Shirin brings over 20 years of leadership experience in many not-for-profit agencies in Canada and internationally. She has a Masters’ degree in Public Policy Administration and Law from York University and a Post degree Diploma in Not-for-Profit Management from University of Western Ontario. Trained in Governance and Leadership from Kellogg Schulich School of Business, she has worked in world renowned agencies along with agencies serving many ethnic and diverse groups in Toronto.
Shirin is the CEO of GrantX Inc and is a member of board of Heritage Toronto. She was also Member of McMichael Women’s Council, was board member of Toronto Food Policy Council, Arab Community Centre of Toronto and served two terms as a national board of director for Aga Khan Education Services in India, where she played an active role in enhancing the primary education program funded by the European Union and World Bank.
Sahar is a Finance and Operations management executive with over a decade of experience in corporate finance, accounting, strategy planning and execution and managing large scale business transformation projects. She is known to be a passionate leader, building strategic partnerships and creating customer-centric solutions that create value for the businesses she works with.
Sahar holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business and her CPA designation with CPA Ontario. She is also a guest lecturer at the Schulich School of Business and has taught Finance courses at McMaster University.
Sahar has a strong passion for helping those in need and a passion for the arts. She has previously served on the board for a few not-for-profit organizations in the areas of education and poverty/hunger.
Milad is a media producer/creative director with an extensive background in motion design, animation, video production and multimedia marketing. He has worked in multiple creative agencies and has experience in developing promotional campaigns, producing engaging and entertaining content for television, commercial advertising and corporate branding for clients in the US, UK, UAE and Canada.
Milad has a master’s degree in Media Production (MA) from Ryerson University and a bachelor’s degree (BFA) in Integrated Media from OCAD University. He has been a graduate teaching assistant at Ryerson University assisting and providing teaching support in various courses, such as concepts in media studies, international media storytelling, digital media theory/practice and sports media.
Milad is the founder and creative director of OrangeFly Studio, a boutique creative media production and design studio based in Toronto, Ontario, specializing in motion graphics design, hybrid animation and video production services.
Nkoyooyo Kezaala Brian
Head of Live stream events coordination, Video editor and Tech support Department.
Brian is a creative mind behind designing event graphics and videos and operation of the live streams for Artists and Artisans Development Network. With a background in Art, Music and video production.
He is also a singer-songwriter and has composed a number of songs for human rights campaigns and entertainment.
Nermine Zohdy is a seasoned professional with extensive experience in non-profit and development. She has a Bachelors Degree in international relations and economics, and a master’s degree in professional development.
Her skill with donors, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and multi-stakeholders was honed during her time with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Save-The-Children, the Arab Community Centre of Toronto and NGOs overseas.
Manaal Hussain is a higher education professional based in Toronto with extensive experience in program development, management and evaluation. She completed both her Bachelors and Masters of education from University of Toronto, where she is currently employed.
She values collaboration and strategic partnerships to create synergies. She is an advocate of creating inclusive spaces that are mindful of issues related to equity and access, and aims to challenge stereotypes and norms. She looks at the intersectionality of power, identify and privilege and how that impacts and informs the experiences of those in the minority.
Maricarmen Tay Lee Sanchez
Born in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Currently residing in Toronto, ON. I am a Latina content creator for digital platforms with a background in communications, digital marketing, and media production. I am currently working on my thesis project. A digital documentary about female newcomers in Saskatchewan. The entire film was shot with an iPhone and will be released only on social media. The digital film is a combination of live-action and 2D animation. My passions include photography, film, and digital media. I enjoy not only the creative traits of my career but also the technological aspects. I am highly interested in social media, current consumption trends, virality, and global audiences.
“Famously known as the “Blue Painter of Inda,” Sharad Bhardwaj was born and raised in Udaipur Rajasthan, India. He holds a bachelors degree from Rajasthan School of Art and a Masters from Karantaka Chitrakala Parishad in Bangalore.
He utilizes the colour blue and various textures in all of his work. In his words, the colour blue is a symbol of peace, love and beauty. He has participated and organized several exhibitions both locally and internationally. Sharad’s name has been nominated for the “Limca Book of Records” in the year 2008 and 2015. In addition to being featured in a wide array of magazines, TV shows, and interviews, his paintings are also showcased in various museums and pricate collections. His most famous pieces of art are The Blue Elephant, Blue Eagle, and Blue Jesus.”
Zatoon is retired senior artist who was employed by the North York Board of Education, as a first teacher in special education and later as a teacher of gifted children. She also served as an adjunct professor at York University’s Faculty of Education for 8 years where she supervised the teacher interns in math and science education. In 1991, she was seconded to York University as a full time associate professor in math education. At McGill University for four years, she taught summer courses in gifted education to graduate students and teachers from all provinces in Canada.
Zatoon was always a strong advocate for women’s issues such as, equity in the workforce, elimination of math anxiety in females, and empowering women to enter the science, mathematics and engineering fields
Jayshree Mina Daya
Jayshree is a Scarborough artist who migrated to Canada in the mid nineties, has nurtured a lifelong love of creative expression through painting and design. Born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, her art incorporates imagery of the nature and wildlife that she grew up surrounded by. Her love of beauty combines with her formal training in a Fine Art College in Mumbai, India, to create work that is fuelled by passion and steadied by technique. She has been painting for more than 30 years. Her creative style is constantly evolving as she enjoys experimenting and painting freely but finds herself inexorably returning to the medium of acrylic and watercolour painting. She has worked as an art teacher in a Montessori School in Pickering, Ontario. She is passionate about art education and believes strongly in teaching both children and adults the skills that can enable them to draw and paint realistically. Her artistic pursuits have branched into fashion design, children’s art and crafts, and embroidery and batiks. Mina’s background and diverse experience have blended seamlessly on programs facilitating countless art projects. She has also created many commissioned works of art. She continues to learn and collaborate with other artists.
Gloria Gift Nankunda
Gloria Gift Nankunda is a professional, passionate, hardworking, multifaceted individual of many talents. She is a skilled voiceover artist, a host / MC, actress, an independent producer and the sole proprietor of Gisha Productions Inc. —a platform aiming to engage creatives in the production of award-winning artistic projects in television, the film, theatre, PR and management of various events—. Above all this, she has dedicated her life to the artistry of singing, to become a very accomplished and successful Afro-Folk-Soul musician.
Jennifer Xu is an Experience Creator and Music Industry Aficionado. She has a BA degree in Arts Management and Music & Culture from the University of Toronto.
She creates once in a lifetime experiences for her audience, and has done this through leading diverse teams and overseeing numerous programming at multidisciplinary arts festivals such as ARTSIDEOUT; through creating equitable and inclusive platforms of expression while leading student associations and university departmental programming; through planning, marketing, and coordinating concerts, talks, and festivals for various renowned Toronto music organizations such as Soundstreams, Wavelength Music, Indie Week and Canadian Music Week.
Jennifer will be attending the Events and Experience Management masters program at Goldsmiths University in fall