The people who make Keela possible.

Meet the Team

A group of Hustlers, Creators, Empathetic and Mettlesome individuals out to change the world. We are on a mission to empower nonprofits to take the next step with smart tools and guided decision-making

Nejeed Kassam 

CEO & Founder

Nejeed is also the founder of the Better Canada Initiative, and former executive director of both End Poverty Now and Conversations for Change. He has experience working for the United Nations and the Senate of Canada. Nejeed is the author of the book High on Life (foreword written by former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien) and the co-producer of the documentary, Conversations for Change. He currently sits on a number non-profit boards. Outside of work, he is married to the most amazing woman in the world and has had a life long obsession for tennis (he was once ranked 1,746 in the world as a junior!).

Wayne Uong

CTO

Wayne was born in Vietnam, grew up in Singapore, and is now settled in Canada. He assembled his first computer when he was 10. Wayne has an engineering degree from McGill and has worked as an engineer at Alcatel-Lucent and Zimmer. His experience in tech includes time with Third Core Venture Expansion and TandemLaunch. Wayne’s insight drives much of the product decisions at Keela, he is mysterious, bold and engaging and he plays a mean game of squash. In fact he plays obsessively when he is not coding… I dare you to challenge him to a game!

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Lee Sutton

Lead Solutions Architect

Lee enjoys working with a wide variety of technologies, from machine learning, to backend, and occasionally front-end development. When he’s not coding he’s either working on his short game or playing hockey.

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Maggie Dubyk

VP of Strategy and Operations

Maggie is a passionate humanitarian and social impact leader with over a decade of experience in the nonprofit sector. She has dedicated her career to working on diverse causes such as women’s empowerment, refugee support, youth education, economic development, and cultural inclusivity in various global contexts. Maggie’s passion and expertise lies in leveraging data and technology to revolutionize the sector. As a leader and pioneer in the tech for good space, Maggie inspires others with her creative and visionary approach to solving complex problems. She is driven by a deep sense of love and respect for the community, and approaches her work with a unique perspective that draws upon her blend of lived and learned experiences.

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Tania Fargnoli

Director of Sales

With more than 10 years of sales experience, Tania is excited to merge her passion for making a difference with her obsession for tech and startups! Though born and raised in Montreal, Tania is trilingual and loves to travel and spent most of her summers growing up in Italy! When not working, you can find Tania spending time with family and friends, her daughter, and her golden retriever!

Jason Valagao

Senior Account Executive

Jason is passionate about merging his love of the charitable world with technology. Nothing brings him more joy that helping organizations scale through the effective use of technology. When he’s not behind his desk you can find Jason in the mountains chest deep in powder, attempting to land a river monster or sleeping under the stars.

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Elizabeth Anderson-Bass

Account Executive

Elizabeth got her professional start in education and nonprofits. After a decade in sales, she is excited to be joining the Keela team and supporting the nonprofit space in an impactful way. She gets excited about sustainability, volunteering, social impact, and finding a great new book to read. When she’s not at her desk, Elizabeth is likely trying to find the best pizza in Vancouver with her husband or exploring the beach with her dog.

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Oliver Snell

Account Executive

Oliver is an enthusiastic entrepreneur, deeply immersed in the fast-paced world of startups. Beyond business, Oliver is a culinary aficionado who relishes orchestrating multi course dinners for friends and family. His free time is consumed by his pursuit of the relentless quest to master golf to give his vocal cords a break from yelling FORE!

Kyle Rakhra

Sales Development Representative

Kyle got his professional start in software and real estate. After a decade in sales and consulting, he is excited to be joining the Keela team and supporting the nonprofit space in an impactful way. He gets excited social impact, nonprofits that want to make a change and exploring nature. When he’s not at his desk, Kyle is likely out hiking with his dog and finding a new donair spot in the city.

