22-25 AUGUST 2023



Fazela Haniff

Fazela HANIFF immigrated to Canada in 1974 from Guyana, lived in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for three years, then relocated to South Africa from 1994 to 2012 and returned to Canada in 2012. Her heading up the Urban Alliance on Race Relations, Toronto, in 1990 afforded Fazela the skills and insight to champion Diversity and Inclusion throughout her career when such issues were tabu.

This was evident in her successfully diversifying the management and leadership of L’Oréal South Africa in a climate of resistance.  Her solutions-oriented philosophy continued with her international work. Through a Diversity and Inclusion lens, Fazela is a global HR, OD, and HE internationalization strategist. She has worked with diverse teams in the public and private sectors with partners in over 30 countries.

Fazela completed her Human Resources Management studies at Toronto Metropolitan University, Higher Education Management from the University of the Witwatersrand, and Bachelor of Business Administration from Yorkville University. She is the first woman and Past President of the International Education Association of South Africa. In 2010 she received an award in recognition of “Exemplary Leadership as IEASA President.” She also received a leadership award for the establishment of Pedagogy Of Action (POA) in South Africa, University of Michigan, 2010 on the 10th anniversary of POA.

She has contributed widely to the internationalization dialogue, outlining the value of understanding international cultures and inclusion, and the effect of institutional racism.  She has also contributed to publications related to international higher education challenges and engagement with organizations such as WCIGC, POA, ACEI, BCCIE, IEASA, ANNIE, ACE, AIEA, EAIE APAIE, IIE, NIEA, and NAFSA.

Fazela currently lives in Canada and consults widely on Strategic Leadership through a Belonging lens. Is the current Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Human Resources Strategist Consultant in Higher Education at ACEI Global Consulting Group.

“To speak a true word is to change the world” – Paulo Freire