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CEO & Founder
Pankaj Kumar is a dynamic entrepreneur, publisher and media specialist based in Toronto. His expertise is in the fields of journalism, strategizing business partnerships for a variety of stakeholders internationally, and brand building with a special focus on promoting arts and entertainment in the global Asian community. He graduated from the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, with specialization in French, and has lived in France and Vancouver, where he worked with the Consulate General of India in Canada. Pankaj has extensive event planning experience, including organizing international trade fairs, exhibits, forums and conferences. He has represented various exporters from India, including acting as Marketing Consultant at the acclaimed Frankfurt International Trade Fair.
Vinita Kinra is an acclaimed writer, editor, speaker, activist and community leader in the Greater Toronto Area. She is featured among 150 most remarkable Canadians by Canada Race Relations Foundation. Her writings focus primarily on inequities in class, gender, race, domestic violence, religious chasms, abusive relationships and global warming, among others. Her debut collection of short stories, Pavitra in Paris, was launched to wide critical acclaim in 2013. Her next book, IMAGINE: Selected Quotations, is a collection of her original quotes, many of which have been placed alongside world legends like Gandhi, Buddha and Einstein for their sharp, fearless and indisputable perspective on eternal topics like relationships, life, love, death, spirituality etc. Vinita is currently at work on her novel, Live and Let us Live, where she is skillfully weaving the lofty subject of global warming with gripping suspense between life and death in the enchanting Himalayan valley.
Vinita is an avid proponent of equal rights for women, the need to fight racism and discrimination, promoting Asian heritage, fostering youth education and environmental protection. Her speeches in English and French have been covered widely by CBC Radio, Le Métropolitain, The Weekly Voice, Inside Toronto, Mississauga News, to name a few.
Devika Fernando is a romance novelist of half-German, half-Sri Lankan descent. She works primarily as a content writer for German clientele, but her heart is forever busy dreaming up romantic stories where her characters don’t fall in lust, but madly in love with each other in an intensely emotional and heartwarming way. She has published over half-a-dozen romance novels, including the romantic thriller, Forbidden, that she co-authored with American bestselling writer, Mike Wells. After spending the first two decades of her life in Germany, Devika now calls the beautiful island country of Sri Lanka her home, where she lives with her husband and a mini-zoo of 4 dogs, 2 cats, a tank full of varied colourful fishes, and the odd rescued squirrel or bird.
Strategic Advisor, Asian Writing
Zafar Anjum is a Singapore-based journalist, writer, publisher and filmmaker. A well-known technology journalist in Asia, his landmark entrepreneurial venture is Kitaab.org, which he founded and chairs as Editor-in-Chief with a vision to connect Asian writing in English with the world. An award-winning prolific writer of fiction and non-fiction, Zafar Anjum has been published internationally in India, USA, China, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia and Bangladesh, among others. Zafar is the co-founder of two startups in Singapore.
Creative Advisor, Southeast Asia
James Phu is a Vancouver-based motivational blogger and speaker who is on a personal mission to share the knowledge he has accumulated over the past few years on the subject of self-mastery. His goal is to help motivate and inspire others to improve their lives. His blog and YouTube channel focus on personal development topics such as building an amazing legacy, finding happiness, and creating and maintaining good daily habits. James Phu also works full-time as a people manager at one of the most prestigious software companies in the world.