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The President of The World Federation, Al Haj Safder Bhai Jaffer, under clause 19.1.2 (e) of the Constitution, takes great pleasure in appointing three Appointed Councillors to the Executive Council. The President will appoint the rest of the Appointed Councillors in due course.
"I am extremely delighted to have such great people representing the ethos and vision of The World Federation. Each candidate below was carefully selected based on their individual merits, their professional and community experience, and their ability to strengthen the ties in wider regional communities they reside in. Please take a moment to read through their biographies and join me in welcoming them to the Executive Council of The World Federation."
-Al-Haj Safder Jaffer, President of The World Federation
Dr Ahmed Hassam
A dedicated community worker for over 20 years, Ahmed bhai was born in Zanzibar, brought up and educated in Uganda where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from Makerere University in Kampala. In 1972, he migrated to the United Kingdom and studied at the London University and obtained his doctorate in 1975. He is married and has two children.
He is Chairman & Founder of Quest NutraPharma Group, a company manufacturing a range of pharmaceutical and nutritional products.
Ahmed bhai brings a wealth of experience within The World Federation, having served as its President, Vice President, Executive Councillor on numerous occasions; and successfully lead and volunteered in multiple boards and projects. He has been past President of Birmingham Jamaat and was actively involved in the building of the Birmingham Imamwada/Mosque and flat complex. Within disaster and aid, Ahmed bhai's involvement is extensive too: Resettlement of our communities following the earthquake in Kutch and Gujarat and establishing relationships with international organisations like International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Iraqi Red Crescent and various functions of the United Nations, to mention a few.
Dr Ahmed Hassam has been a Trustee of the British Red Cross and the Macmillan Cancer Relief Charity. He has also held several public appointments in the United Kingdom as non-executive director and Chairman of NHS Trust. He also served as a non-executive director at Advantage West Midland, a UK government body set up to assist and nurture SMEs in the West Midland region of United Kingdom.
Marzia Bai Habib-Hassan is an internationally recognized expert on parenting and couple and family relationships. Her work aims to strengthen families by focusing on psycho-education, character development, relationship skills training and mindfulness. Her practical, research-based advice combines spiritual values with intentional action. Marzia Bai serves through her private practice based in Toronto. Because of high demand from Muslim and South Asian populations in diverse locations, she also provides online counselling and consultancy to an international client base. Marzia Bai has a very inspiring speaker.
Marzia Bai was the chair of the board of Jaffari Support Services (JSS), a faith-based social services within Toronto, Ontario and which she helped to found in 2008. Marzia Bai is the Vice Chair at IDRF (International Development and Relief Foundation) and Advisory council on Naseeha Mental Health. She is also frequently consulted by media as an expert on family relationships. She featured as an expert on the impact of technology on parenting and family life by the Parenting in the Digital World project.
In 2013, Marzia Bai was honoured with the Canadian House of Commons award for Outstanding Volunteer Achievement in recognition of her work to strengthen families and empower women in various minority communities in Toronto.
Marzia Bai has an illustrious academic background. She has a BA in Economics and Law, holding an LLB Law degree as well as being a qualified and registered Social Worker (MSW and RSW).
Marzia Bai has three grown children and lives with her husband in Toronto, Ontario.
As an Executive Councillor for The World Federation, she will be leading Community & Family Affairs initiatives.
Zaheerabbas Zulfikar Khimji is a long standing volunteer in Community Service. He became the youngest Chairman of Shia Asna Ashri Jamaat of Nairobi (SAAJ) in 2018 where he and his team known as Team Taqwa were recently re-elected for a second term.
Br. Zaheerabbas has been nurtured into community service by his parents, Marhum Zulfikar (a true legend within the Khoja Community) and Marhuma Zainab Khimji at a very young age. He continues the family legacy of contributing and serving Mu'mineen in East Africa and beyond.
Being a vibrant community leader, Br Zaheerabbas is able to connect well with both the younger and older generations with a holistic Community Development approach. He is passionate about Economic Upliftment, financial sustainability of KSIMC and empowerment of members across the spectrum.
