Hanif Virani is the STEP International Liaison Manager at The Institute of Ismaili Studies. In this role he is responsible for the continuing professional development and career growth of STEP teachers in the field. Hanif has a BA in English Literature from the University of British Columbia and holds a secondary teacher qualification.
He attended the IIS Waezeen and Teachers Educators Programme from 1980 – 1983 where he received a graduate level qualification in Islamic Studies as well as an MA in Educational Planning and Development in Developing Countries from the Institute of Education, University of London, specialising in curriculum development. He also holds an advanced degree from Harvard University in Administration, Planning and Social Policy in Education.
His three decade long career in Education has encompassed both religious and secular education. He worked for ITREB Canada as a Religious Education Coordinator for the first decade of his career. He served the Aga Khan Foundation in East Africa as the East Africa Region Coordinator for the Madrasa Preschool Programme from 1995 to 2000. This program garnered international attention for pioneering culturally contexutualised, sustainable preschool education solutions for low income Swahili populations of East Africa. Hanif served as the Institution Development Specialist for the Institute of Professional Development in Tajikistan from 2003 to 2005. In 2011, Hanif was the Senior Education Officer with the Continuing Education Centre of the Om Habibeh Foundation in Aswan, Egypt. He has also served as CEO for the Aga Khan Education Services, Pakistan.