Impact around the world, 2019 in review. Highlights from our India program, and our teams
A detailed look at five years of YouCanFreeUs and our growth, impact and efforts in
Tanvir Singh, Board member
Nandini Singh, Global Ambassador
The daughter of celebrated interior designer and art collector Kavita Singh and industrialist Jasjit Singh. She worked in the field of art and design with her mother for several years before following her true calling in community work. Today, she leads the ACG Cares Foundation as director of CSR, as well as serving on the Advisory Board of Gateway School of Mumbai. Nandini is passionate about people and the environment and is committed to being an influencer for social change in our communities.
Sujo John, Founder
Sujo is an inspirational speaker who speaks globally. He was launched into an international speaking career following the tragic attacks of September 11, 2001. Media from all over the world has taken interest in his story; Sujo has appeared and been featured in the BBC, CBC, Associated Press, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Times- London, National Geographic, The National Post and countless other publications from around the globe. Taking his story of hope around the world, Sujo John has spoken to hundreds of thousands of people in festivals, universities, public schools, sporting events, Fortune 500 companies and community events in over 600 cities across North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. He is passionate about seeing the evil of modern slavery end and believes there is a call on his life to be a catalyst for a culture of justice established in our world. In 2010 he founded YouCanFreeUs, an international humanitarian organization fighting modern slavery around the world through advocacy, rescue and rehabilitation. His fight against modern slavery has encouraged a network of global leaders to raise its voice against this evil of our times. YouCanFreeUs presently operates safe houses, training centers and strategic intervention hubs in the USA, Canada, UK, India and Norway where it is registered as a non-profit.
Priyanka Kriplani, Hon. Board Member
Priyanka was raised in Mumbai, India. She attended Carleton College in Minnesota, USA where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science (International Relations) and two minors in Cinema & Media Studies and French & Francophone Studies. She was also selected to give the Commencement Speech at her Graduation. She moved back to India and joined her family export business for a short stint. She simultaneously went on to complete a Masters in Business Law from the National Law School of India University in Bangalore, India. Priyanka is currently the Country Head for India of a French trading house, CIPA SAS located in Mumbai, India. She also serves in various capacities on different Non-Profits such as Habitat for Humanity India (Women’s India Build) and the Terry Fox Foundation that raises money for cancer research amongst children.
Priyanka loves to travel, enjoys collecting antiques from different parts of the world and is always ready for a new business idea. She is a runner, a food enthusiast and a dog lover. She speaks English, Hindi and French.
Manmeet Arora, Board Member
Manmeet Arora is an innovative interior designer with an entrepreneurial spirit who is based in Mumbai. After her studies in design school in Mumbai, she honed her skills working with reputed design firms before setting up her own studio in 2010 – Left of Centre. Her passion is to use her creative freedom to curate spaces that reflect the needs and the personality of her clients. In 2018, Manmeet expanded her business horizons by venturing into the food and beverage industry and becoming a partner in a cafe called ‘The Daily All Day’ in Pune, Maharashtra. The abuse faced by women and children has always been a compelling issue for Manmeet. In working with YouCanFreeUs, she believes she can help these women overcome the horrors they have faced as victims of oppression to the most horrific evil – modern slavery. She is also focused on generating awareness of their situation, which she believes to be the ultimate tool for change.
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