Riz is a Founder & President of Little Angels Foundation (LAF). Riz also serves on the board of director with United Nations-Association (UNA, USA) for St. Louis Chapter. Riz has held senior management roles for multinationals in US, UK, India and South-Asia. He has a degree from Stern School of Business, New York.
Riz believes food security brings peace in the communities. Food insecurity creates fear. If our stomach are full, there are less chances of conflicts and less conflicts leads to less crimes. He believes food & shelter is every human's right.
Riz is married and blessed with two daughters. He likes to cook for his family and friends. He is funny and have a great sense of humor. He likes to write poetries and loves to drive fast cars.
Farah is a Co-Founder and Director of Research & Projects with Little Angels Foundation. Farah currently serves on the foundation board of her firm and has previously served on the Diversity and Inclusion Council at Piper Jaffray (now Piper Sandler) from 2016 to 2019.
Farah is an idealist and believes that our life is our most precious gift. It is important to make every moment count. Farah believes in a sustainable world without boundaries, where every human being is supported equitably to achieve their highest potential. Little Angels Foundation is part of that vision to create communities that are hunger free and resilient.
Farah has 15+ years of expertise in the investment management and investment banking industries and has worked in the US, UAE and India. Farah earned her MBA in Finance & Consulting from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis in 2007 and was a Dean’s Scholar during that period. She graduated with top honors with a B.S. in Chemistry and M.S. in Chemistry from India.
She is married and a mother. She is a voracious reader and her favorite pastimes are traveling, trekking and spending time with her family.
Eduardo Platon is a former President & CEO of " Hispanic Chambers of Commerce" based out of St. Louis. He's an entrepreneur, and author of books with 20 years of experience in the areas of entrepreneurship and innovation, transformational leadership, strategic planning and relationship building.
He's is a data science enthusiast to make better decisions and improve people's lives. Having collaborated in foundations, nonprofits, and economic development agencies, Eduardo believes that the world is going through a regeneration phase where principles, values and commitment to humanity will become the norm, not the exception.
His interest in supporting Little Angels Foundation relates to the nobility of the mission to help people who are going through a difficult chapter and can count on a group of motivated human beings committed to spread compassion, kindness, and good actions creating a virtuous cycle.
Eduardo is married with two children and enjoys a life close to nature.
Joanna is an Associate Professor in Anesthesiology and Medicine from Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis.
She was drawn to the Little Angels Foundation for a number of reasons: first, the foundation’s commitment to serving vulnerable populations in St. Louis and addressing their unmet needs, including food, clothing, jobs, etc.; second, the foundation’s perspective on service without any preconceived notions and preconditions about backgrounds, religion, race, ethnicity, gender, etc.; third, the foundation's core mission to spread hope and kindness in the community through its various acts – which allows it to be truly resilient and reactive in response to any crisis; and lastly, the foundation’s dedicated and robust group of volunteers from different nationalities and ages with a shared faith of humanity who have set their hearts and minds to help anyone in need.
The foundation provides us all with a platform to help others and I am honored and truly blessed to be part of the Little Angels Foundation family!
Carlos Suarez is the Community Support Manager at the International Institute of St. Louis, where he strengthens community partnerships and oversees logistical coordination for the immediate needs of new arrivals.
Carlos also leads the United Nations Association of Saint Louis, serving as President since 2016 and has been involved as a member serving in a variety of capacities since 2010.
Carlos is passionate about the mission of the Little Angels Foundation due to the idea that food not only nourishes the body but is also a vital part to the fabric of our society through relationships, and therefore, creates a vibrant and prosperous community
Nicola is a software engineer by training and disposition currently serving as Healthcare Operations Director for a local company. She is drawn to simple, yet compelling mission of Little Angels Foundation is to provide good healthy food, groceries and other items to those who need it and no questions asked.
She enjoys the camaraderie and community of the volunteer group. Nicola loves spending time with family, friends, and dogs, particularly outdoors, yoga, reading great books and chocolate.