OCT 13-14, 2018


You will walk away from the weekend with renewed inspiration, tangible tools, and a network of support to unlock your full potential.

This year’s conference theme “Beyond Borders” is all about connecting a community of global leaders.


  • Network with 250+ global delegates (US, UK, UAE, and CAN.)

  • Participate in or get inspired by our NEW Global Innovation Pitch Competition, with $1300 up for grabs for early-stage startups or new business ideas

  • Meet and learn from 40+ expert global speakers (including Fortune 500 executives, Emmy award-winning filmmakers, AI pioneers, Crypto experts, and other Muslim leaders from a diverse range of industries)

  • Celebrate the contributions that Muslims make to the cultural fabric of society for an evening Gala held in partnership with the Muslim Writers Collective – expect an evening formal (dress to impress and share your culture!), performances from local Muslim artists, and plenty of mocktails to go around!



8:00 AM

Delegate Check-in and breakfast


9:00 AM

Islamic Reminder

Hamid Slimi, Resident Scholar & Founder Sayeda Khadija Center

9:05 AM

Beyond Borders Kick-off

Mahrukh Tahir, Brand Marketing at PepsiCo


Keynote Address - Global Leadership

Haroon Ullah, Chief Strategy Officer for the US Agency for Global Media


Keynote Address - Global Solutions

Mehmood Khan, Vice Chairman & Chief Scientific Officer at PepsiCo

10:30 AM



10:50 AM




Demystifying Crypto


Usman Sheikh, National Head Blockchain & Smart Contracts at Gowling WLG


Ali Hassan, CEO of Crescent Crypto Asset Management


Power of Your Individual Narrative 

Qasim Rashid, Best-selling critically acclaimed author and attorney 


The Art of Storytelling 

Tendisai Cromwell, Executive Director of The Regent Park Film Festival 


Modest Fashion  

Ayana Ife, Fashion Designer 


Exclusive Group Mentorship Session - Limited Availability 

Mehmood Khan, Vice Chairman & Chief Scientific Officer at PepsiCo 

11:35 AM




Women Empowered - Building a Seat At the Table 



Luma Badran, Vice President of AML/ATF Solutions and Transformation at Scotiabank 


Maleeha Sheikh, Reporter & Weather Specialist at the CBC 


Moderated by Saima Malik, Assistant VP of Portfolio Planning & Prioritization at TD 


The Future of Work With Artificial Intelligence 


Arif Virani, Chief Operating Officer at DarwinAI 


Moderated by Danish Munir, VP Technology, Telepsychiatry 


Going Beyond Borders With A Growth Mindset 

Zayna Bhanji, 14 Year Old AI Prodigy & TEDx Speaker 


Creating a Strong Personal Brand

Nabeel Shah, VP Goldman Sachs


Maryam Ishtiaq Shah, Lifestyle Influencer and Founder of Thread & So

12:30 PM

Lunch & Innovation Pitch Competition 




Pitch Competition Judging Panel:  


Taleeb Noormohamed, CEO & Chief Operating Officer of Casaza 


Farhan Manjiyani, Sales Development at TrendKite 


Jahanzaib Ansari, Co-Founder of Knockri 


Huda Alvi, Founder of Workshops by Huda and The Girls Trip

2:00 PM

Muppies Address


Naiel Iqbal, Tiger Global


Nabeel Ali, Strategy and Operations at MongoDB

2:15 PM

Keynote Address -  Leading From Outside Your Comfort Zone

Qaisar Shareef, Former Country Manager for Pakistan & Ukraine at P&G, Author

2:40 PM

Exclusive Screening & Talk with The Secret Life of Muslims


Joshua Seftel, Emmy Award-Winning Filmmaker & Cast Members


Moderated by Muneeza Sheikh, Partner at Levitt LLC & Canadian Media Personality

3:30 PM

Pillars Fund Fireside Chat - How to Build & Scale a Global Organization


Kashif Shaikh, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Pillars


Shakeeb Alam, President of East Bridge Capital Management

3:50 PM



4:30 PM




Avoiding Burnout

Hamza Khan, Managing Director at Student Life Network, Tedx Speaker, Author, and Award-Winning Marketer


