Omayra A. Issa

Cultural Developer

Omayra A. Issa

Omayra A. Issa
Cultural Developer

Omayra Issa was born in Morocco, grew up in Niger, and has been living in Canada since 2001. With her belief in the power of stories, she oscillates between the worlds of politics as a community organizer, and literature as a writer and fiction editor.

She has recently developed a comprehensive communication strategy for a conglomerate of francophone urban infrastructures in the city of Saskatoon. In 2009 she conducted a CIDA funded research on microfinance and governance as part of the Students for Development program.

She served as the first elected black woman and Board of Governors under 30 on the official organization representing francophones in Alberta, the Association canadienne-française de l’Alberta. Currently, she serves on the board of La Troupe du Jour, Saskatchewan’s only French theater company. She is also a researcher with a Paris based research group on development in Niger.

Omayra is a frequently invited speaker at regional, provincial, and national conferences on topics ranging from community building, economic development, and African literature. She is a political news commentator on TV and Radio on CBC/Radio-Canada. She studied Economics and Literature at the University of Alberta. She is fluent in five languages.