Change Makers

Change Makers are those who continue to empower, educate and inspire the world around them.
     

Making MVSLIM: Hanan & Taha

“To inspire the next generation to take it to the next level, and not let prejudice decide their future”   Hanan Challouki and Taha Riani are the duo who

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MuslimTravelGirl, Greece, and Being On A Plane

1. Tell us a bit about yourself, where did you grow up, what cultural influences do you have in your life, what is the earliest memory you have? My earliest and most fun

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Nadir Nahdi

Nadir Nahdi is the founder of BENI, a digital platform inspiring young people from diverse backgrounds to produce meaningful content, celebrate the power of human

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Sakdiyah Ma’ruf

Sakdiyah Ma’ruf is the first Indonesian Muslim female stand-up comic. Passionate advocate for freedom and equality, she juggles life behind the mic as comedienne and

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Elena – Muslim Travel Girl

My name is Elena aka the MuslimTravelGirl, I am the editor of the website and also responsible for everything wonderful you see here. I am the first woman to become a

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Aulia (Ollie) Halimatussadiah

Location: Jakarta Profession: Writer & entrepreneur  Creative or Changemaker: both!  Aulia Halimatussadiah (Ollie) is the co-founder and Chief Content Officer of Zetta

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Abir Abdul Rahim

“Never let anyone tell you what you cannot do, just because they can’t”. A First Class Honours degree holder in BSc Actuarial Science from Swansea University, Wales,

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5 Muslim Charities Changing The World For Better

There are heaps of awesome charities driven by Islamic values, who continue to inspire the best in us. Here is a selection of just 5 Muslim charities that are changing the

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Purple Impression: A Modest Alternative to Fast Fashion

Lately, the hijab and modest fashion has received more attention than ever from the fashion industry and many of us have responded with excitement to this recognition. But

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Ibtihaj Muhammad

Ibtihaj Muhammad has made history. This summer she will become the the first Muslim woman in hijab to compete for the United States at the Olympic Games! A five-time Senior

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Karim A Serageldin

Karim A Serageldin grew up in Massachusetts where his sociable and curious nature connected him to all walks of life and people of many faiths. At a young age he was involved

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10 Awesome Muslim Moments in 2016 (So Far)

There have been some super awesome things created & achieved by Muslims in 2016 so far. Here is a list of just 10! 1. Al Firdaus Ensemble bringing peace through music

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Creating Digital Platforms for Muslims

Sometimes when browsing an innocuous website, an ad pops up. One that you’d rather not see. One that is super awkward. #awkwardMuslim. We caught up with Maruf Yusupov

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Amanda Saab

Amanda Saab is a social worker, passionate home cook and food blogger at amandasplate.com. She was most recently seen on MasterChef on Fox, competing with the best home cooks

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Amany Killawi

Amany Killawi is the Co-Founder and COO of LaunchGood.com (a.k.a Team Swiss Army Knife). LaunchGood is the world’s leading faith based crowdfunding platform focused on

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Daood Butt

Shaykh Daood Butt has always had a desire to learn and teach Islam. Following secondary studies, he obtained a degree in Automotive Technology and was nominated amongst

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Lydia Shelly

Lydia Shelly is admitted as a solicitor with the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia and is the principal solicitor at Shelly Legal. Lydia is a

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Jordan Richter

Jordan Richter is an American born professional skateboarder and youth advocate. He is widely respected for his early innovative work on vertical ramps that would help

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Usama Canon

Born and raised in California, Usama Canon embraced Islam in 1996 and has been a student of the tradition ever since, studying various Islamic Sciences both stateside and

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Sajid Hussain

The founder and brainchild of Ilm Arts Festival is the philanthropist Sajid Hussain aka “The Maestro”.  Born and raised in the UK, from a young age Sajid has always

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Mostafa Rachwani

Mostafa Rachwani is an award-winning writer, community activist, editor and founder of the Arab-Australian platform Sajjeling, and project officer at the LMA, where he heads

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Ghazala Irshad

Ghazala Irshad is The GroundTruth Project’s Social Media Editor.  She was previously Social Media Manager for the UAE-produced, social media-driven travel show Peeta

