Incredible 2022 line-up!

We are very excited this year to have an extraordinary line up of renowned thought leaders from both the public and private sectors such as:

  • Dominic Barton, Canada’s former ambassador to China, business executive, author, management consultant,
  • Dr. Tina Montreuil, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University, Spokesperson for the Canadian Association of Mental Health,
  • Masai Ujiri , Vice-Chairman and President Toronto Raptors, MLSE; Founder of Giants of Africa,
  • and many others!

The list is growing every week and we will update this section as speakers are confirmed. Please click on the name of the speaker to view their biographies. Please note the biographies are listed in order of presentations.

Daryell Nowlan

Chair, APEX Board of Directors

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Daryell Nowlan has been an assistant deputy minister (vice-president) at ACOA since June 2013, and an executive and member of APEX for 14 years.

He joined the APEX board in 2018, serving on the Nominating Committee for the last two years. In addition to his APEX work, he is also Champion for the National Managers’ Community for the Atlantic region.

Daryell has spent most of his 27 years of public service at ACOA serving in various roles in its regional and head offices. He has worked extensively in federal-provincial relations, policy, innovation, and community and business development.

Daryell is currently based in Moncton, New Brunswick. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration and a diploma in public administration from the University of Prince Edward Island, as well as a Master of Business Administration from the University of New Brunswick.

Daryell is a proud member of the LGBTQ2+ community and works hard to promote a respectful and inclusive workplace. He is very excited to take on this new role as APEX Chair.

Carl Trottier

Chief Executive Officer, APEX

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Carl was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister at Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) in 2016. He has been a proud member of APEX since 2006, when he first entered the executive ranks.

Carl began his career with National Defence in Human Resources with a focus in Labour Relations. He became a successful negotiator at TBS and proceeded to lead the Collective Bargaining program. His journey continued with him leading the Governance, Program and Policy Sector and working on many transformation initiatives. He then went to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) to implement the new RCMP labour relations regime.

Carl brings a strong leadership background and experience in change management, negotiation, strategic planning, program development, people management, relationship management and stakeholder engagement. Carl is very excited to take on the role of APEX CEO, and to further lead the APEX vision toward an executive community with elevated wellness, elite leaders and extraordinary impacts through partnerships.

Anil Arora

Chief Statistician, Statistics Canada

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Anil Arora was appointed Chief Statistician of Canada in September 2016. Mr. Arora has led significant transformational initiatives throughout his career, with experience and partnerships spanning all three levels of government, the private sector and international organizations, including the UN and the OECD. He has led projects on high-profile policy issues, legislative and regulatory reform, and overseen large national programs. Prior to his appointment as Chief Statistician of Canada, Mr. Arora held several senior roles within Statistics Canada as well as at Natural Resources Canada and Health Canada.

Sarah Paquet

Director and CEO, FINTRAC

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Sarah Paquet was appointed Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC) on November 18, 2020. As the head of Canada’s financial intelligence unit and anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing regulator, she is responsible for ensuring the Centre facilitates the detection, prevention and deterrence of money laundering, terrorist activity financing and threats to the security of Canada. In addition to leading FINTRAC, Ms. Paquet is the Chair of the Egmont Information Exchange Working Group, which is focused on improving information sharing among the world’s financial intelligence units.

Before joining FINTRAC, Ms. Paquet held numerous leadership positions across the federal public service over the past 20 years. From 2018 to 2020, she served as the first Executive Vice-President at Shared Services Canada, providing leadership to the organization as it modernized the Government of Canada enterprise IT infrastructure and enabled digital services to Canadians.

Ms. Paquet attended the University of Ottawa, earning her Civil Law degree in 1993 and her Common Law degree in 2001. She serves as the Deputy Minister Champion for the University Ottawa and is focused on strengthening the relationship between the University and the Government of Canada, as well as facilitating student recruitment and enhancing student mental health. In 2021, Ms. Paquet received the Award for Commitment to the University, recognizing her as an outstanding alumna who has distinguished herself through her philanthropic activities for the University.

Ms. Paquet is also a strong advocate for women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and an inspiring speaker on the topics of leadership, innovation and inclusion. In 2020, she was named one of Canada’s most powerful women by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN), receiving the CIBC Executive Leaders distinction. In the same year, she also received the Public Sector Champion-Government award from Women in Communications and Technology (WCT), which recognizes those who are committed to gender diversity in Canada’s digital industries.

Dominic Barton

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Former Ambassador of Canada to China

Dominic recently completed his role as the Ambassador of Canada to the People’s Republic of the China. He was appointed by the Right Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in 2019 until 2021.

