2017 Staff

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Vishad Deeplaul

Born and raised in South Africa , Vishad is an accomplished Event Planner who has built his name in his home town Pietermaritzburg . Vishad has over fifteen years of experience, and has worked in all aspects of the event industry and has a passion for working with people and...

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Arash Boparai

Arash joined Diwali Fest as a BCIT Practicum student. Having discovered an inclination towards the creative fields, she decided to pursue Events Management and be involved in the events related to arts & culture. She has an MBA degree in Finance and Marketing and has previously worked as an Assistant Finance...

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Matthew Oviatt

Matt is a new addition to the Diwali Festival team this year, but has worked on the downtown Vancouver celebration for a number of years as part of the Roundhouse production team. He’s ecstatic to be part of the team producing one of BC’s most exciting celebrations of culture, light,...

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Kate Melkert

Kate has been with DiwaliFest since 2014. Diwali has introduced her to a Celebration she wasn’t previously aware of. The promotion of togetherness with music, dance and food has made this festival a delight every year! Her favorite part is being decorated with amazing mehndi designs. Kate brings experience from...

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Ankit Tuli

Strategic, multidisciplinary Designer, Photographer and Art Director with an eye for innovation. Specializing in 3-D Animation and brand identity design. Ankit Tuli is the Creator of  Ankidesigns Ankit Tuli Photography and MA Productions. I have a passion for Art, Design and Photography. Graphic Design is art with a purpose ~...

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Atef Abdelkefi

Atef very excited to be part of the 2017 Diwali Fest as Stage Manager for our Main events at Surrey City Hall and the downtown Vancouver celebration at the Roundhouse. Atef has stage managed with Diwali Fest for the last 8 years. The first 2 years he started as Stage...

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Kamshi Kanavathy

As a diasporic Indian from South Africa, Kamshi grew up immersed in Indian culture. She taught music and Tamil in her community of Pietermarizburg and trained other Tamil teachers in Second Language Practices. Kamshi is widely travelled, living in England, Japan, America and now Canada. She was highly impressed with...

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