Kim Carter has owned and operated a vertically integrated company in the UK; was Founder/Director of publishing companies Carter & Carter Ltd. and Salt Kettle Publishing Ltd.; was Chairman/Director, Macquarie Capital Alliance International Limited; and Director, Macquarie MCG International Limited. Kim is an Independent Director of Macquarie Special Situations Fund Limited (MSSits) and three other related Macquarie entities. In addition to several other directorships, he is a founder of KATKiDS (www.katkids.com), and Co-Founder of TEDxBermuda. In 2007, Kim helped in the rescue and subsequent rehabilitation of 136 trafficked children in Nepal. The children were in appalling physical and mental condition while in the hands of traffickers, but after the rescue and many years of care, they are in good health, with many going on to higher education. All have finally been reunited with their families.
DIRECTOR, TECHNOLOGY AND LEGAL
Zabi Yaqeen is a media and technology lawyer, and a film producer in Toronto, Canada. In addition to acting for and against chartered banks, multinationals, and individual complainants and defendants in court, Zabi has helped filmmakers, technology start-ups, media enterprises, and internet companies with various aspects of their projects, with a focus on emerging media technology and adapting media distribution to the new ways in which audiences consume content. Zabi practiced commercial litigation and entertainment law at Julian Heller and Associates for 8 years before starting his own practice in 2014 and focusing on TAF. He has obtained degrees in both common law and civil law, and practices in English and French.
William Luu is a Chartered Accountant in Ontario and Bermuda, with significant experience on Canadian and Bermudian not-for-profit boards. He is currently Director and Treasurer for several not-for-profits organizations concerned with education, film, and social justice issues. William brings his years of experience implementing control frameworks, financial reporting, and business strategy to lead the financial front for The Abolish Foundation. He is an experienced insurance and banking specialist, with a background in publicly traded entities.
Kally Dimos is an award-winning business development professional with 25 years in consumer goods. A former Vice President (Business Development, North America) with A. Lassonde Inc, a leading manufacturer and marketer in Canadian food and beverages, Kally has recently established her own business development firm to consult and partner in new growth initiatives. With an MBA specializing in Food and Agribusiness Management, Kally is passionate about social impact. She plans to leverage her vast network and resources to positively affect the policy environment of ethically sourcing food and beverage ingredients.
Martin Sieg is a digital media producer with a background in web technology and communication studies. He has been working on web-based projects since the early ‘90s: a pro-democracy newsletter; digital content for educational institutions; an online, animated American Sign Language teaching tool for children; and a variety of web and mobile applications for entertainment and learning.
HEAD OF BUYFAIR DESIGN & RESEARCH
Haley Wrinkle consults companies and organizations on supply chain sustainability and human rights. She formerly co-directed the Free2Work project. Most recently, Haley worked at the International Labor Rights Forum, where she co-led a palm oil campaign that uncovered human trafficking on ethically certified plantations. Haley has worked on efforts for Not For Sale, Behind the Barcode, Conservation International, Rainforest Action Network, Direct Relief, UNI Global Union, and Skymore Ventures.
Gabriel Brown is a digital media professional and product development consultant based in San Francisco. He has spent the last six years leading user experience and development of web and mobile applications for non-profit organizations and social enterprise startups including Not For Sale, LuvTap, Humanity United, The Abolish Foundation, and The Samilia Foundation. He is passionate about the use of technology in addressing social justice issues, particularly in the areas of human trafficking and gender-based violence. He currently works for the international non-profit organization TechSoup as the Director of Web Production and is a member of the board for the Bay Area-based domestic violence agency CORA.
TEAM LEADER, INDIA
Sanyam Jain has worked as an Accounts Manager for over four years for a boutique investment and finance company and has over five years' worth of hands-on project management experience. He is the founder/partner of ‘Play Floyd’, a company that engages in the sale of boutique musical instruments, hosts/organizes concerts featuring international artists, and provides music management consultancy services.
Adam Craveiro is a multi-disciplinary filmmaker and educator from Toronto. He is an alumnus of both the University of Toronto and Ryerson University, and he was the recipient of both the Universal Studios Canada Scholarship in Filmmaking as well as the Norman Jewison Filmmaker Award during his time at Ryerson. He has also been a Producer and 1st Assistant Director on a number of short films and music videos. Apart from filmmaking, Adam has over seven years of experience as an ESL instructor.
Dr. Pravin Parmar
Pravin Madalia Parmar has more than 10 years of experience in various positions as Lecturer/Trainer, Software Developer, Techno-Functional Consultant, Project Manager, Director, and CEO, as well as in Management & Technology Consulting. As an IT consultant, Pravin works in partnership with his clients, advising them on the use of information technology to meet their business objectives or overcome problems. He works to improve the structure and efficiency of IT systems in various organizations.
Sujeesh has over three years of experience creating usable and engaging websites and user interfaces. He has previously worked as the Lead Designer and Front-End Developer for Toyota India and Lexus Finance India. His unique skill-set is composed of design strategy, user research, user interface design, and usability testing.
Karthik has worked as a Software Developer in various start-ups for over four years. He has a strong passion for coding and his forte lies in core development, Android development, back-end development, servers, and data mining. In his free time, Karthik likes to paint and solve puzzles.
ANDROID APPLICATION DEVELOPER
Sreedhar has more than three years of experience in Android Application Development. In the last two years, he has worked on four international Android application projects for various industries including travel, rental, and entertainment. He is a socially aware person and in his spare time, he participates in local blood donation, tree plantation, and food donation campaigns.
UMA SANKAR BUDDI
IOS APPLICATION DEVELOPER
Uma Sankar Buddi is an expert in developing iOS Applications using Xcode and Cocoa Touch and developing Android Applications using Android Studio and Ionic framework. Previously, he worked as Mobile Application Developer for Loginworks Softwares. He has developed a number of mobile iOS apps. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, playing cricket and chess, and learning about new technologies.
Michal Fetsum has experience in commercial and television production and has been working in client relations for the last two years. A graduate of Ryerson University's History program, Michal specialized in International Relations. While there, she worked with the International Issues Discussion Series, a forum which was created to discuss pressing issues in global affairs. Her passion for social impact, making a difference and starting conversations led her to joining the Abolish Foundation as the volunteer manager.
Following her work in the lifestyle television production and animation industries, Chelsea was the Online Producer for TotallyRandom.TV- an interactive website and webseries for kids. TR was nominated for a Kidscreen Award for best web/app series and was largely funded by the CMF Experimental Stream with Mountain Road Productions. Her experience as a media strategist and passion for new technologies led her to founding a mobile video communications platform where she was awarded a Youth SPARC Award through Invest Ottawa. Chelsea has enjoyed helping many clients develop successful web & mobile software projects as COO of Apexacore Software. She is a proud BFA graduate of the Ryerson Theatre School and Algonquin College’s TV Broadcasting program for which she received a full Millennium Scholarship from the Ontario Centres for Excellence & the Jon Cassar Bursary. She is passionate about driving change through effective communications and technology and is thrilled to be a part of The Abolish Foundation's Team.
SPONSORS & PARTNERS
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