Riaz Rhemtulla is the STEP Liaison Manager in the Department of Community Relations at the IIS. In this role, Riaz is responsible for working with the ITREB Academic Directors and ITREBs globally to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and expertise across ITREBs to ensure the effective implementation of the IIS Secondary Curriculum and the successful implementation of STEP in the field according to the best academic, educational and professional standards. He is also a professional classical Indian Kathak dancer in the Lucknow gharana style whose journey of training and performance under the tutelage of Padmashri Pratap Pawar have continued over the past two decades.
With a diverse background in drama/theatre, genetics and social work, Riaz joined the IIS as an Education Officer in 2000 to manage the teacher education programmes for the Ta‘lim primary education curriculum. Prior to joining the IIS, he worked for the Toronto District School Board in Canada for several years as a teacher and a teacher-educator at ECD, primary and secondary levels. He is currently pursuing a Doctoral programme in Art- Education at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver on the role of the performing arts and specifically Kathak dance in Islamic-based religious education.