Through his voluntary work and studies, he has had international experience that has contributed to his strong understanding of cultural nuances and his ability to adjust to new environments. Holding a master’s degree in development studies from the London School of Economics and a bachelor’s degree in economics and finance from the University of Surrey, he has worked in investment banks, start-ups and a think tank.
In Uganda, Shakeel volunteered for a social enterprise, supporting entrepreneurs to shape their business strategy and obtain start-up capital. He has interned at large investment banks and an economics think tank. He has also learned Arabic in Jordan and travelled in Southeast Asia.
Shakeel enjoys travelling, learning languages, boxing, reading about international development and reading historical fiction.