Executive Team

This amazing set of individuals is responsible for all aspects of Project Exchange's internal brand  & operations.

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Ashley is passionate about increasing access to global literacy, and amplifying the voices of young changemakers around the world. Whether it be women’s empowerment, civic engagement, or storytelling, Ashley believes true multicultural education inspires bold thinking and creativity which allows young people redefine any field of work, and create their own places at the table. Serving as a U.S. Department of State Youth Ambassador to Uruguay helped Ashley realize the importance of multicultural, diverse, and inclusive education - and the varying privilege and access students have to make study abroad reality. Ashley is excited about her role in empowering the next generation of barrier-breaking innovators and Nobel Peace Prize winners through cross-cultural understanding and collaboration!

Ashley Lin

Founder & CEO

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Currently a senior at Briar Woods High School, Abhi is part computer nerd, part mediocre musician, and 100% a perfectionist. Originally from California, Abhi has moved three times, and has lived in California, Ohio, South Korea, and currently lives in Virginia. He is a first-generation American of mixed Indian/Armenian heritage who is extremely passionate about world culture and language- and especially about world cuisine! While Indian food is amazing, Korean cuisine (and language!) are where his heart lies. In his free time, you might find Abhi playing a game with friends, reading a book at odd hours of the night, or obsessing over how to best brew his morning coffee.

Abhi Bhattacharyya

Tech Innovation Lead

Anastasia Lobo

Director of Internal Affairs

In a constantly changing world where ideas flow along global routes and where cultures coexist in a more or less free-flowing fashion, Anastasia has always been curious about the unique relationships that exist between different nations and cultures. Through the course of passionate debate and endless research, she’s developed a rich understanding of humanity-of how the social mixes itself with other aspects of the universe to create a complex cocktail called society. On a lighter note, she loves meeting new people and manages to charm them with her very sick yet sad sense of humour. She’s open to challenging herself and those around her (positively, of course!). No matter your age, she’s always willing to learn and listen to your opinions. She loves reading, debating, working and strongly believes that the thirst for knowledge is the key to a better and more pleasant global society.    

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Angela is a high school junior from Southern California and has had the privilege of traveling across the globe, from China to the Netherlands. She is extremely passionate about expanding her knowledge of the cultures and languages about the world and loves meeting new people. Angela is also interested in the world of civics, being involved in her high school's mock trial team and city's Youth Advisory Committee. Aside from school and clubs, she enjoys listening to all types of music and has played the piano for 12 years. Other hobbies include window shopping, going to the beach, and editing videos of her favorite movies and TV shows. Angela would love to study abroad in Norway, Germany, and wherever else life takes her!

Angela Fan

Director of Student Admissions

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Angela is a high school junior in sunny Florida who loves studying languages and learning about cultures from around the world. She is currently studying Korean and Chinese, and is an alumni of the NSLI-Y Korea program. From her personal experiences, she is very passionate about education and racial and gender equality. In her free time, she likes to play basketball, run 5k’s, and computer program, but she is always up for new challenges!

Angela Li

Director of Language Learning

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My name is Aryav Bothra and I am a rising junior from the suburbs of Chicago. At my school, I participate in Model United Nations, Business Professionals of America, Digital Journalism, Math Honor Society, and English Honor Society. In my free time I enjoy coding, writing, cooking, and traveling. Over quarantine, I actually published a novel on Amazon that is basically my guide to writing essays in high school and college! Over the years my family and I have traveled to over 20 countries like Portugal and Indonesia and I'm looking forward to exploring different cultures through my role as Director of Public Relations.

In the future, I'd love to study in Copenhagen (Denmark), Stockholm (Sweden), and Milan (Italy)!

