Anuja Kapoor has more than 3 years experience in communications with a background in geography and international relations. Her career kicked off as an editorial intern at the National Geographic Traveller Magazine in Mumbai, after which she found her goals align with the non-profit world. Until recently she was a campaign coordinator at Environmental Defence Canada. Anuja grew up along the coast of the Red Sea, where she spent her summers exploring the depths as a certified scuba diver. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Environmental Studies at York University, with a specialization in planning. Her research is centered on climate change adaptation and disaster-risk reduction in coastal zones.
Luis Paucar has more than 4 years of experience working with IT service delivery firms in IT infrastructure optimization, change management and process improvement areas. He has worked for a Microsoft partner in Peru, implementing business solutions, such as Microsoft Dynamics AX, Qlikview and Demand Solutions. After that, he worked in consulting, specializing in strategic planning and start-up projects. Luis is currently in his second year of the Schulich MBA program. His home town is Peru, where he received his Business Administration degree at Universidad del Pacifico.
Marketing & Communications Director
Gautam Gandhi is an engineer by qualification, advertiser by profession and an entrepreneur in the non-profit space by choice. He has close to half a decade of experience in creating strong marketing communications for leading global brands across digital, print and television. He believes in giving back to society and his interest in sustainability stems from his desire to help people. Gautam has started his own non-profit organization that helps educate underprivileged girls. He is currently pursuing his MBA at Schulich School of Business, looking for opportunities in the fields of marketing and sustainability.
Director of Projects
Paruksheen Dhunjisha has a background in interior architecture and experience designing iconic buildings around the world. She recognizes the urgent need for businesses to redesign their functions at their core to be socially equitable and environmentally responsible while maintaining economic success. She is pursuing an MBA at Schulich to better understand corporations from the ground-up and wants to specialize in sustainability to sharpen her expertise in sustainable design. She was five when she first learned about the value of the environment watching Animal Planet, and since then has happily borne the nickname of "Captain Planet" in her family.
Shaama Sabih Yousuf completed her undergraduate degree in economics at McGill University, after which she began her career in the non-profit sector working for Plan International. She then switched industries to move across the world and work at a financial institution in Pakistan. Her passion to travel has led her to 30 countries so far. Shaama recently kicked-off her MBA at Schulich aspiring to become a sustainable food entrepreneur.
Business and Alumni Relations Director
Kanwar Devesh Singh is an experienced process engineering and project management consultant. He is a certified PMP and has a PhD in chemical engineering. During his doctoral research, Kanwar developed air quality models for the state of Texas and the US Environmental Protection Agency. His areas of expertise include safety and risk assessment, economic feasibility studies and environmental regulatory compliance in the energy sector. In his last job, Kanwar worked on multi-billion-dollar LNG projects in the US Gulf Coast region and developed tools for the project management office to reduce waste and cost overruns. Kanwar is currently an MBA Student at Schulich and has a keen interest in helping organizations improve their triple bottom line.
Alex Christison is a dynamic, passionate, and committed researcher and professional. Alex has over 5 years cumulative experience in research and project management and over 3 years experience in coordinating and managing green businesses. Alex is seeking to better his community from a leadership position informed through decisions based in research, and rooted in public advocacy. His work in green business and community engagement inspired him to return to school in search of publicly accessible, sustainable, and viable solutions to waste management and resource conservation issues. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Environmental Studies at York University, with a specialization in Urban Planning. He is principally interested in resource reprocessing, material reuse, and enhancing the viability of waste repurposing networks.
Social Media Manager
Tasnuva Fahmeema Maniza is an inquisitive undergraduate business student at Schulich who is driven to push business and society towards sustainable practices. As an environmental ambassador for her residence council, she has developed strategies to engage residents and coordinated residence-wide environmental initiatives to achieve the goal of “the most environmentally friendly residence on campus.” Her passion and determination to make a positive change in the corporate world is something she looks forward to leveraging through YSEC.
Vivian D. Parlak holds a Master’s degree in International Economics and Finance, and has 4 years of experience working as an economic analyst in an international organization in Washington DC. During this time, she gained an understanding of economic development and strategies for disaster resilience. Currently as an MBA student at Schulich, she is pursuing a specialization in strategic management. She believes that ESG principles will determine the success of businesses in the future. Vivian is interested in investigating sustainability initiatives from an economic perspective and she is motivated to tackle some of the most pressing issues of today, including the negative impact of economic activities on natural systems.
Melina has a Master in Environmental Studies from York University, Toronto, and a graduate diploma in Environmental Education. Melina's graduate research focused on the impacts of anthropogenic debris pollution in marine and freshwater environments and critical wildlife nesting habitats. She has considerable experience working and volunteering for different environmental organizations such as Wildlife Preservation Canada, Toronto Wildlife Centre, FoodShare and the Canadian Organization for Tropical Education and Rainforest Conservation (COTERC). She is also an experienced public speaker, she has delivered two guest lectures at York University and has presented at over nine different conferences and academic events over the past two years. Her main areas of expertise within the environmental field are plastic pollution, wildlife conservation and environmental education.
Ami Saha has worked in product management for building Automation product ranges for 4 years and as a commercial photographer for 3 years. While working in product management, he worked in go to market strategies, data-driven pricing policies and managed a countrywide channel partner network. In 2013, he created a business model for the soap manufacturing facility of an NGO. As a solo entrepreneur, He has worked with start-ups from various industries such as e-commerce, hospitality, manufacturing etc. Currently, he is pursuing his MBA at Schulich School of Business with a focus in Marketing and Strategy.
Anupama Suyal is a chemical engineer and her professional experience varies from the Oil & Gas industry to the philanthropic space in India. Her oilfield career took her to various remote on-shore locations where handled positions of responsibilities in a potentially hazardous line of work. Rotational work schedules allowed her to engage in community volunteering as a result of which, she moved to a full-time role in a philanthropic startup. Anupama was born into change and has grown up in 4 different countries. She is currently pursuing an MBA from the Schulich School of Business and intends to incorporate her passion for sustainability in order to build a career in marketing
Driven by the moral code “The good leaves protect the worn-out leaves”, Hanh Phuc Cao Hoang always aspire to help other people. During her undergraduate and career in Corporate Finance, she devotes herself in non-profit organizations to help alliviate proverty and illiteracy in Vietnam. Besides, stemming from the interest in home-cooking, Hanh Phuc has started her own platforms to encourage and support healthy lifestyle while aim to tackle problems related to misunderstanding about fitness and nutrition among the community. In the pursuit of creating a positive impact upon the society, Hanh Phuc recently started her MBA at Schulich, aspiring to become a sustainable entreprenuer who can contribute to sustainability facilitation and inspire other people to make a better world.
Chetan Srivastava completed his undergraduate degree in Economics from University of Delhi, India. After earning his degree, he worked with Ernst & Young (E&Y) as a part of their risk advisory practice. Thereafter, he went on to do philanthropic work with an NGO focused on providing disaster management relief training across rural India. After this, Chetan shifted gears to work for an investment bank focused on mergers and acquisitions in the upstream oil & gas sector. During this time, he gained first hand experience in environmental negligence and malpractices, and realized the significance of sustainable business practices and a lack thereof across the industry and decided he wanted to work towards a change. He recently started his Master of Finance at Schulich School of Business.
Chaya Kapoor has an interdisciplinary background in environmental science and geoinformatics from York University. She gained professional work experience in public engagement and communications as an outreach assistant with York Region's Environmental Education and Promotion department. Chaya is currently pursuing a Master in Environmental Studies (MES) at York University with an interest in understanding and advancing the sustainability imperative in the areas of environmental management and conservation.