Tushna Kandawalla – Director of
Tushna Kandawalla, currently living in Karachi, was formerly a Manager in HBO's
Financial Planning and Analysis Group where she was responsible for strategy, long term
business planning, deal analysis and budgeting. As co-chair
of the Friends of Layton Rahmatulla Benevolent Trust Committee in New
York, Tushna raised funds for a network of nine eye hospitals in Pakistan.
Since the first hospital was built in 1984, LRBT has treated over six
million patients free of cost. Tushna is
also a co-founder of the Pakistan Education Fund (PEF). PEF is a web-based
platform, founded in 2001, that aims to connect international donors with
small Pakistani educational institutions in need of funding. Raised in
Karachi, Pakistan, Tushna has a Bachelors degree in Economics from Brown
University, an MBA in Accounting from Boston University and has qualified
as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). She speaks four languages and has
traveled extensively throughout Europe, the Far East, South Asia and the
Smita Paul – Camera Person
Smita Paul is a multimedia journalist based in New York City. In her 12 years as a journalist, she has worked in print, radio, television and on the web.
She started her career as a newspaper reporter for The Cincinnati Enquirer in 1990. After attending the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where she specialized in broadcast and new media journalism, she went to India to report/shoot for The New
York Times Television Company.
She has also held positions as a news editor at Time Warner, adjunct professor at Columbia University, Baruch College of Business Journalism and as a Scripps Howard Visiting Professional at Hampton University.
Her freelance career has been broad and varied. It includes work for The Discovery Channel Online, The Asia Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio and Civilization magazine.
Zahra Sethna – ConsultantBorn in
Canada to Pakistani Zoroastrian parents, Zahra is a product of two
cultures. Raised primarily in America, she has had the opportunity to live
in many different countries – including Barbados, Kenya and Italy – and
therefore truly understands the value of both assimilation and cultural
preservation. Zahra is a freelance writer and producer and has worked in
television and video production for seven years. In 2000, she co-produced
‘From the Darkness’, a documentary on avoidable blindness in developing
countries that was shot in Ghana, and is now in its final stages of
production. This project was produced with the assistance of a grant from
the National Film Board of Canada. She received a Masters degree in
Journalism from Columbia University in 1999, where she produced a video
documentary as her thesis project. The documentary, ‘The Way of the
Saints’, explored the relationship between Catholicism and the Afro-Cuban
religion of Santeria, and is now used as a teaching tool by Georgetown
University religion professor Joseph Murphy. A member of SAJA and AIVF,
Zahra has worked extensively in the field of video and new media