Dominic was a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company and served as Global Managing Partner from 2009 to 2018.

He served as Chairman of Teck Resources and as Non-Executive Director at the Singtel Group (Singapore) and Investor AB (Sweden). He was also an Advisory  Board Member of the Olayan Group, a private family-owned company. He is also the Chancellor of the University of Waterloo, was the Chair of Standard Chartered Bank’s International Advisory Council, was the Chair of the Canadian Minister of Finance’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth and was Chair of the Seoul International Business Advisory Council for the past six years.

He was a Senior Trustee of the Brookings Institution, a member of the Singapore Economic Development Board’s International Advisory Council, and a member of the boards of Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City and the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.

He is one of the founders of FCLT Global (Focusing Capital on the Long Term), has co-authored four books, including Talent Wins, published in 2018 and is also an Adjunct Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing. He is the recipient of 8 honorary doctorates from the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia and the University of Edinburgh, among others.

He graduated from the University of British Columbia with a BA Honours in economics and has a M.Phil in Economics from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

Dan Chenok

Executive Director, IBM Center for The Business of Government

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Dan Chenok is Executive Director of the IBM Center for The Business of Government. He oversees all of the Center’s activities in connecting research to practice to benefit government, and has written and spoken extensively around government technology, cybersecurity, privacy, regulation, budget, acquisition, and Presidential transitions. Mr. Chenok previously led consulting services for Public Sector Technology Strategy, working with IBM government, healthcare, and education clients.

Mr. Chenok serves in numerous industry leadership positions. He is a CIO SAGE and member of the Research Advisory Council with the Partnership for Public Service, Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, Member of the Board of Directors for the Senior Executives Association, Member of the Government Accountability Office Polaris Advisory Council for Science and Technology, Member of the American University IT Executive Council, and Mentor with the Global Policy, Diplomacy, and Sustainability Fellowship.  Previously, he served as Chair of the Industry Advisory Council (IAC) for the government-led American Council for Technology (ACT), Chair of the Cyber Subcommittee of the DHS Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee, Chair of the NIST-sponsored Federal Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board, and two-time Cybersecurity commission member with the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Mr. Chenok also generally advises public sector leaders on a wide range of management issues. Finally, Mr. Chenok serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor with the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas in Austin, teaching at the school’s Washington, DC Center. Before joining IBM, Mr. Chenok was a Senior Vice President for Civilian Operations with Pragmatics, and prior to that was a Vice President for Business Solutions and Offerings with SRA International.

As a career Government executive, Mr. Chenok served as Branch Chief for Information Policy and Technology with the Office of Management and Budget, where he led a staff with oversight of federal information and IT policy, including electronic government, computer security, privacy and IT budgeting. Prior to that, he served as Assistant Branch Chief and Desk Officer for Education, Labor, HHS, and related agencies in OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. Mr. Chenok began his government service as an analyst with the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, and left government service at the end of 2003.

In 2008, Mr. Chenok served on President Barack Obama’s transition team as the Government lead for the Technology, Innovation, and Government Reform group, and as a member of the OMB Agency Review Team.

Mr. Chenok has won numerous honors and awards, including a 2010 Federal 100 winner for his work on the presidential transition, the 2016 Eagle Award for Industry Executive of the Year, and the 2002 Federal CIO Council Azimuth Award for Government Executive of the Year.

Mr. Chenok earned a BA from Columbia University and a Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Hannah Cameron

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Deputy Commissioner, Strategy & Policy, Te Kawa Mataaho New Zealand Public Service Commission

Hannah joined Te Kawa Mataaho Public Service Commission in April 2018, having previously held the role of Deputy Chief Policy Officer at the Ministry of Health. Hannah started her career in the UK Civil Service and has worked in the New Zealand public service for 17 years in government departments that also include the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Justice and Department of Internal Affairs.

Hannah led the reform of New Zealand’s Public Service Act in 2020 and is now embedding those changes into the culture and structures within the Public Service.

She also has a key role in advising Government on mechanisms to tackle complex problems such as Family Violence, Reform of the Health and Disability System and the COVID19 Response and Recovery.

Muhammad Yunus

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Bangladeshi economist and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus is the father of microcredit, the father of social business, the founder of Grameen Bank, and of more than 50 other companies in Bangladesh. For his constant innovation and enterprise, Fortune Magazine named Professor Yunus as “one of 12 greatest entrepreneurs of our time.”

A Fulbright Scholar at Vanderbilt University, Professor Yunus received his Ph.D. in Economics in 1969.

