Sharaf Sharafeldin is a husband, father and a leading community organizer. He is among the founding generation and pioneers who shaped the Islamic work in Canada. As the founding member of the Muslim Association of Canada (MAC), he has been a part of the organization from its inception and currently, he serves as the Executive Director and under his leadership, the organization grew to become the largest Muslim organization in the country. Prior to the establishment of MAC, he contributed to developing diverse Muslim communities through various leadership positions in different Muslim Organizations like Muslim American Society, and the Muslim Arab Youth Association. He is an engineer by profession and completed MBA from the University of Ottawa. He lives in Mississauga Ontario and proud father of 4 children.
Director of Youth
Sarah Attia is a mother, educator and community activist. Sarah is a graduate of The University of Toronto, Faculty of Engineering, holding a bachelor and a master degree in chemical engineering. Sarah spent over 10 years working on providing quality international education to children in Egypt as a principal, teacher, and founder of an international school in Cairo, Egypt. She has a particular interest in curriculum development, character education, and community contribution. She is currently the lead of MAC iRISE, where she oversees character education curricula and programs for MAC Islamic Schools. Sarah has always had a passion for working with young people and also currently serves as the Director of Youth for the Muslim Association of Canada
Director of Institutions
Khalyl Khan is the Director of Institutions. He is a former software developer for IBM and hails from Toronto. He’s a proud husband and father of five children who mean the world to him. As an ardent Raptors fan, he religiously watches the playoffs and attends viewing parties for his home team. Since the team won their firest NBA Championship, Khalyl predicts their win’s energy and momentum will result in the Leafs winning the NHL Stanley Cup this year – here’s hoping!
Director of Young Muslims
Rania Lawendy has a Masters in Educational Leadership. She is a second generation Canadian Muslim married with four children. She is currently serving on our National Executive Council. She is one of the founders of the Kitchener Masjid, Islamic Centre of Waterloo, Masjid Aisha and Al Huda Weekend School. Currently, she is the principal of MAC Maple Grove School as well as the Chaplain at University of Waterloo. Recently, she was awarded the Inspiring Leadership Award in Kitchener Waterloo presented by the Honourable Bardish Chagger, MP.
Director of Community Engagement
Issam Saleh is the Director of Community Engagement. Issam’s community work involves advocacy for helping families to overcome barriers when trying to secure employment and housing. He recognizes that affordable housing is one of the most critical challenges facing many families and joined the Capital Region Housing Corporation as a Board Member to keep these challenges at the forefront. Issam considers it a blessing to spend family time with his wife and four daughters. He knows their time together is precious, and together, they enjoy skiing, hiking, camping, and other outdoor activities.
Director of Membership Expansion
Dr. Khurram Khan is the Director of Membership Expansion. He focuses on working with youth and young adults to achieve their professional and personal goals. He is also an adviser to Islamic organizations and Islamic lecturer in the community. Professionally, he is an Associate Professor of Medicine at McMaster University. He has a Masters in Epidemiology and has published many peer-reviewed research articles in the specialty area of Digestive Diseases. He enjoys studying history, playing sports, and spending time with his family.
Director of Members Development
Dr. Ashraf Negm is the Director of the Membership Development Department. He is also the founder and central manager of MAC’s fastest growing project “Al-OtrojaH for Quran Studies,” which he considers his 5th child. Although he has a Master’s in Pediatrics, has published studies in medical fields, and more than 25 years of experience as a general practitioner, family doctor and pediatrician, he preferred to shift his career and strives to serve the Canadian community through the Muslim Association of Canada. Dr. Ashraf enjoys reading and writing, playing soccer, watching plays and movies, takes part in social media activities and cooking. Moments closest to his heart include time spent with his wife, and four children. They spend a lot of time together enjoying grilling, playing sports, watching movies, and various other indoor and outdoor activities as a family.
Director of Fundraising and Grants
Abdussalam Nakua is a husband and proud father of four wonderful children. He is a community organizer and activist who believes a strong and healthy Canada will be an example of a successful country to the world.