Graeme Eeles

Sales Development Representative

During the winter months, I immerse myself in the exhilarating world of skiing, while summers find me gliding across the water on a paddleboard. I have a deep appreciation for both watching and actively participating in competitive sports. Growing up in the vibrant city of Vancouver, I’ve been privileged to witness a spectrum of socioeconomic disparities, from poverty to affluence. This has instilled in me a strong desire to contribute my efforts towards assisting those who are less fortunate.

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Eric Hua

Senior Product Manager

Born in raised in Ottawa, Ontario, Eric is a self-proclaimed jack-of-all-trades (master of none) who loves a good challenge, diving into unknowns and solving problems. He’s committed to making a positive social impact and actively seeks opportunities to help make a difference through his work. When he’s not at his desk, you can find him spending time with family, hiking through a dog park, falling at the bouldering gym or snowboarding somewhere out west.  

Natalie Sjosvard

Product Manager

Another Brit on Canadian soil, Natalie has over a decade of fundraising experience having worked for a number of charities, and a passion to help people and organizations engage in their greatness through incredible products. Outside of work Natalie enjoys surrounding herself with dogs, exploring the great outdoors that Canada has to offer and sipping on espresso martinis.

Stefania Bracho Liberatore

Customer Care Team Lead

Stefania grew up in Caracas, Venezuela and that is where her love for non-profit organizations and her desire to help started. During her time at UBC, an undergraduate degree in Sociology drove her passion for customer support. You can find her skiing the local mountains in BC as that is her favorite thing to do in winter. Fun fact: Stefania’s favorite thing to do is to dip her fries in vanilla ice cream. 

Josh Cheng

Senior Professional Services Specialist

With a passion for learning, Josh sees every challenge as new opportunities to improve himself. When working through complex problems, he would get fully immersed in it and would often lose track of time. Outside of work, Josh enjoys spending time in the kitchen experimenting with new dishes to make and petting his super adorable cat, Sake.

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Amanda Aubé

Customer Support Specialist

Amanda is our first Keeler from Kelowna, BC!  As most Kelownians do, she loves getting outdoors and exploring all that BC has to offer.  She’s an animal lover with no pets, so is frequently referred to as Auntie-Amanda with all of her pup-sitting gigs.  Amanda studied Psychology and is quite savvy with understanding people, and how they interact with the world around them. With a love of problem-solving, combined with a passion for social impact, she’s a great candidate to be taking care of our amazing nonprofits!

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Stasia Hural

Digital Marketing Lead

Stasia has always been interested in doing meaningful work. She has more than 10 years of experience working with various Ukrainian NGOs and the marketing industry. She has an unconventional background with degrees in Computer Sciences and Health Care Management. Stasia is always eager to learn new things and help others. Outside of work, she can be found outdoors hiking, snowboarding, gardening, and spending time with her family, including a cat and a puppy.

Chelsea Bush

Digital Designer

Chelsea uses design as her creative outlet as well as an opportunity to share meaningful and impactful experiences with others. Through her work, she strives to bring a unique perspective to every new design challenge. Despite spending most of her time at the computer, Chelsea is also passionate about getting back to nature and can typically be found hiking or snowboarding within the beautiful BC mountains.

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Stephanie Wallace

Marketing Specialist

For as long as she can remember, Stephanie has been involved in the nonprofit industry. This passion for nonprofit fundraising and helping her community led her to study Human Rights and Social Justice. Stephanie continued her studies where she completed a Post Graduate Certification in Digital and Content Marketing. This is when she found she could combine both her love of marketing and nonprofit fundraising. When not at work, you can find Stephanie walking with her dog and exploring all her city’s walking trails.

Susannah White

Director of Engineering and Product

Susannah is passionate about product and software development, and loves coordinating delivery across a range of initiatives and teams. She is a certified scrum product owner, detail oriented, and finds great satisfaction in creating a supportive and collaborative environment for her team to succeed. Originally from the UK, Susannah now lives in Vancouver, she loves to paint and enjoys exploring BC with her family.

