Our Team

Ziad Ahmed, Founder 

Ziad is a 19-year-old from Princeton, NJ. He founded Redefy in 2013 because he believes fervently in justice for all. He has since been named one of the Top 9 Teens Changing The World and a High School Trailblazer by MTV. He also keeps himself busy with running his company (JÜV Consulting), leading at school, volunteering in his community, and engaging politically. He can also be quite outrageous, and you can usually find him laughing at his own jokes. You can learn more about him here: www.ziadtheactivist.com.


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Julia Chang is a 16-year-old from Princeton, NJ passionate about fighting ignorance and the injustice that inextricably stems from it. She believes that what is most important for the world right now is communication — and from journalism to Model UN, she upholds the value of thought-provoking conversation at every turn. She is also highly involved at her high-school, acting in many positions including Opinions Editor of the school newspaper, a Writing Center mentor, and a co-head of Student Progressive Coalition. If you ever find her deep in thought, she’s probably thinking of an Instagram caption.


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Justin Sherman, Director of Operations

Justin is a 16-year-old junior from Old Bridge, New Jersey. He joined the Redefy team in hopes of spreading tolerance and fighting for a more inclusive tomorrow. As a bottom line, Justin believes no one should face lesser opportunity because of their race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or socioeconomic status. Outside of Redefy, he enjoys playing ice hockey for both his high school and club team, as well as acting as a SIMS mentor, student ambassador, and a member of the judiciary committee at his school. Plus, he does it all with style.


IMG_7117 - Bhargavi GarimellaBhargavi Garimella, Director of Management

Bhargavi is a senior at Leland High School in San Jose, California. She joined Redefy because of her desire to spark change on a larger platform and because she believes in building a future in which everyone’s voices can be heard. Outside of Redefy, Bhargavi is the editor-in-chief for her school’s newspaper, plays soccer, conducts neuroscience research, and does Lincoln-Douglas debate. Bhargavi is always excited to share ideas, eat good food, and meet new people in every avenue of life!


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Katie Jain is a 15-year-old sophomore from Princeton, NJ. She joined Redefy because she strongly believes that, though a lot of discrimination is committed through malice, the majority is done due to ignorance, and the first step in preventing discrimination is through understanding and compassion. When not fueling her Netflix addiction, Katie can be found asleep with her dogs, listening to music, or curled up reading.


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Zoe Rivera, Director of Social Media

Zoe is a 16-year old junior from Somerset, New Jersey. Always the first to stand up and speak out, her intense passion for advocating for the underrepresented, undervalued, and underdog-like is a key part of her personality. When her hectic daily life dies down, you can catch her writing poetry, reading, drawing, fencing and looking up hair tutorials. Extroverted and energetic to a fault, it’s not uncommon to see her talking for hours on end with a group of people – but don’t be fooled. She’s probably talking about the chronological history of “deep-fried” memes (with some activism sprinkled in here and there).


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Inaya Ahmed is a junior at the Lawrenceville School. She is passionate about social justice and spreading love. She is the President of Teens4TASK at the local soup kitchen and interns at Passage Theatre. In her free time, she enjoys theatre and getting to know people.

 

 


img_1073-e1534472173962.jpgLauren Liu, Director of Resource Creation

Lauren Liu is a 16-year old from Princeton, NJ who is deeply committed to the idea that everyone deserves a voice to express themselves, free of judgment or stereotypes. Although her voice does rise two octaves when doing so, speaking out for those who are unable to is a fundamental aspect of Lauren’s raison d’etre. If not at the library, she can usually be found on a boat, coxing her crew team; in the Mercer Courtrooms, serving the courts; in a lab, conducting piezoelectric research; or on a NYC subway, exploring the limits of her MetroCard.


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Joanne Wang, Editorial Manager

Joanne is a 16-year-old feminist at WW-P High School North. She joined Redefy to make her generation aware of the dangers of stereotyping so they can make a change in their community. When she is not scribbling her thoughts down on paper, she can be found drawing, volunteering, or playing volleyball. If there’s ever a spare moment, she’s probably crying over a good book or movie.


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Lily Zhu, Editorial Manager

Lily is a junior at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South and one of the editorial managers of Redefy. She joined Redefy to combine her writing ambitions and humanitarian values, and she is eager to contribute to Redefy journalism. In her other time, you can find her doing ballet, editing for a local newspaper, playing the oboe, or eating fruit.


School Representatives Team:

Salma Touni  – Centennial High School – Baltimore, Maryland

Faizah Rabbye – Queens High School for the Sciences – Queens, New York

Asher Mohammed Walthamstow Academy London, United Kingdom

Esmeralda Rocha Prep Northbrook Highschool  Houston, Texas

Aikya Varanasi  West Windsor Plainsboro High School North  Princeton Junction, New Jersey

Emily Gao  Homestead High School  Sunnyvale, California

Rania Rizvi  Monroe Township High School  Monroe Township, New Jersey

Chad Leo  Patuxent High School  Solomons, Maryland

Sydney Parker  Princeton High School  Princeton, New Jersey

Srinidhi Ananth  West Windsor Plainsboro High School North  Plainsboro, New Jersey

Amenah Ghani  Montgomery Upper Middle School  Skillman, New Jersey

Laila Mafemba  North Birmingham Academy  Birmingham, United Kingdom

Maryam Ahmad  Oakton High School  Fairfax, Virginia

Nalin Dwivedi West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South  West Windsor, New Jersey

Manasa Mula  West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North  Plainsboro, New Jersey

Rohit Vadodaria  Montgomery High School Belle Mead, New Jersey

Hannah Drexler  Lewisburg Area High School  Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

