MEET THE TEAM
Founder & Executive Director
Tech entrepreneur and author, Sanjay is best known for founding and selling Audiobooks.com. He is president of the Aquanta Group, the managing partner for 500 Startups Canada, an angel investor, and an active philanthropist. Recently, Sanjay has been working on perfecting the service industry with the opening of his first lounge in Toronto, ON — Coffee Oysters Champagne — developing new technologies that help elevate the customer experience. In early 2019, Sanjay established the Nikean Foundation with hopes of promoting psychedelic science and bringing to the forefront novel medicines for mental health disorders.
Director of Operations & Board Member
After graduating from the University of Toronto, her travels found her in South America where she first discovered the therapeutic potential of plant medicines and gained a deep interest in how these consciousness-expanding tools unlocked paths for self healing and personal exploration. She attributes her holistic well being and control over her mental health to the integration of psychedelics and mindfulness practices, and has been an advocate for the medicines for well over a decade. Today, with a background in communications and operations management, she is honoured to be working with impactful organizations as a collective to propel psychedelic science into the forefront for mental health care. While working at becoming a psychotherapist, she is committed to empowering others to heal themselves and take their mental health back into their own hands.
As Usona’s Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships, Tura’s background includes 30 years of experience in international economic and commercial relations, including business development and strategic planning in life sciences and high tech industries. Her interests have always focused on applying sustainable business practices to create innovative solutions and positive impact through collaboration and partnerships in a way that cannot be accomplished by traditional models of development. Tura has been passionate about the potential of psychedelic research as a means for healing mental illness in our society today and views organizations like the Nikean Foundation and Usona Institute as the catalyst for a new paradigm in drug development and delivery of care.
Alex is an extroverted, passionate, and spiritual entrepreneur from Toronto. A graduate of Western University, he’s founded two tech startups and splits his time between Los Angeles and Canada. Alex’s quest to find new treatment options for his mom and his own personal development converged into the psychedelic space in 2018. His first psychedelic therapy experience changed the trajectory of his career and life. Through his experiences in the space, Alex is convinced that psychedelics represent the most promising development in mental healthcare. His passion lies in advancing the science of and access to psychedelic medicine, to heal the sick and better the well. A passionate yogi and meditator, Alex loves tennis, hiking, food, wine, psychedelic networking, and starting things from a blank canvas.
Kristine is the executive assistant to founder Sanjay Singhal, and is grateful to be able to blend her administrative role with her keen interest in psychedelic science. With a background in theatre and live event production, she is excited to have this new opportunity to learn about these healing tools, and is looking forward to contributing her efforts into rebuilding the framework for mental health and addiction recovery.