Lindsay Daniela Litowitz
co-founder, House of Ayni
Daniela designs experiences that help humans live more connected, impactful lives. She's spent her professional life building ventures focused on social innovation in the United States, Middle East and South America and previously served as Social Enterprise Special Advisor at Columbia University.
She was the Director of Global Partnerships at University of Pennsylvania's Center for Social Impact Strategy, Director of Strategy at Jerusalem Venture Partners and Founder of the travel social enterprise, Terranga. She received her Masters in International Affairs and Social Enterprise from Columbia University in New York, founded TEDx events in Jerusalem, at the United Nations and Columbia University and recently led research and strategy at Longpath.org. She was named an Ashoka-American Express Emerging Innovator and Penn Social Impact Fellow. Daniela is a certified 500hr yoga teacher, having completed Shakti Initiation in women's leadership in Bali and 200hr certification at Kripalu in the United States.
Virginia Alonso Navarro
co-founder, House of Ayni
Virginia is an engineer, artist and entrepreneur. Coming from peace tech sector in the Middle East and Africa, now moving into visual storytelling and creative self-expression to increase awareness and empathy to one another. Virginia served as data literacy consultant in the conflict resolution and peace-building field for five years, working in Iraq, Lebanon, Somalia and Tunisia. She was a founding member of AKTEK, a technology company specialized in data analysis for peace-building, and since leaving the team in 2017 she writes and illustrates books that explain complex concepts in simple terms. Her work has been published by The Independent and she's working with organizations such as USAID, UNDP and MIT.
Recently, Virginia wrote and illustrated "Under the Shade of the Olive Tree," a book about a girl seeking peace in war-torn Syria. Her book has been published in London and is being distributed in Europe, Syria and Palestine. She has been named a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum, and studied Renewable Energy Engineering at the University College of London.
Director of Production, House of Ayni
Ximena is a photographer, creative producer and public relations specialist. She has been a personal manager of internationally renowned musicians and actors, community manager for different agencies, festivals and brands. She created an independent label called Tribu Records, with the intention of awakening consciousness and healing through music. Tribu is now a production company specialized in booking and experience design, all with a holistic and healing touch. In her personal work, she has studied various practices focused on the awakening of consciousness.
Alexa Jedda Firmenich
Lead Facilitator, Ayni Quest
Alexa Firmenich is based out of San Francisco and is the co-founder of Atlas Unbound. She is a certified wilderness guide, passionate writer, photographer, strategist and facilitator on systems change, transformational leadership, regenerative thinking and individual reconnection with the wild. Her work as a conservation leader, communicator and photographer has taken her around the world from Antarctica’s extremes to Guatemala’s cultural wonders, Mexico’s diverse lands and people, and many places in between.
Atlas Unbound's core purpose is to take a deep-dive into nature with entrepreneurs, business leaders, CEOs and thought-makers in order to facilitate workshops focused on collective intelligence, mindful awareness, and experiential embodied learning. Ms. Firmenich is a Founding Board Member at The Mare Nostrum Global Initiative, which is committed to catalyzing systemic changes with the aim of eliminating plastic waste from our oceans.
She also serves on the Board of Directors for Global Footprint Network, an international think-tank that researches and develops methodological standards and a set of tools that helps end Ecological Overshoot by making ecological limits a focus of decision making.
Juan Blas Barbed Isusi
Lead Facilitator, Ayni FELLOWSHIP
Ever since Juan can remember he imagined himself suit up working in Investment Banking. After tough years dealing with the stock market, Juan lived a transformative experience in Silicon Valley that made him realize he needed to listen to his heart and follow his true passion: serving others. This is why he joined KIVA.org in 2012, a crowdfunding platform that connects people through lending to alleviate poverty. Supporting Kiva´s strategy as Senior Portfolio Manager made him believe in the power of empathy, social entreprises and technology to bring sustainable change to the world. After serving with Kiva in 4 different continents and working hand in hand with social enterprises in those ecosystems, Juan is back home in the Basque Country to prioritize the people he loves and deepening into areas he is passionate about: Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Empathy, Technology, Community Building and Impact Investment.
facilitator, House of Ayni
Gabylu dedicates her life to a continuos personal and collective work in order to transmit a message that helps on consciousness awakening. She is director, wirter and producer of film and documentaries. She studied Communication Media with a Master in Film Direction in FAMU in Prague. She has a long feature film, American Curious, which launched in theatres in 2018 and was succesfully exhibited in different International Film Festivals. As a documentary filmmaker she has worked with United Nations and diverse institutions such as UNAM (Mexican Autonomous University) always trying to show the human part of the work she gets done. She won the Cannes Lions Grand Prix, with a publi-doc work for P&G.
She has been an Ashtanga practitioner for some years under the guidance of Sharath Jois at KPJAYI in Mysore, India, and she is a Yoga Alliance certified Hatha Yoga teacher. Gabylu is a Tantra student under Dr. Peetambar Mishra transmission in Varanasi and Vipassana practitoner on Goenkaji’s tradition. She shares her practice with sessions and service in workshops and retreats. Today, she is writing the script of her new fiction feature film with the aim to bring out to the light some humanity issues that are kept in darkness and silence. She is also working in an on going project called The Bridge of Medicines in the Four Directions, which aspires to rescue, protect and transmit Sacred Knowledge where she does the documentary video direction, production and camera work and has shot in Bhutan, Peru and soon, Tibet.