Director of Programming & Education - Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival
Aram is a San Francisco native and has a BFA and MFA in Film Production form the University of California at Santa Cruz and York University respectively. He has been involved with Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival since 2005 in numerous capacities specializing in programming, industry and commissioning projects. Aram has also worked or volunteered at the Toronto International Film Festival, Hot Docs, and ImagineNative. He has a background in documentary post production and editing a pair of documentaries broadcast nationally in the United States. His own work has played festivals in the United States, Canada, Japan and China.
Visual Artist/Adjunct Faculty, OCAD University
Surendra teaches Photography as an Adjunct Faculty at the Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto. His current photography project is based in Kathmandu and focuses on activists of marginalized groups including women, Dalits and indigenous natiionalities during Nepal's constitution drafting process. His work has been exhibited internationally including The Fries Museum in The Netherlands, O' Hare International Airport in Chicago, Tufts University Gallery in Boston, Nepal Art Council in Kathmandu, and the Goethe-Institut in New Delhi. Visit his website to view more of his work.
Katherine N. Rankin
Professor - Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto
Katharine is the author of Cultural Politics of Markets: Economic Liberalization and Social Change in Nepal (Pluto Press and University of Toronto Press 2004), as well as numerous journal articles related to research interests in the areas of the politics of planning and development, comparative market regulation, feminist and critical theory, neoliberal governance and social polarization. Current research projects investigate community economic development in Toronto and infrastructure development, state restructuring and political subjectivity in Nepal.
Dr. Hari Gurung
Senior Data Analyst - Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO), Ontario Ministry of Education
Dr. Hari Gurung is a social scientist (socioeconomics) by training, with a master's in economics and a doctorate in environmental (social) anthropology. He has spent most of his career doing socioeconomic research in rural and international development, nationally in Nepal and internationally in Southeast Asia. As the Senior Data Analyst of the EQAO, he oversees the data processing, quality assurance, and analytics of the province-wide standardized assessment of primary, junior and secondary students administered by the Ontario Ministry of Education. As a social scientist, he is interested in Nepalese community activities in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) geared towards preserving and promoting Nepalese culture, heritage, and in particular the overall social-economic upliftment of marginalized population in general. He is the sitting Chairperson of the Nepalese Canadian Heritage Centre (www.nchc.ca) located in the GTA.