Speakers List



Nina Karachi Khaled

Nina was born and raised in Niagara Falls, Ontario and is currently living in Burlington, Ontario.  She is of Bosnian and Turkish heritage.   She earned a BA from Brock University and B.Ed. from York University.  Nina is married and has 3 children, ages 19, 21 and 23.   She has worked in the healthcare field for more than 25 years.  She runs her own business and is an editor for Medical-Legal reports.   She is one of the organizers of a yearly, one-week camp, for Muslim children that are held in eastern Ontario.  She volunteers on a weekly basis at a Refugee medical clinic in Hamilton Ontario.  Nina has been involved with the National Board of CCMW for many years.

Contact: ninakk333@gmail.com



Untitled3Alia Hogben

Alia is the Executive Director (ED) of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women (CCMW). She has been involved with the organizations since its establishment; first as a board member and now as the ED, a position that she has held for more than a decade.

While working with the CCMW she has been active in promoting  interfaith-dialogue; presenting at international conferences and developing community projects, publications and initiatives, which empower Muslim women and their families.

Alia has an Honorary Doctorate recipient from Queen’s University and has been received several awards.

Contact: (613) 382-2847




Nuzhat Jafri

Nuzhat Jafri became the first executive director of the office of the Fairness Commissioner in September 2007. She has wide experienced in both public and private sectors. Nuzhat has directed diversity initiatives at Scotiabank and previously at the Bank of Montreal. In the Ontario government, Nuzhat led legislation and policy development, human resources and communication function in various ministries and agencies; including the Ministries of Education, Community and Social Services, Culture and Citizenship and Immigration.

In the community, she has served as chair and member of several nonprofit boards including the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario, Accessible Community Counseling and Employment Services, and South Asian Family Support Services. She currently serves as a National board member at the Canadian Council of Muslim Women.



Untitled2Shaheen Ashraf

Shaheen Ashraf is a national board member and serves as the secretary of the Montreal chapter for the Canadian Council of Muslim Women (CCMW). She is involved with several volunteer organizations and is very active in Montreal with interfaith initiatives. Shaheen holds a diploma in Hotel Management and is also enrolled in a Psychology course. She is a Distinguished Toastmaster and holds a DTM title from Toastmasters International, where she has given over 60 speeches and performed other Leadership Roles in Mentoring Clubs and has helped other Toastmasters achieve their goals. Shaheen also sits on the Board of West Island Citizens Advocacy and on the Abuse Table for Seniors of the Area.

Contact: shaheenccmw@gmail.com