Chairman, Chocolate Moose Media
Firdaus Kharas Social innovator, director and humanitarian Firdaus Kharas creates media designed to educate, entertain, and change societal and individual behavior to better the human condition. He is a specialist in creating animated shorts and documentaries, especially on human rights and disease prevention. His work has been versioned into over 100 languages, used in 150 countries and been attributed to positively influencing millions of lives.
He was recently named one of the world’s “50 Most Talented Social Innovators” and has been recognized over 70 times, including with a Peabody Award, the United Nations Peace Medal, ReelWorld Trailblazer Award, New York Gold World Medal and Telly, Remi, Hugo, Chris, CINE Golden Eagle awards.
Previous to his work in media, Mr. Kharas has been Executive Director of the United Nations Association in Canada, Policy Advisor (Immigration and Refugee Affairs) to the Minister of Immigration and Assistant Deputy Chairman of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada.
He has degrees and certificates from seven universities: American, Carleton, Harvard, Ottawa, Stanford, Thiel, and Waterloo. He also received an honorary Doctor of Humanities and the Distinguished Alumni Award from an alma mater, Thiel College, Pennsylvania and an Honorary Fellowship from the InterContinental University, London.
Watch the trailer for the documentary Firdaus Kharas: The Animated Activist.
UMC.org Special Coverage:
Firdaus Kharas: Activism through animation
Animator uses light-hearted approach to serious topics in an attempt to defeat cultural stigmas.