Our Team

Board of Directors

Barbara Neuwelt
01 / 03
Barbara Neuwelt
Board Member

M.A. Leadership, Organizational Leadership from Royal Roads University (2011-2014)
Program Director/ Policy Analyst in Primary Health Care, Health Promotion & Mental Health. Ottawa, Canada
Formerly: Director Diabetes Programs at Centretown Community Health Centre, Ottawa. (2012 to Sept. 2020
Currently Acting Director, Community Health Promotion and Early Years, Centretown Community Health Centre
Retiring in March 2021
“I am passionate about growth and change in society and in organizations, particularly in ways that better address the strengths and needs of vulnerable populations. I have had two parts to my 20 year career in health, one as a public policy and research analyst and advocate in mental health and the other as a program manager and health promotion professional in community-based primary health care settings with a focus on chronic disease, early years and mental health."

Faisal Haq Shaheen
02 / 03
Faisal Haq Shaheen
Board Member

Faisal Haq Shaheen is a scholar practitioner who serves as a Manager of Information Systems with the City of Toronto as well as a Senior Lecturer in Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University. He holds a PhD in Policy Studies from Ryerson University along with an MBA in Sustainability from York University and Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Toronto

Faisal has been sharing capacity building research, management strategies and policy insights with our community of civil society technocrats since the late 90s. He recently completed a comparative analysis of municipal approaches to informal sector engagement across South Asia's largest cities. He is currently involved in the deployment of large enterprise solutions at the City of Toronto, involving multiple stakeholders at different levels of state and society. His research and course portfolio includes technology, globalization, international development, urban sustainability, informality, and local governance.

Monkia Hauwert
03 / 03
Monkia Hauwert
Board Member

I have worked as a nurse's aide for 32 years in a variety of capacities; private duty elder, physically challenged and special needs care, community involvement planning and execution for these individuals and their familes, specialized in patient care for those choosing to palliate at home or in hospice, as well as practiced colon hydrotherapy and lifestyle counseling while running a natural detoxification clinic for 12 years.
In the past four years I am working in a variety of departments in a charity that supports special needs adults getting trained and fitted to jobs that they are well suited for. We co-operate with their support staff/agency to grow them in their abilities so that their quality of life and work becomes greatly enhanced. The avenue of work is through almost two thousand different thrift stores in twenty five countries.
I volunteer with special needs adults in my church and community, advocating for their best possible care and living circumstances. I also greatly enjoy music, and participate in large choir and orchestra productions three times a year. One of those concerts raises funds for disadvantaged young mothers in Mexico through Compassion Canada.

Barbara Neuwelt
Faisal Haq Shaheen
Monkia Hauwert
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Management

Fayyaz Baqir
01 / 02
Fayyaz Baqir
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Fayyaz Baqir is a visiting professor at the School of International Development and Global Studies (SIDGS) University of Ottawa. He served as an O’Brien Fellow at McGill University, and as a visiting scholar at the Department of Cultural Sciences, Gothenburg University (Sweden) and the School of European and International Public Law at Tilburg University (the Netherlands) in the past. His professional and academic interests include participatory development, human rights, aid effectiveness, poverty alleviation, and social accountability. He co-designed and taught cross-border video conference-based courses on themes relating to Justice and Peace, Social Change and Politics of Human Development in Pakistan for Georgetown University, Harvard University, Wellesley College and Fatima Jinnah University. Earlier, he served as Senior Advisor on Civil Society for the United Nations in Pakistan. He received Top Contributors Award from the UNDP’s Global Poverty Reduction Network in 2007 and 2008. He has authored numerous journal articles, conference papers, book chapters, training manuals, and books on participatory development, inclusive governance, and povert alleviation.

Atta Ullah Khan
02 / 02
Atta Ullah Khan
Chief Operating Officer (COO)

I have a B.Sc. in City and Regional Planning (UET Lahore/ 1974) and an M.Sc. in Human Settlements Development (AIT Bangkok/ 1982). My experience as Housing and Urban Development Practitioner spans over 35 years and as Project Manager and commissioned researcher over 10 years. I have worked with consultants, tiers of government, academia, donors, and development finance institutions in Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America.

