FOUNDERS

OMAR ITUM  |  founder

Omar has a long track record of service and execution of major initiatives.  In February 2010, after the earthquake in Haiti that left over 200,000 people dead and over one million homeless, Itum launched the Wall Street Disaster Relief Day Initiative: Stand Strong with Haiti, in cooperation with Weill Cornell Medical’s GHESKIO Clinic in Port-Au-Prince, the American Red Cross, UNICEF and the Clinton-Bush Fund.  The initiative raised over $550,000, most of which was dedicated to relief efforts and medical provisions in Port-Au-Prince.  Shortly thereafter, Itum co-founded the Disaster Relief and Development Fund.

Shifting his focus to the United States, Omar co-founded the Alliance for Veteran Support in 2012, an organization that works with medical institutions serving the needs of veterans and their families.  He grew up on an expat base in Saudi Arabia, and remembers clearly the 1991 Gulf War.  He credits the U.S. Armed Forces for keeping his family, his friends and the country at large safe in that tumultuous time.  This is his way of giving back.  

After graduating from the Paul H. Nitze School of International Studies, where he received a Master's in International Relations & Economics, Omar served as the Macroeconomic Analyst for Avesta Capital Advisers, where he covered the financial crisis of 2008, the sovereign debt crisis, the Arab Spring, and emerging market political and debt crises.  He subsequently took on roles as Head Trader, Senior Equity Analyst and Macroeconomist at Charter Bridge Capital.  Prior to graduate school, Omar attended Choate Rosemary Hall and received a Bachelor's degree in International Relations & Economics.  He is currently the Director of Events and Managing Director of Sales at Aegis Capital.

 

STEFAN KAHANDALIYANAGE

For the better part of a decade, Stefan has been actively involved with a number of charitable causes and has helped spearhead a number of efforts that have raised over $1,500,000.  In response to the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti, he helped organize and execute a charitable initiative called the Wall Street Disaster Relief Day Initiative: Stand Strong with Haiti in cooperation with Weill Cornell Medical’s GHESKIO Clinic in Port-Au-Prince, the American Red Cross, UNICEF and the Clinton-Bush Fund, and raised over $550,000 for associated charitable efforts. In 2012, he Co-Founded AVS with graduate school friend and classmate Omar S. Itum, and serves as the organization’s Treasurer.