Bochra Manaï has a PhD in Urban Studies from the INRS-UCS. She studied the spatializing of the Maghrebi community in Montreal and the public perception of this ethnicity in Montreal’s urban space. Her interests or research include ethnicity, immigration and cohabitation in the city space. After her doctoral studies, Bochra hopes to research the question of radicalization in Quebec, France and Tunisia to better understand how this process is constructed, especially in the media.
Sarah Abou-Bakr has been extensively involved in community advocacy on the rights of Muslims, students, minority groups and human rights more broadly. Sarah is currently a board member of the Concordia Student Union’s Black Indigenous People of Colour committee, and an undergraduate student senator.
Based in Montreal, Sarah takes part in the organization of several interfaith events in order to engage in exchanges and break stereotypes. Sarah has also organized numerous volunteering events with community organizations to encourage Muslim youth to engage with the larger community.
As the NCCM's Quebec Advocacy Coordinator, Sarah leads the ...
Adam Ibrahim was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario and has been extensively involved in the Muslim community and youth work for almost a decade. He has a Diploma in Business Marketing from St. Clair College and later went on to work at the Ontario Legislative Assembly as a Senior Advisor to the Leader of the Opposition. During his time at Queen's Park, he played a significant role in highlighting the concerns of Muslim communities to the provincial government.
In his spare time, he travels across the province to speak passionately about civic engagement and the importance of being involved in the political system in various mosques, community ...
Omar Khamissa is NCCM's Community Engagement Officer in the Greater Toronto Area. He was born and raised in Aurora, Ontario and has been involved with the Muslim community from a very young age. Since the age of fifteen, Omar has been engaging his community on various topics, bringing to light the issues affecting Canadian Muslims. He also served as a youth coordinator and headed up mosque fundraising committees until he went off to university. After graduating from the University of Waterloo with a degree in Economics, Omar built a career in sales and within a few years he became a Sales Director in the private sector.
Omar's first passion has ...
Aasiyah Khan has an extensive community development and research background that is grounded in inclusion and anti-oppressive practice principles. She recently completed a research project that captured the narratives of young Muslim women in the GTA with a specific emphasis on Islamophobia and resilience.
Aasiyah worked as a research assistant for three years at the University of Toronto where she was actively involved in research aimed at understanding the formation of stereotypes, bias and discrimination within the adult population. In 2018, Aasiyah graduated from York University with her Master of Social Work (MSW). Outside of work, she is a ...
As NCCM’s Strategy & Government Relations Advisor, Mustafa Ali focuses on government affairs, public policy advocacy, and strategic planning. Mustafa is a former consultant, community organizer, and political staff
er. Most recently, he served as a Stakeholder Relations Manager to the Premier of Alberta. He has also managed electoral campaigns for various political parties as well as for municipal candidates.
Mustafa is a public speaker and a celebrated community organizer with a wide range of experience in community mobilization and outreach. He was named by the ACGC in 2014 as one of Alberta’s “Top 30 under 30”, and he received the ...
Fatima Sajan obtained an honours degree in political science from York University in 2008. Since then, she has worked in both community engagement and fund development. She currently volunteers with several non-profit groups focusing on diversity, inclusion, human rights and civic engagement.
These experiences have given her a deep appreciation for how NGOs seek to improve the quality of life for fellow Canadians. In 2014, she was a recipient of the “Women Who Inspire” award by the Canadian Council of Muslim Women. In 2015, Fatima joined the NCCM staff
and serves as Manager of Development & Community Engagement.
Sameha Omer obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Ottawa. She obtained her M.Sc. from University of Western Ontario in 2013.
Prior to joining NCCM, Sameha practiced as a lawyer at an Ottawa-based firm. She has experience assisting clients with matters before administrative tribunals and has represented clients before the Federal Court of Canada.
During law school, Sameha was a mentor and actively engaged in the Women’s Legal Mentorship Program and the Muslim Law Students Association. During her undergraduate studies, she was involved with providing and advocating for support services for Muslim students and fostering community ...
Nadia Hasan has a PhD in Political Science from York University. As Chief Operating Officer, Nadia is part of the senior management team and she leads the NCCM’s organizational development, program management, and national operations.
Nadia has a diverse background in teaching, project management and the non-profit sector. Nadia has several years of experience working on policy and programs at Canadian think tanks and NGOs and she has taught university courses in South Asian studies, religion and gender. Her doctoral research focused on Muslim women’s organizations and the practice of Islam in Canada and Pakistan.
Nadia is a published author ...
Mustafa Farooq is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM). A lawyer by profession, Mustafa completed his Juris Doctor at the University of Alberta and Osgoode Hall (York University) and later earned his Master of Laws (LLM) at UC Berkeley in California. He previously served as a senior political staff
er to a provincial cabinet minister in which role he worked on various legislative and policy initiatives.
Mustafa was also a visiting scholar at Osgoode Hall Law School researching countering violent extremism policy in Canada. His book entitled Law, Politics, and Countering Violent Extremism (Routledge) is ...