- Abdulkarim Muhaseen
- Abdullah Mohiuddin
- Ahsan Irfan
- Dunya Mojadiddi
- Farah Fatima
- Hira Malik
- Huda Mohammed
- Mujir Muneerudin
- Nida Jamal
- Noreen Mir
- Omar Raza
- Raafia Siddiqui
- Rania Mirza
- Reyhana Patel
- Saad Ahmed
- Umair Ashraf
- Usman Masood
- Yara Elsharkawy
- Aazar Zafar
Abdulkarim Muhaseen completed his undergraduate degree in Medical Physics at Ryerson University before being accepted to medical school at the University of Toronto. Currently he is the volunteer coordinator at IMAGINE clinic, a multidisciplinary student run clinic which offers free medical care to the marginalized and noninsured populations within the downtown core.
Abdulkarim is also a part of the U of T chapter of Exercise in Medicine which advocates for exercise as a prescription tool for promoting wellness and health among patients. In his free time he enjoys writing satire, mentoring youth and training in gymnastics.
Banker by day, photographer by night, Abdullah has worked as a professional wedding and event photographer for 8 years throughout the Middle East and North America.
His alter-ego, the banker, works for a Toronto based pension fund and is passionate about marrying investments with technology, math and data science. At work, he also helps run a committee that promotes equity and awareness of causes at the workplace and our larger community.
Ahsan Irfan is a passionate advocate for increased civic engagement and awareness among Canadian Muslims.
He is currently an HBA Candidate at the Richard Ivey Business School at Western University and is actively involved in Canadian politics, having served as Vice President of the young wing of the Ontario PC Party and in various leadership roles on political campaigns at all levels of government.
Previously, Ahsan worked in the Office of the Prime Minister, where he helped plan the first-ever Ramadan Iftar hosted at 24 Sussex Drive. He has also worked at the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and plans to pursue a career in investment banking upon graduation.
Dunya has worked on multiple projects that help break barriers for Internationally Trained Professionals in Canada.
She holds an Honours Bachelor’s degree from McMaster University and has a Master’s Degree in Immigration and Settlement Studies from Ryerson University.
Dunya enjoys event planning and decor, spending time with her family and fulfilling her favourite duty – being an aunt.
Farah is the Senior Manager of Optimization at CIBC where she’s exploring methods of simplifying and modernizing the banking experience. She is an avid supporter and promoter of community engagement and diversity within the organization and has influenced and lead groups such as United Way, GenNext. She’s received the CIBC Diversity Champion Award in recognition of her contributions towards creating and supporting a South Asian diversity initiatives.
She also commits her time in other areas as needed and has mentored youth during the PanAm games, and volunteered with Muslim run organizations such as MIST and Ramadan Tent Project in the past.
Farah is a graduate of the University of Toronto and spends her spare time dabbling in abstract art.
Hira has been a volunteer with MAX since its very beginning. She is passionate about Muslims having a voice of their own and drafting their own narrative. She strongly believes in promoting unity within the Muslim faith as a means to moving the world forward.
She is a Chartered Accountant by profession and currently works as a Financial Controller at a public company. Prior to that she has worked for several years in the public accounting industry.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Administrative Studies Specialized Honors in Accounting from York University.
Huda Mohammed is an undergraduate student at the University of Guelph where she is currently completing her Bachelor of Arts, Honours Psychology with a Minor in Marketing.
Apart from her education, she is an active member of Guelph’s MSA and is also a volunteer counsellor for 315 NISA, a helpline dedicated to supporting Muslim throughout North America. She is involved with Mercy Mission as the Sales Lead for Being ME, the international conference that embarks upon the mission to give all Muslim women a voice or an outlet to express the reality of their lifestyles, share accomplishments that benefit humanity and inspire others to do the same.
Mujir Muneeruddin is a partner at Abrahams LLP and heads the organization’s Business Law Group, which includes all transactional, commercial, regulatory, and governmental practices within the firm.
Mr. Muneeruddin’s practice specializes in securities law, as he routinely advises mid-market technology companies in the raising of funds and corporate transactions. His experience includes having acted in initial public offerings (including reverse takeovers and qualifying transactions), private equity & venture capital financings, exchange listings, and public company mergers & acquisitions. Mujir also frequently advises on corporate governance and other securities compliance matters such as continuous disclosure requirements. Given a personal interest in seeing businesses grow, Mujir chairs the advisory board of a technology venture fund and he is also a co-founder/director of various technology startups. He also serves as a director for a volunteer medical clinic operating in the Greater Toronto Area.
Mr. Muneeruddin is a graduate of Queen’s University, where he earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) and a Masters (LL.M.) in Corporate Law & Securities along with number of academic awards. He also holds a Diploma in Islamic Finance from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (London, UK), among the most widely-recognized such designations in the world. Furthermore, he is fluent in Arabic and Urdu (in addition to English).
Nida currently works as a Senior Policy Analyst at the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services. In this role, she has led the creation and implementation of ground-breaking policy initiatives, such as the development of province-wide Student Achievement Protocols to support improved educational achievement for struggling youth, and the public reporting of children’s aid society performance indicators, a milestone in transparency for the child welfare sector.
Nida holds an Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Toronto and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration from Ryerson University.
