From our tireless staff and volunteers to our incredible donors, Board of Directors and celebrity ambassadors, our team lives by a shared set of values that keep us connected. Fueled by shameless idealism, we empower youth to change the world through “WE” thinking and “WE” acting.
We are fortunate to have a dedicated and experienced Board of Directors to help in our mission to ‘make doing good, doable’. Through their expertise in the non-profit sector, academia, education, legal, finance, government, private enterprise, and social enterprise, the Board of Directors provides legal, financial and social impact oversight to WE Charity's projects and activities.
Board composition is determined through a skills matrix system that takes into consideration a range of diversity factors. In anticipation of WE Charity’s 25th anniversary in 2020, the year prior the organization launched a strategic review of the Board of Directors to help plan for the organization’s future. The goal of that process was to address renewal, sharpen the focus on future priorities and address issues such as diversity, inclusion and range of necessary skillsets all while continuing to provide strong oversight and guidance to the organization.
WE Charity is incorporate in Canada, US, and UK and must according to local regulation have a Board of Directors in each country. However, as a global organization with global operations, the Boards of Directors work together to provide global governance. WE Charity is governed by a talent group of future-oriented leaders, and has achieved an equilibrium in gender and diversity, including the Chair of the US Board of Directors and the Chair of the UK Board of Directors filled by persons of colour.
Dr. Jacqueline Sanderlin (Chair of US Board) Educator and Service-Learning Advocate Area of Expertise: Education, Curriculum Development, K-12 Education, Post-Secondary Education and Digital Learning
Kannan Arasaratnam (Member of US Board) NYC Transaction Services Market Leader at Riveron, MBA, CA, CPA, CSC Area of Expertise: Finance, Accounting, Corporate strategy, Consulting
Dr. Astrid Christoffersen-Deb (Member of Canadian Board) MDCM, DPhil, FRCSC, FACOG Area of Expertise: Global Women’s Health, Health Innovations, Public Health, Kenya in-country expertise
David Stillman (Member of US Board) Founder GenGuru Area of Expertise: Generational Employee and Consumer Strategies, Creative Ideation and Program Development, Disruptive Strategy and Implementation, Marketing & Media Presence, Entrepreneurship, Fundraising
Greg Rogers (Chair of Canadian Board) York University Faculty Member and Former Staff member of the Toronto Catholic District School Board's Staff Leadership & Staff Development Team Area of Expertise: Education, Curriculum development, Schools Boards releationshop management, K-12 education, Post-secondary education
Kate Burnett (Member of Canadian Board) COO at Bridgehead Coffee Area of Expertise: International Development, Operations Management, Finance, Social Impact, Human Resources, Strategy
Gerry Connelly (Member of Canadian Board) Former Director of the Toronto District School Board Area of Expertise: Education, Curriculum Development School Board Relationship Management, Finance, Operations, Human Resources
Tawfiq Rangwala (Member of US Board) Partner at Milbank LLP Area of Expertise: Law, Corporate Governance, Litigation, Legal Research
Lord Rumi Verjee (Chair) Liberal Democrat Member of the UK House of Lords Area of Expertise: Business, Governance
Michael Comish Entrepreneur in Residence, TPG Area of Expertise: Business Development, Entrepreneurship, New Media
Carlos Pinto Independent Consultant Area of Expertise: Strategy, Finance
Craig Burkinshaw Co-Founder, Audley Travel Area of Expertise: Marketing, Business, Social Enterprise
Pauline Latham Conservative MP for Mid-Derbyshire Area of Expertise: Government Relations, International Development, Educational Programming
Neil Roskilly CEO, Independent Schools Association Area of Expertise: Educational Programming
As Executive Director of WE Charity, Dalal Al-Waheidi has been integral in shaping the success of the WE movement into an international charity and educational partner. She joined the organization in 2002, and has held a variety of pivotal roles, including Chief Operations Director and Executive Director of WE Day.
Dalal’s exemplary leadership at WE has been recognized by the Women’s Executive Network with Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women Award in the “Future Leaders” category, and by her alma mater, Trent University, with the Distinguished Alumni Award for demonstrating extraordinary leadership early in her career.
In 2014, Dalal was selected as one of RBC’s Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award winners for her passion and desire to make the world a better place, especially for the lives of youth around the world. As a war-affected youth born and raised in Kuwait during the Gulf War, Dalal has been a firsthand witness to the terrible impact of conflict on children. These early experiences gave her a unique understanding of the real costs of political and cultural divide, allowing her to place hope firmly in the value of cooperative peace-building.
Now in her role as Executive Director of Executive Leadership, her focus is on moving the strategy of WE forward and delivering on the promise of making doing good, doable.
Victor Li, our CFO, is a long-standing team member and professionally certified in accounting in Canada. Prior to joining WE, he worked for a range of companies and businesses, including one of the largest steel companies in China. Under Victor’s leadership, WE Charity established the financial resources and processes that enabled the charity to expand and grow.
Scott has a Masters’ Degree in mathematics from the University of Toronto, and along with it, a passion for numbers, effectiveness and efficiency. Scott has a long and rich history with WE Charity. He joined the organization in 2004 to build and helped grow a youth volunteer leadership program for the Toronto Catholic District School Board into one delivered to 15+ school boards across the country. From 2010 to 2019, Scott was of Executive Director of WE Charity. Since then, Scott has been in the Chief Operations Officer role focusing on supporting WE Charity’s international programs.
Brothers Craig and Marc Kielburger are social entrepreneurs and co-founders of a family of organizations dedicated to the power of WE, a movement of people coming together to change the world. Together, they co-founded WE Charity, which provides a holistic development model called WE Villages, helping to lift over one million people out of poverty around the world.
In the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, WE Schools and WE Day provide comprehensive service-learning programs to over 18,000 schools, engaging 4.3 million young changemakers. Lastly, they co-founded ME to WE, a pioneering social enterprise, the profits from which help sustain the work of their charitable organization.
Craig is the youngest-ever graduate of the Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA program. He has also received 15 honorary doctorates and degrees for his work in the fields of education and human rights. Craig is a New York Times bestselling author, who has published 12 books, as well as a nationally syndicated columnist. He has received The Order of Canada, the Nelson Mandela Freedom Medal and the World Children’s Prize. He was recently voted by Canadians as one of Canada’s top most trusted influencers in a Readers Digest poll and, along with his brother Marc, he was named Canada’s Most Admired CEO in the public sector in 2015.
Marc graduated from Harvard University with a degree in International Relations. He won a Rhodes Scholarship and completed a law degree from Oxford University. He has also received 10 honorary doctorates and degrees for his work in the fields of education and human rights. Marc is a New York Times bestselling author, who has published eight books, as well as a nationally syndicated columnist. He is the recipient of many honors, including the Order of Canada, and was selected by the World Economic Forum as one of the world’s Young Global Leaders. Marc was also recently inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame for his humanitarian efforts and his work to empower youth to change the world. In 2015, along with his brother Craig, he was named Canada’s Most Admired CEO in the public sector.