Nominated for the award: Philanthropy
Company: Borani Global Education
Biography: Neda Moeini received her degree in Software Engineering from York University’s Computer Science Department and went on to build a successful technology company with her husband and life partner, Ata Moeini. Together they built GL | Group of Gold Line, a group of companies specializing in using technology to erase borders and connect the diaspora back home. Most notable among their products is their first product, the prepaid long distance calling card that revolutionized the long distance calling market in Canada, and their IPTV streaming product GLWiZ, which is today known as the largest streamer of multicultural television and entertainment content in the world – colloquially known as the global, multicultural Netflix! Mrs. Moeini’s true passion is philanthropy and she has over the years contributed to great organizations in Medicine, the Arts and Education. Her support of Medical research includes the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, the Breast Cancer Society of Canada and Sick Kids Hospital. Mrs. Moeini is also proud to support the Abilities Arts Festival, a disability arts organization that promotes diversity and "the power of the arts as a means of enriching the cultural fabric of our communities.” Mrs. Moeini is very proud to be a long time patron of the Toronto International Film Festival. Her contributions to Education includes her own charity, Borani Global Education; a not-for-profit association dedicated to the principle of education for all, which matches deserving students to fully online university degree programs, allowing them to be empowered through education despite the social, political, religious and monetary boundaries they face. Mrs. Moeini also initiated a bursary at the University of Toronto’s Law School and the establishment of the GL | Group of Gold Line International Human Rights Internships, which allows law students to work on human rights issues in foreign countries. Neda Moeini was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal on September 8th, 2012 by the Governor General of Canada for her distinguished contributions to the field of education being characterized as an effective community leader whose work has enriched the lives of many throughout the world.