Waheeda Kara was born in Chittagong, Bangladesh and came to the US at the age of 11. She grew up in San Francisco and has resided in San Antonio since 1987. She is a commercial realtor, an artist, a poet and most importantly a humanitarian. She has been married for 26 years and is a proud mother of 3. She has been a trail blazer in many organizations including the Aga Khan Foundation where she brought the first Partnership Walk to San Antonio 5 year ago.

Amongst her accomplishments her work with hospice was recognized by the Association of Pakistani Physicians of North America who honored her with the Community Star Award. She serves on the Advisory Board of ABODE, Contemplative Care for the Dying. A home designed for those that are terminally ill. She was also recognized by PWA and given the Volunteer Hall of Fame Award in 2016.

She is one of the founding directors of the  Muslim Cultural Heritage Society. An organization that works with the Texas Department of Arts, the City of San Antonio, San Antonio Museum of Art and more and brings the Eid Festival to downtown annually.


Joshua Dada

Houston Symphony


Dada, works for the Houston Symphony and serves as  one of the global ambassadors. 


He has 4 Community Embedded Musicians whose job is to contribute to the  program in terms of  advocacy,  and providing singers  and drummers for the workshops. 


He provides a stage in  the  lobby of Jones  Hall prior to concerts for the children  to share their unique voices. He is able to  utilize his  resources to provide the children with a way to express themselves through music and  by using their voices. 


Waheeda Kara

Community Leader


Dr. Chris Stout is a licensed clinical psychologist, Founding Director of the Center for Global Initiatives and on faculty at the College of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He served as NGO Special Representative to the United Nations and was one of the World Economic Forum’s Global Leaders of Tomorrow and Invited Faculty in Davos. He was invited by the Club de Madrid and Safe-Democracy to serve on the Madrid-11 Countering Terrorism Task Force. 

He has published over 35 books, including two Amazon Best Sellers; his works have been translated into 8 languages. He has received five humanitarian awards and four additional doctorates (honoris causa) for his work in global health and humanitarian intervention. He also blogs in these areas as a LinkedIn Influencer. He is listed in in TED Conferences Founder Richard Saul Wurman’s “Who’s Really Who, 1000: The Most Creative Individuals in America.”


Chris E. Stout

Center for Global Initiatives

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