Meet our team of reasonable rebels.

Here are some words that describe us and all the people we work with: warm, kind, optimistic, and determined to make an impact. Take a moment to meet our team, our directors, and our advisors!


Diana Baranga

Chief Executive Officer

"Each and every one of us has the same potential, though not everyone is given the same chance to let it bloom. Inclusive and accessible social impact programs can build a better world, for all."


Celine Godard Aron 

Chief Development Officer

"I believe in us as humans and our capable loving souls to pull together and do what is right to support the youngest members of our society, the ones who are inheriting this world."


Abdaal Mazhar Shafi 

Chief Technology & Partnerships Officer

"Diversity drives innovation. All young people need to be involved in addressing the world's pressing challenges so we can successfully innovate with multidisciplinary and intergenerational collaboration."


Andrea Mendoza

Programs Success Lead & Coach

"Don't be afraid to explore something new. It is the exercise of exploration that will expand your horizons. Your future self will thank you for it."


Misha Sethi
Program Success Lead 

"I believe in recognizing and acknowledging the strengths and resilience of young people, in imagining with them the sense of possibilities that can and do exist, in building nurturing relationships to support their positive sense of self. When we believe, we open the door to their transformative learning and growth."

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Yasemin Erdoğan
Education Community Builder

"Youth are bright individuals who hold the future in their hands, Unfortunately, they do not always have access to opportunities that would allow them to unlock their full potential. We, adults and communities, can and should help youth blossom by providing them with care, supports, tools and experiences."

Our Board of Directors


Salima Lhessani Cambouviles

Board Chair

Entrepreneur, business strategy and customer experience expert


Georgia Kiriakos

Board Secretary

High School teacher Cycle 1, Vanguard School Montreal, helping students with learning disabilities


Sebastien Cabana

Board Treasurer

Vice President, Finance & CFO, AC Life at Air Canada

Our Advisors

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Christian Leblanc

Education Specialist


Kate Arthur

Chief Executive Officer, Kids Code Jeunesse (KCJ)


Jean-Elie Aron

Chief Executive Officer, LooksGoodAI


Aurélie Ye


Student at McGill University's Desautels Faculty of Management, UpstartED alumna


Haixiang Sun

Product Manager, Bell Canada, and UpstartED alumnus


Would you like to get involved?

If you want to make an impact by supporting UpstartED's mission, we would love to hear from you.