CHAIRS

 
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Antony Permesurdin

Co-chair

Antony is the type of guy who is always willing to give a helping hand. His passions vary from travel, photography, event planning, social media and sports.. Having been to over 15 countries and counting, he knows that experiences are what makes life worth living and takes an easy going approach to his daily responsibilities. He loves documentaries and even though he deals with the heartbreak every year - he cheers for the Toronto Raptors.

His favourite TED Talk is Robert Waldinger’s “What makes a good life, Lessons from the longest study on Happiness”

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Judy Lin

 

CO-CHAir

Judy is obsessed with turning concepts into reality, through the intersection of grounding insights, cultural trends, and a bit of creative fire. Which is why she spends her days building brands with a balance of  data-driven facts and blue-sky ideas. Judy’s experience in creating clear, compelling stories has lead her from community management to retail and now the consumer packaged goods industry. As a native Torontonian, she’s a pretty good snowboarder, a mediocre Instagram travel photographer, and an expert at finding a good food in the city.

Her favourite TED Talk is Brené Brown's “The Power of Vulnerability”.

 

SPONSORSHIP TEAM

 

Donald Mak

Sponsorship lead

Donald is a huge fan of meeting new people, travelling to new places, and trying new foods and activities. He is passionate about social change, volleyball, and tennis. As a management consultant, Donald is interested in bridging the gap between business and information technology.

His favourite TED Talk is Brené Brown's “The Power of Vulnerability”.

 
 

Siddharth Benjamin

Sponsorship COORDINATOR

If unreachable, 99% of the time Siddharth will be found in the middle of a match on a tennis court somewhere. Passionate about tennis and people management, he’s been around the world attending tennis tournaments, and helping start-ups find their feet. An all-around nerd, he’s comfortable talking about everything from anime to advertising. Siddharth’s experience in managing sales teams has lead from retail to security to finance and now he’s in the proAV industry, while managing his newly founded marketing company.

Favourite talk: Dan Pink’s – The puzzle of motivation

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Gianluca Privitera

Sponsorship COORDINATOR

Hard work, passion, and a commitment to learning.  These are the three things Gianluca values most, and brings those qualities with him everywhere he goes.  He is a finance and investment enthusiast, and during the week he is glued to his trading platform. His hobbies include listening to music, reading non-fiction, and watching sports.

His favourite TED Talk is Ray Dalio’s “How to build a company where the best ideas win”.

 
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Lucy Zhang

Sponsorship coordinator

Once upon a time, there lives a girl named Lucy. Lucy loves stories and how they can transport her to different times and places as well as understand the perspectives of many people. She applies these perspectives in her every day life whether it be at her job at a Digital Factory, with her friends and family, or even on the volleyball court. She believes that everyone has a story worth telling and is always eager to listen.

Her favourite TED Talk is  Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s "The danger of a single story"

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Anna Lee

 

Sponsorship coordinator

Anna is a seasoned Marketer and Toronto native. She considers herself an unofficial ambassador of the city whether at home or abroad. Her passion for the future of Toronto is grounded in pride for our diverse culture and strong sense of community - both local and international. She’s excited to contribute to shine a bright light on what makes Toronto a global hub of inspiration and ideas.

She is also a self-confessed crazy dog lady and owns a retail business named after her late dog, Louie.

Her favourite TED Talk is Steve Jobs’ “How to live before you die”.

 

SPEAKERS TEAM

 
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Meredith Holbrook

SPEAKER COORDINATOR

Meredith is a Toronto born photojournalist who has primarily spent her time abroad. Her curiosity stems from people and their families, way of life, and upbringing in cultures foreign from her own. Her focus is in humanitarian aid and NGOs, with work found in National Geographic, CNN, and The Jerusalem Post amongst more.

Through photojournalism she’s been involved in many speaking events ranging from The Tel Aviv Rotary Club to Ryerson University School of Journalism.

Her favourite TED Talk is Malcolm Gladwell’s “David and Goliath”.

Alicia Raimundo

SPEAKER COORDINATOR

Alicia is a passionate speaker with over 600 speeches under her belt: including TEDx, The UN headquarters, and One Young World. She has a book taught in grade 8 classes around the world and advises on many local, provincial and federal mental health projects. Obama once crashed one of her speaking engagements and she accidentally ended up in a vanity fair photoshoot with cher.

My favourite TEDx is probably Mental Health Superheroes (other than it being mine, it introduced me to one of my best friends).

 
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Helena Morgane

SPEAKER COORDINATOR

Helena is fascinated by the unique ways creatives and entrepreneurs use their voice to leave their mark on the world.

She is a multidisciplinary artist (and Scorpio) whose current goal is to live more than five years straight in the same country.

She is committed to diversity and uplifting multicultural stories, one project at a time!

Her favourite TED Talk is Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s “The danger of a single story”.

Kinza Ahmed

SPEAKER COORDINATOR

Kinza is an events and travelling enthusiast with a passion for social change. She has worked on events ranging from the Dubai International Film Festival and EY’s World Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards, to the United Nations Association in Canada Toronto Human Rights Panel. She is a tea lover, a Potterhead, obsessed with the Pittsburgh Penguins and enjoys hanging out at shisha lounges. 

Her favourite TEDx talk is Brandon Stanton’s “The Good Story.”

