Nesrin Shaheen is a director and founding president of the Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis Foundation in Canada. Her daughter was the first positively identified case in Canada in January 2008. Since then, her daughter has had four relapses and continues to battle her way to recovery while serving as caregiver/patient advocate on the Foundation. Nesrin holds an Honours B.A. in German Literature and Language from McGill University, and a certificate in Publishing Studies from The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland. She recently retired from Global Affairs Canada, where she had been employed since 1991, with postings to New Delhi, Damascus, and Paris. She is fluent in English, French, and German.