Patrick Benjaminssonis a Swedish PR & marketing expert who is based in Morocco with a background in film, theater and publishing. He is one of the founders and CEO of the Marrakech based communications agency Red City PR and is also one of the organizers for TEDxMarrakesh, the yearly event that is devoted to spreading innovating ideas. He has previoulsy served as Head of Communications (brand, marketing, PR & sales) at the Royal Dramatic Theater of Sweden, Business Area Manager and Marketing Manager for the Swedish publishing company, Norstedts, Marketing Manager for the Scandinavian film company, Sandrew Metronome, and Scandinavian Product Manager for the American publishing company, Reader’s Digest. Patrick has been involved with Project Soar since he moved to Marrakech in January 2015.
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Jennifer Harrhas an extensive history of helping others. She has volunteered at women's shelters, social groups for abused young girls, and summer camps for children and adults with developmental disabilities. She has found innovative ways to use her visual art/photography skills to give to others. She taught art lessons in schools in which art is not offered. Jennifer has donated her professional photography and digital media expertise to individuals and families with special needs. Since childhood, Jennifer has had a specific interest in helping young girls and the communities in which they live. In recent years, she has served on two benefit-event committees in which she has contributed countless hours creating digital/print media for Gracefully Strong, a non-profit organization focused on growing strong girls in a school-based setting to provide them with the necessary tools and resources to enable them to become successful, self-confident young women. One of Jennifer's favorite non-profit organizations, Project Soar, has tugged at her heart and inspired her, as well as her family, to contribute monetary gifts for almost two years. She led an art activity for the young girls of Project Soar and provided supplies for Project Soar's future use. Jennifer is a national and state certified Occupational Therapist with 17 years of experience and is currently employed at a rehabilitation hospital for adults with physical disabilities. Jennifer has helped people of all ages, especially those with physical, developmental, and psychosocial issues. A humanitarian at heart, her desire to make a difference is global.
Sarita JHA CFAhas a wide range of experience over her career: private equity, corporate finance, engineering and development. She was responsible for managing the origination, structuring and execution of private equity investments with a focus on Central & Eastern Europe (CEE) at UniCredit Bank AG based in London. Her previous experience included private wealth management and corporate finance for a family office and corporations and she worked in the development sector with Price Waterhouse in administering USAI/World Bank Projects and as a volunteer professor. Sarita has always been interested and involved with development activities and non profit organizations. She worked for 2 years in the former Czechoslovakia teaching economics as part of the Civic Education Project / Central European University, a program established almost 25 years ago based on the Peace Corps volunteer model. Sarita has been an active supporter of Human Rights Watch both in Los Angeles and London including being a member of the Women's Rights Committee in Los Angeles. She was on the Dinner Committee for HRW's London's annual dinner, its main fundraiser and has also supported the International Rescue Committee in the past. She stayed at Peacock Pavilions to attend a Project Soar activity and met the girls which motivated her to get further involved in Project Soar. In December 2014 she organized a fundraiser for Project Soar that raised over $3,000.
Erin Lewisis a NYC-based certified yoga instructor and founder of EAT.PRAY.MOVE Yoga Holidays and Retreats through which she has hosted dozens of yoga retreats, bringing guests to all corners of the globe. Erin held over a dozen retreat weeks in partnership with Peacock Pavilions, introducing more than 100 guests to Peacock Pavilions and the work going on in Douar Ladaam. Erin was honoured to be the first retreat leader to work with the girls of Project Soar, leading yoga classes and getting to know the work firsthand. She is a trusted and loved friend of the girls at Project Soar and the time she has spent with them has been invaluable to the cause. Erin is passionate about giving back and started a "Give Back" initiative where at least 10% of her retreats' profits go back to Project Soar and she looks forward to helping bring good to the work of this organization in the future
Per Sjödellis a Swede based in Marrakech with 20 years of senior experience from business development, change management, sales, brand building and communications in the fashion and FMCG industries. Retail expert. He is founding Partner of Red City PR | Communications Agency & Production Services and Chairman of the Board of Directors for fashion chain LIMDEX, beauty retailer LYKO, communications group NORDIC MORNING and design agency IDENTITY WORKS as well as Board Member of STOCKMANN GROUP and Organizer of TEDxMarrakesh. Per’s background includes Global Marketing Director of H&M, CEO of Pocket Shop, Managing Director of Fiskars & Gant, Marketing Communications Manager ICA.
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Born in Morocco, Souhail Tazi studied and worked in different countries in Europe for the past 30 years. Today more present in Morocco, he is an artisan-designer. He creates objects and lights using mostly recycling materials like different metals, glass and special types of wood only for fruit trees (almond tree, lemon tree, apple tree, etc.). He sells his art objects internationally. In addition, he is passionate about permanent culture, and develops an oleiculture project, a production of high quality olive oil, organic vegetables, honey and natural flour without any chemical ingredients. He heard about Project Soar a few years ago and he adhered spontaneously. He has always been convinced about the need and promotion of education and scholarship for Moroccan girls.
Anna Wang is a philanthropy and advocacy advisor with more than 20 years of experience in global health, public affairs and communications. Her main client is the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where she provides advice on the foundation’s global health research and development (R&D) strategy and advocacy activities by helping to build relationships with key partners in governments, NGOs, R&D organizations and the WHO. Since 2009, she has also been a philanthropy adviser for a prominent philanthropist in Hong Kong helping her to shape a grant and impact investment portfolio, includes education, social entrepreneurship, poverty alleviation and climate change. Prior to working as an independent consultant, Anna was the Vice-President for advocacy and communication at the Medicines for Malaria Venture. In addition, Anna is also the founder and director of a non-profit photography collective, Photographers for Hope which aims to use the power of images to support positive social change. The collective has supported and worked with numerous organizations worldwide including Greenpeace, BRAC, and the Homeless World Cup. Her career in public affairs started with campaigning for rights of people living with AIDS at the Human Rights Campaign, followed by the Clinton Presidential Campaign in 1992 and finally a two-year intensive experience working on South Africa’s first multi-party elections. For the Project Soar London fundraiser in December 2014, Anna sponsored Maryam's flight to London to speak at the fundraiser. Additionally she flew in her 2 daughters, violin prodigies, to perform for the fundraiser guests.