Aziza Mohammed was born and raised in Toronto. She is the Director of Canada’s premier forum on arts and public policy, Salon West. Before becoming a cultural curator, she served as a political staffer at Queen’s Park, as well as across the province. She specialized in international security and human security studies while completing the Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy program at the Fletcher School in Medford, Massachusetts. This took her to the disaster areas of India working with UNICEF’s Emergency Unit. She studied column and opinion writing at the Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge, Massachusetts . Her op-eds have focused on foreign affairs and have appeared both Canada and the United States publications. Ms. Mohammed is also an award-winning sculpture artist whose work, “Soaring into Peace” was included in a private exhibition for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh, and former Prime Minister Stephen Harper. She studied ballet as part of figure skating training and maintains a great love of dance.