International Wonder Woman
Raseel Sehmi is a third culture diplomat kid who has lived in seven countries – Canada, England, Myanmar, India, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Uganda. As a result of her exposure she champions local-global connections and solidarity. She currently manages global partners for local tech giant Hootsuite and represents women in leadership in tech.
As a humanitarian she has worked in various capacities to support causes under the international development umbrella. This includes working with United Nations agencies like UNDP and UNICEF; non-profits like the Aga Khan Foundation; and leading the Vancouver chapter of impact investment fund, Acumen. Her interests lie in the intersecting worlds of development, business, technology and spirituality.
What are your plans for 2015?
Aside from my day job, I am looking to build my own social business. I am currently learning the ins/outs of starting a venture. The exposure to quality social entrepreneurs in this city has inspired me so let’s see what blossoms! I also want to be more introspective, get in touch my creative side, and of course continue enjoying my life by trying exciting new activities.
What cause do you support the most?
I support the betterment of humanity and richness of human life. I used to think that empowering people to act on their global social responsibility was the way to do this. However I now support this from a self-awareness and spiritual growth angle. You can’t get some people to care about and heal the world, unless they care about and heal themselves, and if they don’t practice in their own lives the values (empathy, love, etc.) that are required to think about things bigger than themselves. I’ve also become concerned with addressing social isolation.
What is your most interesting dating story?
I was on a solo trip to Italy and on my first day in Florence I was approached by a group of locals and asked out on a date by one charming man. I was a bit apprehensive at first but trusted my gut and went with it. I ended up getting a personal tour of the city and a lovely Italian leather jacket out of it for free. I later found out he was an ex-ACF Florentina football player!
What do you look for in a potential partner?
I look for someone who walks the talk, and has more depth and substance than just looking good on paper.
Someone family-oriented, happy, self-assured and actively becoming a better version of himself. What I also value: integrity, empathy, generosity, kindness, reliability, humour, playfulness, passion, intelligence (IQ & EQ), and the drive to succeed.
One idea to improve Vancouver’s dating scene?
I think a simple effort everyone can make is to be more conscious and proactive about introducing their friends to one another and start merging networks. I also have a vision for our outdoor public spaces like Olympic village to have a more interactive layout – think an after-work bevvy on the streets of Covent Garden or a summer night at a European piazza.
What is your Deal Breaker?
Narcissism. And all that good jazz that comes along with it including a lack of a sense of integrity, unreliability, arrogance, self-absorption and disrespect to others.
What is your Achilles Heel?
I’m a sucker for the combination of someone intellectual, well traveled, well cultured and well dressed; and who is passionate and successful at whatever he does and at the same time does good for the world.
Favourite Vancouver hotspot on a Friday night?
Most Fridays I’m a homebody. Saturday night I come alive though I don’t have a regular spot. I like to try new places and scenes just to shake it up!
How do you feel about books that teach men to be “pick up artists”?
Games work on some people, but do you really want to end up with the player? I do understand that everyone needs tips once in a while to breakout of our shells. But to be honest, an overly or inadequately thought-out cheesy pick up line is a turn off. Instead of operating from a reptilian brain, how about feel genuinely curious and interested in someone and ask a question. Or just say hi. The worst a girl can say is no and then life goes on.