Our Team

We proudly represent Canada

Dr. Muhammad Waqar Ahmad

President & CEO

Dr. Muhammad Waqar Ahmad is an International Education and Public Diplomacy Expert; he has worked with the U.S. Department of State and NATO Canada in South Asia and Canada in various capacities as Education USA Adviser, Public Relations and Grants Officer, Special Event Organizer and Media Strategist. Waqar has 10+ years experience in the art of educational diplomacy, conceptualizing and implementing high level projects as well as financial literacy.


He has served U.S. Mission in Brunei during ASEAN Summit 2013 as Press Assistant of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Amongst carious other achievements, he managed 55 U.S. Public Diplomacy Grant programs, successfully organized 10 International Conferences, and implemented more than 78 USG educational projects to countering violence and extremism in South Asia.


Waqar has a Doctorate of Education (Global Affairs, International Development, and Social Justice) from the University of Toronto (U of T). In addition to his MBA (Marketing), he has a Master of Social Justice Education from U of T. He has recently graduated from Business Sustainability Strategy, Harvard Business School.

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Sarah Alam

Director Social Media

Sarah Alam is a Public Diplomacy expert and a strategist for International and Higher Education Development. She is a grants guru and a certified professional development trainer with several years of experience working on the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs projects with the U.S. Department of State (DOS). She has 15 + years of experience working in the international development sector of South Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and North America. Sarah has worked extensively on international education projects for organizations like the British Council, International Education and Resource Network (iEARN), and Special Olympics. She also has to her credit setting up of not for profit organizations as a founder such as the Pakistan-U.S. Alumni Network and Young Social Reformers having over 20,000 members, respectively.


As a Higher Education expert, she has worked with various American universities in developing linkages with Pakistani universities. The fruits of these partnerships are reaped by several hundred students and faculty members from both countries. Her work in fostering people to people exchanges is recognized and applauded by her peers globally.


Her interest in cultural preservation emerged while working with the U.S. Mission on Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation. To her credit, she has extensively worked with experts on the conservation of Sultan Ibrahim’s tomb at the world heritage site of Makli and the only Varun Dev Temple in entire South Asia. Her support for cultural preservation work in Pakistan is well regarded among archeologists and heritage experts.

Syed Ehtasham Ali

Director Digital Transformation

Syed Ehtasham Ali is a Telecom Professional, with working experience of more than 15 Years in Telecommunications transformation projects. He is currently working with Ericson Qataras an Implementation Manager and upgrading Ooredoo Network, deploying 5G Network for the upcoming FIFA World cup. He has extensive experience in end-to-end processes required to deliver projects successfully within timeline and budget.

 

Ehtasham has the required technical knowledge and understanding of 2G/3G/LTE/5G and Transmission network architecture. He enjoyed valuable managerial positions while professionally engaged with Airtel-Rwanda / MTN-Iran Cell /Mobilink-Pakistan/MTN-Nigeria / Azur Telecom-Congo / Warid Telecom-Pakistan/Huawei-Ufone Project Pakistan and Nokia Telenor Project.

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Ruth Binns

Director Global Partnerships

Ruth Binns is an Experienced Partnerships Coordinator and Analyst with over ten years of experience in the higher education sector. Past experience includes employability research, Master’s program development, data gathering and evaluation of university student feedback at the University of Leeds, UK. For the past four years, Ruth has worked at the University of Toronto as the lead coordinator for a Healthcare Quality Improvement learning course in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and as an Alumni Engagement Analyst and Partnership Manager in the Division of University Advancement.

 

With five years of direct undergraduate contact as a teaching assistant in the UK and four years as a trainer on the U of T alumni relations database in Canada, Ruth brings international experience and a passion for teaching which translates well to advising prospective students and their families in how to succeed on their path to higher education.

Umair Bashir

Director Media Relations

Umair bashir is a U.S. Department of State’s trained broadcast journalist working with news channel G News Network (GNN), one of the most emerging news channel of Pakistan’s media industry’s prime time news anchor. Umair Bashir is a broadcast journalist in Pakistan with a bountiful experience of 9 years in both TV and radio. He is hosting a current affair “Morning show” with viewership in millions at GNN. Umair has rich experience in news anchoring, hosting hardcore political talk shows as well as covering the transmission of sports, predominantly Pakistan Super League. He has the honor of covering all five seasons of PSL as a sports anchor. He has hosted Prime time current affair 8 pm show G for Gharidahin the absence of Gharidah Faroqui.


