Facets of Faith: Struggle, Hope and Happiness | The Ismaili Canada

Facets of Faith: Struggle, Hope and Happiness

June 21, 2021 | Canada

Join Alwaeza Erfa Alani as she explores the similarities and evolution of struggle, hope and happiness in Islam by looking back into our history while drawing parallels to the modern era.


Alwaeza Erfa Alani is a graduate of the Institute of Ismaili Studies’ International Waezeen Training Program. She is an Executive Coach and Fellow at the Global Institute for Trust. She is currently serving as interim Executive Officer for Invest Ontario, a newly created, board-led, independent agency focused on attracting and securing quality business investments into the province.

Erfa has spent more than 20 years working on strategy, trade, investment attraction, governance, supply chain, shared services, privacy, data, and the intangible economy.

She represented Canada at the CUSMA (former NAFTA) and CETA (Canada-EU) trade negotiations. Between 2012 and 2017, she served as the AKDN Liaison Officer in Uganda. Between 2005-2008, Erfa served as in-house counsel to Imara Sussex Drive and Imara Wynford Drive, the development companies overseeing the construction of the Ismaili Centre, Aga Khan Museum, and Delegation of Ismaili Imamat.

She holds a Master of Laws (LL.M) from the American University in Washington, a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from Osgoode Hall Law School, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto. She also holds post-graduate certificates in Leadership Development from Harvard Business School, and in Diplomacy from the Diplo Foundation.


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