The Team

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The redefy team is an international group of hundreds of students from around the world. Join the team today: https://redefy.org/join-us/!


Ziad Ahmed, Founder 

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Ziad is a 18-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.


IMG_6053.JPGJames Wellemeyer, Executive Director

James joined Redefy in middle school because he believes no one should be treated differently simply because of who they are. James believes that Redefy is so powerful because it is driven by youth. Founder of Campaign for a New Jersey Gubernatorial Youth Council and author of Young Voices, a civics e-textbook, James strives to increase youth political involvement and knows that youth can make a tangible impact in the realm of social justice and politics.

 


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Alexandria Brady-Mine, Executive Director

Alexandria is a seventeen year-old Buchholz High School Student from Gainesville, Florida. She joined Redefy because she has dedicated her life to human rights and social justice activism. Alexandria has over nine years of experience running nonprofits and has received international recognition from Ann Taylor and Vital Voices for her nonprofit organizations. She founded her largest nonprofit The Human Projects, an international organization that has educated over a million people about human rights, in 2017. She is a self-proclaimed physics nerd and spends most of her time in a University of Florida lab researching the physics behind 3D printing complex human organs in jammed microgels.


pic_480Sara Chopra, Director of Social Media

Sara Chopra is a sixteen-year-old high-school senior at Princeton Day School in Princeton, New Jersey. In addition to her role at redefy, she is also a marketing contributor at Radius8, Inc., a retail-strategy startup. Aside from her interest in social media, Sara is a writing and Classics enthusiast interested in Roman culture and spoken Latin.

 


IMG_6037Inaya Ahmed, Director of Activate Your Squad

Inaya Ahmed is a sophomore at the Lawrenceville School. She participates in musical theatre, she is the Vice President of the Teens4TASK board, and she enjoys getting to know new people.

 


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Mariana Fernández, Assistant Director of Development

Mariana is eighteen years old and lives in Mexico City. She is a senior in Prepa Ibero. She joined Redefy because she thinks open-mindedness and kindness are the most important things in the world, and because it could be practice for what she wants to do for the rest of her life, since her major will be international relations. She has been a member of CISV since she’s eleven, and is part of the Tabú Council at her school, which works towards acceptance in topics like gender equality, among other things. She is a huge Harry Potter fan, cheese pizza is her favorite thing in the world, and can usually be found joking around with her friends, and being every kid’s therapist at lunch.


B53682E0-F460-4457-BA41-E07CA45BBE19.JPGVictoria Verrecchia, Director of Graphic Design

Victoria (Torie) is an 18-year-old from Providence, Rhode Island and currently attends Northeastern University. She has been doing work in graphic design and recently created and designed a coloring book for the pediatric patients at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Bradley Hospital in Rhode Island. This sparked her interest in helping and giving back to the community through her art and design work and led her to join the Redefy team. She believes that creative expression has the power to bring change to our communities. Outside of Redefy, she is a part of a Boston empowerment program, Girls LEAP, and teaches self-defense skills along with emotional tools to teach young girls to value their own safety and well-being. At Northeastern she spent her first semester abroad in Rome, Italy and pursued her passion for traveling and experiential learning. She plays field hockey, enjoys painting and writing, and is often seen asking people on the street to pet their dogs.

 


Julia Chang, Director of Journalism

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Julia is a 16-year-old from Princeton, NJ. She attends Princeton Day School and joined the Redefy movement with the hopes of promoting acceptance, fighting ignorance, and sparking real change. She dances, plays tennis, writes and edits for the school paper, and in her free time loves to write, take photos, and play the ukulele. She’s also a member of her school’s Asian-American Pacific Islander Club, Student Progressive Coalition, and Model UN team. If you ever find her deep in thought— she’s probably thinking of an Instagram caption.


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Aidan Fassu, Assistant Manager of Resource Creation

Aidan is a 15 year old sophomore from Hamilton, NJ. He attends Princeton Day School, and joined Redefy because he ensure that our future has equal opportunity for all. He is also apart of the Model UN team and is an active member of his school’s Black Latino Student Union, Student Progressive Coalition, and Debate Club. If you ever see him at a party, he’ll probably be at the middle of the dance floor with some pretty questionable dance moves. He loves mayo!


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Justin Sherman, Assistant Director of Management

Justin Sherman is a 15-year-old from Old Bridge, New Jersey and a current sophomore at Princeton Day School. He joined the Redefy team in hopes of spreading tolerance and fighting for a more inclusive tomorrow. In his free time, he enjoys playing ice hockey and occasionally, golf. And he does it all with style.

 


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Bhargavi is a junior 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 an editor for her school’s newspaper, plays soccer, works at her local children’s hospital, and does Lincoln-Douglas debate. Bhargavi is always excited to share ideas, spark discussion, and meet new people in every avenue of life. She’s known for her dedication, friendliness, and really loud laugh.


unnamed.jpgKatie Jain, Editorial Manager

Katie Jain is a 15-year-old freshman at Princeton Day School. 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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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.

 


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Helena Vasconcelos, Web Manager

Helena is a 16-year-old junior from Davie, FL.  She joined the Redefy team because she believes in changing the world through the use of technology.  As a Brazilian immigrant, her experiences have shaped her outlook on life immensely.  In her free time, she enjoys riding horses, coding, volunteering through the Best Buddies program, and competing on her school’s speech and debate team.


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

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

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