Umair holds a master’s degree in Development Journalism from Pakistan’s most prestigious and decorated Punjab University. He started his career as a radio jockey from Radio Pakistan fm101 before switching to Television media. Umair holds impeccable prowess in the field of public speaking, debating and has earned myriad accolades as well. He has also been doing some social work, charity such as arranging blood for the needy. Umair has a vast social circle in the journalistic and political ranks of the country. He’s a member of esteemed journalistic communities like “Lahore Press Club” and Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists.

Samir Dossal

Chairman

Mr. Samir Dossal is the President of Canada-Pakistan Business Council (CPBC). His determination and commitment to expanding trade relations between Canada and Pakistan have been central to the steadily growing trade portfolio between the two countries which now exceeds $ 1 billion in contrast to around $ 600 million in 2013.

Mr. Dossal currently serves as Vice Chair at the Richmond Hill Heritage Centre Advisory Committee. He has also served on the Cultural Advisory Council of the Town of Richmond Hill. Mr. Dossal served as President of Rotary Club of Richmond Hill for the year 2007-2008. Additionally, he has engaged CPBC to raise funds on behalf of the community for York Central Hospital (now Mackenzie Health). He served as Assistant Governor with Rotary District 7070 for three consecutive terms (2008 to 2011) and subsequently also served as District Water Chair between 2011 and 2012. He led the initiative to get a park dedicated to ROTARY by the Town of Richmond Hill 2007. Mr. Dossal spearheaded the creation of the Rotary Satellite Club of Richmond Hill, York Region, and has single-handedly significantly expanded the membership of this organization.

Mr. Dossal is a recipient of “The Les Faludy Leadership Award” (2008) which is awarded by the District Governor of Rotary to the Club President that provides the most outstanding leadership during his/her tenure as President. He is also a recipient of the prestigious “Paul Harris” Fellow award (2007/8) by his Club for his contributions to Rotary and the community in general. He went on to be presented with a second “Paul Harris” award for the establishing of the first ever Rotary Satellite Club in District 7070. In this regard, a special award was also bestowed to him by the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill in 2014/15. In order to honour Mr. Dossal’s ongoing exemplary services to the Rotary movement, he has been presented with a third “Paul Harris” award in May 2016.

Mr. Dossal was recognized by Rotary International as the first in North America to achieve the milestone of 100% members becoming Rotary Benefactors. For his contributions and dedication, Mr. Dossal was nominated for Character Community Foundation of York Region for the prestigious Citizen of Character Award. Mr. Dossal was presented the Outstanding Asian Canadian Award “Honouring Pioneers” in 2009 by the Canadian Multicultural Council. Mr. Dossal was also presented with a Pakistan Day Award in March (2016) for Leadership and Volunteerism by the Consulate General of Pakistan. Consulate General of Pakistan in Toronto has also recommended that Mr. Dossal be recognized by the Government of Pakistan through its highest civilian award for his exceptional role in fostering close business, trade, social and academic linkages between Canada and Pakistan.

Mr. Dossal was honoured by the Government of Canada with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal in recognition of his services to the community. He was a part of the Board of Directors of International Development and Relief Foundation (IDRF) that facilitated a project of approximately $1.5 Million towards the acquisition of 150 ambulances on behalf of IDRF for the Edhi Foundation in Pakistan.

As part of his ongoing commitments, Mr. Dossal leads an initiative to bring tighter the South Asian Community under one Umbrella. Furthermore, his dedication and creativity has led to the creation a Social Media web portal I’m Immigrant to help integrate new immigrant integrate to the Canadian Fabric.

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Nina Preskilla Demissie

Director Student Settlement

Nina Preskilla Demissie has vast experience in building practical tools and resources in order to facilitate the economic, educational as well as social integration of immigrants in Canada and the U.S. If you are navigating the college admission process in Canada, she can provide customized admission counseling for both undergraduate and graduate programs. She is a graduate of university of Toronto, where she earned a Master’s in Education.

