York University has announced its list of Top 30 Alumni Under 30. The remarkable group of civically engaged young leaders are tackling complex societal challenges in a world facing a convergence of unprecedented trials, all before the age of 30.
Four School of Administrative Studies alumni were recognized as part of this year’s outstanding alumni under 30.
Alamgir Khandwala (BAS ’17)
Alamgir (Alam) Khandwala (BAS ’17) is a chartered professional accountant (CPA) currently working as a manager, corporate accounting and financial reporting at one of Canada’s unified commerce and payment company, Moneris. Since completing his undergraduate degree, and a graduate diploma in professional accounting from York's School of Continuing Studies in 2017, Alam has continued to give back to the York community as a young alumni ambassador. As treasurer of Success Beyond Limits, he advocates to improve educational outcomes, expand possibilities and support youth in the Jane and Finch area along their individual paths to success. He has also been an ambassador for Lime Connect, a global non-profit organization focused on rebranding disability through achievement, for the past eight years. Alam continued his efforts to foster a diverse, inclusive and equitable workplace through his leadership in the Diversity & Disability Awareness Month task force under the Inclusive Workplace Council at Moneris. Alam is passionate in advocating and empowering individuals from diverse backgrounds and individuals with disabilities to create an equitable and enabling environment for everyone to succeed.
Rizvana Hredita (BAS ’16)
Rizvana Hredita (BAS ’16) co-founded Hydroquo+, Bangladesh's first Hydro-Informatics R&D start-up. Hydroquo+ is dedicated to ensuring water security in Bangladesh and has received United Nations (UN) and American Society of Mechanical Engineers recognition for its endeavours. Hydroquo+ utilizes a unique product suite to improve water quality and reduce losses. Using water data as a service, it harnesses the power of artificial intelligence algorithms and big data analytics to maximize information and data available for leading water innovators, to dramatically improve the quality of water worldwide. Rizvana and her brother Zahin Razeen were both recognized in the Forbes 30 under 30 Asia list as founders of Hydroquo+. Rizvana is also founder of Lingwing Bangladesh Edtech, an education technology platform that uses artificial intelligence to provide quality personalized education and enables users to develop language skills in an affordable way.
Kaleb Dahlgren (BCom ’21)
Kaleb Dahlgren (BCom ’21) is an inspiring community collaborator, mental wellness leader, and diabetes advocate. In 2021, Kaleb published his #1 National Bestselling memoir Crossroads: My Story of Tragedy and Resilience as a Humboldt Bronco. Kaleb’s passion for helping others shines through his selflessness, volunteer work and sharing his story. As an ambassador for STARS (Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service), Kaleb donated all of his book’s proceeds and raised an additional $1,250,000.00 for the charity. Kaleb is also the founder of Dahlgren’s Diabeauties, a diabetes mentorship program designed in 2017. Through this program, he raises awareness, supports, and encourages other diabetics to reach their potential. On the global stage, Kaleb’s story captivates each audience - leaving them inspired, uplifted, and ready to enjoy the grind in life. Kaleb is now forging his path as a Doctor of Chiropractic student, international keynote speaker, and philanthropist.
Suzanna Alsayed (MDEM ’19)
Suzanna Alsayed (BA ’16, BA ’17, MDEM ’19) has over eight years of experience as an emergency management and security specialist in Toronto where she facilitates multi-disciplinary projects involving internal and external stakeholders. In 2019, Suzanna founded Hilt International Security, her first venture, a holistic security firm with the goal to work with different international platforms to protect people and assets worldwide. In mid-2020, she founded Evolutz Inc., an independent global brand, design, copy, and website development agency. In 2020 she was named #2 for the IFSEC Global Top Influencers in Security & Fire in the "Commercial Security Association Figures/Academics/Thought Leaders" category. Suzanna is one of the Top 25 Influencers within the security industry, as determined by the International Security Journal. She was selected as Security Systems News Top 40 under 40, and most recently awarded the “2021 Emerging Leader award’’ by Canadian Security magazine.
Launched in 2021, York’s Top 30 Alumni Under 30 program seeks to highlight the success and diversity of the University’s alumni community, while inspiring the next generation of young alumni leaders to make a positive difference locally and globally.
For more information on the 2022 Top 30 Alumni Under 30, visit the website.