Stephanie Choi

Software Delivery Manager

“Just call me Steph”, is likely the first thing she’ll say when you meet her. Having moved to Toronto from her hometown in Vancouver to pursue a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Toronto, she now calls the “6ix” her home (much to her parent’s dismay). When Steph is not meticulously organizing Keela’s release plans, you’ll usually find her in the kitchen, cooking up something delicious for her family and friends. Rumour has it that she wants to start a cooking account on Instagram… but let’s just say she’s been saying that for a while now.

Allen Kang

Lead Product Designer

Made in South Korea and built in Canada, Allen is a creative from birth with a passion for arts. With a variety of hobbies, Allen is a master at spending time by himself. From photography, illustration, singing, finding new music, running, and more, he is a busy bee that loves inspiring and being inspired by those around him.

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Mike Yuan

Head of Data and Intelligence

As an aspiring Machine Learning Engineer, Mike is passionate about building impactful products that transform people’s lives. Mike’s experience as a Full Stack Developer provides him with a deep understanding of scalability, usability, and business values. At KIT, Mike utilizes his Machine Learning knowledge and software skills to implement innovative tools to empower organizations.

Marco Santos

Technical Lead, Keela Platform

Born and raised in Brazil, husband and father of 3 little angels, Marco loves challenges, teamwork and solving problems with best solutions and best practices. He likes to learn, building new technologies and applications. In his free time, he plays with his kids and family and watches Korean series with his wife.

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André Tannús

Senior Full Stack Developer

I was born in Brazil and have loved science and technology for the entirety of my life. With a background in Physics, I have always loved programming things to behave as I want them to, be it mechanical or electronic. I love coding for performance, and recently discovered I also love data processing and analytics.

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Guilherme Bernardes Rodrigues

Full Stack Developer

Passionate about science and technology during his 20-year career building custom software, GB understands how vital the human side of software development is, in making a great product while understanding users’ needs. In his free time, GB enjoys barbecuing with friends and family and playing tabletop RPG’s.

José Truyol

Full-Stack Developer

Born in Venezuela, with a Colombian father and Chilean son, and now living in Vancouver, BC. I have been into computers and hardware since my earliest memory, so much so that it led me to study Electronic Engineering. But life led me to love software development more. When I’m not programming, I’m thinking about what I could program for myself or I go for a walk with my dog and my son.

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Keiner Martínez

Intermediate Full Stack Developer

I was born in Venezuela and now living in Toronto. I programmed as a hobby before until I had the opportunity to change to IT Field and become a software developer. I like solving problems, challenges, and puzzles. In my free time, I play video games online with my friends or practice lettering.

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Kiana Froese

People & Culture Specialist

Born and raised in the prairies of Manitoba, Kiana has always had a passion for making meaningful relationships with the people around her – working in HR is her perfect fit! Outside of the office, Kiana loves to spend her time reading, watching movies, cuddling with her pup, and getting too competitive in board games with friends.

Aayush Shrestha

Full Stack Developer / Kathmandu Team Head

Aayush likes to try his hands on as many things as possible. He is always learning something unusual, mostly useless too, like mediocre magic tricks that only 5-year olds will get fooled by. He develops awesome stuff for the web by day and does stand up comedy by night. So, he has effectively no time to sleep.

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Rista Shrestha

HR Manager (Kathmandu)

Rista is enthusiastic about understanding human emotions and behaviors, which is why she started working as a human resource personnel.  She is a gold medalist from her university, something which she is not much proud of but loves to flex around just to get the attention. During her free time she loves to do painting and sketching among which doing mandala art keeps her mind calm and focused the most.

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Badal Shrestha

Quality Assurance Officer

When Badal found out that he fell off a 5-story building at just 2 years old, he realized he was destined for bigger things in life. Badal loves reading books, bike rides, writing poems and stories, short hikes, and long treks, he is a lover of nature. Badal is a Workaholic, but when he is not working, his mind is full of thoughts and crazy ideas. He loves to help people and hopes that someday he can start his own nonprofit organization.

