Amita Kuttner, co-founder, holds a PhD in astronomy and astrophysics, and an MS in physics from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). Their research focused on black holes, wormholes, quantum effects, and the early universe. Amita co-founded the UCSC chapter of 314 Action, an organization dedicated to electing scientists and STEM professionals to public office, and ran the Canadian organization effort for Scientists for Future. Most recently, Amita served as Critic for Science and Innovation for the Green Party of Canada from September 2018 to February 2020, bringing forward policy on artificial intelligence and emerging technologies.
“Moonlight” is the translation of Amita’s mother’s name, Chandra Prabha. Eliza (her English name) was a beloved instructor of computer science at Capilano College (now University), and yoga teacher trainer in meditation. It is in her memory that we dedicate the work of this organization to create a world she would have been proud to see. It follows in the spirit of her environmentalism, compassion, and commitment to equity and justice.
Foundational Board of Directors
Anthony Hughes, co-founder, recently left a decade long career as a Quality Assurance engineer at Mozilla, the non-profit foundation behind the Firefox web browser. Anthony has held several governance positions since 2015 including CEO for the Green Party of Canada’s Vancouver Granville electoral district association (EDA) and prior to that, the CEO for the party’s New Westminster EDA. He currently serves as the Chairperson for the Green Party of Vancouver where he has helped guide the party’s strategic vision and governance since 2017. In his spare time Anthony enjoys hiking in the temperate rainforest in and around Vancouver, Canada.
Joseph Fall is an instructor of Computing Science at Capilano University and an independent, open-source software developer. His academic interests include systems dynamics, ecological modeling, and cyber-privacy and security. He lives with his family on an off-grid island in the Salish Sea where they meet their basic needs by collecting rain water, growing their own food, and generating power and heat from renewable sources. He also serves on the Board of the local non-profit Internet Access Society, which provides broadband Internet to island residents; and he maintains the community’s web site and other digital communications infrastructure.
Naseem Gulamhusein, MEd, BA, is a health educator, certified yoga therapist, mentor, and mother. In 2008, Naseem developed the first Yoga Teacher Training program in a Canadian college. Passionate about mental health, environmental justice and integrative solutions for personal and global healing, she has written a comprehensive yoga teacher training manual to guide in the holistic, safe and traditional practices of yoga, as well as several articles on health and healing. Naseem has worked with Ecojustice Canada, volunteered with Sri Ram Ashram, and is a recipient of a recognition award from the Indo-Canadian Socio-Economic Association.
Anthony Aguirre is the Faggin Presidential Professor for the Physics of Information at UC Santa Cruz, and has done research in an array of topics in theoretical cosmology, gravitation, statistical mechanics, and other fields of physics. He also has strong interest in science outreach, and has appeared in numerous science documentaries. He is a founder and core team member of the Future of Life Institute, is a creator of the science and technology prediction platform Metaculus, and is a founder and co-director of the Foundational Questions Institute. He is the author of the recent book Cosmological Koans.