Khaled Al-Qazzaz is an Education Consultant at Cloudypedia Canada, bringing education technology to academic institutions. He is also the Co-founder and President of QED (The Al-Qazzaz Foundation for Education and Development). Khaled has a Masters of Applied Sciences in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto, Canada, a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the American University in Cairo, Egypt and is pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Educational Administration at Walden University, USA.
At the University of Toronto, Khaled helped start The Orphan Sponsorship Program, The Students for World Justice Committee and organized interfaith events in collaboration with the Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office. Bringing together Muslim, Jewish and Christian student groups on campus, Khaled coordinated interfaith sandwich runs for Toronto’s homeless. In 2005, Khaled moved to Egypt and established an international school, fulfilling his vision of positive social change through education.
During the Arab Spring, Khaled joined thousands of youth marching in Tahrir Square, dreaming of freedom and democracy. In 2012, he was appointed as the Foreign Relations Secretary of the Egyptian Presidential Office. During his year of service, Khaled established committees for human rights and women’s empowerment. In 2013, with the rising political turmoil in Egypt, Khaled was forcibly detained for 19 months without charge, and there began a long and difficult personal struggle, including solitary confinement, inhumane treatment and painful separation from family. Khaled and his family also suffered an additional 18 months of travel ban and limitations on movement and business. After an unprecedentedly successful international advocacy campaign, lead by his wife, Sarah Attia, and drawing the involvement of thousands of Canadians, human rights organizations and the Canadian government, Khaled returned to Canada with his family in August of 2016. Two months later, Khaled and his wife founded QED as a way to pay forward the tremendous support they experienced during their ordeal.