Rupsi Burman – Founder & Chair
Rupsi Burman, person of Indian origin, currently resides in the USA and is an IT professional with over a couple of decades of experience in banking, logistics, utilities, international trade and government. Since childhood she’s been involved in philanthropic work and is a bold stand for love and peace. In July 2013 she started her own non-profit organization Hope in Life Foundation (www.hopeinlifefoundation.org) to immerse herself in humanitarian work. Her non-profit empowers women, men and children through training and education. Her organization does projects with women inside prisons, children in elementary schools and colleges, homeless people, trafficked victims. As Chair of Orange County Task Force – Cities for CEDAW Program she works with elected officials of various cities to bring CEDAW to cities and County of Orange. CEDAW is the United Nations Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women adopted by the General Assembly in 1979. Under her leadership, CEDAW Resolution was passed by City of Laguna Woods in April 2016. Her non-profit organization is a Council of Organization (COO) of United Nations Association-United States of America (UNA-USA) Orange County chapter – http://www.una-oc.org/. Hope in Life Foundation is also a Cooperation Circle (CC) of United Religions Initiative www.urimulti.org and works collaboratively with other interfaith organizations to deliver and maintain peace and harmony in the community. In 2015, her team did a workshop at Parliament of World’s Religions at Salt Lake City, Utah on, ”Peace Within families – The Human Approach”. She is a member of Oprah Winfrey’s Belief Team (http://www.oprah.com/belief/Oprah-Winfrey-Presents-Landmark-Television-Event-Belief). She serves on the Advisory Board of Council of Interfaith and Indigenous Women; One Global Family Foundation (http://oneglobalfamilyfoundation.org/); Southern California Committee for a Parliament of World’s Religions (http://sccpwr.org/) and S.A.R.A.H (http://www.sarah4hope.org/). She is a member of American Association of University Women http://longbeach-ca.aauw.net/ as well as of American Women for International Understanding (www.awiu.org). In 2014 she started a non-profit in Calcutta, India https://shurukolkatadotorg.wordpress.com/ as an extension of her work in the United States. The Calcutta organization has collaboratively delivered three workshops over eighteen months.
Margaret Huebner – Vice Chair & Administration Margaret is a 40-year Human Resources Executive and has worked in a wide variety of industries during her career, including the maritime and goods movement industry, government contracting and defense manufacturing. She also spent approximately ten years in the Middle East as a Management and Human Resources Consultant, living in Oman and Kuwait. Huebner earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from California State University, Northridge, and a Master of Science degree in Human Resources Design from Claremont Graduate University. She also holds the professional designation of Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the Human Resources Certification Institute, and completed the CSU Northridge certificate program on “Mediation and Conflict Resolution.” She is an active member of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, AAUW Long Beach, and Hope in Life Foundation. She was honored in 2016 as a “Woman of Distinction” by Soroptimist International Long Beach.
Sharmistha Chakraborty – Vice Chair & Event Management With an MBA in Finance and over 25 years of experience in the Investment banking industry, Sharmistha is an expert and a leader professionally. Sharmistha is blessed with great communication skills that have taken her into leadership roles, all the way up to Executive Management. She has led business projects overseas and has been recognized for her accomplishments that required deep understanding of cross cultural differences. She is passionate about Indian arts and culture, and is constantly promoting the same everywhere. She is also deeply involved in philanthropy work. In the past she has helped to raise funds for a library that was otherwise struggling to meet the needs of the community. She has served on the local chapter of Women’s club of the San Gabriel region and has also been active at the Easter Seal Foundation. She is an enthusiastic patron of the Vedanta temple and uses her time and energy to work with those who need her kind services. She was the Treasurer of the Bengali Association of Southern California (BASC) and later was on their Advisory Board.
Jhumur Bhattacharya – Secretary & Event Management She has lived in the USA for over 40 years and has spent 35 of those years in the Software industry. She has a Master’s in Mathematics from India as well as a Computer Science degree from Hamburg, Germany. Jhumur was raised in a family where getting an education was a priority. As a result, all 9 siblings completed their education in a timely manner. She has served as a faculty member of Devry University and California State, Fullerton. With so much emphasis on education in her life since childhood, she not only realizes the value of it, but also supports her family and friends to keep at it. She is a compassionate human being serving Southern California residents with her dedication, time and energy. In the past she has volunteered at the Easter Seal Foundation and Fairview Severely Disabled facility and currently she volunteers at a Senior Center and also at a local Ashram.
Khairulnissa “Carol” Hotaki – Treasurer Khairulnissa “Carol” Khan-Hotaki is a successful Private Banker for The Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank (Orange County market). She specializes in providing comprehensive wealth management strategies tailored specifically for high net-worth private clients, including asset management, lending, trust and estate services, and deposits. “Hotaki”, as she is affectionately known to colleagues and friends, began her career in the financial industry while attending The University of California, Irvine where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in International Studies and Social Science in 1999. During her tenure in high school and college she developed an interest in geopolitics and economics in the third world and won the all-counties American Legion Auxiliary Girls State scholarship. Her insatiable hunger to contribute positively to her community is exhibited through her two decades of service as a Board of Director for multiple nonprofit organizations that focus on issues for the homeless, orphans, youth, women and education, including Families Forward(Board of Director), Hope In Life Foundation (Board of Director), Barakah Foundation, and Sana Orphanage.
Laura Lafoia Ava – Tesimale – Outreach Operations Director Laura is an Indigenous Pacific American mother, humanitarian, entrepreneur, community organizer and global peace activist. Her professional career spans over 30-years managing branches and corporate operations for multi-billion dollar real estate lending firms. Since 2001, Laura has been the CEO of AVA Consulting & Management and the Founder/President of One Global Family Foundation. In 2015, she founded and chairs the Councils of Interfaith and Indigenous Women – Youth. Laura also serves on the board for the Orange County Interfaith Network, Unity & Diversity World Council, Southern California Parliament of the World’s Religions, and the Interfaith Advisory Council for the LA & OC Sheriff’s Departments.
YOUTH DIVISION Sagarika Kayal – Co-Director Sagarika Kayal is currently a junior at University of California Irvine studying Business Economics and Management. She has been working with Hope In Life Foundation for the past 5 years doing photography, videography, and video editing. As her passion for bringing awareness to global issues involving sexual violence and human trafficking has grown over time, Sagarika has stepped up as a Co-Leader for the Youth Board at Hope In Life Foundation. She hopes to use this platform to be a voice for those women and children around the world who face injustice. In addition to her passion for advocacy, Sagarika also loves to cook, edit videos, and exercise in her free time.
Sayeda Hotaki – Co-Director