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Easy Artificial Intelligence: Simple Tools to Elevate Your Nonprofit Impact


40% of non-profit organizations have planned to integrate AI for their marketing strategy (salesforces 2019). While AI has the potential to make organizations faster, smarter, and more efficient, its adoption raises challenges. How do we train the sector to use AI systems? How will automation affect your work? Yes, more and more tasks will become automated, but no need to panic. This session will explain how to position yourself to work with AI tools. We will map the intelligent tools that are currently available to nonprofits – from email automation to fundraising solutions -, and provide tips about leveraging your skill set in this new landscape.

Learning Outcomes

  • Get a picture of AI current uses in the nonprofit sector
  • Understand how AI can support nonprofits work
  • Get a better understanding of the skills required to make the best use of intelligent tools

Target Audience

decision makers, executive directors, professionals curious about the use of AI in the sector


Nejeed Kassam



Nejeed Kassam has spent 30 years working in-and-around the nonprofit sector and is proud to work everyday to build stronger communities. Currently, Nejeed is the CEO and founder of Keela – an impact technology company, dedicated to empowering small/medium-sized nonprofits with accessible, powerful software. He was educated at McGill University (B.A.) and Osgoode Hall Law School (JD). Called to the Bar in Ontario in 2015 and in British Columbia in 2017, Nejeed is also the founder of the Better Canada Initiative. He is the former executive director of both End Poverty Now and Conversations for Change. Nejeed is a global innovator with experience working for the United Nations and the Senate of Canada. He is the author of the book ‘High on Life’ (foreword written by former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien) and the co-producer of the documentary, ‘Conversations for Change’. Nejeed sits on a number of corporate and non-profit boards, has spoken at conferences around the world, and is an alumnus of the Global Shapers Community (World Economic Forum) and a former fellow at the Royal Society of the Arts in the UK.

Kate Vannelli

Program Director

Global Conservation Corps

Kate Vannelli is a conservation scientist and National Geographic Explorer whose career began in Namibia, working to conserve cheetahs with the Cheetah Conservation Fund. She holds a B.Sc. in environmental science as well as an M.Sc. in conservation and rural development from the University of Kent in the United Kingdom. During her degree work, she conducted and published research on the community aspects of snow leopard conservation and ecotourism in the Himalayas through the Snow Leopard Conservancy India Trust, and gained experience with the many human dimensions of conserving large carnivores. She has also worked on the Namibian national leopard census, using camera traps and questionnaires to gain insight on the pressures facing the African leopard population. Currently, Vannelli works as the Program Director for Global Conservation Corps, with a strong focus on GCC’s conservation education platform, the Future Rangers Program. From her experience, she believes that the key to conserving wildlife is ensuring that the youth living alongside protected areas have access to, and can benefit from that wildlife.

Justin Walker

Board Treasurer

Global Conservation Corps

Originally from Atlanta Georgia, Justin Walker is an entrepreneur and humanitarian at heart. He has devoted his life to causes that make a positive impact on our world. He founded his first Non-Profit at the age of 21, ultimately leading him to live and work in the Middle East, Europe, and South America. He is currently the Chief Operating Officer at Friendly Human, a content creation company that focuses on authentic human storytelling at scale. He also serves as Board Treasurer for the Global Conservation Corps and is always working to find better processes, tell better stories, and to empower local communities to conserve wildlife and ultimately our planet. Justin still operates his original clean water non-profit with his wife Janin and son Liam from their second home in Lima, Peru. Many people say that Justin does not sleep, but what it really comes down to, is that Justin believes that life is too short to pass on an opportunity to help those who are making our world a better place.





March 24, 2020


1:45pm – 3:00pm



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