Our Board & Advisory Board
Bailey Ulbricht, Founder & Board Chair
Bailey Ulbricht (@b_ulbricht) is the founder and current board chair of Paper Airplanes. She is also a second-year law student at Stanford Law School, where she focuses on international humanitarian law, human rights law, and U.S. foreign policy.
Prior to law school she spent a year in Turkey on a Fulbright teaching English and six months on the Turkish-Syrian border, where she worked as a humanitarian education worker with refugee communities, through which she was awarded a Davis Peace Grant. Bailey has two Masters’ degrees in Islamic Law and Islamic Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, where she was a Marshall Scholar. She received her B.A. in International Relations from Carleton College.
Muriel Carpenter, Board Member
Muriel is currently a Root-Tilden-Kern Public Interest Scholar at the New York University School of Law, where she will focus on the intersection of immigration, criminal, and international law.
Prior to joining the Board in 2019, Muriel worked as the Chief Operating Officer for Paper Airplanes. In this role, she oversaw the organization's budget, fundraising, and public relations. Muriel is a member of the Board's Finance and Fundraising Committee.
Muriel has a Bachelor of Arts from Swarthmore College. She has spent substantial time abroad in France and Jordan, and is fluent in French, Spanish, and Arabic.
Qutaiba Idlibi, Board Member
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, Board Member
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.
Shuaib Shakoor, Board Member
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.
Mike Sobaski, Board Member
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.
Gabrielle Wimer, Advisory Board Member
Gabrielle (Gabby) Wimer graduated in 2016 from the University of Chicago where she studied the history of medicine and human rights. She first joined Paper Airplanes as a tutor in the fall of 2016 and quickly fell in love with the organization and its mission. Through January 2021, Gabby lived in Amman, Jordan and served as our Managing Director. Prior to that Gabby worked in Guatemala running a program she co-founded called MealFlour which collaborates with local organizations to teach people how to raise mealworms as a more affordable source of protein. In her spare time, she likes to hike, read, and continue her quest for the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe.
R Demetri Fadel, Advisory Board Member
Demetri (Robert) Fadel has proudly served as Executive Director from 2019 to 2021. He is also an Administrative Officer at MIT's Department of Chemical Engineering and an advisor and mentor at R2 Social. He has an MBA from Boston College, an MA in Energy and Environmental Policy from Boston University, and a BA from UMass, Amherst. Educational technology and learning for refugees and conflict-affected population have been a passion since helping to launch and grow one Laptopn per Child (OLPC) and the MIT Refugee Action Hub (ReACT). Almost immune to jet lag, Demetri enjoys making and eating peanut butter and hummus and is an avid fan of the beautiful game of football (soccer).
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