Riyaz Gayasaddin
Director, Design & Adult Development, Camelback Ventures

A native of the Midwest, Riyaz Gayasaddin cherishes his Asian-American identity and his journey to continuously better understand and live into that hyphen between Asian and American. His journey has taken him to his parents' home country of India, classrooms in Baltimore, the chilly winters of Minnesota, and currently the snow-capped peaks of Colorado. He is passionate about developing individuals and teams, building culture, and shaking up the status quo by nurturing developing leaders who work through an equity lens to become the change agents of tomorrow. He has had the honor of working as a teacher with Baltimore City Public Schools System, a staff member with Teach For America, and an organizational and leadership development consultant with Teach For India. Currently, Riyaz has the privilege of working as the Director of Design and Adult Development with Camelback Ventures, an accelerator that identifies, develops, and promotes early-stage underrepresented entrepreneurs with the aim to increase individual and community education, and generational wealth. Outside of work, Riyaz is a foodie. He approaches food as he does life - seeking diversity, opportunities to connect with others, and a chance to have a good time over a shared meal. Riyaz was lucky enough to attend Macalester College and Johns Hopkins University and strives to never stop learning and growing.