As Director (1983-2007) in Faisalabad Development Authority at Faisalabad (population 3.5 million). I played a lead role in regulating and catalyzing Faisalabad's urban transformation, performing management functions for urban development and urban infrastructure and services projects. I served as project manager on a DfID (UK AID) funded (Pound Sterling 16 million) slum improvement project namely Faisalabad Area Upgrading Project, aimed at participatory model development for the provision of urban infrastructure and community services. My association with an ADB funded $45 million project catering to a populace of 28 million in Punjab exposed me to a wealth of experience in institutional development and provision of basic urban services through municipal governments. While in Canada, I have volunteered my professional time at a number of non-profit institutions.

Fayyaz Baqir
Atta Ullah Khan
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General Body Members

Abdullah Al Mamun
01 / 06
Abdullah Al Mamun
General Body Member

Mr. Abdullah Al Mamun is a highly skilled evaluation, research, and data science professional with over twelve years’ experience in global institutions, such as the Aga Khan Foundation, BRAC International, and others in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Tajikistan, UK, and the USA. He received academic training from world-renowned institutions such as Brandeis University (USA), University of Michigan (USA), University of Oxford (UK), and others. Besides, he received several awards such as the Ontario Trillium Scholarship, World Bank Scholarship, Kish Fellowship, etc. At present, he is a Ph.D. Scholar at the University of Ottawa. His current research interests include poverty, inequality, growth, education and health policy and others.

Emilie Jane Allard Côté
02 / 06
Emilie Jane Allard Côté
General Body Member

Emilie-Jane Allard-Côté has several years of experience with non-profit organizations and other agencies with a focus on health, notably with the Centretown Community Health Centre, Action Against Hunger Canada, and a Canadian non-profit promoting equitable access to health services. While on placement with UNICEF Peru, she worked alongside experts in Communication for Development, an approach based on strengthening dialogue with stakeholders to foster social change. She holds an M.A. in Globalization and International Development from the University of Ottawa, where her research centred on the project success of health promotion initiatives. Through these experiences, she developed a strong belief that community-based approaches lead to greater local ownership and improved sustainability.

Zaynab Salman Khan
03 / 06
Zaynab Salman Khan
General Body Member

Zaynab Salman Khan is a working professional in the field of project management with a strong background of several projects under her belt. She has completed her undergraduate studies in BSc. Geophysics at Bahria University Islamabad, Pakistan and later pursued her Masters in Integrated Water Resource Management and
Environmental Management from McGill University, Montreal, Canada. She has also helped conduct several workshops across Canada for the regional strengths and federal/ provincial programs in support of Canada’s bio-economy. She is extremely passionate about helping bring reforms towards Pakistan’s usage of water resources and enforcing effective management skills.

Nima Hussein
04 / 06
Nima Hussein
General Body Member

Nima Hussein is an organizer with the Herongate Tenant Coalition, an independent housing collective located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. United with her neighbours and community members, she works to resist displacement and build power in an underfunded, racialized area populated by working class immigrants, refugees, and people of colour. As a member of Youth Ottawa’s 2020 Amplified Fellowship cohort, Ms. Hussein explored sustainable social enterprise frameworks, with a focus on human-centred design. She is currently pursuing a degree in International Development and Globalization at the University of Ottawa.

Bakhtawar (Bee) Khan
05 / 06
Bakhtawar (Bee) Khan
General Body Member

Bakhtawar (Bee) Khan has over 8 years of experience in public administration, social policy, and international development in the non-profit sector, public sector, and academia. She holds a B.A. in International Development and Psychology from McGill University; a M.Sc. in Capacity Development and Extension with International Development and a Master’s in Planning from the University of Guelph; and, is currently pursuing a Doctorate degree in Public Policy at Carleton University. In addition to her academic pursuits, she works with the Canadian federal public service. The common thread in her varied experiences has been a passion for capacity development at the individual, organizational, community, and systems levels as well as participatory planning and decision-making processes to help individuals and communities achieve their potential.

Maha
06 / 06
Maha
General Body Member

Maha is a recent graduate of the University of Ottawa, where she attained an undergraduate degree in International Development and Globalization. She currently works as a policy analyst with Public Service and Procurement Canada (PSPC). Prior to this post, Maha worked as a program officer at Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE) with the Gender-Based Violence program.

She has also worked as a research assistant, in Ethiopia, on a project working to improve women's land rights and increase federalism. Ms. Elkhir has a keen interest in regard to the sexual and reproductive rights of women, particularly on the African continent.