Building Your Tribe - Lessons from a Public Sector Leader

Safeeya Faruqui, Civic Leader and Founder of Pontio


Zeeshan Hamid, Milton Town Councilor and Software Development Manager at Amazon


Fueling Growth With Disruptive Technology

Taleeb Noormohamed, CEO & Chief Operating Officer of Casaza


Moderated by Maaz Rana, Co-Founder at Knockri


Making Meaningful Community

Ahmed Haque, Chief Academic Officer at Trilogy Education Services

5:15 PM

Keynote Address - Re-imagining Inclusion

Farzana Nayani, CEO Manazil Management LLC & Chief Strategist at Rework Work

5:40 PM

Closing Remarks 

Naiel Iqbal, Tiger Global 

8:00 PM 

Global Community Gala 

Sponsored by KPMG & featuring an incredible line up of local Muslim artists! 



Dress to impress & celebrate your heritage!



10:30 AM

Opening Remarks

Mahrukh Tahir, Brand Marketing at PepsiCo

10:35 AM



11:00 AM



12:40 PM

Keynote Address - Global Solutions

Chris Blauvelt, Founder of LaunchGood & Patronicity

1:10 PM

Keynote Address - Using the Power of Resilience to Break Past Borders

Samra Zafar, Commercial Account Manager RBC

1:40 PM




Imagining a Future With Cashless Cities

Talha Zubair, Director, Global Digital Strategy & Transformation at MetLife


Leading with Values

Katherine Bullock, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto


Women Empowered

Muneeza Sheikh, Partner at Levitt LLP Employment & Labour Law, Canadian Media Personality


Building an Executive Mindset

Fawad Bajwa, Talent & Organization Strategist, Executive Director at Russell Reynolds Associates

2:30 PM

Keynote Address - Beyond Borders

Ali Soheil, Managing Director- Process Engineering & Strategy Business Financing at BMO

 3:00 PM

Keynote Address - The Attributes of a Leader

Armughan Ahmad, Global Technology Executive and Startup Board Advisor

 3:30 PM

 Closing Remarks

Naiel Iqbal, Tiger Global



Mahrukh Tahir, PepsiCo


Dr. Mehmood Khan

Vice Chairman & Chief Scientific Officer at PepsiCo

Leading sustainability initiatives and creating breakthrough innovations in food, beverages, and nutrition

full profile

Joshua Seftel & The Secret Life of Muslims

Executive Producer & Filmmaker

Countering Islamophobia through humor and empathy

full profile

Farzana Nayani

Founder & CEO of Manazil Management

Driving organizations to lead more effectively and “reimagine inclusion”

full profile

Chris Blauvelt

Founder & CEO of Launchgood

Global leader & innovator, engineer, and award-winning film producer

full profile

Samra Zafar

Commercial Account Manager - Royal Bank of Canada

Internationally renowned speaker on leading through adversity

full profile

Dr. Haroon Ullah

Chief Strategy Officer for the US Agency for Global Media

Driving strategy in global media

full profile

Kashif Shaikh

Executive Director - Pillars Fund

Developing strong leaders and institutions in the non-profit sector

full profile

Qaisar Shareef

Business Strategy Consultant

Leading and managing change in international markets

full profile

Muneeza Sheikh

Partner at Levitt LLP

Canadian media personality and star of “Muneeza in the middle”

