Theresa is an American professional interested in development economics, what it means to be human, and the endless list of troubles in this world that need improving. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan, a former Amnesty International intern and a social entrepreneur. She deeply identifies with the statement, “Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.”
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Namita is of Indian origin, born in Australia and has lived and worked in the Philippines, East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), India, Algeria and The Netherlands. She is a Graduate of the Erasmus University and has worked for several years in the healthcare sector, industrial trade organization and presently holds a post at a Triple A bank in The Hague. Her current professional interest is directed towards sustainable improvement of destitute women in India. She deeply believes that ‘small changes can make large impact’ and by giving the destitute women an opportunity she can contribute to the improvement of living conditions of not only these women but also their children. She aims to achieve results by forming a bridge between the Western world with resources and possibilities and the Eastern world with capabilities and opportunities.
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Jorel is an American technology professional and social entrepreneur. He lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems and Certificate in Nonprofit Board Leadership from Grand Valley State University. In addition to his involvement with Work+Shelter, Jorel also serves as a Director for Abounding in Love, a Grand Rapids-based nonprofit which provides disaster relief and medical care to impoverished children in the Philippines. He previously served as Secretary for the National Organization for Women greater Grand Rapids chapter (NOWGR). He strongly believes that individuals can and should make a difference in alleviating poverty and suffering throughout the world.
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Anjali Bhatnagar is a graduate from Indian Institute of Crafts and Design, Jaipur, with specialisation in soft material application. She has worked with organisations like Aga Khan Foundation; Asian Heritage Foundation; All India Artisans and Craftworkers Welfare Association and has been focussing on forward as well as backward linkages for artisan communities. Anjali has been a catalyst in bridging the gap between artisans and main stream markets. Has facilitated successful partnerships with buyers like Ten Thousand Villages, Global Exchange, West Elm etc. to name a few. Her design background combined with extensive exposure to the crafts sector helps her in understanding the buyer requirements and translating them to beautifully designed handicrafts that fit well into the urban mainstream markets.
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Kavita Bekal is an Indian social worker. She is a graduate of Delhi University and works with diverse populations of individuals in need, with an emphasis on women’s issues.
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From finance to education to movies to social work, Savita has been instrumental in facilitating success through the strength of shared vision and goals. A communications and PR expert, she has played a pivotal role in establishing one of the most respected brand in the Indian education sector. Savita believes in the power of the human will, and our inherent zeal to make the world a better place. She is thankful for the opportunities she has been afforded in her life, and wants to share the privileges with those who need them most.
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