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Rana Hassaan

Director Business Operations

Rana Muhammad Hassaan has a 12-year vast experience in promoting and developing the strategies and scheme of studies specifically in higher education. He served as educational consultant and project developer in Al-Noor Educational Consultancy, Dubai and also worked with renowned colleges and universities of Pakistan in the same capacity. Currently he is rendering services in developing and promoting legal studies in Pakistan. His vision is to equip the youth of Pakistan with modern and updated international educational standards.

Angad Kaur

Director Counselling Services

Angad Kaur has been an educator for the last 28 years in both the US and Canada, public and private sector, child and adult education. Her Master’s in Education program at The George Washington University trained graduates to change the public education system. As a teacher, she worked with children, parents, grandparents, community leaders, faculty and staff in Virginia and Washington, D.C. to bring about transformation via accessibility, equity, anti-racism, authentic assessment, student-leadership, and innovation in teaching methodology.

In Canada, she co-created and directed an international Yoga therapy and natural medicine school, incorporating online learning, live instruction, and practicum. She examined ways that adults from different countries and cultural backgrounds learn, and integrated a spiritual and holistic approach with an academic and certification model. She currently provides therapy, mentoring and education to adults and children who have been labeled with learning disabilities and mental health conditions.

She is the co-founder and current chair of Yoga Without Borders, a Canadian registered non-profit organization that helps to eradicate violence against women and girls worldwide by working directly with girls and women in Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, Cameroon, Nigeria, and Canada, supporting their personal goals, community projects, grassroots programs, and leadership initiatives.

Presently, she is pursuing her Doctorate of Education in Social Justice Education at the University of Toronto. She has traveled to Kenya on behalf of the Department of Social Justice Education to develop collaborative programs with the universities and Red Cross in Nairobi.

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Kristina Leis

Director Mentorship Network

Kristina Leis is passionate about learning, teaching and shifting your perspective. Specializing in Diversity Equity and Inclusion in Canadian Curriculum she is a true philosophical mind. Her mission is to help you understand what your passion and purpose in higher education is. Work with her on your Letter of Intent, academic writing, and figuring out what you want to study and why. She can also guide you on Canadian Values, Canadian methods of learning and understanding. She is well versed in Spirituality and Stoic philosophy.

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Asma Majeed

Director Counsellors Network

Asma Majeed is a resourceful academic, a thoughtful researcher, and a seasoned counsellor. She has been teaching since 2005 in different universities of Faisalabad and Lahore. In 2016, she joined Kinnaird College as a lecturer in the department of Applied Psychology. Asma is a PhD Candidate in Gender Studies department at University of the Punjab, Lahore. She has delivered lectures and seminars at various institutes of Lahore and Pakistan. Asma has presented in international and national conferences and worked as a researcher with Agha Khan foundation as well. Her main interests include gender related issues in Pakistan, emotional abuse by parents and positive psychology.

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Raheel Nazim

Director Legal Affairs

Raheel Nazim Director Legal Affairs Barrister Raheel Nazim is a member of the Law Society of Alberta and is an experienced and skilled advocate whose area of practice is business, corporation and civil litigation. He provides immigration, corporate, commercial, and real estate advocacy services to his clients. In addition to the Bachelor of Laws degree, Reheel has received accreditations from the University of Alberta. Presently, he is an associate lawyer at PSB Law Office in Calgary.

Benjamin Patterson

Director Strategic Development

Benjamin Patterson has formerly acted as a Consultant and Contractemployee for NATO on their public outreach. He has been the co-founder of two non-profit organizations, the Voice of Ituri and the youth Atlantic Treaty Association, which work to advance journalism in the North-Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and to raise the profile of NATO to young Canadians respectively. He is a published author on international relations and has also acted as a project manager for the NATO Association of Canada.

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Muhammad Saleem Ahmad Ranjha

Vice-Chairman (Pakistan)

Muhammad Saleem Ahmad Ranjha is the Founding Director of Akhuwat which is world’s largest interest free Micro Finance and Pakistan’s biggest Micro Finance organization. Akhuwat has up till now disbursed around Pak Rs. 130 billion (US$ 800 Million) with a recovery rate of 99.94% to more than 4 Million families through 831 branches in more than 400 cities and towns of Pakistan.

