Dr. Maqbool A. Halepota
President of SAPAC
Dr. Maqbool A. Halepota is the founding President of SAPAC. He was born in the City of Hyderabad. Built on the banks of the River Indus, It is the most historical city, and old capital of Sindh, which is now a province of Pakistan. He graduated from Sindh Medical College, Karachi, Sindh in 1986, and moved to the United States in 1992. Here he completed Residency training in Internal Medicine in 1996 from the University of Kentucky, and was certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in 1997. He then practiced Internal Medicine from 1996 to 2000 in Kentucky were he was commissioned into the “Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels” by Paul Patton, Governor of Kentucky in 1999 for providing medical care to the indigent population in one of the poorest counties in Kentucky. He later completed Fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at the University of Kentucky in 2003, was certified in Oncology in 2004, and granted Fellowship in the American College of Physicians (ACP) in 2006. Dr. Halepota is published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, the Journal of Clinical Advances in Hematology Oncology, and the South Asia Tribune. He is a member of the Community Oncology Alliance, he is a Medical Oncology Specialty Representative.
Fatima Gul is the Executive Director of SAPAC. As a Sindhi, Gul wants SAPAC to help make Congress and American people more aware of the Sindhi community, culture, civilization and heritage. Born in the village of Tando Allahyar in Sindh, Gul’s first job was as a teacher and counselor helping orphans from nearby villages. Through a decade of teaching and counseling in different schools in Sindh, Gul saw firsthand how the education system is struggling to prepare Sindhi youth for jobs in corporations and multinational companies. Gul also worked in events management roles, gaining substantial experience working with Sindhi media and seeing firsthand the censorship of mainstream media in the region. Through SAPAC Gul wants to focus on bringing together Sindhi Americans from all over the United States on one platform, giving them the opportunity to raise their voice. Gul believes the Sindhi community is unique and in need of assistance and protection in the face of threatening religious extremism. She also wants to help highlight the strength of the Sindhi people, their history as one of the oldest civilizations, their philosophy of life and the ways they live together in peace and harmony.
Ariel McClellan is the Director of Media Development at SAPAC. Ariel has a Bachelor of Science in Global Studies and Social Impact, with a focus on International Relations and Asia Studies, from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. As a previous intern, Ariel learned and researched Sindhi issues persistently. Overtime, she developed a passion in advocating for the Sindhi community and further developing the SAPAC organization. With a background in project management, international organizations, human rights and media development, Ariel aims to facilitate the agency’s expansion and outreach to the Sindhi community and its supporters. Ariel is a persistent and well-organized individual, team player, and highly effective communicator in charge of SAPAC’s media marketing and expansion. As a part of this organization, she continues to work alongside the goals of SAPAC–to raise awareness of the human rights abuses occurring in Sindh and alleviate the suffering of the Sindhi community.
Shahid I. Talpur
Treasurer of SAPAC
Founding Treasurer Shahid I. Talpur is a Virginia and Maryland certified Professional Engineer who actively is associated with human rights and advocacy groups highlighting excesses committed against women and minorities in Pakistan. Talpur received his Bachelor of Science from Mehran University of Engineering and Technology in Pakistan as well as a Master of Science from Wayne State University in Michigan, USA. He is currently employed as a Structural Engineer for ReStl Designers, Inc, in Maryland. In addition to his work with the Sindhi American Political Action Committee, Talpur is affiliated with the World Sindhi Institute (WSI), the Sindhi Association of North America (SANA), the SAHARO Foundation and the American Society of Civil Engineers.Awards and achievements include the “Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels”, holding the position of Chief of Medicine at Paradise Valley Hospital and the publishing of several articles regarding the health of the Pakistan nation.