Aryav Bothra

Director of Finances

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Bella is a biracial American with a penchant for adopting words she reads in books and just barely understands into her everyday vocabulary. She often ponders the deep questions, such as "what does blue smell like?" and "what should I eat for dinner?", while swirling mint tea in a crystal glass and basking in her own self-importance. On an only slightly more serious note, Bella is an aspiring Political Foreign Service Officer seeking to travel to all the places and mlearn all the things. She plans to make more plans in the future about her future plans for which she will certainly have backup plans, but for now, she's just biding her time till graduation.

Bella Philip

Director of Outreach

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My name is Betel Tenna and I live in Maryland, though originally born in Ethiopia. I'm passionate about technology and love learning about history, languages, rhetoric, and making art. Currently, I'm a senior at Magruder HS, but I'll be attending Princeton University pursuing a Computer Science concentration with certificates in Engineering and Management Systems and/or Entrepreneurship. I haven't studied abroad, however, I am an alum of the 2018 High School Diplomats program, which is a 2 week Japanese cultural exchange and immersion program hosted at Princeton University. In the future, I'd like to study abroad in Peru, Egypt, and Ghana.

Betel Tenna

Director of Textbook

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My name is Haashim Ameer, and I'm a high school senior living in Redmond, WA. Being the eldest of three brothers means that each day brings new challenges, but I love my family and enjoy my time with them. When I'm not studying, you'll find me browsing through Youtube geeking out about newly-released tech, dreaming about my next trip (I love traveling!), or sitting quietly reading a mystery book. I'm heavily involved in clubs such as FBLA, a competitive business-leadership club, TYE,  a hands-on entrepreneurship program, and my mosque's youth group, where I am currently planning a camping retreat for over 40 teenagers. As I join Project Exchange, I'm hoping to combine my leadership skills with my growing technical skills - I can't wait to make a difference with all of you!

Haashim Ameer

Director of Technology

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Jenny is dedicated to helping others find their way to success. She thrives off of human interaction, which is why she is in so many clubs at her school, including being a member of Model United Nations and National Honor Society, Ecology Club and a leader in Student League, California Scholarship Federation, Key Club, UNESCO, and her school’s marching band. She has also interned at the AP review website Fiveable. Other than being involved in clubs, in her free time, she likes to eat poké, drink boba, and watch Netflix. She would love to one day study abroad in France, Greece, and China. She hopes to continue furthering her goal of making the world a more accepting place with Project Exchange.

Jenny Lu

Co-Director of Impact Measurement

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Jessica Duhon is a sophomore from Durham, NC studying International Affairs with a focus on East Asia and a minor in Chinese at Georgetown University. In high school, she studied abroad in China for 10 months with AFS and volunteered extensively with exchange students in her local community. In her first two years of college she has completed two internships in International Education, she and hopes to pursue a career in this field after graduation. She is excited to be involved with Project Exchange because it allows her to create accessible global education opportunities for students around the world.

Jessica Duhon

Director of Digital Exchange Program

Katherine Ho

Director of Student Engagement

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Katherine is an ardent advocate for: the improvement of hospital ethicality, the fight against widespread prejudice, inclusivity of minority groups in STEM fields, and the encouragement of mental catharsis. Her strong belief that the youth can make a change stems from her position as Vice President for a club at her school--known as Represent in Math and Engineering--and as a former canvasser for a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council. By taking this initiative, she was able to look at the world through a different lens; a lens that boldly displayed the importance of human interaction; a lens that forced the acknowledgment of how anyone can sew their thread into the fabric of the world; a lens that shamelessly pointed out the issues that perpetually surge through the veins of our world like a tidal wave. With incandescent determination to prove that changemaking attitudes are contagious and inspirational, she hopes to be a catalyst for the awakening of the next batch of innovators.

Kristie is a current high-school junior from Irvine, California. She is passionate about language learning and international relations. Kristie is an alumna of the NSLI-Y Russian summer program, which has motivated her to use her experiences to educate others on the importance of a global education. Besides being involved in Project Exchange, she is also vice president of her school's Model United Nations club and an intern at the Orange County Human Relations office.