Nida is passionate about community engagement and spends her time volunteering for a number of local charitable organizations. She is also a commensurate foodie and enjoys exploring Toronto’s diverse food scene.
Noreen has been an educator and academic coordinator in the private school system since 2001. Leveraging her over 15 years’ experience and her passion to motivate youth, she encourages students to excel not only in their academics, but to venture beyond and give back to their community, inspiring them to be fruitful contributors to Canadian society. She has an Honours Bachelor of Science degree specializing in Molecular Genetics and Molecular Biology, and a Master’s degree in Science, both from the University of Toronto.
Omar is an advocate for numerous community-based initiatives and supporting empowerment opportunities for equity-seeking groups.
He currently works at KPMG LLP and previously served as Chief of Staff to Ontario’s Minister of Children and Youth Services and the Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues. In his role, Omar worked on the internationally recognized campaign, “It’s Never OK: Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan” and the province’s strategy on enhancing mental health services for children and youth.
Omar also served on the University of Windsor’s Board of Governors and was a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-St. Clair. He is a lawyer and holds an LL.B. from the University of Windsor, and an LL.M. from Osgoode Hall Law School.
Raafia is currently completing her Masters in Global Health with a specialization in refugee health. She is very passionate about issues pertaining to social justice and believes in individual and collective action to improve access to health and other services for all community members.
Rania obtained a Masters in Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. She is a teacher in the public education system in Ontario. As an educator, Rania has taken a lead role in building strong school/community partnerships, and integrating students’ cultural and linguistic identity into the school curriculum.
She has presented at international conferences on topics relating to equity in the education system and has both academic and non-academic publications. Rania travels provincially presenting to public school boards about addressing Islamophobia in the school system. Her work focuses on issues pertaining to identity, language and the power of multicultural education, as a learning approach that helps students understand and appreciate the global society.
Rania is also actively engaged in a variety of community initiatives and is involved in freelance writing projects.
Reyhana Patel is a Journalist and a News Producer. She is a former BBC News Producer and a contributing writer to the Huffington Post UK and The Independent Online in the UK. She’s worked with various mainstream media outlets in the past – such as Al Jazeera English and Channel 4 in the UK.
She is the Head of Media and External Relations at Islamic Relief Canada. where she manages media and government relations for the organization. She also heads the organization’s work on Gender Based Violence – particularly around FGM/C, early marriages and domestic violence.
Saad is currently a first-year resident physician in Family Medicine at St. Michael’s Hospital. In the light of his lived experience working in Toronto’s downtown East-end, he sees community organizing as the firmest expression of Islam’s social justice mission.
Umair obtained a BA in Global Studies from Wilfrid Laurier university. He currently works as a Programs and Fundraising Coordinator for an international aid and development charity, Islamic Relief Canada. Some of the initiatives that he has helped out with at IRC include Rohingya Fundraising Gala with MehdiHasan and Nazem Kadri Golf Tournament.
Previously, Umair workes the Pan AM Games where he was a part of the logistics and transportation team and helped oversee a roster of over a 1000 volunteers.
Umair has held a strong belief in serving others for many years which has driven him to volunteer his time to manage outreach programs such as managing basketball leagues, coaching youth basketball and sitting on the board for DECA Ontario.
In his spare time, Umair loves all things in the 6ix – Raptors, Jays, Leafs, TFC- the tides are turning, championships are coming home!
Usman has spent a decade advising Investment Banking cl
Usman obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn), with concentrations in Finance, Management and Marketing. While at Penn, he also contributed to Dubai & Co., a McGraw-Hill Publication, as lead researcher and partial author of the chapter on GCC market entry strategies.
Yara is an active community partner who focuses on the promotion of diversity and inclusion. She spearheaded multiple community initiatives such as the Dare to Stand Out: Youth Diversity Conference, the The Made In … (Youth support website), and an Islamophobia workshop presented to Queen’s University students and St. Lawrence College students.
She is the youth representative on multiple community boards including the Islamic Society of Kingston Social committee. Yara was the recipient of the Ike Ahmed Scholarship in March of 2016 and she hopes to give back to MAX and the muslim community. Yara is a first year Queen’s Commerce student with plans to pursue a law degree in the future.
Aazar Zafar is a Portfolio Manager in the Strategic Relationships & Portfolio Intelligence group at OP Trust, an $18 Billion pension fund in the Province of Ontario. Mr. Zafar is responsible for innovative strategies and relationships that can help OP Trust improve its performance in investing and operations.
In addition, he founded and runs CASIC, a value oriented investment club that has a 15 year track record and impressive returns for its 40+ investors.
He also teaches as an adjunct Professor at the University of Waterloo. Moreover, he is the Founder and Chairman of MAX Gala, this not for profit organization aimed at inspiring and celebrating excellence in a minority group in Canada.
Previously, Aazar worked for the Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCO), a $70 billion pension for the province of Alberta. Most notably, he was a Principal in their Private Equity group leading numerous direct and partnership investments. Mr. Zafar led AIMCO’s entry into the Asian private equity market and had broad portfolio management responsibilities. He also helped form the Venture Capital Group at AIMCo and led their initial investments.
Mr. Zafar is a CPA and a qualified Chartered Accountant as well as a CFA charterholder. He graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Master’s degree in Accounting and a BA (Honours) in Chartered Accountancy Studies.