About The Omnis Institute:
With a research focus on four areas of expertise, Education, Health, Migration and Security, Omnis Institute aims to bring inclusive leadership to the forefront of the global agenda, convening women and youth with global leaders, policymakers, businesses and academia.
Recognizing the value of local social entrepreneurs, Omnis Institute also works closely with community leaders through localised initiatives aimed at creating collaborative environments that empower communities with the skills needed to become vital assets towards sustainable peace and development.
About The Omnis Fund:
With the global refugee crisis reaching an all-time high, The Omnis Fund aims to facilitate essential research to establish sustainable solutions to the major health disparities in both refugee camps and urban refugee communities.
“In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.
“They won’t let me be a citizen, because then they have to give me rights and they won’t call me a refugee because then they have to give me aid.”
– Khalid Saifullah, a Rohingya resident of Karachi who left Myanmar for Pakistan four decades ago
“This is not just women fighting for women. This is society fighting for society.”
– Alaa Murabit
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Programming, Coursework, Partnerships and Development will address the Sustainable Development Gaols, with measurable outcomes of achieving all of the 17 SDGs.
Our experienced team has the character, courage and commitment to solving the world’s greatest challenges. We operate on the ground to facilitate essential research. Conducting large-scale interviews and clarifying risks and opportunities, we create engagement with community leaders to establish sustainable solutions.
Dr. Alaa Murabit is a medical doctor, one of 17 Global Sustainable Development Goal Advocates appointed by the UN Secretary General, and a UN High-Level Commissioner on Health Employment & Economic Growth. Alaa was most recently appointed the Executive Director of Phase Minus 1, LLC. The Phase Minus 1 team provides thought leadership in conflict resolution, inclusive security, peace building, sustainable development and security cooperation.
Her efficacy in security, health policy and sustainable development was most recently recognized by Forbes, Aspen Ideas and Bay Street Bull who named her a 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30, Aspen Institute Spotlight Scholar, and Canada’s 30×30 respectively. Her leadership in global policy and in elevating the role of women, particularly young, minority women, on global platforms was recognized by Harvard Law who named her the youngest 2017 who named her the youngest 2017 Woman Inspiring Change.
Christina Myers is a special advisor and “Sherpa” to Dr. Alaa Murabit. She is also a PhD student at The Open University, UK, researching the applicability of games and gamification to promote inclusive education. Previously, Christina founded a biometrical startup company based on a technology that modelled the physiology of speech production. She then worked for the Swiss government (swissnex) in China and Brazil, focusing mostly on developing Private-Public partnerships and local initiatives in the areas of education and entrepreneurship.
Christina graduated from the London School of Economics (LSE) where she received her Masters with Merit in International Strategies and Diplomacy, whilst also working for a UK corporate company whose mission was to shape Open Education for career development.
Christina was born in Switzerland and grew up between Geneva and a town called Sincelejo in Colombia, where her mother is from.
A final year PhD student at UCL’s GOS Institute of Child Health in London, Aziza Khabbush is passionate about health and its intersection with peace, security and economic growth. Working alongside nutritional company Vitaflo International, and doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, she is currently developing a novel treatment against drug-resistant epilepsy in children and adults.
Keen to bridge the gap between industry, academia and the public, Aziza frequently utilises visual design and media to present her research at local events, international conferences, and industry showcases, winning a number of awards at UCL for her creativity. She is currently developing a social media platform that converges these concepts to tackle the unique public health issues that affect post-conflict societies in inaccessible regions.
Aziza completed her Masters with Merit in Biological Sciences Research at Royal Holloway, University of London, and currently lives in Surrey, UK.
Robert Smith is the founder of ICV. He entered Wall Street over 20 years ago with lessons passed down from four generations of family members who worked in the investment industry before him. For more than a decade, Robert has allocated capital on behalf of and co-invested with Family Offices. Over the course of his career, he managed sales and trading teams at leading financial institutions, where he built a Fund Investor network and led in profitability at three firms: once while working in a trading capacity at the world’s largest market making firm and twice while working in an equity capital markets capacity at boutique investment banks. In 2014, Robert founded ICV to bring together his network of Family Offices and Fund Investors to evaluate opportunities that create a social impact beyond a financial return. Robert serves as Business Strategy Advisor to New Frontier Bio, a multi-asset holding company, which leverages the long-term involvement of the Kennedy family in healthcare to identify, finance and develop novel medical technologies from inception through clinical proof of concept. He serves as a member of the President’s Advisory Board of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, 16th on U.S. News & World Report’s 2017-2018 Best Hospitals Honor Roll. Robert is Senior Advisor for Fundraising and Partnerships to the Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, a platform to consolidate peace efforts and strengthen global security, monitor and support the Nobel Peace Laureates, and engage the minds of young people and citizens on real matters that broaden vision and open up new horizons for more peaceful and compassionate thinking. He is a member of the Advisory Council of Represent.Us, which brings the left and the right together to create positive change for American democracy. He serves as a member of the board of organizations focused on youth development, including the Chaeli Foundation, Childhood Cancer Kids, The Children’s Village and Tuesday’s Children. Robert is Vice President and serves on the Board of Directors of the Harmon Foundation, a private foundation established in 1922 by his great, great grandfather, William E. Harmon, who operated the largest real estate company in the world at the turn of the 20th century, created the mortgage and college loans, fueled the Harlem Renaissance and donated to thousands of nonprofits over his lifetime “to bring smiles and tender thoughts to the great in heart in high and low places, and to comfort and cheer those who do exceptional things or suffer.”
“Women’s status in society has become the standard by which humanity’s progress toward civility and peace can be measured.”
– Mahnaz Afkhami