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Meet the Team

ADVISORY BOARD

ROHIT K. POTHUKUCHI

ROHIT K. POTHUKUCHI

Rohit is the Founder of Verdentum, a technology solution to launch, coordinate, and track impact on development sector projects. Verdentum works with leading international organizations across continents to monitor and evaluate high impact projects. Rohit is an Affiliated Fellow, Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession and has been a Visiting Scholar at Columbia Law School. He was named in Forbes magazine’s 30 most influential under 30 lists in 2017.

Rohit K Pothukuchi is graduated in law from NALSAR, Hyderabad in India and done Masters from UC Berkley School of Law. He is the founder of Standard Indian Legal Citation (SILC), an Indian academic citation system covering more than 250 law schools in the country which is also included in Harvard Law School library list of foreign citation manuals. SILC is also free to use, giving less privileged lawyers access to important style information. Pothukuchi, who was a visiting scholar at Columbia Law School, is also an affiliate fellow of the Harvard Law School Center.

JIMMIE BRIGGS

JIMMIE BRIGGS

Jimmie Briggs is a documentary storyteller, writer, and advocate for racial and gender equity. A member of the New York City Mayor, Gender Equity Commission, he is also an adjunct professor in social change journalism at the International Center of Photography in New York.

Briggs was the founding executive director of Man Up Campaign, a global initiative mobilizing young people to stop violence against women and girls through arts, sports, and technology. The Man Up Campaign formally launched during a Young Leaders Summit at the University of Johannesburg during 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, bringing together youth from 25 countries throughout the world, including Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as the Middle East and Latin America. He has been selected as the winner of the 2010 GQ Magazine – Better Men Better World; Search, as well as one of Women News; 21 Leaders for the 21st Century. Briggs work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, LIFE, El Pais, The Village Voice, Fortune, and scores of other publications.

A National Magazine Award finalist and recipient of honors from the Open Society Institute, National Association of Black Journalists (for work in Uganda and Rwanda), the Freedom Center, Congressional Black Caucus, and The Carter Center (for research on mental health trauma among rape survivors), among others, Briggs; book Innocents Lost: When Child Soldiers Go To War won accolades in 2005, and took readers into the personal journeys of child soldiers and war-affected children in Rwanda, Uganda, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Colombia. He has served as an adjunct professor of investigative journalism at the New School for Social Research and was a George A. Miller Visiting Professor in the Department of African and African-American Studies at the University of Illinois: Champaign-Urbana.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

MONICA SINGH

MONICA SINGH

MoniCa Singh is a philanthropist and Award-winning international Social Activist for Violence Against Women. She is a Founder & President of Mahendra Singh Foundation. Her major work to inspire and motivate women around the world and enhance their capabilities. She is one of Superhero character of the world-renowned comic book – Priya Shakti’s Priya’s mirrors edition. She co-produced the comic and now the book is being incorporated into the education system and social and moral science exposure in India.

Her dream is to provide underprivileged girls/women skills to work in the fashion industry to make them self-efficient and empowered. Her foundation works on sustainable development goal of Quality Education, Economic Growth & Wellness, and Gender Equality.

The Mission for Self: To help in improvement in Acid Attack Survivors, Rape Survivors, Domestic Abuse & Physical Violence Victims Lifestyle and Living condition by providing them skills and help them to gain confidence to stand as strong individuals.

NIKHIL SINGH

NIKHIL SINGH

Nikhil K. Singh is Vice President of Mahendra Singh Foundation Inc. He is an investment banker with over 7 years of experience in investment banking, business consulting, financial advisory and project financing. He works with one of India’s leading investment bank. He is a mechanical engineer and an MBA in Finance from Symbiosis International University, India. He is working on Global Goal of Green Earth with Social benefit of using solar energies and power plants.

Like his father, his innate desire to help people was augmented when his sister was brutally attacked in 2005. With this foundation he hopes to provide the ray of hope in the lives of those that have been devastated because one of their own was attacked.

“ What my family have experienced in past decade, I don’t want anyone experience the same”.

MARCIA SARKIN

MARCIA SARKIN

Marcia is a humanitarian, and activist and has dedicated her life to saving others. She fights against any form of discrimination and any injustices against human beings. She has no problem with human rights; it is the wrongs of the life she has issues with. In 1992 she was given an award of Merit, and appeared in the book Who’s Who of Women from Cambridge, England, and was invited to attend the ceremony in Cambridge University, U.K. in 1993. In 2011 Marcia received a proclamation from city council member Mathieu Eugene for her humanitarian work in Haiti. She has traveled to war-torn countries and areas of devastation. She traveled to Haiti 9 days after the earthquake and delivered medical supplies, administered first aid and slept on the street.

