Sarah is currently a Dental Student at University College Cork in Ireland, and recently graduated from McGill University in Canada in Biomedical Sciences and International Relations. In Summer 2014, she worked as an Intern in mHealth to the Director for the Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. She started her activism at the age of 11 in the aftermath of the Asian Tsunami where she fundraised for medicine and medical equipment for affected Hospitals in the East of Sri Lanka. She continued her passion for affordable and reliable healthcare and by organizing free paediatric health camps underprivileged children in urban Sri Lanka. At 16, she founded KICK THE BUTT – the world’s first fashion and social media based anti-teen smoking campaign, which utilized fashion and social media to change the mindset of teen smoking among the urban population of Sri Lanka. She introduced her project to world leaders and businessmen at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2010 and to Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown at No. 10 Downing Street. Her commitment to community service and youth activism has won her the titles of Global Teen Leader by We Are Family Foundation, Global Changemaker of British Council, and TEDMED Front Line Scholar by TEDMED. She has been a speaker at numerous events including the Closing Plenary of the World Economic Forum, International Women’s Day Celebrations by the United Nations Office in Sri Lanka, Just Peace Summit in New York City, ‘We Are The World’ Conference in Montreal and the UN World Conference on Youth 2014 in Sri Lanka. She is Hugh Brock Entrance Scholar at McGill and graduated from the Deans Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research List last spring. Her dream is to create reliable and affordable dental care to areas of conflict and regions of the world that need it the most through the formation of a Doctors Beyond Borders (MSF) for Dentists. Sarah is a youth activist, writer and dot-connecter. She is a trilingual, has a World Prize in Science Fiction Writing, an Associate of Trinity College London in Speech and Drama, a Graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA), and a former National Level debater, chess player and diver in Sri Lanka. She's a full-time nerd, part-time joker, and during her breaks she enjoys windsurfing and snorkelling with sharks.
A renowned chef and cookbook author, Locale Market partner and culinary director Don Pintabona has created an illustrious career for himself over the past 30 years. After receiving a business degree at The University of South Florida, Don drove a New York taxi to put himself through school at The Culinary Institute of American, where he graduated with honors in 1982. He spent the next ten years refining his skills on three continents, under top toques like Charlie Palmer and Daniel Boulud in New York, George Blanc in Vonnas, France and Kiyomi Nishitani in Osaka, Japan. When Don returned to New York in 1990, he met actor Robert De Niro. Impressed with his skills and ideas, De Niro hired Don to be the Executive Chef of the widely acclaimed, Manhattan hot spot, Tribeca Grill. During his time there, Tribeca Grill earned many accolades including the 1998 Ivy Award for Excellence, the DiRoNa Award and Wine Spectator’s Grand Award of Excellence in 2002. Don authored the popular Tribeca Grill Cook Book, Villard 2000 which was followed by The Shared Table, Random House 2005. After tragedy struck in September of 2001, Don spearheaded “Operation Chefs with Spirit” a campaign that brought the restaurant community together to feed over 750,000 hot meals to the relief works at the World Trade Center site after the 9/11 attacks. Newsweek Magazine featured Don as one New York’s pivotal figured during the relief efforts, as did a recently book by Tim Zagat entitled 9/11: Stories of Courage, Heroism and Generosity. In December 2014 Don, along with chef / partner Michael Mina, opened Locale Market in St. Petersburg, Fla., Don oversees a more than 160 staff members at a 20,000-square-foot concept which includes gourmet grocery, bread bakery, pastry shop, fresh pasta, local fish market, butcher shop, and organic produce, in 11 kitchens, as well as a wine bar and private dining.
Rebecca Arnold is an International Nonprofit and Nature Photographer based in New York City. She has traversed over 30 countries, and now focusing on developing countries where she partners with nonprofits like UNICEF and IRC to document their incredible work. Rebecca is a Volunteer Ambassador for Opus Award-winning St. Luke Foundation in Haiti, and she's partnered with Nobel Peace Prize-winning Mohammad Yunus' Grameen Foundation. Rebecca also founded her own post production and photo editorial company where she works with top celebrities and brand names. Over a billion people world-wide have seen her work. Lastly, Rebecca is a personal development coach, workshop facilitator, and inspirational speaker. She has been to four continents coaching and mentoring clients from over 30 countries. She collaborates with the Dalai Lama Fellows and she's a select coach in a program for United Nations staff globally.