Board of Directors
Mohan Swaminathan is an accomplished advertising, marketing and communications professional with almost two decades of global experience in consumer goods, publishing and real estate. Mohan is a creative writer and originator of ideas and strategies to sell, persuade, communicate and market virtually anything. Currently Mohan is Creative Director at Montana Steele Advertising, a reputed ad agency in Toronto. Before moving to Canada just a few years ago, Mohan worked in Dubai with internationally renowned ad agency DDB, spinning award-winning campaigns for Volkswagen, Sony and HSBC. Prior to that, Mohan worked in the Mumbai ad world, pitching Unilever brands to the world’s fastest growing consumer market. A true global citizen, Mohan is fluent in 7 languages and a passionate advocate of cultural diversity in all walks of life. At CASSA, Mohan looks forward to leveraging his diversity skills and experience, shining a spotlight on deep-rooted prejudices and working to raise the profile of newcomers to Canada.
Anjum Sultana has been a board member with CASSA for the past two years and is excited to go into her third year of service for the board. Anjum is very passionate about health equity and social justice and that has led to her current role as a Masters of Public Health Student at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. For our MPH degree, she has specialized in Social and Behavioural Health Sciences, Community Development and Global Health with interests in Public Health Policy. Anjum has worked and volunteered at various institutions with a focus on reducing racial health inequities such as eHealth Ontario, Mount Sinai Hospital, Sick Kids Hospital, Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention and Womens College Research Institute. She is deeply committed in developing equitable high-quality health care systems and has focused on this in her work in Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and with IMAGINE, a health promotion initiative affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, that provides clinical, curative, illness prevention services in their weekly clinic and through outreach efforts to focus on health promotion and community development. In the future, she is interested in working on public health policy analyst for governments and international institutions and is currently completing a practicum as a Health Policy and Communications Analyst at the Association of Ontario Health Centres.
At the age of 15, Sanga Achakzai came to Canada with high hopes for a more secure and prosperous future, a chance to obtain a higher degree of education and an opportunity for leadership in the community she lives in. Sanga graduated from York University in 2008, with a Specialized Honours in International Relations, as well as a French certificate in bilingualism. While her academic background served more in project management, research and policy analysis, her work experience has been more in functioning as a front line worker in the not-for-profit sector for over 6 years. Sanga has worked as a settlement worker and volunteer coordinator for 3 years, at the Afghan Women’s organization. She also possesses a great degree of skills in proposal writing, coordinating websites, managing projects and conducting research. She currently works at Catholic Cross Cultural Services (CCS), where she coordinates the Community Services Program for women, and also assumes responsibility for volunteer management. Sanga is enthusiastic about social inclusion and social justice for the visible minority, and is exceptionally keen on working with the South Asian community, and assisting them to reach leadership roles to become more visible in Canadian multicultural society.