Asma is a Toronto-based lawyer and has served on the IDRF-YPC since 2014. She is passionate about humanitarian and social justice causes, both locally and globally. She previously worked as a senior advisor to Ontario’s Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Employment. Her experiences range from organizing fundraising campaigns in her community to working for greater empower of women in politics. She holds a law degree from the University of Ottawa and a masters from Wilfrid Laurier University.
I am a Human Resources Professional with over 13 years of experience working in a number of industries, including publishing and engineering. I have experience leading cross-functional teams, aligning HR programs/practices with business goals and implementing and leading projects. Currently, I am the HR Regional Lead for Diversity & Inclusion at an engineering design firm. I am responsible for operationalizing our regional strategy and working closely with the Executive Committee to implement best practices to support our firm strategy. I have a Bachelor of Commerce from Ryerson University, and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business. I am Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) and a member of the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA). I enjoy travelling with my better half, spending time with family and friends and I am always up for a board game night! I have been a member of IDRF’s Young Professional Council since 2015 and currently the Vice-Chair of the committee.
I have been on the IDRF Board of Directors for 4 years. I am a graduate of the University of Toronto and started a career in Human Resources and later took time out of work to raise my two young children. This gave me the opportunity to do what I was very passionate about which was volunteering and this path lead me to an amazing organization called IDRF. I am very excited to be a part of the YPC and work together with this diverse group of people to do what we can to help our local and international brothers and sisters in humanity. I feel very optimistic about what we can do together as the next generation of IDRF supporters and volunteers.
Noman is a Toronto based UX / Interaction Designer, Manager and Architect. He provides senior level user experience design expertise with a focus on Human-Centered Design. He has been a member of IDRF-YPC since 2012 and oversees experience design of events and creative initiatives. With over 13 years of design experience, a few industries that Noman has served include: Arts & Culture, Advertising, Banking, Education, Environment, Finance, Government, Health, Retail, Wealth Management and non-profits. He has experience organizing and branding arts & philanthropic events (including: Rogers Indian Ocean LIVE, Rumi Fest and Rising Sun). He also has international work experience in Santo Domingo, DR (with CSIH).
Ece Nur Akkok
Ece is currently a Program Evaluation Coordinator with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. Prior to this role, she served in a number of policy and evaluation roles with the Government of Ontario, including with the Office of the Treasury Board, Ministry of Intergovernmental Affairs, and the Ministry of Community and Social Services. She holds a Double Masters in Public and International Affairs from The Glendon School of Public and International Affairs, York University and in European Politics from Sciences-Po Strasbourg.
She is interested in the work of the IDRF, particularly as it relates to the current global refugee crisis, and the empowerment of women and youth. She has policy and evaluation experience working with vulnerable populations, as well as international experience working with the Council of Europe, the continent’s leading human rights organization.