Gavin Sheppard is the co-founder and Executive Director of The Remix Project, an arts and cultural incubator working with “at-risk” and brilliant youth. Since it’s inception in 2009, Remix has been an official priority project of the Mayor’s “Making A Safe City Safer Advisory Panel” and an award winning partner of UN Habitat’s Safer Cities Programme. The Re-Mix model highlights the impact of urban entertainment and culture as tools for engagement and empowerment, and introduces elements of hands-on training and mentorship into the mix.
Sheppard is a founding member of the Grassroots Youth Collaborative, a board member of Schools Without Borders, the chair of the Laidlaw Foundation’s Youth Organizing Committee and a 2010 TED Fellow. He has consulted or been consulted by The Organizations of American States, UN Habitat, The Department of Canadian Heritage and The Ontario Arts Council.
Sheppard was recently chosen as one of 16 Yale World Fellows. The Yale World Fellows Program is the University’s signature global leadership development initiative and a core element of Yale’s ongoing commitment to internationalization. Each year since 2002, the University has welcomed a group of exemplary mid-career professionals from a wide range of fields and countries for an intensive four-month period of academic enrichment and leadership training. This is quite an honor for Sheppard seeing as the 2011 fellows are carefully selected from an incredibly deep and talented pool of international leaders.
Sheppard’s speaking engagements have had him accompany The Right Honorable Michaëlle Jean on State Visits to Mexico, Guatemala and Costa Rica as well as speak at Harvard University, UN Headquarters, various international conferences and, most comfortably, in ghettos, slums, barrios and favelas around the world.