Our Team

Our team of change makers, equity consultants and sector leaders bring a shared lived experience and grounded expertise for collaboration on a wide range of initiatives and projects to support corporate organizations, academic institutions, government agencies and community organizations to advance racial equity, diversity and inclusion (REDI).

Ruth Mojeed Ramirez

Chief Equity Officer

Ruth is the Founder & CEO of The Inclusion Project. Ruth brings extensive lived experience and grounded expertise to her work in racial equity, diversity and inclusion (REDI). Her research and solutions design focus on an intersectional and inter-generational approach to address complex issues of race, decolonization and gender equity…

Mira Nurgaliyeva

Director of Operations and Public Relations

Mira was born in Kazakhstan, where she lived until 2018 when she moved to Canada for a master’s in international and intercultural communication at Royal Roads University. Her experience covers extensive corporate sector work with leading oil and gas companies, including Tengizchevroil which operates one of the largest oilfields in the world…

Sangeeta Subramanian

Director of Fund Development

Sangeeta has over 20 years of professional experience in the not-for-profit sector in Canada and Asia in the areas of equity and inclusion, facilitation, research and policy, partnership development, and civic engagement. …

Zara Chaudhry

Project Manager

Zara Chaudhry is a Muslim-Canadian youth focused on youth engagement, newcomer and immigrant involvement, and event planning. She immigrated from Pakistan and is currently studying Biology and Psychology at the University of Victoria…

Chandrima Mazumdar

Research Associate

Chandrima is a communication specialist and sustainability enthusiast from Kolkata, India. She has over 15 years of experience working for some of India’s largest media organizations in radio, television, print and web….

Maha Veerappan

Marketing and Research Analyst

Originating from India, Maha is a mid-career level professional. From India, she migrated to Australia for her higher education and career prospects and has a strong academic background in Management, Finance, Marketing and Communications…

Youth-Led Community of Practice

The envisioning and leadership of the project stemmed directly from our Building
the Roots
youth team. This is a national team of grassroots and top-down youth
leaders building the roots of this project from idea to execution.

Fatah Awil, Toronto

Development Lead

He is a Program Coordinator for the Urban Alliance on Race Relations. A health systems and policy researcher based in Toronto…

Jessie Lawrence, Newfoundland

Development Lead

They are from the West Coast of Newfoundland. Their work is related to activism and advocacy for the 2SLGBTQ+ community…

Marcus Reid, Vancouver

Youth Empowerment and Solidarity Lead

With Heiltsuk/Nisga’a First Nation roots, Marcus Reid was urban born and raised on unceded territory of the Katzie, Semiahmoo…

Njamba John Michael Koffi, Vancouver

Knowledge Entrenchment Lead

Koffi is an author, a poet, a musician and a public speaker. At the University of British Columbia, Koffi has worked as a co-representative of African Studies Minor Program and as president of…

Pamphinette (Pam) Buisa, Victoria

Community Engagement Lead

Pam grew up in Ottawa to parents originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She created Vancouver Island Steps Up, a community relief fund designed to bridge the gaps in the various forms of financial aid that have been doled out by the provincial and federal governments throughout the pandemic…

Sree Nair, Calgary

Strategy Lead

Sree is 24 years old, born in south India and raised in UAE, living in Calgary, AB for the past 10 years. She is a first year Master of Public Health student at Queens University and a Bachelor of Science graduate from Mount Royal University…

Governance

The Inclusion Project’s governance is built on a decentralized kinship model, Omo-Ebi. Adopted from the Yoruba tribe in Western Nigeria, Omo-Ebi denotes a familial context for shared experiences and meaning-making in life through the experiences of others. Our kith and kin work together to support the vision, structure and future of The Inclusion Project.

Angie Osachoff

Angie is the Regional Program Manager in B-C for Equitas; the International Centre for Human Rights Education. She is also vice-chair of the International Institute for Child Rights and Development…

Carol Anne Hilton

Carol Anne Hilton, MBA is the CEO and Founder of The Indigenomics Institute. Carol Anne is a recognized First Nation’s business leader and adviser with an international master’s degree in Business…

Chris Kilford

Chris is a member of the national board of the Canadian International Council (CIC), President of the CIC Victoria branch, and he holds a PhD in history from Queen’s University with a focus on civil-military relations…

Njamba John Michael Koffi

Koffi is an author, a poet, a musician and a public speaker. At the University of British Columbia, Koffi has worked as a co-representative of African Studies Minor Program and as president of…

Sobhana Jaya-Madhavan

Born in Malaysia and raised in India, Sobhana has an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and a postgraduate degree in Social Work. Sobhana completed her doctoral coursework in Child and Youth Care from…

Waheeda Esmail

Waheeda Esmail, MA, CPHR is a senior leader in the administration of health sciences research and medical education. She worked for McGill University before…

Zai Mamdani

A professional with a depth of corporate and non-profit experience, Zai Mamdani leverages her education and experience to provide strategic leadership and operational guidance. She holds a Bachelor of…

Ruth Mojeed Ramirez

Chief Equity Officer

Ruth is the Founder & CEO of The Inclusion Project. She brings extensive lived experience and grounded expertise to her work in racial equity, diversity and inclusion (REDI)…