John Butler is an attorney and a Fellow at the Center for Court Innovation, a criminal justice think tank based in midtown. He has extensive experience in non-profit management and operations as well as public sector consulting and technical assistance. He formerly served as the director of fundraising and operations for a newly opened chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters, helping the organization grow to serve over 1,000 youth. He also co-founded and managed a non-profit consulting firm that offered communications and public relations services to small non-profits. He co-founded the Iraq Legal Education Initiative, helping develop a legal education program at the American University of Iraq and was a design fellow at the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies. He also represented clients through the Stanford Criminal Defense Clinic where he successfully represented indigent clients facing misdemeanor charges and on federal appeal. John is also a Trustee at Frost Valley, YMCA where he is also a former summer camp director. He is a graduate of Brown University and has a masters in comparative politics from the London School of Economics and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.
Reva Gaur currently works in Global Media Operations at Facebook, where she leads operations for the News & Publishing vertical based out of Facebook’s New York City offices. Prior to Facebook, she spent a decade in the fields of media, communications, marketing and digital strategy, including three years as Director of Communications for Educational Alliance, a 125-year old nonprofit organization serving over 50,000 New Yorkers per year through a range of education and social services programs. Reva holds a Masters in Business Administration from NYU’s Stern School of Business and a Bachelors in Sociology from Brown University. Reva has been a BioBus volunteer since its inception, helping build the organization from a tiny startup to an internationally recognized model for science education. She has served on the board since 2010 and served as President from 2012 to 2014.
Upon completion of her doctorate in Virology in 2000 from SUNY Albany’s School of Public Health, a collaboration between the NY Department of Health, SUNY Albany and Albany Medical College, Sadia Halim began a career on Wall Street. She offers experience in research, banking, and asset management. She is currently a managing director at BNP Paribas in the Financial Institutions Coverage group based in New York. She is a CFA Charterholder and a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA). She is also an avid supporter of the Harlem Academy, an independent school serving grades one through eight, as well as being on the board of AVRI (AIDS Vaccine Research Institute), a 501(c)(3) non-profit research institute committed to the development of a vaccine to prevent HIV infection.
Jared Fox is a veteran science teacher at the Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School (WHEELS) in Manhattan and has been recognized as a Math for America (MƒA) Master Teacher. Prior to teaching at WHEELS, Jared worked as a teaching fellow in Edinburgh, Scotland and served as a Teach for America corps member in the Bronx. Jared holds a Ph.D. in science education from Teachers College, Columbia University where he researched how mobile science labs influence student attitudes towards science.
Matthew Baldwin is based in the tri-state area and currently works in the Financial Services practice at Accenture, where he focuses on the delivery of business and technology strategy and solutions to Insurance and Reinsurance customers. Prior to joining Accenture, he spent several years working in the Insurance and Banking industries. Matt holds a B.A. in Economics from The College of the Holy Cross. Matt has been involved with BioBus activities since 2014 and was recently elected to the Board in 2016. In his free time Matt enjoys skiing and fly-fishing.
Nicolas Biais is an Assistant Professor in Biology at Brooklyn College. After a PhD from France at the interface between physics and biology, he delved into the wonders of microbiology as a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University. Along with performing internationally acclaimed research and having been awarded numerous grants and accolades, one of Nicolas’ main interests is teaching science. Having taught chemistry, physics and biology in many places, venues and formats, from 300 medical students classes in France to hands-on experiments in his home-country, Haiti. Nicolas has been an enthusiastic supporter and visiting scientist aboard the BioBus since its inception in 2008, and is proud to have served on the board of directors since 2011.
Deval Desai is an experienced IT professional. He works in the Technology division at Barclays where he focuses on development and maintenance of the reference data systems for the firm. He has worked for Lehman Brothers, Standard & Poor’s, Goldman Sachs and IBM earlier in similar capacities. He supports a variety of non-profit organizations including New York Cares, StreetWise Partners, Hudson County CASA, Green City Force, Added Value Farms through volunteering activities. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Information Technology) and a Master of Science (Computer Science). He joined the board in April 2016.
Josh Dormont is the Director of Product of Development for the Office of Research and Development at the NYC Department of Education. Josh has more than a decade of experience in education leading teams, managing operations and development, building products, and launching new and entrepreneurial initiatives in and out of organizations. Josh has is Masters in Education from PACE University and BA in History from Cornell. Josh has been on the Board of the BioBus since 2011 and has led the Development Committee since 2013.
Stephen Jan is a Software Engineer at Google. His professional background spans several companies and industries including communication applications at Google, E-commerce at Nook.com, digital advertising at Doubleclick.com, and mobile applications at several startups. On the non-profit side, Stephen has founded a non-profit that donates funding, medical equipment, and ambulances to hospitals in Africa, South America, and Asia. Stephen studied computer science at Columbia University earning both a Masters and Bachelors degree.
Naira Musallam is Clinical Assistant Professor at the Center for Global Affairs. She holds a Ph.D. in Social-Organizational Psychology (2011) and an M.A. in Psychology and Education (2005) from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a B.A. in Psychology and Communication (2001) from Tel Aviv University.
Her research focuses on key factors related to the effectiveness of organizations working in conflict zones, and more specifically, NGOs operating in the Palestinian territories. She also has conducted research related to the complex dynamical systems theory, intractable conflicts, power, identity, and peace processes, primarily in the Middle East. Musallam has academic appointments at Columbia University and has taught in its Eisenhower Leader Development Program (ELDP) at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point. Her publications include articles in the Journal of Peace Psychology and the Israeli Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences. Fluent in Hebrew and Arabic, she served as the main editor for the Arabic version of the Handbook of Conflict Resolution: Theory and Practice.
Musallam has over 10 years of experience working with government agencies, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations that address political, educational, humanitarian, and development issues related to the Middle East, including the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Amideast, International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), Adler Research Center, Mar Elias Educational Institutions, Amnesty International, and local NGOs. She is the recipient of awards and scholarships from the Earth Institute, Columbia University, and the U.S. Department of State.
Quentin Van Doosselaere is the Co-CEO of Bregal investment, a global private equity firm. Following his business school graduation in 1984, Quentin began his career at Drexel Burnham Lambert before joining Bankers Trust where he ran various capital markets businesses. In the mid-nineties, he held executive positions in a number of non-profit organizations before going into academia. He was affiliated with Columbia University and Oxford University when he returned to the financial industry and joined Bregal in 2008.