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.
Entrepreneurship Trainer and community Associate
email: ravin (at) fiveonelabs.org
Ravin is Five One Labs' entrepreneurship trainer and community associate in Sulaimani. He is an experienced entrepreneurship trainer and has worked as a trainer in the Innovation for Development Program of UNDP in Iraq along with many local and international organizations. Prior to joining Five One Labs he served as a sales and marketing executive in an IT solution company in Kurdistan. He is also the founder of BLO, the first organization to implement blended learning models in Iraq.
email: lavin (at) fiveonelabs.org
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.
email: zach (at) fiveonelabs.org
Zach is an intern for Five One Labs, based in Philadelphia, PA. He was partnered with Five One Labs through the Uncommon Individual Foundation where he works as an associate within the Entrepreneurship Mentoring Program. He assists Five One Labs with co-working space design and cost model development and is conducting research and analysis to be used in Five One Labs’ leadership curriculum. Zach is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Delaware.
MEERA AL OMRANI
email: meera (at) fiveonelabs.org
Meera is a marketing and communications intern for Five One Labs based in London, UK. Since school she has taken interest in refugee and migrant issues, and at university took a position as treasurer for Student Action for Refugees, among other voluntary work. She is currently in the final year of her Mathematics BSc at University College London and hopes to continue work in the charity sector beyond university.