Tenzin D. Kashhi was brought up from childhood in a Tibetan buddhist monastery in India, as he was recognized as being the reincarnation of the renowned Buddhist master, the 22nd Gomo Tulku (from which he has adopted his current name). While in the monastery, he grew up amongst fellow Tibetan refugees and local Indians from the neighboring villages as the monastery was situated in the rural area of Karnataka, South India. Here he learned very quickly of the inequities and lack of opportunities that plagued the area, as he lived it first hand. Since receiving his Rig-Chung certificate from Sera Jey Monastic University, Gomo Tulku has traveled the world giving seminars on training the mind for optimal thinking. Through this journey, he’s lived in the USA, Canada, India, Malaysia and Italy. His travels along with the Buddhist education he received growing up has helped shape a unique, worldly perspective on how we as people must approach all of life’s challenges in this rapidly changing world. And while he was fortunate enough to not be burdened like others with the harsh realities of the refugee experience, he has been determined to take everything he has learned and go back into these communities to solve the problems that he so intimately understands.
Laura has worked in the fashion industry for 12 years. She has collaborated with Italian and foreign, well-known brands, travelled widely, and developed her own personal accessory brand in Japan and Korea. Her life took a major turn in 2003 when she became the director at Lama Tzong Khapa Institute, one of the most well known Buddhist institutions in Italy. She also held the position of the President of FPMT Italy from 2009-2012. Since 2012, at the end of both mandates, Laura has been working for non profit organizations in managerial, organizational, and coordination positions. She currently holds the role as Vice President of I Saved A Life.
In 1983, as a member of the Agricultural Cooperative, Marcello participated in the purchase of a village in Tuscany where he established his home. In 1988 he founded Longeva, a successful and award-winning company specializing in the production of olive oils, operating mainly in the international market until 2004, when he sold his shares. From 1989 to 2004 Marcello was director of the Ewam Center in Florence and from 2009 to 2012 he was deputy director of Lama Tzong Khapa Institute, in Pomaia, Italy. Since 2008, Marcello has dedicated himself to the study of Buddhist philosophy and doing meditation retreats. He is a Dharma teacher, certified by the FPMT Registered Teachers. Marcello holds the position of Administrator at I Saved A Life.
Born in a Buddhist centre, Anais grew up among Tibetan refugees and learned the importance of caring and compassion. She has always been committed to defending the most vulnerable and recognizing the dignity of the human being. Anais has worked for more than 8 years in associations and humanitarian NGOs in both fundraising and communication roles. She currently holds the position of Communication & Fundraising Director at I Saved A Life.
Born in the United States to Tibetan immigrant parents, Tenzin has seen first hand how refugee communities are developed, acclimated and positioned to succeed in foregin lands as his parents were instrumental in growing the Tibetan community in Salt Lake City, Utah. Tenzin graduated from Stanford University in 2010 with a Bachelors and Master in Psychology. He has since been working in creative and digital marketing for some of the biggest media entertainment companies such as Sony Pictures, 20th Century Studios and The Walt Disney Company.
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Annalisa has worked in various sectors including the family printing press business, publishing, music, and in the natural products industry, in an administrative, commercial, organizational and coordinator capacity. She is currently employed in the private health sector. Over the years, Annalisa has volunteered with various non-profit organizations and Buddhist centers, collaborating in fundraising, organizing events, and in the publishing of texts. She holds the position of General Secretary for Italy at I Saved A Life.
Nataliya Velykanova is the founder and art director of Gate22, a Museum of Digital Arts & Design in virtual reality. An architect, designer and visual artist, she is a citizen of the world and dreamer too, working to foster inspiration and imagination in our daily lives. Since 2010, she is studying Dharma and participates to meditation retreats, helping several community projects as a designer.
Vittoria is a cultural anthropologist specialized in Oriental studies.
She trained at the Holden school of creative writing in Turin and at the Fundraising School in Forlì.
Over the past two years she has specialized in direct response copywriting. Currently, she works as a freelance marketer and copywriter with various companies and advertising agencies.
She has followed and created marketing campaigns in different sectors, from education to luxury brands, to Tedx Talk.
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Passionate about reading and writing, she lives in Italy with her family, including cats.