Shezanne Cassim was born in Sri Lanka but grew up in the United Arab Emirates. When he was 16, his family moved to Woodbury, where he attended high school and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2006. Afterward, Cassim decided to return to Dubai, which he'd always considered home. He found a passion job as an airlines consultant, helping grow the UAE's aviation industry.
In 2013, Cassim got together with a bunch of friends and filmed a YouTube video parodying Dubaian youth culture. The video was called "Ultimate Combat System: The Deadly Satwa Gs," and featured the martial art of throwing shoes at stationary targets and using cell phones to call for help when all else fails. Comments online were full of lols, but the UAE government couldn't take a joke.More »