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Nahed AlShawa is a writer, business consultant, publisher, speaker and team builder who is passionate about making an impact in society by helping others, organizing cultural events and promoting humanitarian values.

Nahed earned an MBA from the University of Liverpool, and a BSc in Computer Science and Mathematics from Richmond University, London. To satisfy her love for art and colour, she also earned a diploma in arts from Richmond University in 1990. Nahed also attended several banking courses at Citibank when she held the product manager position there from 1990 to 1994. 

Nahed has over 12 years of experience as a business consultant. At present, she is a voluntary business mentor at YES Montreal. Primarily, Nahed is a writer who specialises in children’s literature. She founded Noon Books Publishing House, whose mission is to publish children’s books that aim to build the mindset of a global citizen. She has attended many training workshops in children’s literature including with UNICEF. 

Nahed has written over 100 books in the field of children’s literature. Many of her books promote social justice, freedom of expression and environmentalism. A number of her publications are used by childhood programmes at the United Nations, and some of her books have been accredited in the Arabic language curriculum at both the Université du Québec à Montréal and the Université de Montréal. 

Moreover, some of Nahed’s titles have been recognised at important Arab forums and received prizes such as the Communications Award and the Arab Thought Foundation Award. Her book A Dream or Two won the 2018 Sharjah Children’s Best Book Award. Nahed is currently working to translate a collection of her books into English, French, Turkish and Malay.

Nahed founded the Arab-Canadian Cultural Centre in Montreal in 2015, which aims to build cultural and humanitarian bridges between Arab Canadians and other communities. Under her leadership, several cultural forums were held for students at universities in Montreal. When speaking, Nahed often focuses on supporting the role of women in the local and global economy, encouraging reading and promoting the concepts of global citizenship.