Meet our Advisory Board
Omar H. Ali,
Ph.D. – Advisor – Strategy and Practice
Dr. Ali is a historian and educator who has worked with a variety of innovative educational programs in the United States that support social development through the use of performance. An associate professor at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, he is on the Board of Directors of the All Stars Project, Inc., which runs a series of inner-city youth cultural and educational programs in New York, New Jersey, Atlanta, San Francisco, and Chicago. He is also a History Academic Advisor for the College Board in the U.S. and past Program Director for the Clemente Course in the Humanities, a supplementary education program for poor and working-class adults sponsored by Bard College. An honors graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science, he holds a doctorate in history from Columbia University. A frequent news commentator and analyst, he has appeared on CNN, PBS, NPR, CBS News, Al Jazeera, and Telemundo, among other news networks. Born in Lima, Peru, Dr. Ali is of South American and East Indian descent. He is married to Dr. Diana Munoz Ali, an occupational dermatologist, originally from Colombia. They have two children.
Advisor – Strategic Initiatives, Expansion and Alliances
Executive Director – Literacy and Mentoring Programs
Executive Director – Strategy and Practice
Dr. Ritu Goel
Executive Director – Programs & Wellness
Doctor Ritu Goel is a nationally recognized child and adolescent psychiatrist who has honed her professional acumen across three continents and two decades of academic and patient work. In her latest professional role Dr. Goel served as a Partner at Kaiser Permanente’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Practice in Southern California. Prior to that she worked as a Psychiatrist at the globally renowned Kennedy Krieger Institute while serving on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD.
Doctor Goel completed her fellowship and residency from University at Buffalo in upstate New York. Her previous training and professional accomplishments include a six-year stint National Health Service (NHS) in London, England and a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from Sarojini Naidu Medical College at Agra in India.
Ritu is a visionary healthcare idealist who is enamored by the prospects of proactive intervention augmented by state-of-the-art artificial intelligence that can anticipate and prevent mental illnesses and minimize the burden on healthcare systems. Her passion for the empowerment, education, and well-being of children in their formative years is an outcome of the same ideology. Our Child | Literacy, Dr Goel is entrusted with design and development of programs that ensure holistic well-being of children.