Soulafa Al-Abbasi

General Manager of the Canmore Folk Music Festival Society
Nova Scotia

Soulafa is a dynamic team leader with a flair for networking and has over 7 years’ experience in capacity building, strategic planning, program development, and non-profit management.  

Soulafa holds a Master of Development Economics from Dalhousie University. She is the General Manager of the Canmore Folk Music Festival Society. She was recently elected to the Canmore Business & Tourism Board. Soulafa also sits on the Bow Valley Immigration Partnership Employment and Social Integration Committees. Prior to this, Soulafa worked as an Employment Specialist at Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia. She was also an Aga Khan Foundation Fellow and worked at International Ocean Institute Canada.

She is a published author of a learned treatise on Micro-finance, Institution-Building and Development. She was Vice-Chair of Fusion Halifax, a youth organization focused on improving city life. Soulafa was a Board member of Credit Union Atlantic and the Atlantic Youth Ambassador for Passages to Canada. She was also the Regional Coordinator for the UN Association of Canada and served on the Board of Nova Scotia – Gambia Association.

Soulafa was recognized as one of Atlantic Canada’s emerging leaders by the 21Inc Leaders Program.