• Our Board

    Maya Ormsby

    Maya Ormsby applies her diverse leadership experiences in marketing, strategy consulting and partnership management as President of the Board. She is currently employed as a Vice President of ScioScientific Ltd., a medical communication agency in NJ. Prior to this position, Maya served as a Senior Marketing Director and commercial team leader at Human Genome Sciences (HGS), a biotechnology firm located in Rockville, Maryland.

     

    During her career, Maya has led a broad range of marketing research and strategy development projects, positioning platform development, and product launches. She has also managed collaboration between the Swiss and the US biopharmaceutical firms, including consensus building and issue resolution.

     

    Maya came to the U S. from Russia after winning the prestigious Thunderbird Global Scholarship, which allowed her to pursue a Master of International Management and Master of Business Administration degrees from Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International Management.

     

    Her personal experience in leveraging education into a successful career drives Maya’s passion for Paper Airplanes mission to support a world in which all individuals affected by conflict have the opportunity to pursue education, knowledge and growth.

    Qutaiba Idlibi

    Qutaiba Idlbi is a Senior Consultant with Pechter Polls, specialized in social psychology and cultural appropriation in the Middle East, with a focus on Syria and a Researcher at the Global Policy Institute working on policy and advanced education in the Middle East.

     

    Qutaiba is a native of Damascus. He was in Syria at the outbreak of protests in March 2011, detained twice by Syrian internal security services and forced to leave the country. Since leaving, Qutaiba supported numerous Syrian political and humanitarian efforts both domestically and internationally.

     

    He has extensive refugee experience, advancing national engagement efforts as a Research Assistant with the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services; promoting refugee awareness through numerous speaking engagements across the U.S, acting as Associate Producer for the Red Lines documentary; and volunteering for various refugee relief organizations in Lebanon and Egypt.

     

    Qutaiba's research experiences include working as an Associate with Caerus Associates, focusing on governance and security developments in Syria, and providing research assistance on the different governance and military structures in Syria to Mouaz AL-Khateeb, the founding president of the Syrian National Coalition. Qutaiba is also a Co-Founder and was the Vice President of People Demand Change, an aid and development firm providing service delivery and monitoring and evaluation support to conflict areas in Syria, Yemen, and Lebanon.

    Nandini Oomman

    Nandini Oomman is a Global Health and Development Specialist, and the Founding Curator of The Women’s Storytelling SalonTM. She has more than 20 years of research, program and policy experience in global development. She is fascinated by the art and science of storytelling, even when she is being a global health and development specialist or a policy wonk in Washington, DC and around the world.

     

    Before she discovered the joys of creative self- employment and entrepreneurship she worked at a think tank, the Center for Global Development (CGD), and at The World Bank in Washington, DC, influencing the role of big development donors in global health and education. Earlier jobs at the Rockefeller Foundation and at an HIV/AIDS prevention organization in India, as well as consulting assignments with the Packard Foundation created a life long passion to improve and save the lives of the most vulnerable and to facilitate meaningful livelihoods for them.

     

    Nandini has a BSc in Biochemistry from McGill University, and a PhD from the Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has published widely in academic journals, is a Huff Post blogger, and has served on Boards of several non-profits in health and education. Nandini’s expertise and experience in Global Development and her penchant for storytelling are important assets for her governance role in shaping Paper Airplanes as it expands in its scale and purpose. You can follow Nandini on Twitter @NandiniOomman and on LinkedIn at Nandini
    Oomman.

    Henry Ines

    Henry has 20+ years of professional experience as a global executive, investor, advisor and entrepreneur. Henry currently serves as the CEO of Shivom, a technology startup focused on developing the world's largest genomics datahub and healthcare services platform powered by blockchain and AI technologies. He is particularly focused on innovative financial & healthcare-related technologies and solutions with the potential for significant social impact and to empower individuals globally.

     

    Previously as a VC, he focused on early stage investments focused on frontier technologies while working at Silicon Valley-based VC funds. Henry also has extensive corporate finance and cross border advisory and transactional experiences focused on a variety of sectors ranging from IT, healthcare, supply chain / logistics to consumer & industrial products.