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Noor Tagouri

Since launching the viral #LetNoorShine campaign in 2012, Noor Tagouri has gained international attention as one of the country’s most talked about young adults. Since

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Miran Hosny

Miran is a radio producer, freelance writer and editor based in Western Sydney. Admitted as a solicitor in NSW, Miran also has a background of working in Australian family

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Widyan Fares

Widyan Fares migrated to Australia in 1995 after leaving Rafha refugee camp in Saudi Arabia, where she was born after her parents escaped from Saddam Hussein’s regime in

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Mahvish Irfan

Mahvish Irfan is a Muslim American journalist, author, editor and web content developer with a major passion for authentic storytelling. She is always on the hunt to report

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20 Awesome Muslim Change Makers

The Ummah is filled with amazing people, doing incredible things. There are so many that we can’t possibly show them all at once, but we will be creating more lists of

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Mohamed Zeyara

Based in Toronto, Canada, Mohamed Zeyara is a Muslim youth advisor, film maker, and mostly known for his online educational and motivational videos. Most of his knowledge is

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Assma Galuta

Assma Galuta is a fashion designer, blogger and YouTube star best known by her fans as Asoomii Jay. Assma has a North African background but identifies as herself as

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Baba Ali

In the same style as Comedy Central’s John Stewart or HBO’s Bill Maher, Ali cuts through the muck of grandstanding and politicizing issues by simply telling it

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Mecca Laalaa

Mecca was Australia’s first female Muslim surf live saver in 2006. She also walked the Kokoda track in 2009. She currently works as a health promotion officer in schools

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Kamala Khan

Kamala is revolutionising the world of crime-fighting by being the first young Muslim female to take up a legacy title, that is, Ms Marvel. Based in New Jersey where she

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Shaykh Omar Suleiman

Shaykh Omar Suleiman is an instructor and the head of the history department at Bayyinah Institute, the director of the Islamic Learning Foundation, founder of M.U.H.S.E.N,

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Dr Imran Lum

Imran is an Associate Director at the National Australia Bank (NAB) and his primary responsibility is building the Islamic finance capability for bank’s Corporate and

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Ahmad Al Rady

Ahmad Al Rady is a spoken word artist, university student, young community leader, social activist, and change maker. He is the co-founder of the Bankstown Poetry Slam in

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Peter Gould

Peter Gould is a celebrated designer, creative entrepreneur and artist. The BBC has described him as “among those young urban global Muslims leading the emergence of a new

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Wajahat Ali

Wajahat Ali is a lawyer, writer, playwright, editor, professional speaker, and currently the co-host and digital producer of The Stream by Al-Jazeera. The bulk of his work

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Ameenah Gurib-Fakim

Ameenah Gurib-Fakim is the newly elected President of Mauritius. She is a Scientist, academic, writer and all round awesome person. Her love of science started early in life,

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Hasan Minhaj

Hasan Minhaj is a comedian, actor, and writer in New York. He is the newest correspondent on the Emmy and Peabody award-winning program ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’.

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Imam Khalid Latif

Khalid Latif is Executive Director and Chaplain (Imam) for the Islamic Center at New York University (NYU). In 2005, Imam Latif was appointed the first Muslim chaplain at

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Shaykh Ahmed Abdo

Shaykh Ahmed Abdo is currently a chaplain at the NSW Police Force. He has also undertaken 10 years of formal Islamic study at Tarim, Yemen. Shaykh Ahmed Abdo was born in

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Assmaah Helal

To say that Assmaah is passionate about football (or as Aussies call it, soccer) is an understatement. She currently plays in the Reserve Grade premier league for UNSW

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Chris Abdur-Rahman Blauvelt

Chris is the CEO of LaunchGood – a crowdfunding platform to support Muslims doing great things across the world, especially entrepreneurial & creative endeavours.