 
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Gordon Li

 

Speaker Coordinator

Gordon is passionate about going to events and listening to people from different background speak about their experience & story. At work Gordon focuses on solving business problems for the company in order to drive financial benefits. Outside of work, Gordon enjoys playing basketball and watching TV shows.

His favourite TED talk is Tim Urban's "Inside the mind of a master procrastinator".

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Cassandra Piroutz

Speaker COORDINATOR

Cassandra is an administrative whiz and event planner, and enjoys collaborating with creative people to make extraordinary things happen. She's a big fan of podcasts, bicycle adventures, and volunteering for festivals.

Her favourite TED Talk is Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity? 

 
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Jeff Wang

Speaker coordinator

At work, Jeff is an investment professional who is obsessed with spreadsheets, presentations, and coffee. Personally, Jeff is extremely passionate about youth development and education, and he has dedicated a significant amount of his time outside of work participating in various Board and Committee roles for education institutions and non-profit organizations. In his free time, Jeff enjoys playing basketball, golf, and Call of Duty.

Jeff's favorite TED talk is Hugh Herr’s “New bionics let us run, climb and dance”

 
 

DESIGN TEAM

 
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Lea Gucciardi

 

Graphic Designer

Lea is inspired by the discoveries made at the intersection of design and technology which make the world a better place. Lea is a chronic multitasker and can never sit still. She spends her daylight hours as a designer at a tier 1 digital agency in Toronto, her evenings working on her side-hustles. Any minute she has in between is dedicated to listening to movie scores or being poolside coaching competitive synchronized/artistic swimming.

Her favourite TED talk is  Kelly McGonigal’s “How to make stress your friend”

Chauncey Ha

Design TEAM Advisor

Chauncey is a nerd and social butterfly. During the day he works as a graphic designer and marketing coordinator. At night he's either playing video games or at a social event. When he has time he's planning a vacation or taking pictures on his mobile.

His favourite TED talk is Simon Sinek’s “How Great Leaders Inspire Action.”

 

SOCIAL MEDIA TEAM

 
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Megan Rach

Social Media Coordinator

Megan has a deep passion for storytelling. After graduating from Humber College Journalism, Megan has gone on to participate in TV Script Writing, Comedy Sketch Writing and podcasting. Between digital marketing gigs and her day job, Megan loves to read, cross stitch and win at trivia nights about The Office.

Her favourite TED Talk is Laura Vanderkam's “How to Gain Control of Your Free Time”.

 
 

YOUTH AMBASSADOR COORDINATOR

 

Song Kim

YA COORDINATOR

Not-so-meek teacher by day and avid napper by night, Song is interested in what makes the world and its inhabitants tick. She is also concerned with serious philosophical questions, such as whether or not it is acceptable to walk a cat. Most often seen at a 500-level seat at Blue Jays games, she has predicted a World Series win for the franchise every year since 1994.

 

 
 

ADVISORS

 
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Sabeen Saeed

Advisor

Sabeen is an avid reader, passionate about learning, travel and food (who isn’t?!). She can be found wandering the streets of Toronto in search of the perfect French macaron. By day, she is part of Toronto’s fast-paced financial industry. She also enjoys discovering new restaurants and checking out local events.

Her favourite TED Talk is Brené Brown’s “The Power of Vulnerability”.

Kelvin Lui

advisor

Kelvin often thinks about how technology and better data can enable organizations with a social mission and further amplify their voices. The majority of his time is spent on creating PowerPoint decks, excel models and sleep.

His favourite TED Talk is “How Simple Ideas Lead to Scientific Discoveries” by Adam Savage.

Emily Shi

advisor

Learning and trying out new experiences excites Emily. She has an obsession with self-help books as she is curious about human behaviour and how the human mind works. Always trying to know what is going on in the world, she uses her vacation days wisely to see as many places as possible with her family and friends.

Her favourite TED Talk is Matt Cutts’ “Try Something New for 30 Days”.

 
 

EVENT & LOGISTICS

 
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Samantha David

event logistics Coordinator

Samantha is the type of person who loves to stay active while maintaining work-life balance. Working in the higher education sector, she is also currently studying for her professional designation. To balance all this work, you'll find Samantha planning a weekend getaway, enjoying a good podcast, or finding a new restaurant in the city with her friends. 
 

Her favorite TED Talk is Emilie Wapnick - Why some of us don't have one true calling.

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Tina Wu

Event Logistics Coordinator

Tina is passionate about the intersection of possibility and tangibility and is always keeping her eyes open for opportunities to make things happen. She carries an equal appreciation for both art and data and is currently trying to learn more about data visualization and user experience design. You will probably find Tina browsing around Toronto's book stores or trying to paint a recreation of a classic.

Her favourite TED Talk is Susan Cain's "The Power of Introverts".

 

WEB TEAM

 
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Kourosh Dehghani

Web developer

Kourosh is a graduate student of User Experience Design at the University of Toronto and deeply passionate about creating meaningful experiences using human-centred design principles. He enjoys using his  skills as a critical thinker and problem solver to understand users and create the best digital products and services. Aside from design, he’s passionate about making music, collecting old vinyl records and sharing them with people via radio shows and dance events as a DJ

My favourite TEDx Talk is Dada Gunamuktananda's "Consciousness - the final frontier".