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How did the inspiration to create Explorer Hop get started?

Throughout my career, I have mentored many motivated young people that are entering the workforce and looking to make an impact on the world. Time and again, I have witnessed the education system failing to teach them important life skills - many are unprepared for managing their finances in real life.  

I wanted to help these young people achieve their full potential by offering my decades’ worth of knowledge and experience. That’s when my then-10-year-old daughter gave me the idea for Explorer Hop.

In 2017, I left the corporate world to start running financial education programs for kids and, in 2019, we opened our first centre. In 2020, when the pandemic hit, we pivoted online and became accessible to kids all over the world. Today, over 5000 youth have been through our financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and STEM programs!

About Me, the Founder and CEO

My life in finance started when I was a 12-year-old when I was going to the bank to pay family bills and deposit cheques (before the advent of online banking, of course!). Having this responsibility early on jump-started my life-long involvement in finance and economics. 

I first studied the latter at the University of Rochester and UC Berkeley, then did my Masters of International Economics in Switzerland. Throughout my professional career, I worked as a Special Consultant on Trade and Finance for the United Nations, managed multi-million dollar projects for the Federal and Ontario Governments, led global teams in Banking, and became the youngest IT director of a major Canadian insurance company. 

Explorer Hop CEO Hasina Lookman

During this time, I also started a family and travelled, while becoming an advocate for education and a strong proponent of women's financial literacy. Though I’ve since left the corporate world behind, I’m merging my passion for finance and innovation to teach kids about early financial literacy and entrepreneurship with the hope of creating the change-makers of tomorrow.

Building Financial Know-How for the Next Generation

With 20+ years of experience in global finance roles, I have extensive expertise in money management and understanding financial markets, which I apply to the programs I create and teach at Explorer Hop.

Empowering Youth to Become Global Citizens

Having lived in 10 countries and travelled to 45 (and counting!), I believe the next generation of leaders needs to be equipped with a global understanding.  Our programs are designed to help build an understanding of our interconnected global world, be it through learning how different events impact different financial markets or learning about launching global digital products. 

Explorer Hop CEO Hasina Lookman

Helping Youth & Women Succeed 

I champion the empowerment of youth and women — a passion I apply to Explorer Hop. Every program is designed to engage kids to participate and innovate.

Understanding the Parent Perspective 

I am a mom of two kids and this life experience has shown me why it is so fundamentally important to empower this amazing new generation with the real-life, practical and creative skills they need to succeed.

Explorer Hop CEO Hasina Lookman and Family

As parents, we all want the best for our kids and spend significant time helping to pave their way to a better future. What better skill could we teach them than learning how to effectively manage their money? 

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