Beyond the Classroom : International Risks, International Benefits: EMBA Alum Heather Khan Profiled
By Liz Warren-Pederson
Heather Khan holds a BSBA in Accounting ('97) and an Executive MBA ('06) and now serves as a foreign service officer for the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Heather Khan is a second-generation UA alum — her father came to Tucson from India to earn his master’s in mining engineering, and then earned his Eller MBA. Khan grew up in Montana, but visited him in Arizona often, and he hoped she would follow in his footsteps.
“I was offered a full-ride scholarship to either of the state universities in Montana, and I told my dad that I was applying to Washington and Stanford,” she said. “But it was just a little kidding — the only school I considered was UA, and it was the only one I applied to. Good thing I was accepted!”
Early on, Khan aimed set her sights on pre-med and expected to go into pediatrics, but her goals shifted along the way. She earned her BSBA in accounting, then joined Arthur Andersen in Phoenix. “I worked in the tax practice, which built tax departments for clients,” she said. “I also worked on process efficiency projects. I loved the work.”