Dr. Siham Rayale is a lecturer, scholar, author, researcher and development consultant. She has over 10 years of experience as a development consultant working in Africa and in fragile and conflict affected states. Dr. Rayale's expertise and research includes transitional justice, gender and violence. In her career Dr. Rayale has worked with UN agencies and International NGOs on strengthening research capacity, monitoring and evaluation and research design. Dr. Rayale is a passionate about community-focused organizing and campaigning. Both globally and locally, Dr. Rayale has championed inclusive policies and approaches for Black Muslims in Canada and especially Black Muslim women. She has written op-eds for Open Democracy, LSE Africa and co-authored an influential policy report with Oxfam in East Africa. Dr. Rayale holds a PhD and an LLM from Osgoode, York University.
Kofi is a lawyer and government relations advisor based in the city of Toronto. He is a member of the Muslim Youth Fellowship -- the first Muslim-focused political internship program in Canada. He is a former Senior Policy Advisor to the Ontario Government and a co-organizer and Board Member with the Black Muslim Initiative. Kofi is passionate about issues that impact the Muslim community.
Gilary Massa is a proud Afro-Panamanian Muslim who lives in Toronto Canada with her husband and two young children. She has a long-standing history in community engagement, public education and activism related to equity, human rights, and social justice. With roots in both the labor movement and Student movement, Gilary works as the Human Rights Outreach and Engagement Officer at the Toronto District School Board. Gilary sits as a founding board member of both the Parkdale Centre for Social Innovation and the Black Muslim Initiative. She is the co-founder of the Sisters’ Retreat- a Muslim women's wellness retreat in her home country of Panama. Gilary is currently pursuing a Masters in Leadership and Community Engagement at York University.
Asma Khalil is a PhD student in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto. Her research uses a post-colonial, feminist approach to understanding the lived experiences of Muslim women in relation to sport, physical activity and health. Asma is passionate about community activism and serves on the advisory board for Hijabi Ballers and the executive committee of Black Muslim Initiative.
Ayaan Abdulle (she/her) is a passionate community organizer who has a passion for equity and justice. Her commitment in life is to cultivate equity, justice and accessibility in the communities she is a part of. She is currently a Project Lead at Black Futures Now Toronto for their project Mapping Black Futures. She received a Honours Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Toronto with a double major in Psychology and Health Policy.
Babatunde Ibrahim Tiamiyu is an entrepreneur and educator with over 15 years of experience working with racially and economically marginalized youth in the city of Toronto. As the proud owner and founder of Imperial Professional Cleaning Services, he coordinates, leads, and provides employment to new Canadians and adults with special needs. As an educator, Babatunde is passionate about representing and developing the voices of young men and women with the hopes of inspiring tomorrow’s leaders. He has worked with youth and as an educator in Southern India, Tanzania, Ghana, and the Sultanate of Oman. Babatunde is currently a Special Education Specialist with both the Durham District School Board and the Toronto District School Board.
Muna Aden is a research manager in the primary health care sector. Her work focuses on the relationships between race, gender and health outcomes. She is an advisory board member on a number of community based projects and is also a mentor to research trainees. Muna regularly engages in capacity sharing initiatives and strives for the greater representation and meaningful involvement of community members in research.
Ielaf Khalil is a public health graduate student and researcher. She received an Honours Bachelors of Kinesiology from the University of Toronto. She is passionate about equity, education, and global health.
Suliya Mazou is a fourth year Global Health student at York University. She is a member of Olori, a youth-led initiative which aims to improve capacity building for Black youth in the Jane and Finch community. She is also the youth coordinator at the Nigerian Canadian Muslim Association, where she is responsible for event planning and engagement for Nigerian Muslim youth and young professionals. Suliya is passionate about building community capacity, youth engagement and global health policy.
Hussein Malik is a public policy professional specializing in refugee settlement, cultural integration and immigration services. He is president and co-founder of MSG, a consulting firm supporting the Sudanese democratic transitional government in public management and development. He has special insight on the challenges facing international and internally displaced persons and strategies for resettlement and socio-economic inclusion. Hussein currently plays a key role with Polycultural Immigrant and Community Services, funded by Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada and the Ministry of Education.