Shirin has over 20 years of leadership experience in the Canadian and international non-profit sectors. She holds a master’s degree in public policy, administration and law from York University as well as a master’s degree in educational leadership from Mumbai University. She also holds a post-graduate diploma in non-for-profit management from the University of Western Ontario.
Shirin in the CEO of GrantX Inc 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
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
Sahar is an experienced finance professional with 10 years of experience in the banking, not-for-profit and public sector. Her specialization includes executing on business cases to support investment decisions, M&A and divestitures, strategy and operations.
Sahar holds a MBA from the Schulich School of Business and is in the process of attaining her CPA designation in March 2018. She is also a guest lecturer for BBA and IMBA classes at the Schulich School of Business.
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.
Soheila Tavallaei was born and raised in Shiraz, Iran. She started learning Persian painting, miniatures, at the age of 15. She is deeply committed about the psychological situation of modern men and women, which led her to study homeopathy, as an art of healing. Knowledge of homeopathy, made her art elevated to the next level.
Her artistic and cultural exchange between Iran and Canada provides her an important role in her inspiration to portray the suffering of the human kind; fear, loneliness, darkness, anger and love.
Soheila has exhibited her work in group and solo exhibitions at many occasions in the United States, Iran and Canada and has won many awards.
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.
Chetna Desai was born and raised in India but has since lived in Africa, England, Cayman Island and Canada. She is Founder & CEO of Shabd Prarthna a literature and language focussed organization.
Chetna has worked in the education sector for nearly 20 years in various positions such as international language teacher, administrator, and mentor coach. She enjoys focusing on youth development and succeeds in her role in guiding youth to a path that shapes them to be the best versions of them.
She has assisted many new migrating students in overcoming challenging transitions and social issues and has received an Award of Distinction for outstanding contribution to school and the school community.