Meet The Team

Monica Ahuja

Monica Ahuja is a Pakistani-Indian multidimensional entrepreneur and a high-profile member of the South Asian community in the Washington, D.C. area. On the clock, she is a Project Coordinator for a Virginia-based IT firm and off the clock, she is a dancer, blogger, model and founder of the greater DC area’s newest cultural and social platform for South Asians. To further her career and eventual goal to have her own professional dance studio, she is currently pursuing her MBA in Project Management.

Trained in Bharatnatyam dance in India before moving to the United States in 2008, Monica can dance to any tune and move to any beat! While she considers Hip Hop/Freestyle and Bollywood Dance to be her specialty, she has also dabbled in tango, jazz, and even Ethiopian dance moves. Having choreographed and produced countless dance videos, she believes that collaboration is the key to success in dance as it can give upcoming dancers a chance to have their moment to shine.

Monica’s other passion is for fashion. She tries to dress in affordable labels and in doing so caters to the simple fashionista. She has participated in many beauty pageants and won titles such as Top 5 Miss India DC 2016, Miss India Calendar Girl 2016 and Ms. Punjaban Teeyan 2017. She also helps local fashion brands through collaborations. She has been working with several renowned brands including SheinRootsgear ClothingJalaby, and Faballey. She only believes in splurging on timeless accessories like a watch or statement jewelry. You are more likely to see her sporting jeans from Forever 21 rather than Gucci.

Naturally, as a passionate dancer, Monica also loves music. She played a lead role in Rahul Sharma’s debut music video – Sun Sada in 2018.

Jason Kazi

Jason is Bangladeshi-American, having been raised in Bangladesh and now living in the United States, primarily in the Washington D.C. metro area, since 2009. Over the last 7 years, Jason has worked for a number of international development organizations and media outlets.

Jason grows digital audiences for nonprofit organizations through captivating content and data-driven social media engagement. His experience growing up moving city to city and traveling around the world is what drives his passion for making the world a better place for those most in need.

Outside of DCWaleDesi, he also serves as the Digital Strategist for Let’s Groove Studio and the Marketing Director for the Young Bengali Professionals of DC Metro group.

Jason enjoys South Asian and Latin American culture and believes that hummus is yummus.