Charlie Grosso

Co-Founder/Executive Director
 

Charlie has nearly 20 years’ experience as an entrepreneur. Founding her first business at the age of 20, she went on to be a successful advertising photographer working with Lexus, Nike, JC Penny, Comedy Central and more. As a creative director, her clients include Paramount, Variety and FX. In the last 10 years, she’s traveled and toiled in over 70 countries, working as a writer, photographer, filmmaker and consultant specializing in strategic management and program design for social enterprises, tech/media companies and NGOs. Hello Future culminates her lifelong passion for innovation and social justice.

 
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Louay Haji

Lead Instructor

Louay has a master degree in English Language Teaching (ELT) and a certified teacher trainer with 9 years’ experience in teaching English language, training teachers and designing educational programs. He is currently the Academic Director and Educational Program Designer at IDEL Institute. Louay has also founded Feropedia; Kurdistan’s leading educational platform. He strongly believes in the power of education and continuous professional development as a powerful tool in creating active and sustainable communities.

 

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

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JUAN MARTINEZ

Juan is an executive with 25 years of experience, including MassVOTE, GLSEN, Sesame Workshop, and Teach for America. With the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Juan managed a grantmaking portfolio of $20 million focused on education policy and message research. He also served as Press Secretary to former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.

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DAVID F. LEVY

Partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

LYNN HIESTAND

Former Iraq technical director and board member for Heartland Alliance

EIZDEEN DENNAYI

MD, National Officer on Human Rights and Peace at IFMSA-Kurdistan; US Army translator, Duhok, Iraq

RIEGAN SAGE

Remote-Learning Expert and Strategy Consultant

JOHN ZINDAR

Adjunct Professor, Center for Global Affairs, SPS, New York University

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MAGGIE HALLEY

Journalist, The Washington Post

FRANK UCCIARDO

Journalist, CBS News covering the United Nations

 
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