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MUSTAFA ALIO
Managing Director (temporary leave)
Mustafa is the co-founder and the Managing Director (on temporary leave) of Jumpstart Refugee Talent, the organization that led initial conversations in 2017 with Canadian employers to contribute to creating the first of its kind economic mobility pathway program in Canada (EMPP) among many other achievements. Mustafa Alio is on temporary leave from Jumpstart to purse advocacy at an international level where currently he is Managing Director of R-SEAT (Refugees Seeking Equal Access at the Table). R-SEAT is an international project that aims to increase refugee inclusion at global policymaking tables within 20 countries across the world, ensuring their equal voice in decisions that affect them. During the Global Refugee Forum in December 2019, Mustafa became the first-ever refugee advisor to a Canadian delegation to a meeting of the international refugee system. In 2021, he was awarded the Meritorious Service Decorations (Civil Division) from the Office of the Governor General in Canada. He worked closely with multiple government partners, international refugee networks, UNHCR, international civil society actors and other stakeholders to address gaps and improve programing that meet refugee needs internationally and more so within Canada. Mustafa has contributed a number of articles on refugees’ issues for board and international public audiences. Some of his articles can be read in the Independent, New York Times, Stanford Social Innovation Review, The Apolitical, and Forced Migration Review.