Alumni Highlight

Saadia Khan
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Saadia Khan is the creator and host of the podcast called, “The Alien Chronicles: Immigrant Stories”. It is a weekly podcast that focuses on peoples’ journeys to America, specifically in NY and its surrounding areas. Every week, the podcast invites immigrants from all walks of life to share their stories. The goal is to create empathy for “the other” through relatable narratives. In today's polarized climate, the podcast strives to humanize immigrants through the intensely personal stories highlighting their experiences in the US. The podcast brings to fore the untold stories of courage, resilience and hope. Each story is unique in that it brings to light a different immigrant perspective. So far, the podcast has featured 19 different stories. The guests included authors, activists, DACA recipients, stand-up comedian, and others from different parts of the world who have come to call America home. For more information about the podcast, you can check its website

Saadia Khan is also a human rights activist exploring intersectionality between different cultures, racial and ethnic backgrounds. In 2014, Saadia graduated from Columbia Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, with an MA in Human Rights and wrote her thesis on Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW’s) role in girls’ education in Pakistan. Before attending Columbia, she had also completed my MBA in human resource management and marketing from a top tier Business School (Lahore University of Management Sciences) in Pakistan. After graduating from Columbia University, she worked as a South Asia and the Middle East Policy Specialist at the Global Network of Women Peace builders (GNWP), a civil society organization working on advocacy for women, peace and security. During her time at GNWP, she also worked extensively with various UN entities especially UN Women on issues like countering violent extremism and financing for women’s rights.