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 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. His 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 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
Russ Nuzum is the Chief Financial Officer of ImpactUs Marketplace. In this role he is the senior financial adviser to the CEO, overseeing the accounting team, building and maintaining financial models for investors, board of directors, and management. He works with investment bankers to create innovative solutions to the obstacles of investing in a startup company.
Prior to ImpactUs, Russ served in his broadest role overseeing all aspects of the operations of the Managed Funds Association, his responsibilities included Finance, Human Resources, Member Services, and Information Technology. Russ worked closely with MFA’s Chief Executive Officer to develop, implement, and monitor policies and procedures to safeguard MFA’s assets and maximize operational efficiency.
Russ has extensive experience in the financial and not-for-profit sectors. As Controller at Women for Women International (WfWI), he was responsible for overseeing the financial policies and financial reporting for WfWI’s eight country offices as well as Washington, DC headquarters, Women for Women UK, and a regional office in Kenya. Before working at WfWI, he was the Director of Financial Management and Accounting Services for SmithBucklin Corporation, the world’s largest Association Management Company. Russ has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Colorado, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Tampa.
After graduating from Carleton College with a B.A. in Political Science Mike moved to Seattle where he manages part of the retail business for Amazon. 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.
Haydn Welch is the Executive Assistant to the President at the El-Hibri Foundation, where she oversees various priority initiatives out of the President's office and assists the President with administrative responsibilities. She previously worked as a research assistant at Georgetown University's Institute for Women, Peace and Security. She also has experience living abroad in Amman, Jordan, where she studied Arabic, conducted research, and provided translations for Al Hayat Center for Civil Society Development, a local civil society organization. Ms. Welch received her M.A. in Arab Studies in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where she focused her research on gender and conflict in Syria and Lebanon. She received her B.A. in Middle East Studies from Swarthmore College.