Lina Abojaradeh has extensive experience working within the NGO sector. Lina was a speaker at the British Council “Connecting Classrooms” conference in Cairo back in 2009. Since then, she has participated in multiple international conferences, including the Lazord Fellowship retreat in Tunisia, where Lina was the key speaker on refugees in Jordan. She was also the 2018 Winner of IAAM campaign created with the UN Migration Agency. She graduated top 10 in Architecture Engineering from the University of Jordan, and currently implements GNG’s flagship program Campfire in several countries.
HEAD OF TECHNOLOGY
In his work, Thomas is passionate about data, especially the burgeoning use of data science in product design and 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.
As a Program Coordinator in the NY office, Corinne Counsell works across the Programs Team coordinating efforts in program design, evaluation, as well as managing GNG’s social media platforms. Corinne believes that the combination of youth, dialogue, and virtual spaces can create a more empathetic world. 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.
ASSOCIATE CREATIVE DIRECTOR
As Associate Creative Director, Abigail Finck leads GNG's Brand & Marketing efforts. This resident storyteller has been instrumental in building marketing strategies and has led several youth media initiatives that promote GNG's work while giving others the opportunity to connect in a deeper way. Prior to working at GNG, Abigail spearheaded the viral KONY 2012 campaign in NYC. Abigail graduated from Gettysburg College with an interdisciplinary degree in Psychology and Studio Art. She is also a guest lecturer at Columbia University.
PROGRAM OPERATIONS DIRECTOR
Nicole Goggin 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.
As the director of operations Elizabeth Knowles 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.
With an extensive experience in organizing programs and maintaining relationships with clients, Emily Mendelson works a Program Coordinator at GNG. She uses her skills to implement Campfire programs within the United States, recruit schools, and train educators on how to most effectively use the Campfire platform. Emily received a bachelor degree in creative writing from Ithaca College, and has a Masters degree in creative writing from the New School.
As Operations Coordinator at GNG, Nick supports team members with all of their human resources, financial, and administrative needs. Nick completed his undergraduate studies at Cornell University with a degree in History and International Relations. After Cornell, he worked at a DC-based internet startup as well as a print production company. He holds an M.A. in German and European Studies from Georgetown University. While at Georgetown he completed several internships at the US Department of Commerce as well as an international development consulting firm.
MENA REGIONAL DIRECTOR
Ihab leads GNG’s MENA office and manages GNG’s programs in the region by building partnerships and overseeing program implementation. Ihab formerly worked as an engineer for several international information and communications technology companies and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency. Ihab received his B.S. in Computer Engineering from The University of Jordan. He was named one of the 2017 United Nations Alliance of Civilizations fellows for his leadership work in fostering intercultural exchange.
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.
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.
Afiya Williams manages GNG’s Pulse program which offers webcasts, special events, and compelling content centered around youth and today’s most critical and relevant topics. She brings to GNG a Masters degree in Educational Leadership, Politics, and Advocacy from New York University along with ten years of passionately leveraging art and education in the nonprofit sector.
Board Chair, Co-founder of Global Nomads Group
Independent Filmmaker, Writer, Producer and Artist
Founder and President, SRS Counsel, P.C.
Chief Executive Officer, Citizens of the World Charter Schools
Executive Vice President and Creative Director at Sesame Workshop
Co-Founder, Institute for Shipboard Education
Global Nomads Group (GNG) is a US nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. Founded in 1998, our main offices are in New York City and Amman, Jordan. All contributions to GNG are tax-deductible in the U.S. Our federal tax ID/EIN is 75-2750127. In 2015, GNG changed fiscal years to a July 1-June 30 calendar.
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