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Syed Ahmed

Syed Ahmed is a technologist who finds himself at an interesting point in time, one where technology is now clearly a utility, but also remains a key source of

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Shaykh Habib Umar bin Hafidh

His Birth and Lineage He is the caller to Allah, the erudite scholar, al-Habib Umar the son of Muhammad, bin Salim, bin Hafiz, bin Abdullah, bin Abu Bakr, bin Aidarus, bin

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Muna AbuSulayman

A woman, mother, business leader and traveler, Muna created her eponymous celebrity fashion line out of the evident need for more modest clothing. In 2010, the Muna

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Dave Chappelle

Dave Chappelle is an actor and comedian. He began making appearances in films such as Robin Hood: Men In Tights, The Nutty Professor and Half Baked in the mid-1990s. In 2003,

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Randa Abdel-Fattah

Randa Abdel-Fattah is a published author, human rights advocate, and is often sought after for opinion pieces and speaking appearances. She has a background in law and has

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Mona Shindy

Head of the Guided Missile Frigate System Program Office, Captain Mona Shindy, is also the Chief of Navy’s appointed Strategic Adviser on Islamic Cultural Affairs. As part

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Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Yassmin was awarded the 2015 Queensland Young Australian of the Year award. She is a mechanical engineer, a social advocate, writer, and petrol head. She advocates for the

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Samina Yasmeen

Professor Samina Yasmeen is Director of the Centre for Muslim States and Societies and lectures in Political Science and International Relations in the School of Social and

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Mariam Veiszadeh

Mariam Veiszadeh is a Lawyer, Community Rights Advocate, and opinion piece writer. She is also a proud Ambassador for Welcome to Australia. Topping the list of 12 Muslim

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Aasif Mandvi

Aasif Mandvi is an actor, comedian, and a writer. He is also currently a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He is a recipient of an OBIE award for his

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Reza Aslan

Dr. Reza Aslan, an internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions, is author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth,

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Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai is a young human rights activist who is the youngest person to have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize at age 17. In early 2009, Yousafzai began blogging

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Waleed Aly

Waleed Aly is one of Australia’s most respected and versatile young media talents. On radio and television he has interviewed everyone from Julia Gillard to The Bangles. He

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Khadija Annette O’Connell

Khadija Annette is a community creative who produces inspires creativity with her eye for beauty and detail. She is passionate about making a positive impact on the world by

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Mohammed Zaoud

Mohammed Zaoud is the head of marketing for the Middle East, North Africa & Regional News Channels at Al Jazeera Media Network. Connect with him on LinkedIn.

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Mohamed Taha

Mohamed Taha is a multi-platform journalist and producer with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). For the past 3 years, he has been a video journalist based in the

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Aamer Rahman

Aamer Rahman is a Melbourne-based standup comedian. After years of performing as half of the critically acclaimed duo Fear of a Brown Planet, Aamer Rahman finally appears in

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Nazeem Hussain

Nazeem Hussain is the star of his own critically-acclaimed TV show, ‘Legally Brown’, which aired on SBS in 2013 and 2014. The show broke ground with it’s

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Sara Saleh

Sara Saleh is an Arab-Australian human rights and refugee advocate, grassroots activist, creative artist and regular media commentator with a decade-long career working with

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Imam Afroz Ali

Imam Afroz Ali can clearly remember himself as a child watching his father (may Allah sanctify his soul) pursue his two greatest passions:  serving others and teaching.

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Yasir Mirza

Yasir Mirza is a journalist at the Guardian. He is the head of the diversity and inclusion section, and runs the Guardian’s global citizen reporting programme for

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Dr Jonathan A.J. Wilson

Dr Jonathan A.J. Wilson or Bilal to his friends is an Academic, Consultant, Trainer, Speaker and Columnist, with a +20 year career, +100 conference talks, +200 publications.

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Reuben Brand

Reuben is a writer, journalist, illustrator and issue driven activist. During his career he has spent a large amount of time working and living in the Middle East and South

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Sahar Dandan

Sahar Dandan is a Chemical Engineer by profession, but spends her days as an “accidental community worker” within the Australian Muslim community. Sahar is the

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Nouman Ali Khan

Nouman Ali Khan is the founder and CEO of Bayyinah and serves as a lead instructor for several programs including a number of traveling seminars and Bayyinah TV. His serious

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Yasmin Mogahed

Yasmin Mogahed received her B.S. Degree in Psychology and her Masters in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After completing her

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Yusuf Islam

Also known as Cat Stevens, he has been in the music industry since the early 1970s, and has sold over 40 million records. In the mid-’90s Yusuf Islam founded his own

