Our Mission

To help create a just world in which every person’s inherent worth and dignity is honored.

We envision a new generation of global citizens who are empathetic, aware, and taking action to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems.

Over 20 years ago, four young men, each from different backgrounds with different experiences found common ground as their curiosity of the world and love of learning came alive while studying at the American University of Paris. They found themselves asking the same question—how can the internet be used to connect young people from around the world who would otherwise never have the chance to meet and learn from one another?

This idea led to the founding of Global Nomads Group and is just the beginning of our story – a story of people who believe in the power of connection, youth, and shared humanity. Since the beginning we have connected over one million young people in 60 countries and on all seven continents.

In 1998, when Global Nomads Group (GNG) was founded, we needed to create the conditions that allowed young people to connect across difference and distance. We had to bring video-conferencing equipment into remote areas so that these connections could happen for youth no matter where they lived. From Rwanda to Iraq and Antarctica to Vietnam, we helped youth from all backgrounds and all corners of the world share their untold stories, have deeper connections, empathize with people they never met, and celebrate our shared humanity. ​

Today’s world requires a different approach. There are more than 2 billion young people in our world. Each one of them is inherently powerful and capable of incredible humanity. They are teaching us. They are inspiring us. They are our hope for the future. Growing up in today’s world, their access to and comfort with technology is extraordinary. So now, our work has become focused on making the connections we once needed to create better conditioned for meaningful interaction, giving all young people the skills and opportunity to engage with difference, harness the power of their voice, and experience deep empathy.

Our work has always been anchored by our belief in and respect for the young people with whom we work. We know that given the right opportunities and support, they will far exceed anything we can dream of today. Our vision is that they will become the generation that will lead us forward into a more just world, one that preserves the human dignity of each and every person in it. Now, we ask you to join our story and help young people share their stories no matter the distance and difference.

What We Do

Global Nomads Group uses technology to connect youth with youth on the other side of the world, foster conversation and storytelling about current events, and grow empathy and compassion. When youth dig into issues they are passionate about, their engagement is deep and their drive to learn is intense. Add global perspectives from youth from around the world and they’re able to powerfully engage in our shared humanity.

Support Our Work

Global Nomads Group is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization supported through generous grants and contributions from global-minded donors inspired by the promise of the next generation of youth.

Meet Our Team

Layan Kousayeh

Community Manager

Layan is the Community Manager at Seat at the Table. She’s a firm believer that the youth deserve to express themselves and share their ideologies freely in a safe space. She inspires others to look at conversations as a powerful tool of learning and breaking cultural barriers. During the times of strict lockdown she led an initiative that established connection between strangers to overcome the difficulty of such times.

Mays Owaynat

Programs Assistant

Mays is experienced in Education Programs Development in Cultural Heritage for children and youth. She has also been the youngest Arabic teacher for non-native speakers in three of the biggest institutes in Jordan. Throughout her experiences, she has developed a curiosity for cultural diversity. Her specialization is in Languages and Mass Communications. Mays believes that youth around the world deserve to be understood, heard, seen, and valued.

Jennifer Hawkins

Associate Program Manager

Jennifer is a former kindergarten teacher with experience teaching at various schools in China. She has always had a love for the world and believes firmly in the principle of “the earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens.”

Christine Goussous

MENA Regional Director

Christine is leading GNG’s regional office in Amman, Jordan. She was selected as one of the advocates for the Goalkeepers Youth Action Accelerator that is dedicated to accelerating progress towards the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. She is passionate about youth development, empowerment, and mobilization and exposing young people to diverse perspectives and experiences through technology.

Tenzing Sherpa

Operations Assistant

Tenzing is a recent graduate with a B.S. in Business Administration focused in HR. With growing interest in employee engagement and culture, along with her continuous want to learn more, she is our Operations Assistant. She also loves to learn about other’s stories through autobiographies and volunteering in her spare time.

Henry Orozco

Senior Full-Stack Developer

Henry is passionate about leveraging technology to create social impact. He brings more than six years of experience in software development, much of which has been in the nonprofit sector, both in the US and abroad. ​ He is currently working to help GNG to further their impact by making the best use of technology and by developing applications for internal use, and for use by teachers and students.

Sandra Stein, PhD

Chief of Programs & Learning

Sandra is the former Chief Executive Officer of the NYC Leadership Academy. At GNG, she leads a team responsible for evaluating and designing GNG’s programs. Sandra holds a PhD in Education Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford University. She is a published author of two books on education policy and practice, and articles in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and numerous scholarly journals.

Elizabeth Knowles

Senior Operations Director

Elizabeth leads GNG’s finance and human resources. She has over ten years of experience working internationally in the realms of education, exchange, and youth empowerment. Elizabeth holds an MPA in public and nonprofit management and policy from NYU Wagner.

Thomas Bell

Head of Technology

Thomas is passionate about data, especially the burgeoning use of data science in product design as well as connecting products to automate data workflows. Thomas previously worked for online learning company AVADO, playing a pivotal role in revolutionizing the Learning Platform as well as implementing and running a successful discovery, ideation and development process for the business.Thomas currently is working to help Global Nomads Group with scale, bringing his wide variety of platforms, UX, data, security and compliance knowledge together.

Corinne Counsell

Program Manager

Corinne works cross-departmentally on the Program and Development teams. She manages the impact evaluation of GNG programs, as well as our institutional funding. Corinne received a Bachelor’s degree in French and Linguistics from Georgetown University, served as a Fulbright Grantee in Germany, and holds a Master’s in International Educational Development from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Courtney Welsh

Chief Executive Officer

Courtney is a seasoned leader in the public and nonprofit sectors. She was a founding member and Chief Operating Officer of the NYC Leadership Academy, and has consulted for organizations such as the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative and the Aspen Institute. Courtney holds a M.Ed. from Harvard University and an executive level certificate from Columbia Graduate School of Business.

Nicole Goggin

Director of Program Operations

Nicole started her professional journey with Global Nomads Group in 2010. After graduating Magna Cum Laude from George Mason University with a degree in Global Affairs, she began an internship with GNG, which quickly turned into a long term career with the organization. ​ Having developed curricula, facilitated cross cultural youth conversations, and grown various school partnerships, Nicole has now taken on a strategic role to oversee the many components that make GNG’s programs exciting and meaningful.

Stephanie Hernandez

Event & Individual Giving Manager

Stephanie brings her community work experience and enthusiasm for social change to the role of Event & Individual Giving Manager at GNG. Stephanie holds a Masters in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University and has gained 10 years of valuable experience in the nonprofit sector, local government family community services and a private mental health hospital.

Board of Directors

Global Nomads Group’s Board of Directors is made up of a diverse group of passionate professionals from across many industries.