our team & advisors
Co-Founder, Executive Director
email: alice (at) fiveonelabs.org
Alice is passionate about business approaches to humanitarian challenges. She was an Innovation Specialist with the UN Refugee Agency’s Innovation Unit, using design thinking to solve humanitarian challenges worldwide. She has also worked at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani, and consulted with Mercy Corp’s Social Ventures team. For the past two years, she served as the Design Lead at the Columbia Entrepreneurship Design Studio.
Alice has a Master of International Affairs from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, where she focused on humanitarian action, economic development, and entrepreneurship. She obtained her BA in international relations from Stanford University.
Co-Founder, Director of Operations
email: patricia (at) fiveonelabs.org
Patricia's main interest is Middle East politics and she has traveled extensively throughout the region for both work and academic research.
Prior to Five One Labs, Patricia worked as a Middle East political risk analyst with a focus on Iraq and North Africa for the Dubai office of consultancy Control Risks. She is also a volunteer facilitator for the Soliya Connect Program.
She obtained her Master of Public Administration degree in Economic Development from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, where she concentrated in economic and political development, and her BA in International Relations and Economics from Tufts University.
director of training and business development
email: pat (at) fiveonelabs.org
Pat Cline is a professor and business consultant who has spent most of the last eleven years in education and entrepreneur development. Prior to joining Five One, he served as Director of Programs at Inspiring Capital, a social enterprise that aligns talented business professionals and purpose-driven organizations. For six years he was a professor in the Business Department at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani and sponsored a variety of entrepreneurship-related activities at the university.
Prior to his time in Iraq, Pat was a business development consultant in Ethiopia and Small Enterprise Development volunteer in the Peace Corps in Cameroon.
Lubna is a public affairs professional who is an advocate of grassroots development efforts and programs. She has extensive training and experience in program evaluation and the management of research projects, particularly in the areas of economic and political development. She has worked in the Middle East and the United States in both the private and public sectors.
Lubna holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University (with a concentration in International Politics) and a Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (with a concentration in economic and political development and a specialization in management).
Sana is Five One Lab's Marketing and Event management intern, and is helping Five One Labs to develop partnerships, marketing materials, and events. She is a Computer Engineering student at the University of Kurdistan- Hewler(UKH). Her passion is to learn more, get experience and serve her country with new ideas, creating suitable innovative environment to live, making youth's dreams to come true inside their own country. She is originally from Kirkuk, Iraq.
Lavin is Five One Lab's communication intern. She is originally from Sulaimani, Iraq, and was introduced to Five One Labs through the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani, where she is majoring in IT. Lavin was part of Five One Labs' pilot cohort, and is pursuing her idea to create an online resume-generator to help young people in Iraqi Kurdistan create professional CV's.