Abdullah Al Mamun
Emilie Jane Allard Côté
Zaynab Salman Khan
Nima Hussein
Bakhtawar (Bee) Khan
Maha
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Fayyaz Baqir
CEO

Fayyaz Baqir is a visiting professor at the School of International Development and Global Studies (SIDGS) University of Ottawa. He served as an O’Brien Fellow at McGill University, and as a visiting scholar at the Department of Cultural Sciences, Gothenburg University (Sweden) and the School of European and International Public Law at Tilburg University (the Netherlands) in the past. His professional and academic interests include participatory development, human rights, aid effectiveness, poverty alleviation, and social accountability. He co-designed and taught cross-border video conference-based courses on themes relating to Justice and Peace, Social Change and Politics of Human Development in Pakistan for Georgetown University, Harvard University, Wellesley College and Fatima Jinnah University. Earlier, he served as Senior Advisor on Civil Society for the United Nations in Pakistan. He received Top Contributors Award from the UNDP’s Global Poverty Reduction Network in 2007 and 2008. He has authored numerous journal articles, conference papers, book chapters, training manuals, and books on participatory development, inclusive governance, and poverty alleviation.

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Atta Ullah Khan
COO

I have a B.Sc. in City and Regional Planning (UET Lahore/ 1974) and an M.Sc. in Human Settlements Development (AIT Bangkok/ 1982). My experience as Housing and Urban Development Practitioner spans over 35 years and as Project Manager and commissioned researcher over 10 years. I have worked with consultants, tiers of government, academia, donors, and development finance institutions in Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America.

As Director (1983-2007) in Faisalabad Development Authority at Faisalabad (population 3.5 million). I played a lead role in regulating and catalyzing Faisalabad's urban transformation, performing management functions for urban development and urban infrastructure and services projects. I served as project manager on a DfID (UK AID) funded (Pound Sterling 16 million) slum improvement project namely Faisalabad Area Upgrading Project, aimed at participatory model development for the provision of urban infrastructure and community services. My association with an ADB funded $45 million project catering to a populace of 28 million in Punjab exposed me to a wealth of experience in institutional development and provision of basic urban services through municipal governments. While in Canada, I have volunteered my professional time at a number of non-profit institutions.

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Barbara Neuwelt

M.A. Leadership, Organizational Leadership from Royal Roads University (2011-2014)
Program Director/ Policy Analyst in Primary Health Care, Health Promotion & Mental Health. Ottawa, Canada
Formerly: Director Diabetes Programs at Centretown Community Health Centre, Ottawa. (2012 to Sept. 2020
Currently Acting Director, Community Health Promotion and Early Years, Centretown Community Health Centre
Retiring in March 2021
“I am passionate about growth and change in society and in organizations, particularly in ways that better address the strengths and needs of vulnerable populations. I have had two parts to my 20 year career in health, one as a public policy and research analyst and advocate in mental health and the other as a program manager and health promotion professional in community-based primary health care settings with a focus on chronic disease, early years and mental health.”

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Faisal Haq Shaheen

Faisal Haq Shaheen is a scholar practitioner who serves as a Manager of Information Systems with the City of Toronto as well as a Senior Lecturer in Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University. He holds a PhD in Policy Studies from Ryerson University along with an MBA in Sustainability from York University and Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Toronto

Faisal has been sharing capacity building research, management strategies and policy insights with our community of civil society technocrats since the late 90s. He recently completed a comparative analysis of municipal approaches to informal sector engagement across South Asia's largest cities. He is currently involved in the deployment of large enterprise solutions at the City of Toronto, involving multiple stakeholders at different levels of state and society. His research and course portfolio includes technology, globalization, international development, urban sustainability, informality, and local governance.

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Monika Hauwert

I have worked as a nurse's aide for 32 years in a variety of capacities; private duty elder, physically  challenged and special needs care, community involvement planning and execution for these  individuals and their familes, specialized in patient care for those choosing to palliate at home or in  hospice, as well as practiced colon hydrotherapy and lifestyle counseling while running a natural  detoxification clinic for 12 years.  
In the past four years I am working in a variety of departments in a charity that supports special needs  adults getting trained and fitted to jobs that they are well suited for. We co-operate with their support  staff/agency to grow them in their abilities so that their quality of life and work becomes greatly  enhanced. The avenue of work is through almost two thousand different thrift stores in twenty five  countries.  
I volunteer with special needs adults in my church and community, advocating for their best possible  care and living circumstances. I also greatly enjoy music, and participate in large choir and orchestra  productions three times a year. One of those concerts raises funds for disadvantaged young mothers  in Mexico through Compassion Canada. 

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