Rais Bhuiyan, (Founder & President) is a peace activist and an IT professional. After graduating from Sylhet Cadet College, a military School in Bangladesh, he joined the Bangladesh Air Force and was commissioned as a pilot officer following two and a half years of vigorous training. He received a BS in Aeronautics from the National University in Dhaka and completed numerous information technology courses in New York and Dallas where he continued his education, taking courses in computer system engineering,
programming, and database administration. In 2001, he was shot in the face by Mark Stroman, a white supremacist seeking vengeance for the 9/11 tragedy.
Bhuiyan responded to this by forgiving his attacker and attempting unsuccessfully to prevent his execution. Bhuiyan currently holds a position with Sabre Holdings, a global technology company, in Southlake, Texas. His time is divided between managing a team of system engineers and data centers in Europe and touring the globe giving talks about the regenerative power of forgiveness.
Chief Public Policy Officer
Senior Vice President – Government & External Affairs
Since 2000, Bruce J. Charendoff has led Sabre’s worldwide public policy and government outreach initiatives. He has chaired Sabre’s foundation and developed Sabre’s Passport to Freedom initiative to combat human trafficking. He was an original founder and board member of the Urban Alliance, a nonprofit that empowers under-resourced youth to aspire, work, and succeed through paid internships, formal training, and mentorship. He is the current chairman of the Travel Technology Association, the trade group representing global distribution systems, online travel companies, and short term rental companies; he serves on the executive committee of the US Travel Association; and he is a board member of the European Travel and Technology Services Association. He is the founder and chairman of Sabre PAC.
In 2010, the American Society of Travel Agents awarded him its Lifetime Achievement Award. He was appointed by US Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker to serve on the United States Travel and Tourism Advisory Board. Among his accomplishments are the deregulation of the travel distribution industry in the United States, the creation and reauthorization of Brand USA, and the passage of legislation providing more resources for the fight against human trafficking. He has promoted travel and tourism through public private partnerships, facilitated Sabre’s technology exports, and advocated on behalf of travelers’ rights. He has strong relationships in the Administration and in Congress and throughout the travel and tourism industry. He previously worked in positions of increasing responsibility as an attorney at American Airlines and Shipman & Goodwin, a Hartford, Connecticut law firm. He lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland with his wife, Sally Rosenberg, a lawyer and author who serves on several non-profit boards. He has two daughters and two stepsons.
Stephanie Steel (Secretary) specializes in Organizational Development for Dell and has rotated through a variety of roles since she joined in May, 2014. She has experience in strategic planning, training, research, teaching, managing and coaching. Compassion and creativity drive her result-oriented approach to empower and utilizing human capital for organizations and society.
Stephanie is especially interested in educational praxis and how organizations can foster learning most effectively, whether for adolescents or executives. Her experience as an educator convinced her that people are any organization’s greatest asset, worthy of investment and a source of competitive advantage.
Stephanie has a passion for education and ministry. She served as a Director of Youth Ministry for St. Rita Catholic Community and a faculty member for Ursuline Academy of Dallas. She holds a BS in Child Learning and Development & Psychology (BA) from the University of Texas at Dallas, a Masters in Theological Studies from the University of Dallas, and a Masters in Human Resource Management from Texas A&M University.
Robert Bell (Treasurer) is an IT consultant for the multinational corporation Hitachi Consulting. Before that he was very active in the DFW film community working on several local productions since 2003.Robert has received two bachelor degrees from the University of North Texas; one in Business Administration Decision Sciences and another in Radio/TV/Film. During his time in the U.S. Army, Robert also received a wide variety of technology and electronics training along with leadership and team management certifications.
After his time in the military Robert decided to become an advocate
for peace. He joined the professional organizations Iraq Veterans against the war and Veterans for Peace. He developed close personal and working relationships with local activist Leslie Harris, and journalist Nathan Diebenow; assisting them in creating video content from numerous protests and speaking events. Along with Nathan, Robert created the underground news channel Standard Rebellion. Highlights of the channel are short documentaries covering the Rally for Bradley Manning, a nuclear awareness piece for the PAX Christi, and covering guest speaker events for Chis Hedges and Col. Anne Wright.
Jessica Carso, Executive Director
Jessica Carso began working with World Without Hate as a volunteer consultant and coach in 2015. Dedicated to a career in the non-profit sector, Carso shares her fifteen years of leadership, administration, philanthropic and fundraising experience with the growing non-profit. Having worked for and with organizations spanning the arts, culture, humanities, social justice, higher education and social services sectors, Carso remains focused on supporting these and other important causes through her non-profit and social entrepreneurial company, JC Consulting + Coaching. In addition, Carso serves as Manager for Rais Ventures, LLC.
As Executive Director of World Without Hate, Carso has focused her efforts on ensuring the long-term health and sustainability of the organization, while also ramping up board development, prospecting, recruitment and training, as well as fundraising, communications and strategic planning initiatives. As demand for the organization’s programming and services continues, Carso is concentrating her efforts on fundraising, organizational development, staffing, communications and mission driven deliverables.
During her 5 ½ year tenure as Wesleyan University’s Green Street Arts Center’s Managing Director, Carso designed and implemented the organization’s development, marketing and membership initiatives while also steadily increasing earned revenue and advisory board participation. With her stellar team, Carso grew the organization’s community engagement and specialized programming for youth, students and adults. While at Green Street, Carso and her staff developed and implemented highly impactful internship, fellowship and work-study programs for students and emerging leaders interested in non-profit, youth development and arts education work.
For more than 10 years, Carso has been an active member of the international Association of Fundraising Professionals, recently completing her 6-year board role commitment and 2-year term as President of the Connecticut Chapter. Her extensive community leadership and volunteer work has included such roles as Chair of her local Community Foundation’s Fund for Women and Girls, as well as Founding Co-Chair of the Foundation’s Live Local, Give Local 365 initiative, promoting impact through $1-a-day donations. In addition, Carso has volunteered her time on higher education, community leadership, social service and humanities committees and boards, among others.
In 2010, Carso was named Huffington Post’s Greatest Person of the Day. Since then she has also been named to Hartford Business Journal’s 40 under 40, Connecticut Magazine’s 40 under 40, and was most recently recognized by the National Association of Professional Women as one of their Women of the Year Circle recipients. Carso received her Bachelor’s Degree from Marymount Manhattan College and her Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Wesleyan University. She continually participates in a variety of professional development opportunities, including the Leadership Development Roundtable Program (LDR) and the William Graustein Memorial Foundation’s Community Leadership Program.
Through JC Consulting + Coaching, Carso continues to work with non-profit and social entrepreneurial organizations and professionals throughout the country. Services offered include organizational and individual mentorship and coaching, consulting and training, as well as strategic and organizational planning, board development and fundraising support. Carso also serves as a guest lecturer, presenter, speaker, and workshop facilitator at colleges and universities, conferences, professional development trainings and seminars for audiences of all sizes.