Sabah Khan, 2011, Canada and United States

Assistant Director of MBA Admissions, Stanford Graduate School of Business - Palo Alto, CA 

Why I chose Fletcher: Prior to Fletcher I was working in a very physically and psychologically challenging position as a Project Manager for an NGO in a refugee camp. I applied to graduate school without access to internet, or even electricity, but Fletcher was consistently interested in being easily accessible to me despite these constraints. At Fletcher I was a member of a community that enhanced my ability to fulfill my aspirations. I was already confident that the breadth, depth, and quality of courses would be unparalleled, but I knew that the most unique and added advantage of Fletcher would be its inspiring intellectual and social environment. I was surrounded by a tight-knit group of incredibly talented classmates, professors, and staff who not only supported my interests, but nurture them and facilitate the achievement of my goals.

On the faculty: Every professor at Fletcher exhibits an overt passion for the subject material in which they are experts. I saw this every day. My first class at Fletcher was a course called ‘Humanitarian Action in Complex Emergencies.’ The professor warned us that during the semester we might begin to view the grotesque consequences of war on people from a purely analytical and professional perspective. As he reflected on his own lengthy tenure as a humanitarian, he became openly emotional, and asked us to never forget our motivation for working in this field - to alleviate the suffering of humankind. It was shocking to witness a veteran from the industry share such an honest and intimate portrayal of relief work. This was the norm there. Educators at Fletcher are able to transcend the ivory tower stereotype without sacrificing their superior pedagogical aptitudes. Most surprisingly, they are still optimistic, if not in the world, then in the ability for their pupils to change it. That is a rarity and a privilege, one that I am honored to be a part of.

Favorite author:

Jhumpa Lahiri

Favorite food:

Poutin (French fries with gravy and cheese curd, don't knock it 'till you try it)

Most rewarding trip:

Road trip from Zambia to the Namibian coast and back- offroading almost 3000 miles in one week! 

Fletcher alumnus you admire:

Sasha Chanoff 

Best place to study:

Diesel Cafe 

Fields of Study

  • Human Security
  • Humanitarian Studies

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Fletcher Reflections Blog Writer
  • Student Admissions Office Worker

Education before Fletcher

  • BA, Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, University of Pennsylvania

Experience before Fletcher

  • Project Manager, FORGE, Meheba Refugee Settlement; Zambia
  • Paralegal Specialist, U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division; San Francisco, CA

Languages

  • Urdu
  • Hindi
  • French
  • English

Summer Internship

  • Nike Foundation, M&E; Dedza, Malawi