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Aayesha Shrestha

Sr. Full Stack Developer

A keen observer with an eye for details, Aayesha is passionately seeking out creative solutions and getting to the root of every problem. When she is not hunting for and solving bugs in the code, she is binge watching youtube shorts, reading a good book or cuddling with her pup. Visiting museums and art galleries, discovering scenic roads and beautiful sunsets is how she likes to reset. You’ll find her scooping on ice creams, no matter what season it is. She is always looking for an adventure and a good meal. If you’re planning for any, you can count her in.

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Arogya Thapa Magar

Quality Assurance Engineer

Arogya Thapa Magar is a Nepali native currently working as a Quality Assurance Engineer. He is passionate about coding, solving problems, learning new things, and watching web series as well as anime. Additionally, he is interested in watching esports tournaments, mainly Valorant and Apex Legends, since these are games that he enjoys playing.

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Keshav Poudel

Test Engineer

A curious and enthusiastic individual with a passion for research and all things new and exciting, passionate lover of books, nature, and good company. When not reading, Keshav can be found exploring the great outdoors with a quick hike or a scenic trip to the mountains, embracing nature. An enthusiastic person with a positive energy that he brings to all hisendeavors, be it exploring the beauty of nature, indulging in a good book, or simply enjoying the company of friends.

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Pemba Norsang Sherpa

Junior Full Stack Developer

Hello, my name is Pemba Sherpa. Kathmandu is where I was born and raised. I like to code, read web novels, binge watch TV shows, and play Dota 2. I also enjoy going on hike and trekking.

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Raman Lamichhane

Full Stack Developer

Raman Lamichhane is a passionate tech enthusiast who is always eager to learn about and experiment with new technologies. He loves solving problems and enjoys taking on challenging projects. He talks less, often preferring to speak only when he has something meaningful to contribute but is a very good listener. When he’s not working on the latest tech trends, Raman can be found indulging in his other passions, such as his love for Marvel movies as well as cricket, which he follows closely. He is also a big admirer of iconic Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan.

Ravi Tamang

Full Stack Developer

Born and raised in Kathmandu, Ravi is an analytical person capable of understanding situations from unique perspectives. While not busy coding, he can be found enjoying a game of Dota 2. He also likes to listen to a wide array of music to keep his mind running, his favorite being Steven Wilson’s Arriving somewhere but not here.

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Pushpa Lama

Full Stack Developer

Hi, I am Pushpa, an introvert and simple guy. I love coding and eating even though I am not that good with all kinds of foods. I really enjoy playing both virtual and physical games. And I am really fond of listening to all kinds of music. I am aiming to own a gaming company in Nepal which will bring revolution to the virtual gaming industry in Nepal. Good luck to me!

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Alok Aryal

Junior Full Stack Developer

Hello, my name is Alok Aryal, and I consider myself to be a fun-loving individual. I enjoy taking on new challenges and overcoming them. I’ve always loved the idea of programming and aspired to be a developer since I first learned about it. I also enjoy listening to music and play variety of instruments such as the guitar, drums, and many others.

Anisha Maharjan

Junior Full Stack Developer

Anisha is a creative introvert who enjoys crocheting, crafting, and anything DIY. When she’s not coding, you can find her taking some much-needed me time and diving into her new hobby of drawing mandalas.

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Dhiraj Raut

Junior QA Engineer

Loves solving problems and creating new things. Full time meme lover who enjoys sharing them. Deep inside a very analytical person and have affections for tech and automobiles.

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Asha Shah

Quality Assurance Engineer

Unless you get to know her, Asha is an introvert. She enjoys discovering her own life. She may be thin, but don’t let that fool you—she loves food. Compared to people, she feels a stronger connection to nature. She enjoys singing, dancing, rhyming, drawing, and creating memes.

