For more than 60 years, thousands of Pakistanis have participated in U.S. Government (USG) sponsored exchange programs to enhance people-to-people ties between Pakistan and the United States. Upon their return to Pakistan, many U.S. exchange alumni have made significant contributions to Pakistan’s government, business, culture and civil society. The Department of State; the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad; and the U.S. Consulates in Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar are committed to supporting alumni initiatives in Pakistan after alumni return from their exchange programs.
About the Pakistan U.S. Alumni Network (PUAN)
In 2008, U.S. Embassy Islamabad launched the Pakistan-U.S. Alumni Network (PUAN), an association of U.S. exchange alumni who are committed to making meaningful contributions to Pakistan though community service, conferences, mentoring future generations, and reaching out to inspire and recruit new exchange participants. All current and former Pakistani participants of U.S. federal government-sponsored exchange programs are eligible to become members of PUAN. To register, send an email to PUAN@state.gov.
The network is jointly administered by the U.S. Embassy and the United States Educational Foundational in Pakistan (USEFP). The network is one of the largest and most active USG exchange alumni networks in the world, with more than 22,000 registered members and 12 local chapters throughout Pakistan. Active alumni chapters are located in the following cities/regions:
- Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK)
- Gilgit-Baltistan (GB)
- Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) / Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA)
U.S. Embassy Islamabad has responsibility for the AJK, GB and Islamabad-Rawalpindi chapters. Our U.S, Consulate in Lahore covers the Bahwalpur, Lahore and Multan chapters, while the U.S. Consulate in Karachi covers the Baluchistan, Karachi, Jamshoro and Sukkur chapters. U.S. Consulate Peshawar covers the KP/FATA chapter.