Professor Yunus returned to Bangladesh in 1972 and joined the Department of Economics, University of Chittagong, as its chairman. In 1976, Professor Yunus started to experiment with providing collateral free loans to the poor. The project was called Grameen Bank Project and later, in 1983, became a full-fledged bank for providing loans to the poor, mostly women, in rural Bangladesh. Today Grameen Bank has over 8.4 million borrowers, 97% of whom are women and disburses over one and a half billion US dollars each year.

In 2006, Professor Yunus and Grameen Bank were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Professor Muhammad Yunus is the recipient of more than 50 honorary degrees from universities across 20 countries. He has received 112 awards from 26 countries including state honors from 10 countries.

He is one of seven individuals to have received the Nobel Peace Prize, the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom and the United States Congressional Gold Medal. Other notable awards include the Ramon Magsaysay Award (1984), World Food Prize (1994), International Simon Bolivar Prize (1996), Sydney Peace Prize (1998), The Prince of Austurias Award for Concord (1998) and Seoul Peace Prize (2006).

Dr. Tina Montreuil

Clinical Psychologist

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Dr. Tina Montreuil is an Associate Professor in the department of Educational and Counselling Psychology and an Associate Member of the department of Psychiatry at McGill University. She is also a Regular Investigator of the Research Unit of Children’s Psychosocial Maladjustment (GRIP) at McGill.As a licensed member of the Quebec Order of Psychologists and a credentialed member of the Canadian Association of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapies, she practices privately with children and family, focusing on cognitive-behavioural and mindfulness approaches. She has published in several peer‐reviewed journals and has been a lecturer at several international conferences. In 2013, Dr. Montreuil was awarded the title of “Champion” in Mental Health in the “Research” category from the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health, and was more recently included in TheTop 150 Leading Canadians for Mental Health by CAMH Difference Makers. She currently holds a number of grants from provincial and federal funding agencies in support of her school-based research.

Dr. Montreuil’s current research focuses on investigating the role of emotion regulation, attitudes, and beliefs on the development and intergenerational transmission of psychopathology and how symptoms of mental health problems might interfere with self-regulated learning in a group context and ultimately, educational achievement. Mediators and moderators of emotion regulation and resiliency such as the role of parental socialization of emotions on the use of emotion regulation strategies in children are also investigated. In addition to the universal emotion regulation school-based program called Healthy Minds, Healthy Schools, C.A.R.E. Research Group has developed a complementary parenting program called Parenting C.A.R.E.. In addition to promoting mental health literacy, much of Dr. Montreuil’s Research Group activities focus on advocating for the implementation of School-Based Mental Health practices and philosophies. She is currently a member of a number of regional and provincial working groups whose primary aim is to define how to implement and promote mental health and well-being in schools.

Kim Thuy


Kim Thuy's pictureKim Thuy, speaker was born in Vietnam in 1968. At the age of 10 she left Vietnam along with a wave of refugees commonly referred to in the media as “the boat people” and settled with her family in Quebec, Canada. A graduate in translation and law, she has worked as a seamstress, interpreter, lawyer, restaurant owner and food columnist for radio and television. She lives in Montreal and devotes her life to writing.

Kim Thúy has received many awards, including the Governor General’s Literary Award in 2010, and was one of the top 4 finalists of the Alternative Nobel Prize in 2018. Her books have sold more than 730,000 copies around the world and have been translated into 29 languages and distributed across 39 countries and territories.

Sheila Watt-Cloutier

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Environmental, Cultural and Human Rights Advocate, and Officer of the Order of Canada


Nobel Peace Prize nominee Sheila Watt-Cloutier is in the business of transforming public opinion into public policy. Experienced in working with global decision-makers for more than a decade, Watt-Cloutier offers a new model for 21st century leadership. She speaks with passion and urgency on the issues of today — the environment, the economy, foreign policy, global health, and sustainability — not as separate concerns, but as a deeply interconnected whole. At a time when people are seeking solutions, direction, and a sense of hope, this global leader provides a big picture of where we are and where we’re headed.

In 2007, Watt-Cloutier was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her advocacy work in showing the impact of global climate change on human rights — especially in the Arctic, where it is felt more immediately, and more dramatically, than anywhere else in the world. Watt-Cloutier is an Officer of the Order of Canada, and the recipient of the Aboriginal Achievement Award, the UN Champion of the Earth Award, the Norwegian Sophie Prize, the Jack P. Blaney award for Dialogue, and the Right Livelihood Award, which is widely considered the “Nobel Alternative”.

From 1995-2002, Watt-Cloutier was elected the Canadian President of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC). She was later elected in 2002 to become the International Chair of the ICC, representing the 155,000 Inuit from Canada, Greenland, Alaska, and Russia — she held this post until 2006.

