Shaheen is Acting Executive Director, SFU International at SFU and has extensive experience in international development work in the areas of education, diaspora, public health and environment policy, as well as in community and public engagement. She has managed development projects in several countries in Africa and Asia. She holds an MA in International Studies with a focus on the role of diaspora in international development. Shaheen is committed to intercultural understanding and diversity issues, fluent in English, competent in French and Kiswahili, and understands Gujerati. Shaheen is the Chair of the Board for Burnaby Family Life and is a mentor for professional newcomers to Canada through MOSAIC.