To highlight Rahim's fundamental role in TEDxCalgary, we've borrowed from the TED lexicon and dubbed him our "Curator", a term of great respect. From many conversations with interested people, it was Rahim who ultimately took the final step toward securing an event licence and who continues to lead our overall efforts as an event team. Rahim also leads our all-important programming committee.
Rahim is a community organizer, educator, adventurer and self confessed bookworm. He is a teacher in the local board, where he currently works with both teachers and students. Before this sweet gig he had other unbelievably cool jobs where he taught science, physical education, robotics, astronomy, and math. He has extensive experience working in a number of different environments and educational levels, including a 2 year stint as a teacher close to the NWT in an isolated First Nations Community, shortly after he graduated for a second time from the University of Calgary.
He also graduated from the Leadership Calgary program, which he continues to be big fan of... good luck if you start start talking to him about that! In any spare moment, Rahim can often be found arguing with some poor soul about international issues in a coffee joint in town, or fixing his motorcycles (which is regrettably too often), and going on long range expeditions when they work. When he runs out of twisty roads on the west coast of Canada, he often relies on a sea kayak (if a fishing boat doesn't hire him) to get around to the places which are almost as close to his heart as the highlands of Tanzania where he grew up and emigrated from.
His favorite TED talk is Sal Khan's recent talk... he is blown away by what this guy has been able to do!