Aslam Bulbulia

community builder in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Aslam Bulbulia

community builder in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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I am a new settler on Coast Salish territories from South Africa, with Indian heritage. I have an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Philosophy and I'm always trying to raise the bar set by my parents and be a good role model for my brothers.

During my postgraduate studies, I explored the planning of cities, Islamic law and spirituality, user-centred design and decoloniality.

My wide variety of projects and experiences include a Mosque tour of Johannesburg, travelling and teaching English around the world, performing stand-up comedy, co-producing a Palestinian-solidarity album, working for a large multi-national corporation and various research positions within different spheres of government.

In 2015 I founded AwethuArt, a community building platform that nurtures young artists. In 2016 I co-founded Muslim Urbanists Joburg.

I'm currently occupied with trying to understand how to bridge gaps between communities and decision-makers, in order to strengthen democracy and improve social cohesion. I am enrolled in the SFU Certificate in Dialogue and Civic Engagement, and a member of CityHive's Civic Engagement 30 Network. I am grateful to be leading the Community Engagement Initiatives at the SFU Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Cultures and Civilisations.

Get in touch with me to chat over a cup of coffee, collaborate on a project or have a breakdancing session.

2012 Common Purpose Student Alumnus

2016 ASRI Future Leaders Fellow

2018 RADIUS Fellow

  • Education
    • University of the Witwatersrand