Our Team

Khalil Z. Shariff, Chief Executive Officer

Khalil joined Aga Khan Foundation Canada as Chief Executive Officer in August 2005. He was previously with the Toronto office of McKinsey & Company, an international management consultancy, where he advised governments, financial institutions, and health care providers on strategy, organization, and operational improvement.

Khalil served on AKFC’s National Committee for five years, and has cultivated his interest in international development and conflict resolution issues through a variety of activities including as: Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Harvard Negotiation Law Review; Policy Co-ordinator and Research Associate, Harvard Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research; Legal Intern, Chambers of the Vice-President, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania; Intern, Office of Under-Secretary-General, UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations. He was the youngest member ever elected as a School Trustee in 1993 for the Board of School Trustees in Richmond, B.C.

Khalil holds a B.A. in International Relations and Economics from the University of British Columbia and a J.D. magna cum laude from the Harvard Law School.


AKFC Staff may be reached at (613) 237-2532, or toll-free at 1 (800) 267-2532.

Office of the CEO

Marta Gruber, Executive Assistant
Nadia Somani, Senior Legal Advisor

Senior Management

Jennifer Pepall, Director of Public Affairs
Salim Ferozali, Director of Finance
Shakeel Bharmal, Chief Operating Officer
Steve Mason, Director of Programs


Al-Nasir Hamir, Program Manager
Brittany Van Dyk, Program Coordinator (Health)
Conrad Koczorowski, Program Officer
Erica Stillo, Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning Manager
Ezmina Nazarali, Program Officer
Fawad Akbari, Senior Program Manager
Hilary Clauson, Program Officer
Jennifer Miller, Program Manager (Health)
Katherine Morton, Senior Program Manager
Katya Matamoros, Administrative Assistan
Laura Thompson,
Program Officer 
Lindsay Mossman, Gender Advisor
Michelle McCombs, Deputy Director, Programs 
Rachel Pell, Program Officer
Sarah Atchison, Program Coordinator
Sofia Jadavji, Program Manager
Tracey Evans, Program Officer

Finance and Accounting

Erlinda Saculles, Finance Officer
Karim Jafferali, Finance Officer
Mahjooba Noori, Finance Officer
Murtaza Widhani, Manager, Financial Management
Nicole Wallace, Finance Officer
Rahim Pardhan, Finance Officer
Salima Lakhani, Senior Manager, Finance
Zeenat Juma, Administrative Assistant

Operations and Resource Development

Aleksander Salminen, IT Coordinator
Aleksei Minaev, Database and IT Support Specialist
Altaf Bhulji, Senior Manager, Operations
Attiya Hirji, Corporate Engagement Associate
Azin Soltani, Corporate Engagement Manager
David Madaire, Building Operator
Farah Blaise, Fundraising Analyst
Gord Chapman,
 Senior Building Operator
Joan Mweu, Marketing Specialist
Joey Coccimiglio, Junior Building Operator
Karina Paredes, Manager of Donor Services 
Khalim Juma, Donor Services Representative 
Kristie Kelly, Manager, Human Resources & Volunteer Engagement
Magaly Orue, Donor Services Representative
Mario Farah, IT Systems Administrator
Meeha Irfan,
Project Coordinator, National Campaigns and Events
Melanie Branch, Operations and Events Assistant
Mukhabbat Aliyeva, Corporate Engagement Associate
Nabila Kara-Haji, Manager, National Campaigns and Events
Nahid Visanji, National Campaign Assisant
Nancy Tse, Manager, Corporate Programs
Salimah Mitha, Manager of Fundraising
Salma Rahim, Donor Services Coordinator
Samantha Nuñez, Donor Services Representative 
Sarah Wilson, Special Advisor, Marketing and Fundraising
Shaheen Kassam, Corporate Engagement Associate
Thant Aung, Senior Manager, Information Systems

Public Affairs

Carrie LaPorte, Editor-in-Chief
Cédric Garnier, Public Affairs Officer
Christine McGuire,
Public Affairs Manager
Geneviève Allard, Public Affairs Officer
Isabelle Jones, Public Affairs Coordinator
Jean Ong, Public Affairs Officer
Katherine Boyes, Public Affairs Manager (on leave)
Katya Matamoros, Administrative Assistant 
Molly Buckley, Senior Manager, Public Affairs
Nathan Bowers-Krishnan, Public Affairs Officer
Rosemary Quipp, Public Affairs Manager
Sarah Power, Public Affairs Officer
Savannah Hallworth, Public Affairs Officer
Sylvie Michaud, Public Affairs Officer


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