About Us

Justin Hefter


Justin is our CEO and fearless leader. He wears many hats: from baseball caps to sombreros. He graduated from Stanford University and has over 5 years of professional experience in business and conflict resolution. Justin has found success developing business strategy for some of the world's largest companies, as well as helping bring people together across conflict zones. His work promoting peaceful and inclusive societies has led to the rescue of over 100 people from violence in the Middle East, and the video game he launched with Bandura in 2015 has been played by over 7,000 people in 100 countries, creating over 200 online friendships. In addition to his work on Bandura, Justin serves on the board of directors, and is an advisor to multiple NGOs.

Gabriel Magaña


Gabriel is our chief technologist at Bandura, having previously co-founded and served as CTO for several NGOs and tech companies. Gabriel was a senior engineer at Zynga, where he developed technology that allows for 100s of millions of people to play and connect online. He founded, and for 15 years served as the director of the Harvard University SVMP Alumni Association, which brings together members from around the world. Gabriel also is the founder of the non-profit organization LatinoTech, which connects and empowers latino technology professionals wherever they may be. With over 30 years of experience, Gabriel intimately understands the intersection of technology and connecting people from diverse backgrounds.