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Zahra Esmail


Zahra is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Vantage Point, a not-for-profit organization that exists to support other not-for-profits across BC to increase their knowledge, connections, and impact. She has worked in the not-for-profit sector for over 15 years with experience in international development, housing and homelessness, community development, youth entrepreneurship, fundraising, and microfinance. Zahra was the first Executive Director of the Marpole Neighbourhood House, which opened under her leadership in 2019.

Zahra has a Masters in Globalization and International Development from the University of Ottawa, a Bachelors in History from UBC, and an Associate Certificate in Fundraising Management from BCIT. She is Chair of the BC Poverty Reduction Advisory Committee, an independent committee that advises government on policy developments related to poverty reduction and prevention. In addition to being on the Lookout Foundation board, Zahra is on the board of Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society and is a mentor with Dress for Success’s Professional Women’s Group.

Zahra was recognized as one of Business in Vancouver’s Forty Under 40 in 2019 and nominated for the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards in 2022. She is the daughter of immigrant parents from East Africa of Indian origin and is the proud mother of her school-aged daughter.

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