Professionally he is the Managing Director of MPPS Accessories, a leading Motor Vehicle Accessories and Security company in Kenya and his spare time enjoys badminton, hiking and swimming.
As a Councillor appointed by the President, Br. Zaheerabbas shall work towards Economic Upliftment of the Khoja Community among other initiatives for Africa and Globally.
North America & Canada
Ali Hassanali was born in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and migrated to USA in 1996 for further studies. He holds a degree in Computer Engineering and began his professional career with CitiGroup in the Software Engineering field. After a span of 18 years at CitiGroup, Ali transferred to Mt Sinai Hospital briefly before becoming the Global Head of Software Asset Management for Morgan Stanley.
Ali has had approximately 30 years of community service with the New York Jamaat where he taught as a Madrasah teacher for many years before eventually joining the SIJNY Managing Committee, first as a nominated member and later within the Executive Body as Joint Secretary.
In 2018, Ali was elected as the President of SIJNY where he appointed the first female Vice President in SIJNY’s history. Currently, Ali is serving his second term as SIJNY President with a very young team of future leaders.
As a Councillor appointed by the President, Ali will primarily establish a closer working relationship between The World Federation and NASIMCO. At a global level, he will focus on building engagement with the civil society.
Dr Insiyah Agha
Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Dr Insiyah Agha is a medical doctor who graduated from Agha Khan University Hospital. As part of her degree, Dr Insiyah participated in several research projects, one of which included a study on the ‘Risk Factors of Breast Cancer in Women in a Tertiary Care Hospital.’ She also holds a Diploma in Child Health from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow, Scotland.
Dr Insiyah is presently a Pediatrician at Fatimiyah Hospital in Karachi where she leads the Hospital’s vaccination programme in coordination with the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Within the community, Dr Insiyah has lent her expertise in various capacities. She has participated in medical camps based in North Pakistan to treat the victims of the disastrous earthquake of 2005. She is involved in the organisation of a yearly medical camp in Iraq over 2 weeks during the Arbaeen season where she is also the in-house Pediatrician.
Being a female role model, Dr Insiyah sits on the Youth Professional Forum of the Khoja Jamaat as a panellist.
Upon appointment as a Councillor by the President, Dr Insiyah will have oversight of the workings of The World Federation within Pakistan and work closely with Pakistan Federation, especially with regards to WF-AID and other partner charities. She will also be advising on Global Health initiatives.
Ali Hasnain was born and brought up in Ahmedabad, India. After pursuing an MBA in International Business, he joined the family business and successfully manages operations in Indonesia and USA. Ali Hasnain is also involved in the hospitality sector in India.
For the past 6 years, Ali Hasnain has been engaged in providing his services to the community. He is also the representative of Central Health Board (CHB) under Africa Federation and CROI (Marizes Committee) of Madagascar. He assists individuals from Africa seeking medical treatment in Ahmedabad by way of providing suitable hospital advice and accommodation.
Ali Hasnain played a vital role in the 2015 Yemen crisis. He took great efforts to aid the Yemeni Khojas by getting them settled in Ahmedabad. He supported their process to apply for Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) and procured jobs to maintain their financial stability.
The President has appointed Ali Hasnain as a Councillor and he has been specifically tasked with bringing the communities in India together and rejuvenate the link between The World Federation and its regional federation - India Federation. He will also be supporting ZCSS and Educational initiatives in India.
The World Federation has received many queries regarding the ruling of His Eminence Sayyid al-Sistani (may Allah protect him and all our Maraji’) on paying Zakat al-Fitrah electronically. The World Federation Islamic Education team has consulted with the Office of His Eminence, and the following is a clarification of this matter. Read here to find out more.
The Arbaeen is an important time as it represents another opportunity to renew the pledge of allegiance to the Ahl al-Bayt (a). Click here to learn how we make a positive change in our lives from the lessons taught to us during Ashura.