Board of Directors

Ada Tahir, MSc, CHRL

Ada Tahir, MSc, CHRL

BOARD CHAIR

Ada is an HR Professional with over a decade of experience working in Human Resources in various industries. Her strong belief in supporting women-led her to join ANNISAA. She believes in self-empowerment and education for females, by channelling the power of collaboration is how we’ll change the equation. Her motto is “It only takes one person to make a difference”. Apart from being a full-time professional, she’s a mother of two who enjoys hiking, travelling and dreams of retiring somewhere warm.

Dania Tahir

Dania Tahir

SECRETARY

Dania is a student who has a passion for reading, writing and music. Throughout elementary school, she volunteered as a Kindergarten helper and reading buddy to younger students. Her passion to help others sparked her interest in ANNISA. She is a vocal feminist who believes in equal access and opportunity for females. In her free time, she writes songs, creates Gacha videos and plays the guitar.

Karima Grishko-Rashid

Karima Grishko-Rashid

TREASURER/BOOKKEEPER
Mah Noor Khan

Mah Noor Khan

DIRECTOR

Mah Noor is a Seneca College graduate with a diploma in early childhood education and an honorary Bachelor's degree in the humanities. Although Mah Noor no longer belongs to her field, she has diverse experience working with children and families, as well as community initiatives and other nonprofit organizations.

Warda Abdulsamed

Warda Abdulsamed

DIRECTOR

Warda is a settlement and newcomer needs specialist, an award-winning career strategist, and a writer. Recognizing the economic and systemic barriers faced by marginalized individuals and communities, Warda serves on many community leadership roles, championing economic equity, and supporting community institutions authentically engage and affirm marginalized communities. She lives in Mississauga with her two boys and husband. To find out more about Warda, please visit her website: www.diversesettlement.ca

Nada Aoudeh

Nada Aoudeh

DIRECTOR
Sana Abd Alsalam, Ph.D.

Sana Abd Alsalam, Ph.D.

DIRECTOR

Sana Abd Alsalam has graduated recently from Ryerson University with a Ph.D. degree in Aerospace Engineering. Dr. Abd Alsalam also has more than ten years of experience in aerospace engineering and research. As a newcomer, a mother of three young children, a wife, and a female in the aviation sector, Sana loves the challenge to helps others, which sparks her interest in joining ANNISAA as a director. She volunteered to welcome the new international students to the Ryerson University community through the International Student Support Office and at both Arabic Academy and the Fraser Mustard Early Learning Academy. Dr. Sana believes in volunteering and giving back to the community and hopes to encourage and inspire Muslim women and girls to take the challenges to be successful in the community and to promote diversity and inclusion.

Shahinaz Abbas Osman, HRP

Shahinaz Abbas Osman, HRP

DIRECTOR

Shahinaz is a not-for-profit HR Professional with several years of experience in Human Resources and labour relations. She is actively engaged in the area of Anti-oppression, Equity and Inclusion for HR processes and practices. She also holds a certificate of Instructing Adults, and she is a VP of Education at Toastmasters International. Her passion for women's education, professional development, inclusion, and women's mental wellness motivated her to join ANNISAA. She believes in volunteering and serving the community to express her gratitude for what she has. She aims at creating a role model for Muslim women and inspire others. Her inspiring hadith is "the best among you are those who bring greatest benefits to others". Shahinaz is a mother of 8-year-old twins who lead her to study Positive Discipline and Psychology. She enjoys reading, stitching and jewelry making.

Radyah Khan

Radyah Khan

DIRECTOR

DIRECTOR

DIRECTOR

DIRECTOR

Leadership Team

Nadia Sayeh, CNPE, HRP, DEI, VA, FRE

Nadia Sayeh, CNPE, HRP, DEI, VA, FRE

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & FOUNDER

Nadia Sayeh is the Executive Director and Founder of ANNISAA. She is an advocator for Muslim women and girls' wellbeing, building self-confidence, integration and self-empowerment. Listening to Muslim women, she felt she had a greater purpose of improving Muslim women leaders' prospects. ANNISAA was created because she saw more potential in Muslim women around her that they saw in themselves. She believed that featuring Muslim female role models and Muslim women's success stories would inspire others and make a difference in the next generations' lives. She felt that we would see a ripple effect with more Muslim women in leadership roles by doing so. Nadia is continuously inspired by the younger generations and has a drive to lead young Muslim women to success and achieve generational wealth. When Nadia is not hard at work, you can find her continuing to nurture her passion for mentoring Muslim women and girls.

Lissette Nunez Gomez

Lissette Nunez Gomez

DIRECTOR, PEOPLE & CULTURE

Lissette is an Economist and Human Resources and Non-Profit and Social Sector Professional, graduated from Seneca College, with three years of experience in economic development and research. She is passionate about working towards empowering and supporting women and girls from all backgrounds and ages, in order to generate a positive social impact and help them thrive. ​In the short-term, she is expecting to complete a Master’s Degree in Public Policy. During her free time, she likes to know new places and spend time with family and friends.

DIRECTOR, PROGRAMS & SERVICES

DIRECTOR, FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION

DIRECTOR, PHILANTHROPY & COMMUNICATION