Naheed is an entrepreneur and strategic management consultant, with a focus on economic strategies and interventions for inclusive economic development. Naheed Hassan has previously also worked as the founding project lead for a program, on behalf of the Government of Canada, to enable e-readiness for small and medium-sized businesses. She has also worked for the Aga Khan Foundation and started her career at Procter & Gamble. She has previously served on the Board of Directors at the American International School of Johannesburg. Naheed Hassan holds an MBA degree as well as a Masters in Public Administration and International Development from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Rizwan is the Managing Partner Innovonomics Inc – an international development focused strategic advisory firm that works on strategies, policies, and skills required to accelerate the move towards a global innovation economy. The impetus for Innovonomics came out of his work as a Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where his work focused on technology and innovation in emerging markets. Previously, as Microsoft’s Regional Director for Africa, Rizwan led strategic initiatives relating to all aspects of technology strategy, innovation, entrepreneurship, and policy, across the 48 Sub-Saharan governments. Prior to that, Rizwan was the Regional Education Lead for the Middle East and Africa region leading the academic programs, business and engagements across 79 countries in the region. Before joining Microsoft, Rizwan set up and successfully managed his own middleware technology start-up in the Silicon Valley for five years. Rizwan serves as a member of the Board of Directors at the Center for Social Innovation. Rizwan holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the Harvard Kennedy School and a Master of Business Administration degree (in Economics and Econometrics) from Chicago Booth at the University of Chicago, where he has also completed the coursework for his PhD in Quantitative Marketing and Econometrics. He also has a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Electrical Engineering.
Sabrina has spent the past decade working in the not for profit sector on the environment, politics, and international health. She trained with organizer Marshall Ganz at Harvard in his Leadership, Organizing and Change course, and has facilitated several sessions training organizers working on a variety of progressive issues. Sabrina co-organized the 2014 Canroots East conference in Toronto, bringing over 150 people together to learn about different approaches to organizing, and is co-organizing Canroots East 2016. She volunteers at a do it yourself bike shop and loves teaching people how to fix a flat tire. Sabrina works at the non-partisan environmental advocacy and capacity building. Sabrina graduated from Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo and has spent over a decade working in the not-for-profit sector on the environment, politics, and international health in Ottawa, San Francisco, and Toronto. She started with GreenPAC, is a non-partisan organization building capacity for environmental sustainability, in the fall of 2015 and was named Executive Director in December 2016. Sabrina volunteers at a do-it-yourself bike shop and has sat on several boards. In her spare time, she enjoys swing dancing, getting around by bike, and hiking and swimming at the family cottage near Algonquin Park.
Based in Ottawa, ON, serving organizations in Ottawa and across Canada Over a 25-year career, Michelle has gained valuable organizational perspective as a manager, employee, and volunteer. Her early career began in the health sector where she worked as a medical technologist for a regional hospital and the Canadian Red Cross. Since then Michelle has held leadership positions in the private sector, federal public service, as well as, the non-profit sector. Michelle's areas of expertise include collective impact, strategic and operational planning, stakeholder consultations (including dialogue circles), mediation, organizational development and performance measurement.
Ben started organizing in 2006 after doing a project on climate change in school and feeling shocked by the magnitude of the problem. Ben enrolled in Marshall Ganz's class People, Power, and Change in his fourth year, while simultaneously obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Social Anthropology. He then brought back his knowledge of organizing to train organizers in the queer, climate, and progressive movements in Toronto and Etobicoke. He is a bit of a dog person.
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