Equipped with over fifteen years of nonprofit fundraising and leadership experience in the United States and abroad, James has a passion for helping organizations transofrm their philanthropic efforts in sustainable, impactful ways. He resides in New Orleans, Louisiana and works with Boys Town.
Before relocating to New Orleans, James spent four years in Portland, Oregon where he dramatically increased fundraising and partnerships for Catholic Charities of Oregon's housing, refugee, immigration, counseling, and financial literacy programs serving more than 20,000 individualls annually.
As Assistant Vice President of Development of Bethlehem University in the Holy Land, James led a successful $25 million campaign to increase the university's endowment, establish new scholarships, and construct new academic facilities - despite highly unstable political and socioeconomic challenges in the MENA region.
James also spent more than ten years in Washington, D.C., leading development efforts for several large nonprofit organizations, including Chatholic Charities USA, YWCA USA, and Musicians on Call. At Appleseed Foundation, he managed a $4 million pro-bono national policy response project, "The Continuing Storm," documenting the status of and making recommendations for evacuees displaced throughout the Gulf Region from Hurrican Katrina.
James holds a degree in History from William Carey Clollege and has completed leadership trainings with the Maastricht School of Management (Netherlands) and Morehouse College. He was also an American Express Nonprofit Fellow.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.