PIK7 - An Interview with Sabiha Haider Khan

An Interview with Sabiha Haider Khan

Sabiha Haider Khan, a shining star associated with many professional organizations, and a successful person on her own, has taken time out to answer our interview questions with Sara Renovia. Sabiha Haider Khan is also an active volunteer at BHK Humanitarian Foundation in Florida, where she manages Soup Kitchen and provides free clinical services to the less fortunate. Her commitment to human development and community services is well-known, especially because of her association with the Columbia Graduate School of Business Asian Women’s Association. Successful women like Sabiha, are definitely inspirations for other women to move forward.

Sara Renovia interviewed Sabiha Haider Khan as the following:

Sara: Hello, Ms. Sabiha! I am honored to have you here with me. Let’s begin with your introduction for our readers, shall we?

Ms. Sabiha: Thank you for having me. I am currently employed as a Director Compliance at Quality Health Plans of New York Inc in Ronkonkoma. The majority of my experience was as an Independent Consultant. Other than that, I am an active promoter and volunteer of various community service programs to help the society in any way I can.

Sara: That’s nice, Ms. Sabiha. Would you like to tell us about your educational background?

Ms. Sabiha: Of course. I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Science (Sociology) from Boston University in 1997, after which I received my MBA in 2005 from Columbia University Graduate School of Business in New York.  The Columbia MBA program allowed me to partake in their Study Abroad courses as a student of the Graduate School of Business in China, and work with Chief Economists from all over the world.

Sara: What a rich academic background you have. Impressive. Ms. Sabiha, you mentioned about your experience as an independent consultant. Can you tell us about that?

Ms. Sabiha: Yes, I worked for six years as an Independent Consultant through which I worked on numerous projects. My experience was mainly as a consultant in the area of Compliance, Finance, Strategies, and Operations for health care companies, insurance companies, pharmacy benefit managers, and many more.

Sara: Are there any particular projects you want to tell us about?

Ms. Sabiha: There are many! I’ll start with the one I enjoyed the most: the TeleMedicine project. It was a strategic project where I assisted in health plan contract negotiations with Commercial and Medicare health plans.  I also had the opportunity to present the use of Telemedicine to other countries to improve access to healthcare for the less fortunate and more specifically the pregnant women and neonatal infants to improve the outcomes of neonatal mortality.

Sara: Interesting. I heard you were associated with the Obama-Care project, too?

Ms. Sabiha: Yes, indeed. I was the company expert in that project. I studied what the impacts would be of the Affordable Care Act (Obama-Care) on health care companies, and then worked for similar tasks on the International Health Care Project that was focused on reducing Infant Mortality Rates and Maternal Mortality rates in the rural areas of India.  That was where TeleMedicine would play a vital role.

Sara: According to my knowledge, you have done quite a lot in the law field as well. Would you like to tell us your role and experience in that field?

Ms. Sabiha: I worked with a few law firms – five to be exact – during my Independent Consultation experience. I was basically a Medicare Legal Expert and gave consultations to clients for including Medicare legal and managed care expertise and other medical matters that could benefit them.

Sara: Okay, moving on, you mentioned your active participation in community service activities. Could you name any, for our readers to know better about the good you do?

Ms. Sabiha: Definitely. Since I am a consultant, people come to me with all sorts of problems that they are facing. They belong to different backgrounds, different circumstances, and have different troubles. However, access to basic needs is a common problem and that is what I work to improve. My work with the BHK Humanitarian Foundation is one of my most impactful experiences. I also currently volunteer at the Human Development Foundation which provides micro-loans for small start-ups in poorer areas in third world countries. Other than that, I have helped around as a committee member in Tampa Bay Charity, too.

Sara: Very impressive. Can you elaborate on what does Tampa Bay Charity does, precisely?

Ms. Sabiha: Sure. Basically, Tampa Bay Charity works to provide clothes, food, toys, books, and other such drives to families that cannot live the life they deserve. I was also involved in their activities including drives, fundraising events, and efforts for political support.

Sara: That is a lot of hard work. As for your previous role as Chief Operating Officer in Quality Health Plans of New York Inc., can you briefly define your responsibilities?

Ms. Sabiha: Yes, my responsibilities ranged from supervising daily operations to working for the development and administration of the company. I worked in co-ordination and coherence with all the departments of the organization.

Sara: I am so happy that I could get this information from you. Thank you for being here. Please leave a message for your followers and our readers before we conclude the interview.

Ms. Sabiha: I am an informal ambassador of success for women, and not only for women but for the whole community. People should work more towards empowering the community rather than empowering only oneself, and that is the message I want to leave with you all. Work with commitment, and work for a bigger cause.

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