Board of Directors (USA)

Azhar Hameed
Founder, Philanthropreneur
Los Angeles, California

Hina Abidi
Animal & Arts Advocate
Los Angeles, California

Mandeep Rupal
Attorney
Los Angeles, California

Jessika Ava
Grants Program Director
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Azhar Hameed
Founder, Philanthropreneur
Los Angeles, California

Board of Directors (Canada)

Azhar Hameed
Founder, Philanthropreneur
Los Angeles, California

Julie Danaylov
Entrepreneur
Toronto, Canada
Dave Howlett
Entrepreneur
Toronto, Canada

Michelle Raqueno
Digital Advertising Director
Toronto, Canada
Pasquale Marco Veltri
Filmmaker, Writer and Content Creator
Toronto, Canada

Grant Assessment Committee

Laura Notaro
Teacher
Milan, Italy

Jessika Ava
Grants Program Director
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Mandeep Rupal
Attorney
Los Angeles, California

Hina Abidi
Animal & Arts Advocate
Los Angeles, California
Rachael Pettus
Teacher
Paphos, Cyprus
Zehra Abbas
Program Coordinator
Toronto, Canada

Short Film Festival Judges

Pasquale Marco Veltri
Filmmaker, Writer and Content Creator
Toronto, Canada

Carolyn M Scott
Filmmaker and Creative Director
Santa Rosa, California, USA

Usman Riaz
Director – Animation
Karachi Pakistan
Kevin Lacroix
Motion Graphics Animator
Toronto, Canada
Liz Marshall
Filmmaker
Toronto, Canada

David Giardina
Singer, Model, Filmmaker
New York City, New York

Jeanette Diehl
Producer, Director, StoryEditor
Toronto, Canada
Kamal Prasad
Content Creator
Hayward, California, USA
Khizer Riaz
Director of Animation
Karachi, Pakistan

Raymond Cruzzola
Filmmaker
Toronto, Canada

Mariam Riaz
Assistant Director & Art Director – Animation
Karachi Pakistan

THE KAAVAN PLEDGE

 

I pledge to think critically and with compassion about my relationship with animals 

- I will advance my knowledge about the sentience of animals
- I will research and consider my decisions to use products and support activities that abuse and exploit animals
- I will learn about what happens to animals in industrial farming, laboratories, zoos, circuses, and fashion
- I will abstain from participation in animal exploitation and educate others 

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THE EMPATHY PLEDGE

I believe that Empathy can reduce suffering in the world, therefore I pledge that:

- I will make a conscious effort to enhance my empathetic abilities

- I will be mindful of my ego which can discourage my ability to relate to others

- I will stand and speak up for the well-being of humans, animals, and our planet

- I will align my thoughts, speech, and actions with the core principle of empathy

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