Ashraf Ghanem holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of New Brunswick. Currently, he is employed as Director of Immigration, Settlement and Multiculturalism Branch with the Population Growth Division, for the government of New Brunswick. In February 2005, he was appointed to the Cross Cultural Roundtable on Security, which was created to engage in a long-term dialogue on matters related to national security as they impact a diverse and pluralistic society.
Mr. Ghanem currently serves on the board of directors for the Canadian Race Relations Foundation. Over the past 30 years, Mr. Ghanem has been extremely involved in immigration, settlement and multiculturalism issues at the community level and at all three levels of government as well as internationally. Mr. Ghanem is the past President of the New Brunswick Multicultural Council Inc., a provincial umbrella organization for multicultural associations from across New Brunswick.He is the past Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Multiculturalism.
Mr. Ghanem is a passionate advocate for public education on diversity and race relations issues, and has worked with various agencies to create public awareness on issues relating to anti-racism and human rights. In April 2005 he was awarded the Thérèse Casgrain National Volunteer Award, which annually recognizes one man and one woman who have contributed significantly to the advancement of a social cause and to the well-being of their fellow citizens.