We’d like to thank our Mentors who are helping us through our journey! Read about the team below.

We are currently updating our 2017 list of mentors/influencers. If you are interested in contributing your talents and expertise to our project, please send us a letter of interest to theglobalsunriseproject@gmail.com


 about_img3Lola Akinmade-Åkerström | Photography Mentor

Lola Akinmade-Åkerström is a Stockholm-based writer and photographer who has contributed to digital and print publications such as National Geographic Traveler (both UK & US versions), BBC, CNN, The Guardian, Travel + Leisure, Lonely Planet,  AFAR, San Francisco Chronicle, Fodors.com, several in-flight magazines, and many more. She was featured in a South Africa vignette “Through The Lens” that airs on National Geographic Channel and her photography is represented by National Geographic.



 Troy Young |Video Editing Mentor

Troy Young, Toronto based video editor in the broadcasting industry. Over the last 19 years I’ve worked for most of the major television networks in the country including TSN, Discovery Channel, The Movie Network and HBO Canada.When I first heard about Kasha and Marla’s project I immediately reached out to do what  whatever I could to help. They’re an amazing duo creating an amazing story.



Martina Buchal | Leadership Mentor

Martina Buchal recently completed a world tour for World Merit, speaking at the Summit of the Americas, the United Nations, and many other conferences; facilitating workshops for youth, and mentoring young social entrepreneurs towards becoming the change they wish to see in the world. Today, she continues to work in collaborative development as a coach and consultant to help individuals and organizations develop the soft skills necessary to become the leaders this world so desperately needs. A large focus of her work is addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals from a #startwithin  approach. This stems from her belief that all major change in this world must commence within each and every one of us.

 about_img3Spencer West | Leadership Mentor

Spencer West, author and internationally acclaimed motivational speaker for Free the Children has inspired millions of people around the world to discover the potential which exists within each person when truly empowered from the heart. The wisdom he has to share through his own story in his book “Standing Tall: My Journey” and the documentary film “Redefine Possible: The Story of Spencer West” is a remarkable and humbling example which serves to remind us that we have the power to transcend and to soar beyond our own limitations. The Global Sunrise Project started as a seed of a dream within our hearts. It was under the rays of hope; inspiration & encouragement from Spencer that we decided to “Redefine” our own possible. And for this we are deeply grateful!