full profile

Armughan Ahmad

Innovator & Digital Technology Executive

Leading digital transformation for businesses globally

full profile

Fawad Bajwa

Executive Director at Russell Reynolds

Propelling talent growth in Canada

full profile

Ali Soheil

Managing Director - Bank of Montreal

Driving disruptive changes and pioneering AI

full profile

Ayana Ife

Contemporary Women's Fashion Designer

Designing trendy and modest fashion for women in today’s mainstream market

full profile


Tendisai Cromwell

Executive Director at Regent Park Film Festival

Shifting narratives through storytelling

full profile

Nabeel & Maryam Shah

Lifestyle Influencers

Building global brands and influencing the narrative of Muslims

full profile

Ali Hassan

Co-Founder & CEO - Crescent Crypto

Creating institutional passive investment vehicles with cryptocurrency

full profile

Usman Sheikh

Partner - Gowling WLG

Thoughtleader in Blockchain Technology

full profile

Qasim Rashid

Attorney and Media Consultant

Bestselling and critically acclaimed author and attorney

full profile

Luma Badran

VP - Scotiabank

Global executive leading business transformation and strategic changes

full profile

Taleeb Noormohamed

President & COO - Casaza

Global technology entrepreneur, investor, and community leader

full profile

Arif Virani

COO at DarwinAI

Re-shaping the future of work with artificial intelligence

full profile

Zaynah Bhanji

14 Year Old Student Prodigy

14 year old AI prodigy, TedX speaker and changemaker

full profile

Hamza Khan

Managing Director at Student Life Network

Multi-award winning marketer & entrepreneur and author of Amazon bestselling book, “The Burnout Gamble”

full profile

Safeeya Faruqui

Mississauga City Council Candidate

Driving social change through community engagement

full profile

Ahmed Haque

Chief Academic Officer - Trilogy Education Services

Envisioning & building the future of skills-based education

full profile

Talha Zubair

Director - Global Strategy at MetLife

Re-imagining a cashless future

full profile

Dr. Katherine Bullock

Executive Director - ISNA

Global thought leader on Islam & creating bridges for Muslims with western society

full profile

Zeeshan Hamid

Milton Town Councilor

Driving social change through community engagement

full profile

Maaz Rana

Co-Founder at Knockri

Fueling Growth with Disruptive Technology

full profile

Maleeha Sheikh

Reporter & Weather Specialist at CBC

Crafting engaging stories on and off camera

full profile

Saima Malik

AVP within Digital at TD Bank

Leading digital and transformation

full profile

Danish Munir

VP Technology, Telepsychiatry at Genoa Healthcare

Re-shaping the future of healthcare technology

full profile

Farhan Manjiyani

Sales Development at TrendKite

Applying big data analytics to fuel brand growth

full profile

Shakeeb Alam

President - East Bridge Capital Management

Creating a more equitable America for inclusive prosperity

full profile

Talha Atta

Marketing Manager for The Blockchain Society

Pioneering development in Blockchain technology

full profile

Jahanzaib Ansari

CEO of Knockri

Defeating unconscious bias in the workforce through AI

full profile

Huda Alvi

Digital Media Expert

Empowering women to travel and experience the world

full profile


Join us on the evening of October 13th from 8 PM to 11 PM and network among 250+ global attendees.


Join us on October 13th and see global innovators, market disruptors, and entrepreneurs pitch their business idea to a panel of world class investors for a chance to get access to capital to accelerate their business and bring their ideas into action.

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The Conference

Telus House, 25 York St.

Underground parking is available within the building. Parking is $11 CAD for 12 hours

The Gala

KPMG, 333 Bay St.

Parking available at Impark Bay Adelaide Centre (KPMG West Tower) for $10 CAD for the evening


Washington D.C. 2017

San Francisco 2016



Mahrukh Tahir

Director of Global Events

full profile

Asad Zubair

Director of Operations

full profile

Zeba Qureshi

Marketing Co-Lead

full profile

Hamza Khan

Marketing Co-Lead

full profile

Sahar Rashid

Event Logistics Co-Lead

full profile

Behlool Khan

Event Logistics Co-Lead

full profile

Irum Anjum

Speaker Outreach Co-Lead

full profile

Farhan Manjiyani

Speaker Outreach & Pitch Competition Lead

full profile

Nada Samar

Speaker Outreach Co-Lead

full profile

Nadia Hussain

Branding & Graphics Design

full profile

Iqnaa Shams

Event Sponsorship

full profile

Rua Wani

Public Relations Co-Lead

full profile

Farida Talaat

Public Relations Co-Lead

full profile

Ather Mohammad

Finance & Budget

full profile

Nadiah Nida

Speaker Outreach

full profile


The 2018 Muppies Annual Leadership Conference is underwritten by the generosity of our amazing sponsors.