Our people

We are a group of movers and shakers. Individually, we bring our unique perspectives, creativity and talents to create a dynamic and diverse team. Together, we tirelessly persue our passion to expand meaningful opportunity and engagement for youth around the world.

Core Team

Our staff are as unique as they are hard-working. Through their passion and dedication, they are the heart of TakingITGlobal.

"A small group of thoughtful people can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

- Margaret Mead
Jennifer Corriero Co-founder; Executive Director

Recognized by Forbes in 2013 as an Innovative Rising Star in Education, Healthcare and Environment, Jennifer Corriero has designed and delivered youth engagement programs since 1999 when she co-founded TakingITGlobal. Jennifer earned her BA and Masters in Environmental Studies from York University and was appointed as Adjunct Professor by the Faculty of Health.

Michael Furdyk Co-founder; Director of Technology

Michael has appeared on Oprah, presented at TED, and was named one of Teen People's "Twenty Teens that will Change the World". Over the last decade, he has keynoted over 100 events, sharing his technology expertise and passion for youth engagement and educational reform to audiences in over 30 countries.

Liam O'Doherty Community Partnerships Manager

Liam is a community organizer with a background in sociology, semiotics, improvisation and environmental issues. When he is not connecting and mobilizing youth with innovative solutions to global challenges, he enjoys riding bikes, swimming to music, cooking without recipes and drinking copious volumes of tea.

Kareen Matushek Adobe Youth Voices Project Coordinator

Originally from South Africa, Kareen moved to Toronto in 2008 to study History, Religion and Cinema Studies at the University of Toronto. Having studied abroad and traveled extensively, she is an avid believer that cross-cultural awareness and access to education are vital in encouraging global youth to become active seekers of positive change.

Ryan MacLean Senior Project Manager, Social Innovation Programs

As Senior Project Manager of Social Innovation Programs, Ryan is working on partnerships to cultivate a global community for thousands of young people to develop their projects for social innovation. Ryan holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto in International Relations and Political Science, a graduate degree from Carleton University in Political Economy, and courses at the CMC.

Abra Rissi Explore150 Project Coordinator

Abra is all about communications. She has lived in Geneva, Paris, and Vancouver, and is always looking for an opportunity to travel! She's worked in a number of fields and has a degree in International Relations—with interests in cross-cultural awareness, public policy and social entrepreneurship—now turning her focus to non-profit project management.

Tania Rashid Global Education Program Administrator

Tania’s passion for international development and youth advocacy led her to TIG, where she supports educators in inspiring others to become global citizens. She completed a BA at York University in International Development Studies and Health Studies. Currently, she is completing a post-graduate certificate in Non-profit and Volunteer Sector Management at Ryerson University.

Sara Hassan TIGed Program Officer

Sara Hassan has a BA from York University in International Development Studies and an MA from McMaster University in Globalization Studies with a research focus on global citizenship education. Prior to joining TakingITGlobal, Sara worked with community development projects in Guyana, Honduras and Tanzania.

Jennifer Gawor Sprout E-Course Educational Assistant

Originally trained as an Urban Planner, Jen’s passion for empowering youth in higher-level decision-making has led her to design and facilitate activities for young people to gain influence in their communities. When not at TIG, Jen can be found writing for various online blogs, reading about human viruses, entertaining friends, and working on super-awesome art projects.

Haifa Alarasi Educator Engagement Coordinator

Having lived between 7 countries in 4 different continents, Haifa has developed a sense of place in numerous cities along with a sense of understanding and appreciation of different cultures. A Hybrid-Thinker, she uses her education and experience in the fields of architecture, design, planning and technology to support the process and strategies of youth engagement.

Bruna Aguiar Adobe Youth Voices Project Assistant

Originally from the capital of Brazil, Bruna is very passionate about her country, its rich culture and welcoming people. She moved to Canada shortly after graduating from high school hoping this experience would help her build some of the skills and knowledge necessary to empower the underserved populations.

Jeff Clemens Web Developer

Jeff borrowed "How to Program in QBasic" from his primary school library and has been coding ever since. With degrees in Education and Computer Science, he spends his free time imagining how young people and technology can work together to address community challenges.

Edgar González Rodríguez Graphic Designer

Originally from Mexico City, Edgar arrived to Canada in 2009 to study Graphic Design at Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology. Currently, he is one of the creative minds at TIG, working mostly on print and web design purposes as well as providing technical assistance.

Kana Takemura Web/Graphic Designer

Kana grew up in Japan and just made the move to Toronto in 2008. She loves the way TIG inspires youth to make the difference in the world. She helps TIG look good online and in print. When Kana is not in front of a computer, you can find her biking, eating... or somewhere in Toronto.

Silvia Olteanu Finance and Human Resources Administrator

Silvia is TIG's accounting assistant. She obtained a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. At TIG she is part of a team that is responsible for making sure that the flow of cost and revenue between the various projects is accurately accounted for and managed.

Susanna Lopresti Accountant

Susanna has a passion for numbers. Her tireless efforts keep the TIG team on track with their financials and reporting . She is a chartered professional accountant with many years of experience. In her spare time she loves to cook and spend quality time with her children.

Volunteers

We are extremely lucky to host an incredible team of volunteers who share their talents, time and enthusiasm to support our staff, programmes and projects. Volunteer cycles run three times yearly, in September, January, and May.

"The miracle is this - the more we share, the more we have."

- Leonard Nimoy
Alex Le Research Assistant
Eldina Pranjga Marketing and Promotions Assistant
Cristian Rojas Web Developer
David Paredes Web Developer
Eva Daly Junior Graphic Designer
Gaël Jacquin Web Developer
Anes Rachid Communications and PR Assistant
Mahvash Farooqi Public Relations Coordinator
Patrice Vandenbos Marketing and Campaign Assistant
Rory Case Member Services & Office Assistant

Virtual Volunteers

We are extremely grateful to our online volunteers, who give us both their time and talents to
make the TakingITGlobal community everything it can be.
Get to know our online volunteers!