Kristie Moore

Director of Country Reps

Kuniya Asobayire

Director of Community Engagement

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Kuniya Asobayire is a first generation Ghanaian-American studying International Relations at New York University. She loves exploring myriads of cultures and languages, with a special passion for French. She envisions a world where tolerance, diplomacy, and exploration abound. She has been involved in MUN, Hemispheres (an International Relations society for high school students), civil activist movements within her home city, two intensive writing programs at Yale and Columbia University, and has studied for six years in Ghana. With Project Exchange, she hopes to fuel a love for others’ differences through education and community.

Leila Sujanani

Co-Director of Public Relations

Leila is a senior in Florida who has a love for reading and languages. She wants to create peace through diplomacy, which she hopes to achieve through Project Exchange. When not busy with school, you can find her volunteering, leading in marching band or sports, being Creative Director for a creative writing magazine, or being an active member of the National Honor Society and Math National Honor Society. She enjoys all of the arts, and hopes to use her writing skills to help create change through Project Exchange!

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Maysoon is a junior living in Saudi Arabia who enjoys writing and participating in various projects for activism with her Model United Nations club which she is president of and volunteering with multiple projects in Saudi Arabia as well as virtually. When she is not doing Model Un or debate, she enjoys playing basketball or badminton and scrolling for many hours on Reddit. In the past few years, she has been able to attend study abroad programs and Model United Nations conferences in Seoul, Cairo, London and Paris and hopes to continue to do so. 

Maysoon Hussein

Co-Director of Student Engagement

Director of Logistics

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My name is Melissa Hernandez and I am currently a high school senior in California. Living in California I have been exposed to a plethora of different cultures and languages, which has inspired my fascination with linguistics and developing friendships that span across the world. I am currently studying Portuguese and Korean. However, unable to study abroad, Project Exchange has served as an opportunity to pursue a multicultural and immersive education, which other young leaders should and deserve to pursue. I believe collaboration rather than competition amongst the young leaders (Yes YOU!) of today is what will move mountains, end world hunger, clean our oceans, and make this world a better place to live in.

Melissa Hernandez

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Michelle is a high school student in Orange County, California who hopes one day could help better the world. She is excited to be part of the Project Exchange’s team and hopes to see global barriers decrease as time goes on. She had previously helped raise awareness and money for orphans in Can Tho, Vietnam and enjoys volunteering her time for the good, such as being involved in her school’s Key Club, Student League, California Scholarship Foundation, and Ecology Club. However, during her free time, she loves to scroll through social media and find the newest trend, daydream about her many fantasies, or trying to do something creative.

Michelle Bui

Co-Director of Impact Measurement

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Redeat is a self-proclaimed language enthusiast making her way through junior year in Florida. She is passionate about celebrating the backgrounds and experiences that make us all unique individuals, and is eager to use her art skills to support Project Exchange. She is secretary of her school’s National Art Honors Society, and has won a Regional Scholastic Silver Key Award in Painting. She believes that if she makes even one person’s day a little better, time was well spent. Redeat has lived in Ontario, Canada for 5 years, Abu Dhabi, UAE for 2 years, and hopes to spend the summer in South Korea!

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Language Workshops Lead

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Saloni Agarwal was born in India and is currently a senior living in Denver, Colorado. As someone who has lived in many places around India and the United States, she loves to hear the stories of everyone around her. She can often be found singing, drawing, painting, spending time with family, or watching Ted Talks. She is very excited to be a part of the Project Exchange Team to help people gain a global perspective.

Saloni Agarwal

Director of Community Engagement

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Samantha is an aspiring polyglot and lover of world cultures. She is an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley. She has 4 years of experience in Japanese and 1 year of experience in Russian and Italian. Aside from studying world languages, Samantha enjoys volunteering, playing with the Cal Marching Band, and listening to podcasts about philosophy. She has studied abroad in Kirov, Russia & hopes to study in Osaka, Japan and St. Petersburg, Russia. 

