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Dr. Hanny El-Banna, O.B.E, M.D.

Chair of BOD

Dr Hanny El Banna has founded several charities including the Humanitarian Forum, Islamic Relief, and the Muslim Charities Forum. He is also a board member of the Center for Interfaith Action on Global Poverty (CIFA). He has visited over 60 of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable countries on behalf of these organizations.

Dr El Banna originally trained in Medicine, both in Egypt and the UK and received his Doctorate of Medicine (MD) from the University of Birmingham Medical School in 1991. He has been awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II, the Ibn Khaldun Award for Excellence in Promoting Understanding between Global Cultures and Faiths (UK), and the UK Muslim Power 100 Lifetime Achievement award. Dr El Banna has been with Islamic Relief Canada since its incorporation in 2005, serving as the chairman.

Dr. El-Tantawy Attia, Ph.D.


Dr El Tantawy Attia worked in the Reactor Physics and Nuclear Analysis Departments of the Ontario Power General for more than 27 years, before retiring in 2003. Dr Attia has been an active member of the Muslim community, previously serving as President of the Muslim Investment Group and the Canadian Islamic Trust Foundation. He also currently serves as the Executive Director of Toronto Masjid. Recently Dr Attia was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Governor General of Canada for his lifetime of achievements and services to Canada. He is a signatory to the “Muslims for the White Ribbon” campaign, an attempt to eradicate violence against women in the Muslim community. He currently serves as a director with Islamic Relief Canada.

Dr. Fariha Khan, M.D.


Dr Fariha Khan is a physician based out of Brampton, Ontario. She has been an active member of the Muslim community and has served as a board of director for numerous community organizations. She completed her medical degree from McMaster University in 2004 with a practice focus on children’s health. She has a special interest in International Health and Medical Education. She currently serves as a director with Islamic Relief Canada.

Dr. Raza Khan, M.D.


Dr. Raza Khan was trained at the University of Toronto (MD) and performed his residency at the University of Ottawa in family medicine. He is the recipient of the Campbell T. Lamont Award in Family Medicine Research (1997) and the University of Toronto Gladstone Prize (1995). His full-time practice is in Brantford, Ontario where he has been practicing in family medicine since 1997. In addition to his duties as a Director for Islamic Relief Canada, Dr. Khan also serves as a Director and Spokesperson for the Muslim Association of Hamilton, President of the Muslim Association of Brantford, as well as the past Vice Chair of Canadian Relief Foundation. He is a regular contributing writer on Muslim issues for the Hamilton Spectator.  In his spare time he is a self-taught web-programmer, paints in oils and acrylic, performs calligraphy and cartooning.  

Dr. Hany Soliman, M.D.


Dr Hany Soliman is a Radiation Oncologist and Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. He is actively involved in medical research and education. He was brought up in the Toronto area and has a bachelors of science and medical degree from the University of Toronto. He has been involved in the Muslim community at a grass roots levels and has a passion for charitable work. He joined the Islamic Relief Canada Board of Directors in 2015.

Our Board of Directors are volunteers and not compensated in their capacity as directors.