She raised funds in order to purchase food and supplies and gave it to the victims of Hurricane Sandy in Staten Island and in Coney Island. Her compassion spans the globe. Marcia traveled to different regions in Africa dealing with victims of war and conflict. Many of whom have been repeatedly raped as a booty of war. Marcia is known around the world as the voice of the voiceless for those that are unable to speak due to fear of reprisals.

She always empowers girls and women and helps them to go from survive to thrive. She also helps to educate children on the rights of the child.

Marcia has fought hard and tirelessly at the United Nations for 4 years for HIV/AIDS in conflict settings until 3 governments heard her cries.

CATHERINE NEIRA

CATHERINE NEIRA

Catherine is a Community Service Coordinator for the past 2 years and has over 5 years of Event Planning. Her dedication to serving others has been a large part of her life since her early childhood. Starting with donating her time to an old orphanage in Caracas, Venezuela, she has continued throughout her education and professional career helping those in need. Her collaborations have reached homeless communities in Philadelphia through her Alma Matter ( St. John’s University) program of local projects to communities in need; Rome, Italy in collaboration with Mensa Caritas- an soup kitchen that serves more than 400 people per night; and Bogota, Colombia by volunteering as an English teacher with a local school- Mi Gran Casa Azul.

Passion to serving others, as well as making an impact- whether big or small, is something she takes dear to heart and has made her commitment to helping others as part of her life goals a reality. Although her studies and interests in global affairs brought her to New York and then back to Rome upon completion of her M.A. in International Relations, her current working experience is in the construction private sector. Nevertheless, her passion for helping those in need has allowed her to travel and assist communities locally and internationally. Her hobbies have been surrounded around volunteering her free time to projects and communities all around the globe.

XIOMARA MEYERS

XIOMARA MEYERS

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MAE FLORES

MAE FLORES

Mae is an award-winning Filipina-American actress and talk show host. She is well-known for her work in the sci-fi, independent cult classic, “Atlantis Down” and her philanthropy-focused, independent music show, “Mae Flores Presents.”

In 2013, Mae was awarded the highest honor in entertainment at the Filipino American Hall of Fame for her contribution to the arts and entertainment within her Filipino community.

She was lauded with recognition in the State of Virginia from her Honorary US Naval Membership to the USS Theodore Roosevelt active aircraft carrier, to being commemorated on Oct 3 “Mae Flores Day” “to celebrate her successes as a true representation of what being a Filipina-American is about.” Mae advocates for women’s rights and gender equality. She founded 1Kind Collective, a consortium of organizations that advocate, educate and develop initiatives to create a gender equal world.

PRIYANKA GUPTA

NEELAM CHANDWANI

SHINING STAR’S

NURJAHAN KHATUN

NURJAHAN KHATUN

The scars and burns on Nurjahan Khatun’s face still remain, but her heart and mind are healing. At 9 years old, Khatun was the unintended target of an acid attack in Bangladesh. She happened to be sleeping in the same bed as her cousin, Bilkis, who was 13 at the time. Bilkis spurned a man’s marriage proposal. The acid that flew through her bedroom window was meant for her. Bilkis’ face was burned on one side and she lost an ear. Khatun’s face was completely marred. Only her mouth and eyes were recognizable. She had a hole in her forehead and lost her left eye. She was brought to Southwest Florida in 2000 for medical treatment. The cowardly act left her disfigured, but not destroyed.

“I’m alive,” she said. “I told myself I could have a better life or a worse life. I have to choose. I choose a better life.”

Now 26, Khatun graduates with a bachelor’s degree in biology from Florida Gulf Coast University on Sunday. She wants to be a doctor. Her dream job is to work for Doctors Without Borders.

“It’s the only way I can repay all the people who have helped me and taken care of me — to give back,” Khatun said.

Khatun first arrived in Southwest Florida in 2000 with the help of Healing the Children, a nonprofit organization that helps children worldwide get medical attention. In 2004, she returned to Bangladesh after an initial round of surgeries was completed. During her time back home, Khatun testified against one of the men responsible for the acid attack and he was jailed.

Khatun returned to the U.S. in 2006 on a B-2 visa with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The B-2 visa applies to tourists, business travelers and those seeking medical attention. Khatun plans to go to medical school. She’s thinking about being a medical scribe for a while — it’s a job that will give her plenty of experience. She has shadowed the doctors who have operated on her but isn’t sure she wants to be a plastic surgeon. Maybe geriatrics or pathology, she said. She likes microbes and the elderly.