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Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad

Abdal Hakim Murad is Dean of the Cambridge Muslim College, UK, which trains imams for British mosques. He is the director of Quilliam Press, which publishes a range of books

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Imam Zaid Shakir

Imam Zaid Shakir is a co-founder, and senior faculty member of Zaytuna College located in Berkeley, CA. He is amongst the most respected and influential Islamic scholars in

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Shaykh Hamza Yusuf

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf is a cofounder and current president of Zaytuna College, located in Berkeley, California. He is an advisor to Stanford University’s Program in Islamic

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Aftab Malik

Former Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Ethnicity and Culture at the University of Birmingham and currently a designated Global Expert on Muslim affairs for the United

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Samier Dandan

Samier Dandan is the President, and Public Relations manager of the Lebanese Muslim Association. Co-founder and acting COO of manageNET, Samier has over 16 years of cross-

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Fatima Muneer

Fatima Muneer is a social entrepreneur who is changing the face of Oman by using her skills in media, politics and development to create concepts in the hopes of providing

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Wadah Khanfar

Wadah Khanfar, Co-founder the Sharq Forum and the former director general of the Al Jazeera Network. He began his career with the network in 1997, covering some of the

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Youssef Gaboune

Youssef Gaboune is the Co-founder of How The World Works, Ethical Leaders and New Open Education. He is also Head of Business Development at Al Jazeera Media Training and

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Mark Gonzales

With over 15 years of experience in global research aggregating emotional intelligence, sacred education, design thinking & human development, Mark Gonzales is

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Toltu Tufa

Born in Melbourne, keen traveller, mixed heritage, founder of Afaan Publications, seeing the world through another perspective. Toltu Tufa is a public personality who is

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Dustin Craun

Dustin Craun is the Founder and Executive Editor of Ummah Wide, a digital media startup focused on stories and cultures that transcend the global borders and boundaries of

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Adnane Addioui

Social commentator, aspiring social entrepreneur and disruptive-thinker, Adnane has committed his life to work in the MENA region, particularly in Morocco, to enable creative

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Lotfi El Ghandouri

Lotfi EL-Ghandouri, a world citizen and eternal nomad, born in Tunisia, raised in Quebec and based in Madrid. Entrepreneur, consultant, author and international speaker.

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Randa Abdel-Fattah

Randa Abdel-Fattah’s debut novel, Does My Head Look Big In This?, was an instant success. The first young adult novel narrated by a teenage Muslim girl about her

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Dr. Sakena Yacoobi

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi is the founder of the Afghan Institute of Learning, the Professor Sakena Yacoobi Private Hospital in Herat, and the Professor Sakena Yacoobi Private High

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Tasneem Chopra

A Curator, Consultant and prominent activist, Tasneem Chopra’s passion for addressing social justice issues has embraced many platforms. Named the Woman of the Year at the

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Yvonne Maffei

Yvonne Maffei, M.A., is the publisher of MyHalalKitchen.com, a halal food and cooking blog showcasing culinary tips and healthy halal recipes anyone can make. She is also the

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Navid Akhtar

Navid Akhtar is the Founder and CEO of Alchemiya.com, a senior producer of documentaries and an award-winning journalist. He was specialist adviser to BBC Radio 5, after 9/11

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Mohammed Faris

Mohammed Faris (Abu Productive) is the founder of ProductiveMuslim.com, an online social enterprise dedicated to boosting productivity in the Muslim World. He was born in

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Irfan Khairi

Irfan Khairi received his Bachelor’s Degree in Multimedia Design from Staffordshire University, United Kingdom. Upon graduating, Irfan was offered an employment at the

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Amir Shihadeh

Amir Shihadeh is the Founder & Director of YARA (Youth Association for Reality and Awareness)​ -​​ an NPO which was established in 2010. Over the years, YARA has

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Mohammad Quadan

Mohammad Quadan is the founder & CEO of DeenFit.com.au. He is a recognised speaker, presenter, health advocate and coach dedicated to boosting health & fitness

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Michael Vollman

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Faith Abiodun

Faith Abiodun ’12 MPA lives in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he serves as the communications associate for the African Leadership Academy (ALA). ALA seeks to transform

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