ABOUT US

WHO YOU?? We’re a team of philosophers, psychologists, artists, engineers, designers, and big picture life thinkers. Sure we have pHD’s, Masters, and Bachelors from great schools like Georgetown, Cambridge, LBS, Columbia, UCL, University of the Arts London, and Parsons the New School for Design. But that’s not our pride and joy, it’s our collective 200+ years of life experience. We’ve worked really hard to distill lessons we grappled with and knowledge hard-won to share with you.

At Paradym we believe in both the outside and the inside view, both personal experience and science. Combining both gives the best results. After all, you don't need a phD in psychology to develop a clean framework for life. 

 

Courtney Carlsson // Co-Founder    Courtney is a sailor. JK.  But really, Courtney's background is strategy, sales and marketing, and operations in global markets.   Courtney recently completed her MBA at London Business School, where she focused on strategy and tech. During her first year she worked as VP Business Development at Soma Analytics, a mental health startup. She led a team to the final round in LBS’s first ever hackathon. And more recently, she worked at LinkedIn in an operations role.  Prior to this, she has 5 years of experience in global sales and brand building. At Celine, LVMH she oversaw sales of $ 52mn annually.  After Celine, she joined The Row, a luxury startup, for a more entrepreneurial role. There she created a strategy that grew her division's global sales by over 100% in just one year.   Courtney holds an MBA from London Business School, a BA in Political Economy and Philosophy from Georgetown University, and an AAS from Parsons the New School for Design.  She speaks English, French, a bit of Swedish, Mandarin, Italian, Tagalog, and she’s learning Arabic. 

Courtney Carlsson // Co-Founder

Courtney is a sailor. JK.

But really, Courtney's background is strategy, sales and marketing, and operations in global markets. 

Courtney recently completed her MBA at London Business School, where she focused on strategy and tech. During her first year she worked as VP Business Development at Soma Analytics, a mental health startup. She led a team to the final round in LBS’s first ever hackathon. And more recently, she worked at LinkedIn in an operations role.

Prior to this, she has 5 years of experience in global sales and brand building. At Celine, LVMH she oversaw sales of $ 52mn annually.  After Celine, she joined The Row, a luxury startup, for a more entrepreneurial role. There she created a strategy that grew her division's global sales by over 100% in just one year. 

Courtney holds an MBA from London Business School, a BA in Political Economy and Philosophy from Georgetown University, and an AAS from Parsons the New School for Design.

She speaks English, French, a bit of Swedish, Mandarin, Italian, Tagalog, and she’s learning Arabic. 

Omar Itani // Co-Founder    Omar's background is in thematic investing, global macro strategy, and devising accurate world views.  Most recently Omar was a thematic investor in the Global Macro Group at Balyasny Asset Management. Prior to that, Omar spent three years advising a multi-billion family office on their thematic investment strategy.  Omar started his career in investment banking during the global financial crisis where he spent 4 years at Morgan Stanley and Standard Chartered across Dubai, Singapore and New York advising clients predominantly in the TMT space. Omar was consistently ranked top of his class in both institutions.  Omar also holds an MBA from London Business School with a concentration in Economics. He holds a BS in Maths and Economics from the American University of Beirut, which he attained at age 19.  He speaks English, French, and Arabic fluently.

Omar Itani // Co-Founder

Omar's background is in thematic investing, global macro strategy, and devising accurate world views.

Most recently Omar was a thematic investor in the Global Macro Group at Balyasny Asset Management. Prior to that, Omar spent three years advising a multi-billion family office on their thematic investment strategy.

Omar started his career in investment banking during the global financial crisis where he spent 4 years at Morgan Stanley and Standard Chartered across Dubai, Singapore and New York advising clients predominantly in the TMT space. Omar was consistently ranked top of his class in both institutions.

Omar also holds an MBA from London Business School with a concentration in Economics. He holds a BS in Maths and Economics from the American University of Beirut, which he attained at age 19.

He speaks English, French, and Arabic fluently.

Jeremy Paddison // Tech Guru    Jeremy has been coding since he was five.  More recently he was CTO of Australia's largest accelerator Blue Chilli where he delivered tech for 50+ startups.   In his spare time, Jeremy likes to make video games. 

Jeremy Paddison // Tech Guru

Jeremy has been coding since he was five.

More recently he was CTO of Australia's largest accelerator Blue Chilli where he delivered tech for 50+ startups. 

In his spare time, Jeremy likes to make video games. 

 
Hannah Ward//   Psychology Advisor   Hannah’s background is in psychology, education and the mental health and wellbeing of young people.  Hannah has recently undertaken post-graduate studies in Educational Psychology where she focused on core cognitive abilities and scientific skills, as well as aspects of mental health. In addition, Hannah has worked as an A-level Psychology teacher and for a mental health and wellbeing charity for young people where she mentored students 1:1, led emotional resilience workshops and assisted in running self-harm and anxiety support groups. She also worked on a project involving a series of short films on topics in mental health for young people.   Hannah has an MSc in Educational Psychology (with distinction) from the Institute of Education, UCL and a First Class degree in Education with Biological Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge.

Hannah Ward// Psychology Advisor

Hannah’s background is in psychology, education and the mental health and wellbeing of young people.

Hannah has recently undertaken post-graduate studies in Educational Psychology where she focused on core cognitive abilities and scientific skills, as well as aspects of mental health. In addition, Hannah has worked as an A-level Psychology teacher and for a mental health and wellbeing charity for young people where she mentored students 1:1, led emotional resilience workshops and assisted in running self-harm and anxiety support groups. She also worked on a project involving a series of short films on topics in mental health for young people. 

Hannah has an MSc in Educational Psychology (with distinction) from the Institute of Education, UCL and a First Class degree in Education with Biological Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge.

Carina Yujuico // Product Strategy   Carina's background is sales and marketing, research, and brand strategy for startups.  Carina has 3 years of experience working in publishing. At Quartz, she oversaw the performance and delivery of 115 native campaigns, working with 9 sales representatives across the USA, Europe, and Asia, contributing to a 90% renewal rate among advertisers.   Most recently, she has consulted for startups conducting market research and developing brand strategy to target user acquisition and growth.  Carina has a BA from Georgetown University in English and Japanese.

Carina Yujuico // Product Strategy

Carina's background is sales and marketing, research, and brand strategy for startups.

Carina has 3 years of experience working in publishing. At Quartz, she oversaw the performance and delivery of 115 native campaigns, working with 9 sales representatives across the USA, Europe, and Asia, contributing to a 90% renewal rate among advertisers. 

Most recently, she has consulted for startups conducting market research and developing brand strategy to target user acquisition and growth.

Carina has a BA from Georgetown University in English and Japanese.

India Gabb// Art and Video Design    India’s background is art and video.  India’s work focuses on the relationship between nature and technology, and the mediation between the two. There is also an exploration of how people interact and engage with physical and filmic space. This is represented through an exploration of the recording of filmic events, the self-awareness of a figure's actions, and how images are perceived and processed.  India has a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from the University of the Art London: Wimbledon College of Art. 

India Gabb// Art and Video Design

India’s background is art and video.

India’s work focuses on the relationship between nature and technology, and the mediation between the two. There is also an exploration of how people interact and engage with physical and filmic space. This is represented through an exploration of the recording of filmic events, the self-awareness of a figure's actions, and how images are perceived and processed.

India has a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from the University of the Art London: Wimbledon College of Art.