Widely recognized for her influential work, Watt-Cloutier gave a TEDx Talk in 2016 titled “Human Trauma and Climate Trauma as One”. She is also the author of the memoir, The Right to Be Cold: One Woman’s Story of Protecting Her Culture, the Arctic and the Whole Planet, which was nominated for the 2016 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction and the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. In 2017, the book was shortlisted for CBC Canada Reads, defended by Chantal Kreviazuk. Watt-Cloutier was also shortlisted for the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize.

Randell Adjei

Poet, Author and Speaker

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Randell Adjei is an entrepreneur, speaker and spoken word practitioner who uses his gifts to Empower the message of Alchemy. He was recently appointed Ontario’s first Poet Laureate. Randell, is the founder of one of Toronto’s largest youth led initiatives; Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere (R.I.S.E Edutainment). In 2018, R.I.S.E received the Toronto Arts Foundation’s, Mayor’s Youth Arts Award. Randell is the author of “I am Not my struggles,” a powerful Anthology released in 2018. Randell was also named CBC’s Metro Morning’s Torontonian of the Year in 2015 and NOW Magazines Local Hero in May 2017. In 2020 Randell opened up for President Barack Obama at the Economic Club of Canada.

Danièle Henkel

Entrepreneurship Guru

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For more than 20 years, Danièle Henkel has been a leader in the field of business and entrepreneurship in Canada. Founder and CEO of Entreprises Daniele Henkel, she brings to the market avant-garde and non-invasive technologies for the benefit of beauty and health centers. In addition to the realization of an impressive line of cosmetic products, as a brand, it develops franchises and offers medico-aesthetic express services.

In 2020, it is launching a digital television platform: danielehenkel.tv. This medium is entirely dedicated to equipping small and medium-sized businesses and offering visibility to any entrepreneur, here and abroad. Again, this is the key to success. In a short period of time, the capsules reached nearly 3 million views.

Danièle Henkel is also recognized for her qualities as a communicator; one of the reasons why, for 5 seasons, the famous show “In the Eye of the Dragon” recruited him to be one of his mentors. It is this television program that gives the general public the opportunity to discover it. Ever since, constantly in demand in the media, his notoriety charms everyone. To date, it grants, under various themes, nearly fifty conferences per year. Added to this is the publication of three autobiographical books, each a best seller in Quebec, totaling nearly 100,000 copies sold.

As if that were not enough, Danièle Henkel lends her voice to many causes that are dear to her: social entrepreneurship, education, succession, social skills, health, human values ​​and ethics in business. She sits on several administrative or advisory boards of private, public, parapublic or paramunicipal organizations. For several years, she was notably the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Parc Jean-Drapeau, a unique organization in the world.

Recognized for devoting herself to the mission of forging a stronger Quebec that is more open to the world, Danièle Henkel is a proud standard-bearer of female entrepreneurship and the financial empowerment of women. She does not hesitate to invest, finance, support and support companies in which she believes. The force of its actions is even echoed overseas; leading him to talk about his experiences and his vision of success in regions such as France, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates and the Maghreb.

Faced with so much success, Danièle Henkel remains human and authentic. She candidly admits that “fear and doubt are her most faithful companions on the road”. She also remains very attached to her roots and her family values. “My biggest achievement is my family. I am a mother of 4 children and a grandmother of 7 grandchildren. I didn’t just start a family business; I introduced my family to a business “.

If there is a term that sums up the true nature of Danièle Henkel, by awarding her the Medal of the Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite de France in 2017, the Mayor of Paris, the Honorable Anne Hidalgo, in a well-crafted formula and well to her, said that she is “the uniqueness in universality”.

Roger Martin

Strategy Advisor

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In 2017, Roger was named the world’s #1 management thinker by Thinkers50, a biannual ranking of the most influential global business thinkers.Roger is a trusted strategy advisor to the CEOs of companies worldwide including Procter & Gamble, Lego and Ford.

Roger Martin is a Professor Emeritus at the Rotman School of Management at University of Toronto where he served as Dean from 1998-2013, Academic Director of the Michael Lee-Chin Family Institute for Corporate Citizenship from 2004-2019 and Institute Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute from 2013-2019. In 2013, he was named global Dean of the Year by the leading business school website, Poets & Quants.

His newest book is A New Way to Think: Your Guide to Superior Managerial Effectiveness (Harvard Business Review Press, 2022). His previous twelve books include When More is Not Better (HBRP, 2020), Creating Great Choices written with Jennifer Riel (HBRP, 2017) Getting Beyond Better written with Sally Osberg (HBRP, 2015) and Playing to Win written with A.G. Lafley (HBRP, 2013), which won the award for Best Book of 2012-13 by the Thinkers50. He has written 30 Harvard Business Review articles.