Samantha Doyle-Jacobson

Language Curriculum Lead

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Sierra is a high school junior who is very passionate about music, community service, and learning about new cultures. Sierra is involved in the fine arts program at her school. There she is in the dance program and the lead trombonist in the Wind Ensemble. Another program she is involved in is the Pharmacy Technician Program where she learns about different medicines, how to interact with patients, and much more. Sierra is very passionate about participating in community service activities which include playing music for senior citizens and helping the homeless. Sierra is also interested in bridging the gap between cultures and is very excited to be apart of a program to help her do just that.

Sierra Morehead

Director of Facilitation

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Sophie Chang is a fourteen-year-old teenager living in St. Louis, Missouri. She goes to Marquette High School, and her favorite subjects are language arts and social studies. In her free time, she likes to watch movies, hang out with friends, read books (mostly dystopian and science fiction), and listen to Kpop (her favorite group is Twice, for anyone wondering). She loves to travel and explore new places and cultures and one day hopes to go to Greece, Japan, or South Korea. She is heavily involved with many nonprofits, including GenZHER, YesSheCanCampaign, SHEDIDTHAT!, Femme in STEAM, and, of course, Project Exchange. She is especially passionate about women’s rights and hopes that one day the world will be able to put aside their differences and come together to unite as one. Because of this, she’s very excited to be a part of Project Exchange and be able to make a difference. 

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Co-Director of Student Engagement

Surabhi is a student, an artist, a 3rd Dan black belt, and an avid communicator who is passionate about embracing diversity and culture. At school, she is heavily involved in HOSA, Debate, Science Fair, National Honor Society and Academic Bowl for the Deaf. When not being occupied with school and clubs, in her free time, Surabhi likes reading autobiographies, watching food shows and experimenting in the kitchen. In the future, she would love to have the chance to study abroad in U.K., the Netherlands, and Spain. As part of Project Exchange, Surabhi hopes to continue to work on her goal of making the world an interconnected place of cultures and diversity through the interaction of many enlightened thinkers and students.

Surabhi Gangadkar

Co-Director of Student Engagement 

Director of Curriculum

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Sydney is a high school sophomore from Colorado who loves traveling, international relations, and politics. Through her travels, she has gained an appreciation for seeing as much of the world as you can, and opening your eyes up to new cultures, languages, and cuisines. Her favorite places she's been are Thailand and Morocco, and she hopes to go to India and Greece one day. She is passionate about focusing on what unites us, rather than what divides us. Sydney wants to use her time and resources to educate young people on how to respectfully learn about and engage with someone else's culture respectfully and with appreciation for what makes us all unique.  She is heavily involved in her school and community and is part of a plethora of clubs and organizations, including Mock Trial, Model United Nations, Student Government, and various activist and political organizations. If she's not volunteering, she's reading historical fiction, baking something, or on a plane to somewhere new. 
Although she hasn’t studied abroad yet, Sydney hopes to study in Spain or the United Kingdom one day.

Sydney Fahn

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Zoe is a high school junior from New York City. She's eager to educate people about other cultures, which she has previously done by teaching English to foster children in Brazil. When she’s not busy with schoolwork, she’s either reading the travel section of the New York Times or volunteering with her school’s Red Cross club. She has been to ​Brazil, Luxembourg and Spain but also wants to visit Portugal, Chile and Japan. ​She’s excited to bring her creativity and open mind to Project Exchange and get to know the diverse group of people within it.

Zoe Piccirillo

Director of Social Media

On her mission to separate the vulnerable and muffled voices from the noise that masks them, Zunaira is determined to make everyone around her feel heard and appreciated, irrespective of where they come from. She is on her journey to help young people and herself grow and transform into empathetic leaders. She loves to work in intercultural environments and wants everyone to know that there is no single right way. She adores diversity around her as she believes differences are what make this world beautiful.  Even though she hasn’t studied abroad yet, Zunaira hopes to study in Turkey, the USA, Canada, or Finland soon.

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Zunaira Asad

Facilitation Lead

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