Our Team

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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.

Martha Doherty

Programs Assistant

Martha is a recent graduate of Arabic and French studies from the University of Manchester. At Global Nomads Group she works closely with educators and supports them with implementation. She is passionate about languages and cross-cultural communication, and, having lived and travelled extensively, is a true global nomad. Martha is dedicated to encouraging young people to overcome their biases, which she hopes will create future generations who are more tolerant and kind to each other.

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.

Oluwaseun Kayode

Program Success Manager

Oluwaseun’s work has been at the intersection of education, youth development, and technology. In his professional journey, he has taught in underserved classrooms in low-income communities in Nigeria, designed and facilitated teacher training programs in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, and the United States, and also worked on local and international education projects in collaboration with African Union, United States Consulates, Kingdom of Netherlands, etc. He has led the design and delivery of youth engagement programs in 135 countries and built a community of over 25,000 young people at Peace First. He currently works with Global Nomads Group as the Program Success Manager.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.