Dr. Randall White

Founding Partner, Executive Development Group

Randall White pictureRandall P. White, PhD, is founding partner of Executive Development Group and an international thought leader in the field of executive coaching and leadership development. He is Co-head of Leadership at HEC Paris (and Doha) and the TRIUM Global Executive MBA program in London. He also teaches with Duke Corporate Education (Durham and London).

Dr. White has long served in leadership roles with the American Psychological Association. Currently, he is Chair-elect of the APA Council Leadership Team and a member of the APA Board of Directors.

Dr. White has continually participated in the advancement of consulting psychology for leadership development. He serves on the Division 13 Coaching Psychology Credentialing Committee and is a reviewer for the Consulting Psychology Journal, as well as several other scholarly journals. He is a former president of the Society of Consulting Psychology (SCP), Division 13 of the American Psychological Association, a Fellow in Divisions 1 and 13 of the American Psychological Association (APA), a Salzburg Fellow on Women’s Issues and a former board member of the American Society for Training and Development.

In 1987, Dr. White co-authored the best-selling business book, Breaking The Glass Ceiling: Can Women Reach The Top Of America’s Largest Corporations?; and in 1996, The Future of Leadership: Riding the Corporate Rapids into the 21st Century. He also co-authored Four Essential Ways That Coaching Can Help Executives in 1998 and Relax, It’s Only Uncertainty in 2001, which culminated in the development of Ambiguity Architect, a 360 assessment that measures the ability to cope with uncertainty. In 2009, he contributed the capstone chapter to The Perils of Accentuating the Positive, challenging the strengths-based leadership movement. Much of Dr. White’s work appears in multiple Western languages and Chinese.

Dr. White holds an AB from Georgetown University, an MS from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and a PhD in social psychology from Cornell University. He is the former Director of Specialized Client Applications at the Center for Creative Leadership, where he was responsible for all custom programs and executive coaching, and has taught at the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell.

Masai Ujiri

Vice-Chairman and President Toronto Raptors, MLSE and Founder of Giants of Africa

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When his friends and classmates in Nigeria were playing soccer, Masai Ujiri was watching highlights of Hakeem Olajuwon. His love of the game brought him to college in the United States, and when his career on the court was complete, his career off-court began.

He started on the ground as a scout, working for teams traveling the world and searching for talent in gyms all over the globe. Masai was named general manager of the Denver Nuggets in 2011, becoming the first African GM in pro sports, and won the 2013 NBA Executive of the Year award. In Toronto, he has served as director of global scouting and assistant general manager, and in 2013, Masai was named president of the Toronto Raptors. In 2021, after signing a new contract, Masai added the role of vice-chairman of the club to his responsibilities as team president.

Under his leadership, the Raptors won the 2019 NBA Championship, the first team outside the United States to do so. Masai has said that while he is proud to be the first African team president in North American sports, he would consider it a failure if he was the last: “Being first is good, but I don’t want to be the only one. There have to be more.” Masai’s belief in equity and diversity is reflected in his organization: he has committed to hiring women, and recently creating the position of vice-president of organizational inclusion and diversity.

Masai has served as director of the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders Africa program. He has travelled with the Prime Minister as part of the Canadian delegation to the 2019 African Union meetings. He has been named Toronto’s most influential person, and his urging of citizens to “believe in this city – believe in yourselves” is often cited as a rallying cry. He serves on the advisory board of the Dallaire Institute for Children, Peace and Security, an organization focused on eradicating the use of child soldiers. Masai and his wife, Ramatu, live in Toronto with their three children.

In 2003, Masai founded Giants of Africa, an organization which uses sport as a tool to enrich the lives of youth on the continent, and create opportunities for them on and off the court. Masai’s ethos is to “Dream Big,” and now GOA connects with youth – both boys and girls – in more than 17 African countries and territories.

The summer of 2018 marked 15 years of the organization, and that July, Masai and former U.S. President Barack Obama opened the Giants of Africa court at the Sauti Kuu Foundation Sports, Resource and Vocational Training Centre, in Alego, Kenya. In summer 2022, the inaugural Giants of Africa Festival will bring together 200 youth from 11 countries in Africa to Kigali, Rwanda for a week-long celebration of basketball, education, culture, and entertainment.

In 2020, Masai launched thatshumanity.org, inspired by his experiences and the lessons learned from leaders like Nelson Mandela. “For me,” he says, “it’s about seeing each other. Really seeing. Trying to understand what someone else is going through. And helping if we can. Even if it’s just a kind word. Some encouragement. That’s humanity.”

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