Executives

Soliman A. Abu-Samra - Bio. Picture

President
Soliman Abu-Samra

Soliman Abu-Samra is a motivated civil engineer with blended professional and academic experience in construction and infrastructure asset management. He has pursued his bachelor and master degrees in Construction Management and is currently working towards his doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in Civil Engineering at Concordia University. Throughout his academic career, he has published numerous books, journal papers, conference articles as well as a TED talk about establishing proper management systems for diverse infrastructure assets and construction operations. Furthermore, his experience in worldwide mega-scale projects has framed his understanding of the challenges faced by municipalities/contractors while managing their projects/assets.

Meanwhile, Soliman is serving as the President of the “Graduate Student Association (GSA)” at Concordia University in 2016/2017. He is privileged to lead such a motivated and committed team of executives, directors and staff members. His vision of the future lies on six pillars: 1) Align the GSA action plan with the nine university strategic directions, 2) Encourage the graduate students to get involved in GSA activities, 3) Forge alliances with on-campus and off-campus organizations and NGOs for the improvement and facilitation of the graduate life at Concordia, 4) Refresh the image of the GSA in the eyes of graduate students, 5) Restructure the association’s by-law, collective agreement and policies to fit the association’s needs, and 6) Ensure proper budget allocation to expand the GSA services to its’ members at every perspective.

Towards the end, Soliman is wishing you all the best of luck throughout your studies. He is looking forward to cooperatively experiencing a successful academic year full of achievements. If you have any issues/concerns, please feel free to stop by the GSA house or directly contact him through email at president@gsaconcordia.ca.

Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” –Henry Ford

Mahsa

Vice President Internal
Mahsa Khoshab

What if we had a world full of innovative ideas, motivated entrepreneurs, alternative music, peace and Saffron ice cream with pistachio on top.

As a student representative/leader, I have worked 13 months as Electrical and Computer Engineering department representative in Concordia University and volunteered in Concordia University Student Parental. My strengths are in employee relations, workforce planning and System development.

I am a Master of applied science student in Electrical and Computer Engineering department of Concordia, since September 2014. My Bachelor degree is in Mechanical Engineering and I did some studies on Controlling Economical Systems as well.

As the VP Internal, for sure, it is hard to aim for providing resources and services to improve the quality of life of our members in Concordia along with fulfilling the main strategic plans of the university, but I am here to give it my best shot as I am privileged to be working with a full diversified, dedicated team of executives, directors and staff at GSA.

If you don’t feel like to meet me in the GSA house, so please contact me at internal@gsaconcordia.ca

Else?

“Beauty surrounds us, but usually we need to be walking in a garden to know it.”

— Rumi

nani

Vice President External
Muhammad Nasir Shafique

My name is Muhammad Nasir Shafique , I am from Pakistan, appointed as Vice-President, External affairs at GSA Concordia University effective June 1, 2016. I am doing my Master in Quality System Engineering (MEng) from CIISE department of Concordia university and has 5 years of working experience as a facility engineering for the 1st year and then promoted to head of the facility department at Al-IMNA Medical Services, Saudi Arabia. I have done my bachelors degree in Electrical engineering from University of engineering and technology Taxila, Pakistan, during my bachelor’s degree I was the Vice President of the Arts Society of the University.

In my role as the VP External, I am responsible for fostering the university’s reputation as a globally influential university and heads up key areas including government, community, communicating with other institutions and associations of Quebec, corporate relations and media relations.

I have many ideas but its impossible for one person to be aware of all the issues facing graduate students so i need your help. You are the most important concern not only as your advocate but as information provider so please do not hesitate to contact me by stopping me in the hallway or email me at: external@gsaconcordia.ca

I look forward to meet many of you this year and please remember my doors are always open to all members.

rafi

Vice President Mobilization
Rafi Mohammad Azad

Rafi’s life mantra from his birth in Dhaka, Bangladesh to his childhood in Abha, Saudi Arabia till date his years spent in Montreal, Canada, is to strive for excellence through realistic and innovative approach towards life. Rafi was born and raised in a traditional but yet modern household in Dhaka, Bangladesh. His mother is a Dentist and his late father was a Doctor. He has two loving sisters.

Rafi did his O & A level from DT. He did his BSc in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from AIUB.

He is now pursuing his Master’s degree in Quality Systems Engineering in Concordia University. He worked as the Chief Returning Officer of ECSGA for 2016 shortly after that he was elected the Vice President Mobilization of GSA Concordia.

In GSA Rafi works to actively involve graduate students in decision making process, making sure the graduate students are part of university activities, are aware of the university surrounding. He works to collaborate with different student bodies inside and outside the university, plan and execute campaigns and events, trains and coordinates volunteers for GSA.

Rafi strongly believes and live by the motto ‘Thing like a man of action, act like a man of thoughts’. Write to him at mobilization.gsa@gmail.com.

mudasser

Vice President Academic & Advocacy
Mudasser Akbar Muneer Ahmed

“The purpose of education is to make good human beings with skill and expertise… Enlightened human beings can be created by teachers.”
― A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

To begin with, my name is Mudasser Akbar Muneer Ahmed aka Muddu (that’s what my friends call me  😉 ). I come from India and more precisely from Bangalore which is the silicon valley/city of India. I am serving as your Vice President of Academic and Advocacy at GSA for the term 2016-2017. I am currently enrolled as a Masters Student in Software Engineering. I hold a Bachelors degree in Computers Science and Engineering from Ghousia College of Engineering (Affiliated to VTU).

I have 2 years of exerience as a software engineer in 2 different roles, i have a couple of internships under my belt. I also hold a Certified Associate Project Management certification from PMI and a member of PMI. I am a technology enthusiast and i am quite crazy about testing new gadgets. Finally, i can also can speak 6 different languages. I have been in leadership roles from school and also during my Bachelors. I also am a member of different organisations which are NGO’s and have volunteered back in India for different campaigns.

In my current tenure at the GSA i would like to fight for your rights with your academic, advocacy and legal issue. My main agenda for this year is to build and run the advocacy center for the students at the GSA house where you could go to discuss and see what steps can be taken to resolve your issues. Also, to make sure you get to the right resources required to achieve your academic success. Stay tuned for Certifications,language classes, workshops and much more that we are excited to offer. Please do not hesitate to walk into my office or mail me to discuss your ideas, complains, issues, challenge me for a game or even for a chat. Finally, you can reach me at academic.advocacy.gsa@gmail.com. For a friendly chat you can always call/watsapp/text me at 514-297-6243.

“We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”
― Elie Wiesel