Aziza Mohammed is the Director of Salon West. She founded the organization to bridge the divide between government and the arts sector and to give a more diverse group access to conversations that matter. Salon West seemed like to the best way to leverage her decade of political experience that has included stints in the offices of Minister Chan, Minister Coteau, and even Premier McGuinty. When she’s not curating artists and arts administrators for the salon, Aziza consults on political campaigns throughout the province.
Prior to her return home to Toronto, Aziza was engaged in international relations and development. Her work has taken her to disaster zones in India and rural villages in Kenya. She has produced award-winning research on both torture in times of war and President Kennedy. She still occasionally publishes op-eds in the Diplomatic Courier and Hill Times.
A shy artist, the only piece Aziza has shared publicly won the Canadian Museum for Human Rights Evoke Art Competition and was included in a special art exhibition for private viewing by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburough, and Prime Minister Harper.