She is a strategic communications professional with a diverse background in the nonprofit sector, as well as journalism and law. Most recently, Alikhan was marketing manager for the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF), where she developed brand awareness campaigns and promotional strategies that helped increase community impact and program results. Previously, she served as a communications officer with the United Nations in New York contributing to the advancement of global peacekeeping initiatives, as well as a communications consultant with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). She has also worked as a freelance journalist and editor. Before embarking on a professional career in communications, Alikhan practiced employment and human rights law in her hometown of Toronto, Canada.

Alikhan has a master’s degree in journalism from New York University, a law degree from Queen’s University in Ontario and an honors bachelor of arts from the University of Toronto.