Shaheen has extensive experience in international relations and partnership development. She has developed and led international development projects in education, public health and environment policy, as well as in community and public engagement. She has worked in several countries in Africa and Asia. She holds an MA in International Studies with a focus on the role and potential of diaspora in international development. Shaheen is the Chair of the Board for Burnaby Family Life, co-Chair of the Burnaby Together: Coalition Against Racism and Hate, and a board member of the BC Council for International Cooperation.