RTR Core Team
|Dinsha Mistree, Rosheen Kabraji, Shireen Havewala and Kaiyan Mistree. (left to right)|
Co-Founder and Representative India, UAE, Singapore
Shireen was born in Mumbai, India, making her the only “local” on the project. Shireen completed her undergraduate in political science at St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai before migrating west where she acquired an MA in International Studies at Diplomacy at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Following a stint where she worked in Washington D.C., Shireen returned to Mumbai to work at Gateway House. She is currently a senior officer and project manager with the Royal Bank of Scotland Foundation, India.
Co-Founder and Representative US, Canada
Dinsha was born in Houston, Texas and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. He studied at MIT, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he picked up a S.B. and an S.M. in political science. He currently is doing his Ph.D. at Princeton University in New Jersey. He is an active member of ZAPANJ.
Co-Founder and Representative UK, Europe, Pakistan, Iran
Rosheen was born in Karachi, Pakistan before moving to London, United Kingdom. She is currently working on a Ph.D. at King’s College London. Rosheen has a B.Sc. from University College London and an M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge. Rosheen was formerly Assistant Head and Research Associate, Asia Program at Chatham House, a foreign policy think tank, in London (2009-2014).
Co-Founder and Representative Australia, New Zealand,Hong Kong
Kaiyan was born in Houston, Texas and thereafter migrated to Mumbai, India, where he studied through high school. After spending a year interning for Dawn Newspaper in Karachi, Pakistan, Kaiyan enrolled at The Ohio State University, where he graduated B.S. in Architecture. Kaiyan returned to Mumbai, where he worked for a number of years at Architect Hafeez Contractor. He currently works as an Architecture & Design Manager for a top Indian Real Estate company. In his spare time, Kaiyan has set up an architectural design studio and is an avid sailor.
Dr. Shernaz Cama
Co-Chairperson Return to Roots
Shernaz is the co-Chairperson of Return to Roots. She is an Associate Professor at Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University. Shernaz has edited and authored several books and has assisted international senior scholars in their research projects on Zoroastrianism. In 1999, Shernaz was invited by UNESCO to initiate a project on the Preservation and Promotion of Parsi Zoroastrian Culture and Heritage. As honorary Director of UNESCO Parzor she guides researches in Zoroastrian culture and demography. Shernaz has been awarded the Mazda Education Foundation Award and Mancherji Edalji Joshi Memorial Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Zoroastrian community.
Aban Marker Kabraji
Co-Chairperson Return to Roots
Aban is the co-Chairperson of Return to Roots. She is from Quetta, Pakistan and Bangkok, Thailand. She is the Regional Director for Asia at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Ms. Kabraji has been honoured with several distinguished awards. She received the Order of the Golden Ark by the Grand Master of the Order, His Royal Highness Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, and is also a Yale University McCluskey Fellow. She has authored and co-authored a number of publications on conservation strategies, the environment and security and conflict prevention. She is married, has three children and loves dogs.
We are extremely grateful to the following individuals for volunteering their valuable time and expertise to help build various aspects of the Return Roots Program.
Website Development: Arzan Sam Wadia www.parsikhabar.net
Fundraising & Outreach: James Darius Ball (RTR Fellow 2015)
Social Media & Communications: Sasan Jahanian (RTR Fellow, 2013-14), Diana Vania (RTR Fellow 2013-14)
Administration: Rukhsana Lawyer
Outreach (UK): Shahyan Dastur
Khojeste Mistree, Rukshana Nanji, Dan Sheffield, all outstanding scholars, who gave freely of their time, wisdom and learning, to enhance the experience of Roots.