Staff and consultants

Aitak Sorahitalab | Co-founder & Executive Director

Aitak is a visual artist, art instructor, and art manager with more than 15 years’ experience in the field. She holds a Master’s degree in Design and Production in Applied Arts from The Art University of Tehran. She had several exhibitions of her artwork and was commissioned to create public art in Iran and Canada (toronto).  Aitak worked as a lecturer at University of Applied Science Technology in Tehran, manager of Art and Creation Department at KANOON (Institute for Intellectual Development for Children and Young Adults), and worked with UNICEF, UNODC and Royal Museum of The Netherland. Since immigrating to Canada, Sorahitalab continued to research and teach art while maintaining her artistic production as a ceramic sculptor. She won several art grants and awards in Canada, and have curated two exhibitions in Toronto. Aitak is working with various art organizations in Toronto and is the co-founder and Executive Director of Airsa.

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Mehran Azarbad | Co-founder, media designer

Mehran is an award winner UI/UX designer, and digital media Artist with over 15 years experience including 8 years of experience in the field.
His areas of expertise are digital design, User Interface design, advertisement, corporate identity, typography, publication design and other core design fundamentals. These are supported by vast knowledge of photography, storyboarding, videography, video editing, and 3D design.

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Amy Gottung | Consultant

Funded by Ontario Art Council Compass Grant

Amy is a contractor and consultant with over a decade of experience in media, culture, and non-profit. She has worked with Airsa for more than a year to provide consultation that direct and deliver an environmental
scan including a targeted needs assessment report (of Canadian newcomer artists), a survey of existing and developing services for these populations, and (c) an internal capabilities assessment of Airsa’s present configuration, delivering a summary report and SWOT analysis to inform the organization’s strategy, activity, and ongoing positioning to best advance its mandate. Amy’s service is funded by OAC Compass project.

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