TASTE OF THE MIDDLE EAST
A multifaceted not-for-profit organization promoting Middle Eastern culture and cuisine.
Creating connections through food.
Warmth and generosity are the bedrock of Middle Eastern culture. Food is the foundation of our hospitality. Our mission is to create unique and unforgettable experiences and to share Middle Eastern cuisine and culture with Toronto through events and experiential marketing.
Taste of the Middle East Food Festival August 4, 2018
BECOME A VOLUNTEER
Hamsa Diab Farhat
“Public relations and communications is all about narrative. I’m driven to stay innovative in an industry that is evolving daily by developing and creating unique narratives for our clients that are memorable and newsworthy.”
clients and their needs for Business Branding Solutions. His contributions to both strategic and creative processes have created many distinctive brand identities and marketing strategies that forge strong emotional connections with audiences. Ali is highly motivated to further advance his expertise in the retail, hospitality, restaurant, entertainment, real estate, and professional services sectors in Toronto. Ali specializes in creating unique ideas to help develop brands, and will help you win the hearts and minds of your clients through differentiating your service and standing out from the competition, in order to achieve your business goals.
Nevein Gamal Gamaleldin
with Century 21 Leading Edge Realty Inc, Hicham is a veteran in his profession. As the winner of the Centurion award for the past three years, he has dedicated himself to excellence in various aspects of real estate. Passionate about his work and going the extra mile to help his clients find their dream home, Hicham is knowledgeable about local laws on the buying and selling of property. He is devoted to his clients and community and never ceases to back down from a challenge. His well rounded knowledge base has been extended to the restaurant industry in which he possesses over 23 years of experience. His expertise in customer service is one of the many qualities in which he takes pride, that will make The Taste of the Middle East an unforgettable experience for Toronto. Hicham is focused on business development and will provide hands on support for this festival. Hicham holds a Business Administrative Studies diploma from Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology.
Ali Al Lami
Lidia Akar (Consultant)
Ali Kheir Eddine
Ali & Dean Farhat
Lina Duque holds an MBA from Ivey Business School. She is a social media strategist, university lecturer and international speaker and moderator. Her analysis has appeared in the Harvard Business Review, Forbes and the Globe and Mail. She is a sought-after advisor to C-suite executives, business leaders and academics on developing thought leadership through creating a strong and strategic digital presence. Lina is a frequent speaker on social media, personal branding and women’s empowerment. Her speaking portfolio includes Harvard University, McGill University, University of Toronto, York University, Lean In Canada, Ellevate Network and the World Communication Forum Davos (Geneva and Istanbul).
Mentor with The OpEd Project, helping bring a diversity of voices into the media. Advisor with the DMZ at Ryerson University, providing insights to entrepreneurs on social media strategy. Member of the planning committee of 2014 ROM PROM, an annual fundraising gala for the ROM attended by over 1000 people. Chair of the Arabic Arts Steering Committee of the Luminato Festival in 2010. Website LinaDuqueConsulting.com or Twitter
Lara is a physician, bioethicist, global health scholar, and health promoter, specialized in community engagement, and refugee health issues. In addition to the MD degree from the American University of Beirut, she holds a PhD and MHSc from the University of Toronto, and has extensive experience with public health and non-governmental organizations. Additionally, she is a certified in Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Response.
Lara also held many leadership positions in the Arab community, including:
-Co-founder and Co-Organizer of Supper with Syria
– Advisory Board Member of the Canadian Arabic Orchestra
– Steering committee and founding member of the Canadian Arab Institute
– Vice President, Member of the Executive Board of Directors of the Arab Peace Corps
– Advisory Board Member of Tastakel
Raja G. Khouri
Rita is currently a policy analyst at innovation, science and economic development for the government of Canada. Rita recently obtained a Masters of International Affairs, specializing in International Development Policy. Bringing a young perspective
-United Nations Educational, Scientific, Cultural Organization (UNESCO) – Consultant
-United Nations DPI-NGO – Youth Representative
-Youth Assisting Youth Program – Mentor
-Ashoka – Consultant
-The Opeduca Project – Advisor
-Assistance to the Integration of Demobilized Child Soldiers (AIDC) – Advisor
-SOS Children’s Villages Canada -Fundraiser
-Operation Smile – Fundraiser
-Norman Paterson School of International Affairs Students’ Association – Co-President
-WLCU Youth of Canada (WLCUY Canada Chapter) – President and Founder
-Arab Community Centre of Toronto – Board member & current President
-WelcomeHomeTO- co-founder and strategy director
-Professional Canadian Arab Network- co-founder and communications director
-Canadian Arab Orchestra – Advisor
-Ryerson University: Community and social work researcher and partnership lead
-Budz- co-founder and animator for Muslim girls activity group
-Girl Guides- group support assistant
-Jusoor-5th Annual Global Conference & Gala Director