Zahra Esmail

Ask Zahra about the best board games for kids, her upcoming travel plans, or her famous masala chai recipe!

Zahra Esmail

Chief Executive Officer

Zahra is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Vantage Point. 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 

Prior to joining Vantage Point, Zahra was the Executive Director of South Vancouver Neighbourhood House for five and a half years, and 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 an active member of the Poverty Reduction Advisory Committee, an independent committee that advises government on policy developments related to poverty reduction and prevention. Zahra is member on the board of Lookout Foundation as well as a member of the Honorary Governor’s Council of Vancouver Foundation. She is also a mentor with Dress for Success’s Professional Women’s Group and sits on a number of City of Vancouver advisory panels and working groups. Zahra was recognized as one of Business in Vancouver’s Forty Under 40 in 2019.  

She’s passionate about social justice and equity, and believes in the power of the not-for-profit sector. She strongly believes that our sector is well positioned to create positive change. Outside Vantage Point, Zahra loves hiking, yoga, swimming, and dancing. If she had to choose one word to describe herself, it would be curious because she asks a million questions, always wants to understand the “why” behind what we do (and what we don’t do), and is always game to try new things.  

Ask Zahra about the best board games for kids, her upcoming travel plans, or her famous masala chai recipe!

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