Sumaya Kazi

Executive Director and Founder

Sumaya, 25, serves as the Executive Director and Editor-in-Chief at The CulturalConnect. She has been recognized by BusinessWeek Magazine as one of America’s ‘Top 10 Entrepreneurs Under 25’, CNN as a ‘Young Person Who Rocks’, and has also been recognized as a 2007 Who’s Who of Global Emerging Leaders. She frequently keynotes at Universities and business conferences across the U.S. on topics of entrepreneurship, community-building and bridging the non-profit community with other industries.

In her spare time, Sumaya works full-time as a Marketing Manager for the Global Communications Group at Sun Microsystems, the youngest in her division. Additionally, she serves as a high school entrepreneur adviser and mentor for BUILD, a social venture that empowers under-resourced students to excel in education and succeed professionally.

Her interests include connecting young professionals with each other, traveling, technology and International human rights.

Sumaya graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Marketing & Strategic Planning. She is a Bangladeshi-American residing in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Sheena Singh

Editorial & HR Manager

Sheena, 22, graduated from New York University with a degree in Psychology. She is currently working for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and also owns a jewelry store on Long Island.

Sheena is interested in travel, pop culture trivia, classic Bollywood films, being a New Yorker, and building a Desi diaspora that works toward social justice.

Monica Appelbe

Public Relations Manager

Monica, 21, is currently a full time student at the University of California, Berkeley, majoring in Development Studies. In addition to contributing to The CulturalConnect, she works part-time for LEWIS PR, a hi-tech marketing agency.

Her interests include world poverty, politics and art. She is half Japanese and part Irish and Slovenian. She resides in Berkeley, CA.

Sulaiman Rahman

Editorial Tech Manager

Sulaiman, 25, was born in Connecticut and has spent time in Massachusetts, Illinois, New York, and North Carolina. He is a Pakistani-American that graduated with a degree in Economics from UNC – Charlotte. Recently, he moved to the Bay Area and started work at LiveOps, a leader in distributed call center technology and services.

In his free time, he enjoys playing sports (bowling, basketball, golf), traveling, photography, and playing video games.

Colin Wright

Art and Design Manager

Colin, 22, has a Dual Major BFA in Graphic Design and Illustration from Missouri State University. He has worked in positions dealing with all aspects of design and related fields, and is currently employed as a Creative at Clear-Media in Los Angeles.

Colin’s hobbies and interests include writing, playing guitar, music, fine art, photography and reading as much as possible about as many things as possible. You can see his personal work at, and Stim, a culture magazine he runs on the side.