Wajahat Ali Confirmed as Keynote Speaker

The Association for New Canadians is pleased to announce that Wajahat Ali will be the keynote speaker at Diversity Summit 2018, held from October 15-17 at the Civic Centre in Corner Brook. Organized with a broad range of partners, funders, and sponsors, the multi-day event brings together local business leaders and community stakeholders to discuss the opportunities and challenges of immigration and growing cultural diversity in the province.

The son of Pakistani immigrants to America, the multi-faceted Mr. Ali counts lawyer, writer, and media personality amongst his roles. He has been voted one of the 25 Most Influential Muslims by CNN, a “Generation Change Leader” by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and an “Emerging Muslim American Artist” by the Muslim Public Affairs Council. He helped launch the Al Jazeera America network, where he has worked as co-host, correspondent, reporter, and social media expert. Ali’s writing and producing credentials include The Domestic Crusaders – the first major play about Muslim Americans, post-9/11 – a television show about a Muslim American cop, the series The Secret Life of Muslims, and “Fear, Inc.: The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America”. His writing has also appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Guardian, and Salon, and he regularly appears on CNN.

As a community participant and former Creative Director of Affinis Labs, Mr. Ali has fostered various entrepreneurial initiatives to help solve pressing global issues by employing a sustained focus on technology, innovation, and the global Islamic economy. A resident of Washington, D.C., Mr. Ali also worked with the U.S. Department of State on the “Generation Change” leadership program, which empowers young entrepreneurs and has chapters in eight countries.

Mr. Ali will be making his keynote address, followed by a Q&A, from 11:15am – 12:30pm on Tuesday, October 16, during the conference portion of the Summit. The session will be moderated by Troy Turner, Managing Editor of The Western Star.

For More Information

Justin Campbell
Diversity Outreach Coordinator
Association for New Canadians
144 Military Road, St. John’s, NL

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