Shirin Mandani is the CEO of GrantX Inc and is a member of board of Heritage Toronto. She brings over 20 years of leadership experience in many not-for-profit agencies in Canada and internationally. 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.
Khalid Sayed is the co-founder and Director of Jamun Media, a Mississauga-based integrated media company that specializes in TV production, commercials, promos and music videos for clients such as RBC, Toyota, Dempsters, and Nissan, to name a few. Khalid has produced several TV shows like Apna Punjab, Hooray Bollywood, Spotlight and One Man’s Story. He is also a consultant with Ethnic Channels Groups for their South Asian programming strategy and marketing. Khalid has been an integral part of the execution of tourism-friendly festivals in Toronto and Mississauga such as Taste of India Food Festival, Mahostsav, and MISAFF.
Shruti Ganapathy is a marketing and social media aficionado, passionate author and digital storyteller who loves to explore and share stories about her community in Canada. She has worked as a Media Consultant to help market and promote a number of organizations and events across the GTA including the PFLAG Mississauga Chapter, Markham Arts Council Annual Fundraising Gala, TD Festival of South Asia, Annual ANOKHI Awards, and Dance Diaries among others. Shruti has valuable experience working in key roles, writing grants and raising funds for not-for-profit and charitable organizations.
Zainab Yusufzai Siddiqui is a documentary film-maker who has tackled a range of social issues such as climate change, women’s empowerment, and AIDS awareness, through her films. An award-winning radio professional, Zainab’s endeavors have been supported by the United Nations. The first Executive Director of Canin Cultural Council, when not making films, Zainab can be found with her canvas and paintbrushes. She is an ardent advocate of all causes related to arts and culture and has supported many emerging artists from all artistic backgrounds.