Meet our Co-Founders

Dr. Amer F. Ahmed

Dr. Amer F. Ahmed is an organizational strategist who helps institutions and leaders address diversity and inclusion, equity, race, and intercultural development through consulting, coaching, group facilitation, and keynote speeches. A frequently requested speaker nationwide, Dr. Ahmed’s approach is grounded in a commitment to inclusive community and excellence. He brings his identity as the son of Indian Muslim immigrants and extensive years as an intercultural and diversity consultant as the sources of a pivotal understanding of the depth of equity and inclusion work. Throughout his career, Dr. Ahmed has worked with large organizations, higher education institutions, nonprofit agencies, schools, and community groups to create understanding and change among key constituents and institutional leaders.

His thought leadership and keen sense of the latest trends informs his approaches to helping groups address potential areas of opportunity to grow and develop. Dr. Ahmed incorporates deep theoretical knowledge of the field combined with a variety of methods including storytelling, discourse on current events and connections to art and music to move audiences to profound awareness of issues and next steps. He is the host of “The Eclectic Inclusion Podcast” featuring prominent figures from the world of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and beyond. Dr. Ahmed has published key opinion pieces and has been featured in media such as MSNBC, documentary film, and other national press outlets for his commentary and critical perspective on news and significant topics in society. He also has keynoted prominent conferences including the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE) in Higher Education, the Global Engagement in the Liberal Arts Conference, and the Society for Intercultural Education (SIETAR) Conference.

Dr. Ahmed is the Founder and CEO of AFA Diversity Consulting, LLC, a consulting practice dedicated to enhancing the development of organizations through efforts around leadership, professional development, assessment, and strategic change. In addition to his consulting work, Dr. Ahmed currently serves as Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Faculty in the Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration program in the College of Education and Social Services at University of Vermont.

Bert Vercamer

Bert is an innovative Organizational Development leader with demonstrated expertise defining organizational vision and strategy, ensuring everyone’s voice is included (diversity and inclusion -> how to deal with difference), developing large scale impactful learning solutions/programs, guiding global program development, coaching executives, and enabling cultural transformation for global non-profits, government agencies, corporations, and educational institutions. He is adept at building and managing global programs and driving strategic initiatives through product innovation, process development, and design thinking methodologies. He leverages an entrepreneurial mindset to launch startup organizations in numerous countries and develop innovative ideas into scalable business models.

He is proficient in a number languages including Dutch, English, French, and some rusty German language skills with experience managing cross-cultural leadership and remote teams, having worked in 45 countries across four continents. He successfully created positive business and social impact through blended learning with a record of strengthening performance, improving collaboration, impacting bottom line contributions, and enabling team members to contribute in increasingly effective ways through diversity education.

Bert has a Masters in both Economics and Intercultural Relations and received his education at the University of Ghent (Belgium), University of the Pacific (USA), the School of Management and Law in Zurich (Switzerland), University of South Africa, and the Intercultural Institute in Portland (USA).

He is also qualified administrator in the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), certified administrator of the Intercultural Awareness Profile (IAP), the Global Competencies Inventory (GCI) and the Intercultural Effectiveness Scale (IES).

Meet Our Team

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Shrouk Hussien

Shrouk is originally from Egypt, based in Spain with a degree in Media and Mass Communication. She has been involved with Equip since June 2021 as a Poject Manager. She is the CEO and Founder of the non-profit mental health initiative Yellow vs Blue, in addition, she is an Erasmus+ Certified Facilitator, Coach and a Mental Health Practioner working with various organizations around Europe and the USA in the cross-cultural exchanges field. She is a lead mentor with MCW Global in New York and an editor with a UK-based magazine that raises the voices of migrants, volunteers and activists. 

Barbara Miranda

Barbara Miranda is a Brazilian UX Designer and Communicator that focuses on products and services that helps change people’s perspectives and create a more emphatic and hopeful world. She lived abroad twice in Germany and in the US and speaks Portuguese, English, German and Spanish, making intercultural and language studies very important to her. At Equip, she’s responsible for the branding, visual identity of the company as well as the motion design for the educational videos. In Brazil she has a podcast called Outras Mamas.

Leila Ben-Abdallah

Leila Ben-Abdallah trained as an actor and singer before beginning her career in voice over and narration. Leila’s voice work can be found in commercials, e-learning modules, public service announcements, and workplace training programs. Leila’s warm, confident, commanding voice, and her multicultural, multilingual upbringing lend itself well to educational content for diverse audiences. When not recording voiceover and narration, Leila is an honors student in Environmental Science at Empire State College, and enjoys learning about advances in climate solutions and ecological restoration.

Henry Ponthieu

Henry Ponthieu is a Brooklyn college graduate. Henry has a strong affinity for stage combat, fencing, puppetry and writing. His acting journey started in college where he was persuaded by professor Steven Lantz-Gefroh(M.F.A., Yale University) to study theater under him. During his stay at Brooklyn college Henry was honored with an opportunity to perform on the main stage with the Master class acting students on their thesis project. Upon graduation a family calamity led him to become an elementary school teacher. He is currently looking to break into the voiceover industry.

Vitor Avila

Vitor is a Brazilian Designer, Photographer and Video Producer who dedicates a lot of his time to the animal rights movement. He has worked at the US Embassy to Brazil as a part of the multimedia team and at Animal Equality as the Campaigns Coordinator. He is also a successful youtuber and online content creator.

Brian Alston

Brian Alston is a copy editor and proofreader based in New York City. He received his BA in English Literature from Towson University and has edited and proofread novels, short stories, biographies, academic papers, and web content.

Rahel and Elis from Instituto NOW

Instituto NOW is a Brazil-based social enterprise that supports impact-driven organisations in their development and learning. We are a female/non-binary and quite queer company driven by our values of social justice, sustainability and inclusion.

Our services today include 3 main areas:
Learning Design: creating online / in-person or hybrid learning experiences
Content production: creating audio-visual and written content for learning
Facilitation: guiding group processes, trainings and learning experiences

Our work has allowed us to collaborate with organisations active across different continents focussing on climate justice, bodily autonomy, intercultural education and circular economy, among other topics.