Our Team

The mission of LAUF is supported by a passionate team with diverse experience and expertise. Team members bring their rich experience of working with youth across continents, the not-for-profit sector, assessment and development of people, fund raising, e- learning, instructional design, and domain expertise across relevant skill areas.

Our Board and International Advisory Council are supported by content and delivery partners across the world in Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, and North America.

We all believe that the immediate future of our planet can only improve when lives of large numbers of youth become meaningful. We strive to expand our team and make a scalable impact through partnerships across the world.

LAUF Board

Meena Singh (Co-Founder and Chair) is an international management consultant who has worked with over 95 for-profit and not-for-profit organizations in transformation, assessment and development of people and strategy. Her rich experience includes consulting to large transnational corporations, medium and small enterprises and public sector organizations in Canada, India and USA. She is an innovative thinker with a passion to make a difference to individual lives of young people. At LAUF, she provides leadership in strategy, research, course development and instructional design. Meena is an MBA from Simon Business School, University of Rochester, New York, prior to which she completed her Masters in Physics from University of Delhi, India. She is a recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from University of Rochester,NY. As an entrepreneur, she has served on Canadian and International juries assessing youth projects. She volunteers as a guest speaker on youth issues on a multi-cultural radio program.

George Stanois (Co-Founder and Vice Chair) brings over 30 years of fundraising experience to help LAUF’s mission. As Managing Director of The Goldie Company, he has conducted numerous studies and led scores of successful campaigns for a wide range of municipal, healthcare, education, religious, community service and heritage organizations from coast to coast. A graduate of the University of Toronto, George is the editor of The Vigilant Fundraiser: 12 Steps to Fundraising Success, a practical guide to fundraising success based on his 12 Step Fundraising Program.

George Stanois (Co-Founder and Vice Chair) brings over 30 years of fundraising experience to help LAUF’s mission. As Managing Director of The Goldie Company, he has conducted numerous studies and led scores of successful campaigns for a wide range of municipal, healthcare, education, religious, community service and heritage organizations from coast to coast. A graduate of the University of Toronto, George is the editor of The Vigilant Fundraiser: 12 Steps to Fundraising Success, a practical guide to fundraising success based on his 12 Step Fundraising Program.

Vijay Shankar (Co-Founder and Secretary) a former head of consulting at Price Waterhouse Coopers, Mumbai, India brings his diverse management consulting experience along with expertise in finance and project management. He has managed and led large consulting projects for major multinationals across continents. His experience in the non-profit sector includes organizations across Ontario- from Toronto to Moosonee and Tikinagan ; and Windsor to Cornwall. Some of these are Parkinsons Society Canada, Canadian Lung Association, several Children’s Aid Societies in Ontario, the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies, Delisle Youth Services, Our Place Peel, MCYS-Central-East Pre-school Autism Services and Design for A New Tomorrow. His role at LAUF includes networking with Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) and Institutions, coordinating with international stakeholders and providing technical leadership.

Brian Walmark (Director) brings his rich experience and knowledge in serving Ontario’s First Nations communities. Brian will steward LAUF initiatives in developing capacity building initiatives among youth in remote First Nations communities.

Brian Walmark (Director) brings his rich experience and knowledge in serving Ontario’s First Nations communities. Brian will steward LAUF initiatives in developing capacity building initiatives among youth in remote First Nations communities.

Rajesh Bajaj (Director) is an international management consultant with an extensive career at Price WaterhouseCoopers (in India), Ernst & Young (Business Advisory in the Middle East) and more recently at Deloitte (M&A Transactions) in Canada. Rajesh’s consulting background includes the social service sector in India for organizations like USAID and Catholic Relief Services.

Dr. Zhen Mei (Director) specializes in data fusion of demographics, household spending, consumer lifestyle, attitude and behavior databases. He has developed effective dimension reduction techniques for identifying driving factors of large consumer database and modeling consumers’ dynamic purchasing behaviors. Zhen has published over 50 scientific papers in renowned international journals and conference proceedings. As President of Manifold Datamining, Toronto, he has serviced over 150 clients including social service organizations with data analytics for various business objectives.

Dr. Zhen Mei (Director) specializes in data fusion of demographics, household spending, consumer lifestyle, attitude and behavior databases. He has developed effective dimension reduction techniques for identifying driving factors of large consumer database and modeling consumers’ dynamic purchasing behaviors. Zhen has published over 50 scientific papers in renowned international journals and conference proceedings. As President of Manifold Datamining, Toronto, he has serviced over 150 clients including social service organizations with data analytics for various business objectives.

Leadership Advisory Board

The Leadership Advisory Board at the Learn and Uplift Foundation (LAUF) is an invaluable group of dedicated volunteers who help us to fulfill our mission by playing a leadership role for current and future projects. Through their actions, Leadership Advisory Board members build relationships with current and potential leaders who can support and become involved in our work. We are privileged to have on our Board:

From India: Mr. J P Singh (former Managing Director, Bausch and Lomb, India); Mr. Harit Nagpal (CEO, Tata Sky); Mrs. K B Valsala (IAS Retd., former Managing Director, Kudumbashree, Kerala).

From Canada: Jim Hilborn (CEO, The Hilborn Group Ltd.), Sandy Toth (Executive Director, Design for a New Tomorrow, St. Catherines)