Lorna Solis, Founder and CEO
LORNA SOLIS – BIO
Founder and CEO of Blue Rose Compass, a nonprofit which impacts conflict regions by identifying brilliant young adults – especially girls, and mostly living in refugee camps – and arranging scholarships for them to world-leading universities. In return for the scholarships and guidance through the required exams, scholars commit to return to their country or region of origin on graduation and help rebuild their communities.
Founder and CEO of Lynke, a B-corp which engages the private sector to build trust and peace by offering education and employment opportunities to refugees and disadvantaged groups among host communities. After they have completed a six month customized app-building curriculum created by a leading tech company, we find jobs for locals in their own country and for the refugees in a country willing to host them - or help if refugees and locals want to create startups together.
Previously, Lorna was Director for Latin America and Africa at Institutional Investor, focusing on increasing FDI for infrastructure projects. She also worked at IDEA on Wall Street, covering Latin America, and at Water & Air Research – an environmental consulting firm – on creating national parks in Honduras and Brazil.
Graduated from the University of Florida and Harvard Kennedy School's Global Leadership & Public Policy Executive Program. Member of Council on Foreign Relations. Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum; also, member of the Young Global Leaders Group advisory board, and member of the Global Future Council on the Future of the Humanitarian System (present), member of the Women's Empowerment and Gender Parity (2011-2012). Finalist for HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco’s, Prince’s Prize for Innovative Philanthropy Award. Organizational Partner of Global Dignity Day. UNHCR Innovation Council Board member. Advisory Board member of the Humanitarian Innovation Project at the University of Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre. Judge, Hult Prize Regionals (2014-present). Member of the Academy, Global Teacher Prize.
Lorna is also a figurative sculptor whose work has been exhibited in NYC and has won numerous awards.
Rajiv Pant, CTO
Nik Kumar, Business Development and Operations
Nik Kumar has served as a Consultant at Bain & Company in the firms New York and Dubai Offices. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013 with a BA in Philosophy, MA in Mathematics, and MS in Physics. He is passionate about economic development in South Asia and the Middle East, and enjoys traveling in his spare time.
Oliver Pare, Business Development and Operations
Oliver Paré is a large customer strategist at Google in New York City. He graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013 with a degree in English Literature and concentrations in math and Mandarin Chinese. Oliver developed a passion for service and for different cultures after spending a year traveling the world and teaching in Shenzhen, China.
Michelle Chen, Web Design
Michelle is an Interaction Designer at Google Maps in San Francisco. Previously, she was a designer at Wespire and Raizlabs in Boston. Michelle graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with honors. She spends her free time rock climbing, learning Farsi and songwriting.
Christian Cocking, Web Development
Christian is a Technical Account Manager at Google. Originally from Jamaica, he relocated to the US to pursue a degree in Computer Science at the University of Pennsylvania. Christian is passionate about building opportunities for underprivileged, and has assisted Lynke bolster its outreach through an online presence.