Muneeba Adil Omar

Political Science Graduate Receives 2013 Arts Young Alumni Award

The Arts Young Alumni Award recognizes    Muneeba Adil Omar                                          young alumni who have made outstanding contributions to their professional field and in community and public service.

This year’s recipient is Muneeba Adil Omar, who received a BA in Honours Political Science in 2005. While at Waterloo, she received the Queen Elizabeth II “Aiming for the Top” Scholarship for four consecutive years.

Muneeba started her career in Pakistan as    a current affairs columnist with a leading English newspaper. In 2006, she returned    to Canada to pursue an MA in International Affairs at Carleton University. She graduated with distinction, in 2008.

In the same year, Muneeba joined the Canadian federal government through the Recruitment of Policy Leaders program, an initiative aimed at recruiting exceptional candidates into the Public Service. She is also a graduate of the Accelerated Economist Training Program, a two-year leadership development program, during which she worked on a variety of social, economic, and international policy issues.

Muneeba recently moved from Ottawa, to take on a new role as an economic development officer with the Federal Economic Development Agency of Southern Ontario. Prior to this, she was a senior policy analyst with Health Canada, and senior economist in the Department of Finance

Her humanitarian and volunteer initiatives have included, assisting with victims of the 2005 Pakistani earthquake; the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization; and Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign.

Muneeba stays connected to Waterloo by participating in alumni events, and is an informal liaison for Government of Canada post-secondary recruitment, reaching out to departments and students in the Faculty of Arts.

She resides in Kitchener with her husband John Harder, a Waterloo Arts graduate.