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About Us

Four Friends and a Satellite Dish

In 1998, four college friends had an idea to connect young people across the globe to foster dialogue and forge meaningful connections.  They had heard about the emergence of video conferencing technology and thought maybe they could use it to link classrooms.  

Before long they were crossing borders wearing backpacks stuffed with satellite equipment. Their focus was on linking places where the culture gap was widest, where the need to break down stigmas was greatest, and where young people were least likely to be aware of each other’s perspectives. 

They went to Rwanda and Sudan, Iraq and Syria – to listen to and amplify the voices of young people who’d witnessed genocide and war and who’d lost homes, parents, sisters and brothers.

On the other end of those early connections were American students who might have thought ‘that war is not in my country,’ or ‘that crisis doesn’t affect me.’ But now they’d met someone – a person, not a stereotype – who’d lived those experiences.

Suddenly, the students’ perspectives – on both ends of the conversation – shifted. They realized the world was much more complex and interconnected than they’d understood.

This was the genesis of Global Nomads Group. 

The four GNG founders and several locals pose before a white SUV laiden with equipment in an African village
A young child does sign language during a laptop video call

Next Generation Nomads

Today’s young people are keen to define their own identities and to engage with the social and political issues that most directly affect them and their communities. They are concerned about the world they’re inheriting and also believe in their capacity to change it. And they are ‘digital natives’ who seamlessly blend their online experiences with those ‘in real life.’

Global Nomads is equipping young people with the tools they need to take the reins and be the drivers – not just the recipients – of our programs. They are now our content creators, and their collaborations are prompting increasingly courageous conversations among global youth who are sharing their stories, questioning each other’s preconceptions, breaking down stereotypes, and discussing pressing social issues with clear-eyed purpose and urgency.

The next generation of Global Nomads is here. And Global Nomads Group is meeting them where they are.

Our Team

Our staff are committed to supporting youth to become the global thinkers and leaders our world needs for meaningful and lasting social change.

Director of Global Partnerships

Christine leads Global Nomads Group’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 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. She is passionate about youth development, empowerment, and mobilization, and exposing young people to diverse perspectives and experiences through technology.

Chief Executive Officer
United States

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.

Chief Operating Officer
United States

Elizabeth oversees Global Nomads Group’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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Program Manager, Content Creation Lab
United States

Katie joins Global Nomads Group’s Content Creation Lab with fifteen years of experience in research, teaching, and curriculum development in higher education, non-profit, and community settings. Katie holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Irvine, where her work focused on the use of community-led science in environmental justice advocacy. She is inspired by the creativity, courage, and commitment young people bring to addressing pressing global problems in and beyond their own communities.

Community Manager

Layan is the Community Manager at Seat at the Table. She’s a firm believer that youth deserve to express themselves and share their ideologies freely in a safe space. She inspires others to view conversation as a powerful tool of learning and breaking cultural barriers. Recently, she led an initiative to establish connections among strangers to help them overcome the challenges of strict Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns.

Programs Manager
United Kingdom

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 traveled 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.

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.

Senior Director of Programs
United States

Nicole started her professional journey as an intern with Global Nomads Group in 2010 after graduating Magna Cum Laude from George Mason University with a degree in Global Affairs. 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 Global Nomads Group’s programs exciting and meaningful.

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 the African Union, United States Consulates, and The Netherlands. 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.

Chief of Programs & Learning
United States

Sandra is the former Chief Executive Officer of the NYC Leadership Academy. At Global Nomads Group, she leads a team responsible for evaluating and designing new programs. Sandra holds a Ph.D. in Education Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford University. She is the 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.

Event & Individual Giving Manager
United States

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.

Operations Assistant
United States

Tenzing is a recent graduate with a B.S. in Business Administration focused in Human Resources. Her growing interest in employee engagement and culture, along with her continuous desire to learn, feeds her work as Global Nomads Group’s Operations Assistant. In her spare time, she volunteers and loves to learn about other people’s stories through autobiographies.

Director of Technology
United Kingdom

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.