Awais joined IYF in 2005 and serves as Executive Vice President of Programs. In this role, he also serves as Global Director of IYF’s Youth:Work program, a USAID-supported partnership between development agencies, the private sector and civil society to promote employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for disadvantaged youth worldwide. Prior to joining IYF, Awais served as Managing Director of the Education for Employment Foundation, which has a mission of providing jobs to young people across the Middle East and Asia. A licensed attorney, Awais has also worked in the corporate and securities practice of Arnold & Porter, a Washington, D.C. law firm, and as Law Clerk to the Honorable Judge John Sprizzo of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Raised in the United States and of Pakistani origin, Awais is a graduate of the University Of Texas School Of Law and the University of Chicago.