     

    Henry is also a frequent keynote speaker and serves as an advisor & mentor for multiple startups and accelerators / incubators globally. He is also a lecturer at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Henry holds an M.B.A. from Duke University, Fuqua School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the Smeal College of Business at Pennsylvania State University.

    Dr. Gino Natalicchio

    Dr. Natalicchio has spent more than 25 years as a senior management executive. He was the President of National University College’s Corporate Online Division and SVP Enrollment Management until May 2018. He oversaw all Online and admission business and strategic initiatives since December 2013. Prior to this appointment he was the Vice President, Online Campus; overseeing all online business as well as strategic initiatives “at large” for The Chicago School of Professional Psychology for 1 year. Prior to this appointment, Gino has been an executive with the largest private education group, Laureate Education, Inc. for 6 and ½ years. In his most recent position as Executive Director, Dr. Natalicchio provided leadership and guidance to online, blended and hybrid initiatives across the Laureate network, including strategic, academic and product development. His responsibilities included the conceptualization of the individual programs and how to better suit the needs of each institution; the development and customization process; the institution’s marketing plans; capital investment reviews; and operational launch for both domestic and international universities, serving a network of 60 plus institutions with over 600,000 students. In this role, he led the network wide creation and implementation of the Laureate Signature Products’ MBA and was also the Academic Champion for the National Hispanic Universities first full online programs.

     

    Dr. Natalicchio had previously served as a full time faculty member with Walden University and Acting Director at Walden’s School of Management, where he managed the BSBA program and launched the BSBA Dual Degree program with the Universidad del Valle de Mexico.

    Before joining Laureate Education Inc., Dr. Natalicchio worked primarily with large media corporations in the U.S., including Turner Pictures Worldwide, Inc., The Box Worldwide, Inc., and Launch Worldwide Inc.; and in Europe at Quiero Television S.A. and Launch, S. L. As an international business development and management expert, the implementations of his programs and business models have resulted in successful start-ups and program launches around the world.

     

    Gino speaks five languages fluently and has been a keynote speaker in a variety of international conferences. He was also involved in nonprofit organizations, including B.A.C.A. (Bikers against Child Abuse), which helps empower children who have been abused. He currently serves as Board Member at Paper Airplanes. Dr. Natalicchio holds a Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Walden University and an MFA from the American Film Institute, where the final project, in which he participated as Camera Operator, was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Student Short Film.

    Minh Bui

    Minh Bui has nearly 15 years of operating and investing in companies across various industries. Currently, Minh serves as the COO/CFO of Worldwide Tickets, overseeing all divisions and reporting to the CEO and founder.

     

    Previously, Minh held various leadership roles at Connect America. During this time, he was responsible for managing a multi-million dollar media budget and executing corporate finance initiatives on behalf of the investors and board of directors. Before Connect America, he was the Director of Corporate Finance for Expert Global Solutions.

    Prior to Expert Global Solutions, Minh spent over five years as the member of investment team of Arrow Capital Management. Minh began his career at Rothschild Inc. as part of the M&A and restructuring advisory group.

     

    Minh has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Babson College.

    Mike Sobaski

    After graduating from Carleton College with a B.A. in Political Science, Mike moved to Seattle where he managed retail businesses at Amazon. He is currently the Director of Product Development at Wyze Labs.

     

    While in school Mike traveled to the Syrian border to understand the realities and perspectives of Syrian refugees, studied nationalism across Europe, and served as a policy intern for Senator Harkin.

    Shuaib Shakoor

    Shuaib is the Director of IT Audit and Data Analytics at CVS Health. Shuaib's experiences range from auditing to running large scale project management engagements. Shuaib has significant experience in risk-based consulting including Internal Audit, IT Audit, Information Security, Cyber Risk Management, Data Analytics, Data Privacy, Corporate Governance, and Regulatory Compliance. He has assisted organizations in building internal audit departments, information risk management compliance processes and IT governance functions.

    Shuaib is energized by interacting with people and building new relationships. He is known for helping organizations achieve goals. He is passionate about understanding the technical challenges of information technology risk and translating these into practical business solutions that are achievable in a corporate culture. Shuaib has developed a broad network of trusted relationships within the audit and technology community as well as his clients. This enables him to assemble a diverse team with the experiences and skills to meet the needs of his clients.

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