The Cal Pakistani Students Association Board of 2017-2018 is a hard working group of enthusiastic people who love to serve their community. Each board member brings a unique and creative skill set and has a passionate vision for the Pakistani community and beyond. Together, they strive to lead the Cal PSA community to new heights.
Mareena is a fourth year at Cal majoring in Business Administration and minoring in Applied Language Studies. She grew up in Fresno, California (that place you have probably driven through when driving from NorCal to SoCal haha). You could say she is your typical ABCD, except she loves her Pakistani roots, especially the food! She is so excited to serve as your President this year hoping to share her love for PSA with all of you! In her free time, Mareena loves singing, dancing, binge-watching Netflix, or eating lots of pizza. She also loves to talk, so if you ever want to talk about how amazing Pakistani food is or argue if Deepika or Priyanka is prettier, feel free to reach out!
Muneeb is a fourth year studying Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering. Although he’s lived in California his entire life, he’s stayed in touch with his Pakistani side through trips to Pakistan and his involvement in the PSA. He may not be a fan of Bollywood movies and music, but when it comes to the food, he’ll eat anything and everything you put in front of him. In his free time you can either find him working on CalSol stuff, playing ultimate and soccer, or out on a bike ride.
Hey! I’m a senior studying Computer Science who likes to ski. A lot. I love Thai food too. Also, my parents are actually from India: I got involved with the PSA because Sumer, a former VP, encouraged me to act in the movie of the 2015 Urdu Culture Show. You can probably catch me either at Moffit or Soda Hall. I’m honored to serve you as PSA’s secretary!
Bilal Kidwai is a fourth year studying business administration. Although he has lived in the Bay Area for majority of his life, some of his favorite memories are of his summers in Karachi with his family. Even though his Urdu sucks, he has a strong connection to his cultural roots that have been instilled in him by his family and friends. He believes his mom makes the best biryani in the world, don’t challenge him on that, he will fight you. When he’s not pretending to study, you can catch him playing basketball, dancing, or arguing with random people on who’s the biggest Warriors fanatic (hint: he is).
Director of Technical Affairs
Mudabbir is a second year student majoring in Computer Science. Born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan, he often feels quite homesick and it is one of the reasons why he joined PSA so that he could have a second family here that would help him miss home a little less. He is extremely patriotic and envisions a better future for Pakistan and it’s people, which is why he believes it is his responsibility to strive hard in giving back as much as he can to the country that gave him everything. Seriousness aside, you can literally talk to him about anything related to Pakistani culture (or GAME OF THRONES), ranging from music to food to sports and even politics, and he’d be delighted to chat. He loves traveling, partying and trying out new food so hit him up whenever you’re down for that or even if you just want to have an enjoyable Bollywood night with a warm cup of chai!
Director of Logistics
Nadia is a second year studying Molecular Environmental Biology. She was born and raised in Los Angeles. She just visited Lahore for the first time during Winter Break 2017 to check out her hometown & would 10/10 go back again for the culture? food? shopping? family? She’s actually half-Pakistani, half-Afghan and is super excited to be able to represent both of her roots on both PSA and ASA board.
Tulaib Zia Zafir
Director of External Affairs
Tulaib is a senior studying Philosophy. He is the founder of Tulaib Walks and Tulaibling (a variant of tabling on Sproul). Tulaib cannot wait to graduate and leave Berkeley, though the chances of this are unlikely. His favorite spot on campus is the Campanile. His favorite hobbies are distracting people from studying and eating cupcakes from Cupcakin. Tulaib is fond of Urdu poetry though he can only understand about 30% of it (which is pretty good for an ABCD). Tulaib is not a shaikh/molvi.
Director of Internal Affairs
Fawwad is a fourth year pre-med student majoring in Molecular and Cell Biology and minoring in Peace and Conflict Studies. Whether it be teaching aunties how to make biryani, giving kurta fashion tips to the other Fawad Khan, or engaging in shouting matches with uncles about Pakistani politics, Fawwad’s Pakistani heritage plays a major role in his everyday life. When he’s not busy with school, he can usually be found jamming out to Kendrick Lamar, hitting up restaurants around the Bay Area, and watching a number of sports including basketball, football, soccer, tennis, and, of course, good ‘ole unpredictable Pakistani cricket.
Hi! I’m a second year and my intended major is Economics. I was born in Karachi, Pakistan and moved here when I was a wee little baby. I love dancing, singing, binge watching Netflix for way longer than I should, and sleeping. Sleep is life. I’m also an adventure junky, so if you are ever down to do something crazy, you can hit me up.