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Binay Sah

Quality Assurance Engineer

I always wanted to work for social welfare. From my work experience for one of the non-profit organizations that manages the blood throughout Nepal, I’m aware of the technical and financial difficulties for such organization. Being from the technical background, I can understand the importance of technology in dealing real challenges. Inspired from one of my dearest sister, I heard about Keela as an international software tool for such non profit organization. Getting an opportunity to work for Keela was a perfect place to begin my career that not just meet my curiosity but also provide me an environment to implement my knowledge and grow further in my future career.

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Ronish Shahi

Quality Assurance Engineer

Meet Ronish. You can also call him Ronnie. Ronish is one of the friendliest guy until and unless someone knows him properly. He is always full on energy and enthusiast towards his work. When it comes to fitness, Ronish is so crazy about it and has also been into fitness for so many years. Apart from it, he likes to hang out, travel, play sports games and wants to live every moment of his life to its fullest. In his spare time, sometimes you can also see him falling into some mobile games too.

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Aayush Ratna Tamrakar

Quality Assurance Engineer

Aayush is a naturally introverted but selectively extroverted person. He is outgoing and enthusiastic, and he enjoys learning new things and solving difficulties. He lives in Basantapur, Nepal, is surrounded by holy sites, and enjoys cultural activities such as Jatras. He enjoys traveling and riding his bike the most.

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Gagan Bikram Shah

QA Engineer

I am Gagan. A spirited individual hailing from the enchanting city of Kathmandu. As the IT industry soared to new heights, I fearlessly embarked on an adventure, delving into the captivating realm of quality assurance in 2022. Talking about my hobbies, I love playing basketball which helps me to stay active and also loves to go on a hike/trek which help me to connect with the nature.
I believe in being humble.

Sake Cheng

Purrrfessional Services Specialist

As the Purrrfessional Services Specialist, Sake is in charge of cheering people up with his snuggles and purrs to make sure that everyone is always in a happy place. His favorite hobbies include knocking things off the table and taking naps during the day to prepare for his 3 am zoomies.

Sirius Truyol Martinez

Full-Nap Developer

Sirius loves to play with all the dogs he sees, no matter their size. As Keela’s Full-Nap Developer, he likes to spend his day behind the screen, looking out at the people on the street – or of course, napping. He cannot see a human without rolling over to show his belly, waiting for lots of petting.

Missy Chloe Sparkle

Social Meowdia Manager

Missy’s favorite things to do are giving sassy looks, watching the neighborhood from the window, and keeping her Instagram followers up to date. She is a keen traveler and has already visited 3 countries, 9 cities, and 4 Canadian provinces and moved from Ukraine to Canada. In her spare time, Missy likes teaching her parents different tricks.

Makar Sirko

Chewing Lead

Makar is a very goal-oriented chewer and he likes to eat all inappropriate things. Despite being born in cold Nunavut he loves to spend time on the sofa in front of the fireplace with a warm blanket. Being a very intelligent puppy Makar is currently enrolled in K9 classes and learning how to be a very good boy.

Designed to empower change

Developing purpose-built software is an important part of Keela’s culture– and that’s why every member of the Keela team has spent time in the nonprofit sector.

We have former executive directors, communications staff, volunteer managers, fundraisers, and canvassers… And that doesn’t even include all the current roles our team members hold on various nonprofit boards.

This was an important choice for us because central to everything we do here, to our philosophy, is our values of social responsibility. It is key that we don’t just prescribe a solution for nonprofits. We want to build a tool that responds to the variety of problems that challenge the sector.

In-depth look

Keela’s Team in numbers.

We asked the Keela Team would you rather…

71%

Speak all languages fluently

or

29%

Talk to all animals

104

Cups of coffee drank daily

57%

Identify as women

15

Different nationalities

93%

Of the office walks, bikes or buses to work

Passionate about making an impact?

We’re Hiring!

Keela is purpose-built for the nonprofit sector, staffed by people who care about the sector. We build tools that help nonprofit professionals raise more money, save more time, and do more good

Join us on our mission to provide all nonprofits with affordable and accessible tools.