Mr. Ranjha has access to various social networks, 36 year in government and 20 years working experience with Non for Profit sector and Non-Governmental Organizations. Presently he is assisting and supporting many leading initiatives in Education, Environment, Entrepreneurship, Governance, Health, Agriculture, Trade & Investment sectors by employing Information and Communication Technologies (ICT4D). Mr. Ranjha serves as Vice Chairman Alkhidmat Information Technology Board, Advisor Fatima Group, National Incubation Center, and Technical Education & Vocational Training Authority Punjab. Mr. Ranjha supports the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists, Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs (OPEN Lahore), and Global Entrepreneurship Network. He has taught in more than twenty-five universities and training institutions and has attended more than fifty international conferences and workshops.

Previously, Mr. Ranjha served in Government of Pakistan as Secretary Benazir Income Support Program, Acting Secretary Board of Investment, Additional Secretary Education, Member Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), CEO FBR Foundation, Joint Secretary Prime Minister Office, and Managing Director Pakistan Software Export Board. He is widely travelled and has done training courses with Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry (METI) in 2005, 2008 respectively, and IVLP (Agriculture) for United States State Department in 2011, and Korean Customs 2015. He was nominated as one of the 100 Business Leaders and Change Makers of Pakistan by Manager Today at CEO Summit Asia 2013 and 2014. He is also been nominated by ISPR as one of 100 “Pride of Pakistan” those made positive contributions to the lives of people of Pakistan.

Sowaba Shahzad

Director Business Development

Sowaba Shehzad is CEO of Swei GmbH , DĂĽsseldorf Germany , Director Holztek Lahore (furniture for hotel and offices in Pakistan) and Shehzad Gloves Manufacturing Faisalabad (produces workwear clothing , being exported to Europe). Sowaba also serves on the Board of Anne Marie Schimmel Haus , Goethe Institute and German Cultural Centre Pakistan. She actively represents her businesses at DĂĽsseldorf Chamber of Commerce and Industry , Berlin International Trade committee. Sowaba is also one of the founding members and program Director of International Rotary Club of DĂĽsseldorf.

She has an MBA qualification for which she is was awarded a gold medal, she holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations and currently completing an Executive Masters in Sustainability and Ethical Leadership from Maastricht University Netherlands. On CSR level She started a self funded charity, MAKT in 2017 a care facility for terminally ill cancer patients. Sowaba Shehzad also offers scholarships for higher education to low income Pakistani students seeking University degrees and/or professional qualifications.

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Dr. Syed Tallataf Shah

Director External Relations

Dr. Syed Tallataf Shah is a renowned academic, a well published author, an education consultancy services expert, and an industrial relations advisor. He has more then a decade of experience in the education sector. Currently, he works as an Assistant Professor and a Liaison Officer at the COMSATS University (Abbottabad). Dr. Shah is the Convenor of the industrial liaison committee and has successfully conducted many seminars, webinars, and conferences to develop a productive relationship between industries and the education sector. Dr. Shah has a Ph.D. degree in the field of Earth science from the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing- China.

Kimberly Todd

Director Education Advising

Kimberly Todd is an educator, researcher, curricular resource designer, and Professor. She has over a decade’s worth of experience in the field of education. She worked as an ESL teacher in South Korea, an elementary educator in the United Arab Emirates, and in a first Nations Community in Saskatchewan. She has also designed curricula resources for NGOs and used to work as Graduate Peer Advisor at U of T’s Conflict Resolution Center. She is an Ontario Certified Teacher. She is currently working on an SSHRC funded research project as a research assistant at U of T and is a part-time professor at Seneca College. She is a PHD Candidate in the department of Social Justice Education at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Meng Xiao

Director Student Engagement

Dr. Meng Xiao holds a Doctorate in Education with a collaborative specialization in Comparative, International and DevelopmentEducation at the University of Toronto. She is the founder of Dream XEducation, an educational platform serving future and current international students engaging in Canada and North America(www.dreamXeducation.ca).

She has a substantial level of interdisciplinary familiarity with a cross-cultural understanding of Chinese and Canadian education and supports Chinese international students’ engagement in and out of the classroom in Canadian graduate schools. Dr. Xiao has a vast experience with theUniversity of Toronto’s policies and engaging the OISE mentorship program and OISE student awards project to increase engagement on academic development, orientations, and conferences. Speaking three languages (Mandarin, English, and Cantonese) strongly allows me to work with teams effectively and learn ways in which culture, communication, and education are deeply implicated.