing health disparities and increasing collective wellness. For nearly a decade Kanwal has piloted multiple community development initiatives while providing organizational leadership for ventures  ranging in size from student-led university groups to international institutions.

Prior to her current role in neurosurgery Strategy & Ops for Yale School of Medicine, she has served as Director of Development for Jetpac Inc, Advisor for the Pakistan Mission to the United Nations, COO of SABKA, COO of WISE, and completed the Americorps Urban Education Fellowship.

Currently, Kanwal is in the final stages of completing her master's thesis "Muslim & Mental: The Impact of Stigmas on a Community" at the Boston University School of Medicine and translating that work into her organization, Constell, which provides comprehensive nationwide mapping and dynamic tracking of formal and informal mental health resources.
Khalida Brohi

Khalida Brohi, 29, is the Founder and Executive Director of Sughar Foundation USA, a non-profit dedicated to providing tribal and rural women in Pakistan with opportunities.  She is also co-founder of The Chai Spot, a social-enterprise that provides economic opportunities for women and educational opportunities for youth in Pakistan.

Khalida has twice been named among Forbes' 30 Under 30 for Social Entrepreneurship, awarded the inaugural Emerging Global Leader Award by Northwestern University, named Director's Fellow at MIT Media Lab, and received the ANGEL Award by the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Center. She has also been among NewsWeeks' 25 under 25 Women of Impact, The Nation's 100 Women Who Matter in Pakistan, a recipient of the Woman of Impact Award by Women in the World Foundation, and the Women of Excellence Award by the Sindh Province government.

Khalida has spoken on such stages as TEDGlobal, Davos, the World Affairs Council, Together Live, Google Zeitgeist, Facebook, Trip Advisor, and at the Pilosio Building Peace Award summit.

Salman Ahmad
Salman Ahmad is a musician, physician and United Nations Goodwill Ambassador. With his wife, Samina, he launched an NGO called the Salman & Samina Global Wellness Initiative (SSGWI), focused on interfaith and cross-cultural dialogue, global health, wellness, and music education.  Turning then to his true passion of music, Ahmad founded South Asia's biggest rock band, Junoon, which became known as "the U2 of South Asia."
Zubia Mumtaz
Dr. Zubia Mumtaz is a Professor and Program Director of Global Health at the School of Public Health, University of Alberta, Canada. She studied medicine at Aga Khan University, Pakistan, did her MPH from Harvard and PhD at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK. Her research focuses on Global Maternal Health.  She also provides policy advice to national governments and international organizations.
Zehra Kamal Alam
Zehra Kamal Alam is a clinical psychologist and a development practitioner with nineteen years of experience. She has worked extensively on issues of gender, violence, trauma, sexual and reproductive health and emotional health with children, young people and women.  She is currently pursuing a Masters in Clinical Psychology from the Teachers College, Columbia University, USA.

Hassan M. Minhas
Hassan M. Minhas MD is a psychiatrist with training in Adult Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Forensic Psychiatry. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Currently, Dr. Minhas is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Yale University School of Medicine, and is the director of the Outpatient Autism Center at the Hospital for Special Care. 
Check out Soch's complete speaker line up on their website and register!

Women2Women's  International Women's Day Celebration