Online Community Volunteers

  • 'Jide Oluwafemi Jinadu
  • Abhijith Jayanthi
  • Abraham Vargheese
  • Achieng Beatrice Nas
  • Ahmed Bahaa El-din
  • Ajay Kumar Uprety
  • Akua Nyame-Mensah
  • Alok Kumar Mishra
  • Amanda Mazur
  • Aminou Ndala TITA
  • Amos
  • Ana Claudia Penetra
  • Angela Chan
  • Anu maheshwari
  • Anupreet Kaur
  • Arrey Emmanuel Enow
  • Arun Budhathoki
  • Ayman el Hakea
  • Bita Gilbert
  • boz
  • carlos kiplagat
  • Caroline Guillet
  • Charu Gupta
  • Cheick Tidiane DABO
  • Clement Matorwmasen
  • Cristina Leger
  • CYEAI GHANA
  • Danning
  • Doug Arseneault
  • edith asamani
  • Ekaterina Khaletskaya
  • Farid Ullah Khan
  • fridswide chapewa tute
  • Ganesh Acharya
  • Hala
  • Hayk Hakobyan
  • isiguzo iheanyi
  • Jane Pervoi
  • Jenelle B
  • Jennifer Fong
  • Jessica Z
  • Jonathan Tang
  • kanda
  • Karishma
  • Lenore
  • Lieketseng
  • Madhushan
  • Manudi Nushara Vidanapathirana
  • mar
  • Mark Chan Ben-Tze
  • Mary
  • maryam habib
  • Mayang Arum Anjar Rizky
  • Meeckel B Beecher
  • Melvin Mathew Stephen
  • Mindy
  • Miora Raf
  • monica narla
  • Nathan Ming Kun Aw
  • Nehemiya
  • Nestor Maslej
  • Nisreen
  • Nohline Akinyi Ouma
  • Nyeko Bosco
  • OCEN GODWIN
  • Ola'lekan Babatunde
  • Paul Opoku-Nkrumah
  • Philippe MENKOUE
  • Plosha Khan
  • Raisa Bhuiyan
  • Rhodora
  • Saeed Al Abdulsalam
  • Samantha Hodder
  • samantha.b.marbaniang
  • Samuel Lee
  • Samuel-Malachi Odekunle
  • Sarunas Zableckis
  • Sriya Potham
  • Sujan Jirel
  • Surya Gaire
  • Tamara Donaldson
  • TEMIDAYO OLUWAFEMI GREATS
  • Test Volunteer
  • Thu Nguyen
  • Tiberiu Matei
  • Tih Felix
  • tina
  • Unyimeabasi
  • VIOLET ATIENO
  • Violet Mbiti
  • William M. Reynolds
  • willingham odekualem oba
  • YAKUBU AJIJI MAKERI

Multilingual Volunteers

  • Abeya El Bakry
  • Alessandro Barbonetti
  • Amir Alexander Karim
  • Anja Huber
  • Annette Förster
  • Ashraf
  • Awosusi Oluwatope
  • Ayad Ajel
  • azam shaghaghi
  • benedicte kouassi
  • Carolily
  • clemel
  • Conrad Rein
  • Dave Marshall
  • Diogo Augusto Correia
  • Elaine
  • Elizabeth Arceo
  • Elizaveta Belyakova
  • Fabio Sceni
  • Farzana Yesmin
  • Felix Hofmann
  • Flávio Costa
  • Gaylord KABONGO BOOTO
  • Giuseppe Silvi
  • Ibrahim
  • Ignacio Barbeito
  • Inga Wenderoth
  • Ishta Xavier
  • Islam Arafat
  • Jana De Poorter
  • Joel Gatama
  • Julia Linn
  • Kamal Hamani
  • Khan Md. Anwarus Salam
  • KOUADIO
  • Lawrence Lin
  • Luciana Brasil
  • Luz Nolasco
  • M'BAHIA N'guessan
  • Macocinschi Maria Cristina
  • Mahsa Taheran
  • Mariam
  • Md.Joynal Abedin
  • Melania Motta
  • Michael Awiti
  • Min Chun
  • Mira Florian
  • Mohamed Abdelatif
  • mohamed elkashash
  • Mohammad Javad Torabi
  • Mohammad Qaddam Sidq Isa
  • Mokhtar Omar
  • mostafa rady mahmoud
  • Muhammad Hafiz
  • Muhhammad Umar Khaiyam Bin Alam
  • Mümtaz Derya Tarhan
  • Nico Couto
  • Nicole Bowers
  • Nur Gülce İşkan
  • Parastoo
  • Pascal Bekono
  • Patricia
  • R Kahendi
  • S.M. Mamunur Rasid
  • Sara
  • Sarah Pemberton
  • Selim AZIZOGLU
  • shahd kandiel
  • Silvina Lindner
  • Sina MrK
  • Sira
  • Sohyeung Kim
  • talia delgado
  • Tobi Dreher
  • tsedze
  • Ulker Tas
  • WonJun Lee
  • Yikai Zhang
  • Yuliya
  • Yuriko Matayoshi
  • Zeynep Alara Saltık
  • Zohra Akseer
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Board of Directors

Canada
Ron Mitchell President
Matthew Pupic Treasurer
Eugene Bomba Senior Manager, PwC LLP
Virginia Mantycki Board Member
Ellen Ratchye-Foster Board Member
United States
Benjamin Quinto Founder, Global Youth Action Network
Joshua Gorman Writer