Sapna Ramappa Notre Dame High School  San Jose, California

Iman Berry  Vincent Massey Secondary School  Windsor, Ontario

Faiza Dawood Public School Karachi, Pakistan

Savannah Green Princeton High School Princeton, New Jersey

Jonathan Griese  Homeschool  Saint Louis, Missouri

Paroma Mehta  Jamnabai Narsee International School  Mumbai, India

Rohan Yelamanchili Naperville North High School Naperville, Illinois

Victor Ye  Glen A. Wilson High School  Hacienda Heights, CA

Kenza Hammoud  Lycée Descartes  Rabat, Morocco

Rita Sabri Groupe Scolaire High Tech  Rabat, Morocco

Alex Brodowski  Pennsbury High School  Yardley, Pennsylvania

Jay Pade  West Windsor Plainsboro  South Plainsboro, New Jersey

Valerie Wu  Presentation High School  Saratoga, California

Tushira Venkatayogi  Montgomery High School  Princeton, New Jersey

Bhavana Ravala  Normal Community High School  Bloomington, Illinois

Angela Chen  St Catherine’s School  Sydney, Australia

Alexander Pilks  Advanced Technologies Academy  Las Vegas, Nevada

Caeli Smith  White County High School  Cleveland, Georgia

Andrew Garza  Robert E Fitch High School  Mystic, Connecticut

Tejus  Sri Kumarans Children’s Home  Bangalore, India

Tisha Custodio  Orange County School of the Arts  Irvine, California

Lux Preciado-Solis  Lincoln High School  Portland, Oregon

Neha Middela  International Academy Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Shreenidhi Rajagopalan  DAV Sr. Secondary School  Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Atharva Bhagwat  Pace Junior Science College  Navi Mumbai, India

Alwyn Varghese  North Brunswick Township High School  North Brunswick, New Jersey

Fehmeeda Qayum  Nixor College for A-Levels  Karachi, Pakistan

Debbie Adam  Academies @ Englewood  Englewood, New Jersey

Naomi Vuong – Orcutt Academy – Orcutt, California

Tiffany Vuong  Orcutt Academy – Orcutt, California

Vennela  Centennial High School – Baltimore, Maryland

Ishaan  James Logan High School – Union City, California

Justin Chiu  Urbana High School – Urbana, Illinois

Elizabeth Griefer  South Brunswick High School  South Brunswick Township, New Jersey

Nicholas Sutton  Pennsbury High School – Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania

Jaydeep Grewal – Pennsbury High School  Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania

Yuqing Liu  Texas Academy of Math and Science  Denton, TX

David Chen  Colonel By Secondary School Ottawa, Ontario

Chloe Marks  Wheaton North High School  Wheaton, Illinois

Natasha Bakri  King’s Academy  Madaba, Jordan

Joseph Boland – Gonzaga College High School – Washington, D.C.

Joachim Rillo – International School Manila – Taguig, Philippines

Dong Wan Ha – International School Manila – Taguig, Philippines

Arjun Verma – Lake Highland Preparatory School –  Orlando, Florida

Harrison Lee – The Lawrenceville School – Lawrenceville, NJ

Nicole Campos – South Hill School Incorporated – Los Baños, Laguna

Alim Rodican – ESUMS – Hamden, CT

Elle Tran – Pacifica High School – Garden Grove, California

Cate Levy The Lawrenceville School – Lawrenceville, NJ

Esha Akhtar The Lawrenceville School – Lawrenceville, NJ

Sanchya Kansal – Briar Woods High School – Ashburn, Virginia

Ijeamaka Achebe The Lawrenceville School – Lawrenceville, NJ

Salonee Singh – Pembroke Pines Charter High School – Pembroke Pines, Florida

Pritika Paramasivam – Westwood High School – Austin, Texas

Mykael Canady The Lawrenceville School – Lawrenceville, NJ

Campus Representatives Team:

Youssef Boucetta – Hampshire College

Asianna Hall – The College of New Jersey

Mia Iqbal – Dartmouth College

Sabrina Callahan – Emory University

John-Robert Rodriguez – University of Florida

Elizabeth Valades – University of Texas

Christina Rosca – Vanderbilt University

Abby Emison – Northeastern University

Cecil Robinson – Shorter University

Neel Bhagwat – The George Washington University

Imade Ojo – Howard University

Maddie Becker – Loyola University Maryland

Hosen Arman – Rowan College at Gloucester County

Clara Love – Duke University

Saida Abdullahi suleiman – Kaduna state university

Andrea Humphries – The University of Texas at Austin

Chapters:

Zoë Selesi – Redefy Bexley Grammar School, United Kingdom

Iqra Karim – Redefy Islamabad City, Pakistan

Mariana Fernández – Redefy Mexico City, Mexico

Anis Takieddine – Redefy Morocco

Anna Jiang – Redefy California, United States

Amenah Ghani – Redefy Montgomery Upper Middle School, United States

Harry Scott – Redefy John Spence Community High School, United Kingdom

Lucas Marques – Redefy John Marshall High School, United States

Angus Jyu – Redefy Monta Vista High School, United States

Vishwaa Sofat – Redefy Stuyvesant High School, United States

Keun Young Ko – Redefy South Korea

Anais Amer – Redefy Jordan

Felipe Félix – Redefy Panama

Zain Zahir – Redefy Flint Hill School, United States

Jwala Mitra – Redefy San Jose, California

Zaid Mohammed – Redefy Belmont, Texas

Angela Chen – Redefy Sydney, Australia

Shruti Bajaj – Redefy Katy, TX

Raechel Hardeman – Redefy UNC Charlotte

Ranya Siddiqui – Redefy Dallas, TX

Nicole Campos – Redefy Philippines

Xuan Yee – Redefy Singapore