Asif Zamir was born in Guyana, South America in 1979, and moved to Willowdale Ontario with his family in the early 80s. Asif lived in Malton, Ontario (a town in Mississauga) for most of his life, moving around within the small town every couple of years.
Asif Zamir started working early in life – around age 6 to help support his family and earn money for school supplies and field trips (which he would frequently miss out on). Asif spent several years employed by established companies and several years self-employed before he was 15 years old.
At age 15, Asif Zamir dropped out of high school and started his own company — partially because he was feeling burnt out and limited working in factories, delivering flyers and doing construction, but mostly because he was dirt poor for the majority of his life, and wanted to take a chance at doing something more.
Business and consulting came very naturally to Asif. Many of his first clients were former bosses. Asif has worked on several wildly successful projects, and some spectacularly failed ones. Most of Asif’s business experience is focused on new, small businesses in the startup stage.
Sometimes Asif works with a company that he thinks is going to make it big, and he becomes an investor. This has both blessed Asif’s life, and cursed it at times. Asif Zamir has held stock and private equity in computer stores, camera stores, tech companies, software vendors and in several businesses that have gone public successfully, and several more that have gone out of business regrettably.
The biggest part of Asif’s life is church ministry so every time a project is successful and he makes a profit, he goes on a spending spree, sponsoring mission trips overseas which involves sending people and supplies to help dig fresh water wells, build or run an orphanage and other related projects. One example of Asif’s more unusual mission projects; in the late 90’s Asif participated in a mission project in Africa, buying slaves for the purpose of setting them free. The project ultimately failed because once the money was exchanged and the missionaries left the region, the former slave masters would re-capture the same people and make them slaves all over again, frustrating Asif, frustrating the missions team, and frustrating the slaves who had their hopes up. Nevertheless, several hundred former slaves were permanently set free and are thriving today. Asif Zamir will invest in almost anything that will improve someone’s quality of life and connect them to Jesus.
Asif was raised Muslim and became a Christian in 1997. That same year he started working (for free) in the church. Since 1997 Asif has held various leadership positions including running kids ministry, youth ministry, young adult ministry, food bank, outreach, church boards, church plants and more. Asif completed his high school equivalency and went onto college and is currently earning his Doctorate degree.
Asif Zamir is currently participating in a beta-stage project which involves having churchwomen going to the streets, and paying prostitutes to attend church services so that they can connect with God, people, and social workers who will help them get out of the industry permanently. The project has been mostly successful, but not without controversy. Asif Zamir has been threatened with death because of his various missions and outreach work.
Asif is a fan of Boxer Mike Tyson, Pastor Rob Bell, Pastor Mark Driscoll, and the TV shows “Walking Dead” and “Breaking Bad.” He currently lives and works in the Toronto area of Canada.