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Tarek Fathelbab started his professional career overseeing projects funded by the United Nations in Africa to promote gender equity.

In 2008, he was chosen among 15 community leaders in Egypt to receive the Ford Foundation International Fellowship to complete his master’s in Environmental Sociology at the University of Alberta. In 2010, he was awarded the Travis Manning Award for academic excellence and graduated in 2011 to start his career in the non-profit sector in Edmonton.

Tarek is passionate about community development and promoting diversity and inclusion. He helped create a toolkit for employers to understand the process of hiring refugees and he was the driving force behind the creative connection project which helped newcomer artists showcase their talents. Tarek has published two novels in Arabic.