Hussein Allidina is a Director at Ontario Teachers Pension Plan (OTPP), responsible for managing the plan’s investments in financial commodities. Prior to joining OTPP in 2013, he was Global Head of Commodities Research at Morgan Stanley. Hussein is a CFA Charterholder and graduated from the University of Western Ontario. He founded The Canadian-Muslim Vote in 2014, a group focused on bolstering Muslim civic engagement.
My mom and her family escaped Idi Amin’s Uganda and were welcomed in Canada as refugees in the late 1970s. While her journey was surely not without challenge, I dread to imagine the trials she would have had to contend with had she been a refugee today, and whether she would even have made it to Canada. Please join our efforts by spreading the word and making a donation with the aim of helping those less fortunate. The Quran 5:32 notes “…that whoever kills a soul, it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves one – it is as if he had saved mankind entirely.”
Michelle Brouhard is an oil trader at TrailStone Group. Prior to joining Trailstone, she traded oil and oil products as a Managing Director at PointState Capital and Deutsche Bank. Michelle is a member at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in NYC and is actively involved with Hope for New York. She is a graduate of Kansas State University.
In 1867 the British philosopher, John Stuart Mill, addressed the University of St. Andrews saying “Let not anyone pacify his conscience by the delusion that he can do no harm if he takes no part, and forms no opinion. Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing”. These words have lingered in my heart as I have watched the oppressed flee from war ridden countries for years and stood by. Today, I am taking action by partnering with World Vision. I had the opportunity to visit refugees from Iraq and Syria living in a Jordanian refugee camp. Hearing their stories, meeting the children, and being served the last cup of coffee from a family with very little has propelled me to be their advocate. There are almost 60 million people displaced: 1 in every 122 people is now a refugee, internally displaced or seeking asylum. They need a voice. Join me in being that voice to raise awareness and money to aid in the crisis. Share our website and our Facebook and Instagram pages with your friends.
Julie Gersten is a consultant who helps social justice organizations design curricula to build leadership and inspire action for justice. Julie has over 13 years of experience in the non-profit sector building social change movements, including nine years at two human rights grantmaking foundations—American Jewish World Service and the New Israel Fund. She holds a Certificate in Jewish Experiential Education from Yeshiva University, an MSc in Human Rights from the London School of Economics and a BA in Political Science from Vassar College. Her Masters dissertation examined the role of philanthropic foundations in advancing human rights.
Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “We are tied together in a single garment of destiny, caught in an inescapable network of mutuality. And whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.” As a tide of xenophobia spreads through our country and around the world, I believe that it is critical to work to create a welcoming environment for the tens of millions of people today in need of refuge. What most inspires me about the Interfaith Refugee Project is our commitment to standing together—as people of different faiths—to support people of all faiths and background who, because of instability across the globe, can’t go home or can’t safely stay in their homes. I hope that our efforts can inspire the mutuality that King describes; a vehicle for reaching across boundaries of difference to further our collective humanity.
Greg Sharenow is an executive vice president at PIMCO and a portfolio manager focusing on commodities and real assets. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2011, he was an energy trader and economist at Hess Energy Trading, Goldman Sachs, and DE Shaw. Greg is a graduate of Northwestern University and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
As a grandchild of refugees, I understand firsthand how the arc of history is shaped by the response of world to the plight of the least fortunate. While history is full of different refugee episodes, the xenophobic and nativist tilt to political discourse has made the cost of inaction today simply too high. Please join us in our efforts by spreading the word and making a donation. It is said in the Talmud, "whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world". Every bit of support counts.